My Stitch Along for October Week 4

Posted by Ruth on 25 October 2015 | 0 Comments

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The last week in October and my Halloween projects are completed. It was pretty easy even with adding some embellishing in the binding.

First I started out by squaring up both my blocks. I trimmed them to 10 1/2" square using my large square ruler.squaring up block with large ruler

I decided to use the dark purple for my binding. I like using a single binding for these small projects so I just cut 1 1/2" strips and joined them all together making bias joins. This is one of the few times where I press my seams open. I do this because it lays flatter and reduces the bulk in the binding.seams pressed open on binding strip

With the binding all joined in a continuous strip I start adding it to one block. I sew it on the back because I intend to sew it down by machine. If I were to hand stitch it down, I'd do it around the other way and sew it to the front first.

Once it is stitched in place, I press it over the seam and bring it around to the front, fold under the raw edge and use hair clips to hold it in place.hair clips used to hold binding in place

I could leave it with a raw edge here and use the green trim to stitch over it, but I'll leave that for another time. Instead, I decided I might add some prairie points in the binding.prairie point inserted into binding

For those of you who do not know how to make prairie points, they are very easy. Take a square of fabric, I used a 2 1/2" square and fold through the diagonal to make a triangle.how to make a prairie point step 1 - fold through diagonal

Fold again bringing all four raw edges together.how to make a prairie point step 2 - fold again so all four corners come togethe

Place the raw edges inside the binding and fold the binding over them. Now all I need to do is stitch down the binding.8 prairie points in place with hairclips holding binding

I'll do a little fancy stitching with thread to match the prairie points - reversed blanket stitch or should I say, mirror image blanket stitch. I used the mirror image button on the sewing machine for this which reflects the stitches.reversed blanket stitch in green to match prairie point fabric

Both blocks are done and I have to say, I kind of like the lime green and purple contrast.two halloween blocks finished

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