This week I needed to add two different forms of quilting and finish my Stitch Along challenge piece by binding it in some fashion. Check back to the rules for week 4 if you need to for full details.
This week it is all about finishing off your stitch along project for September so we will be adding some quilting and then binding off the project. What do you think? Wouldn't these make fun place mats for Spring? I'm just thinking I could use a different colored dragonfly on each or maybe use the butterfly and fern - two place mats for each design. Sounds like a plan, but do note, if I do end up doing that, they won't be completed by the end of this challenge <grin>.
This weekend it was time to add some applique. If you missed the rules, check back here: Stitch Along week 3 rules. Can you guess which element I used? I liked all three but decided to go with the dragonfly so that's what I did.
Last weekend when I was selecting my fabrics, I went ahead and also cut them out giving the instructions as I went so if you missed the cutting instructions be sure to check out last Sunday's blog post.
Stitch along this week is very easy for me seeing as I already pulled fabrics out for the instructions a couple of days ago. I used one of the six fabrics from the selection. It was the batik with butterflies and dragonflies on.
In the Southern Hemisphere Spring has begun. Flowers are starting to bloom and everything is beginning to look fresh so this month I wanted to use bright colors. Really bright colors. Will you join me?
As promised, I'm back with the second part of my challenge story... adding the final touches to my tote. I finished off my tote so it is now all complete. Let's see what I did. If you missed the binding (part 1) you'll find it here: August Stitch Along Finishing up part 1
This week I am not going to offer challenge rules as such, instead I just want you to finish off your tote using all the elements you made. I'm going to do a two part blog post instead. In the first part I'm going to show you how I do a totally machine stitched binding. I use this for totes, place mats and table runners, or anything that I need a stronger binding for.
It is time for me to put my blocks together to make my birthday tote. I will start by stitching the two blocks together (right sides are facing) down both sides and across the bottom. I also trimmed away the batting a little to make it less bulky.