My Stitch Along for October Week 4
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fold again bringing all four raw edges together.
Place the raw edges inside the binding and fold the binding over them. Now all I need to do is stitch down the 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.
Both blocks are done and I have to say, I kind of like the lime green and purple contrast.