Week four of our October Challenge is all about finishing off, but let's try using a binding or method of finishing off that you don't normally use. Sometimes it is fun to step outside the box and give something new a try especially if we have been doing the same for years. It so happens that I have used three different bindings this week that are not my regular kind so thought it would be cool to share these here.
Stitching is always my favorite part and usually I tend to use free-motion to attach applique pieces but this time, I decided to fall back on the old familiar blanket stitching. I haven't done this in a long time, but I figured seeing as these blocks were going to be "baby" handled, they need to have very secure edges. Because of this, I decided the original variegated threads I'd selected were probably not ideal. I found some others to match the fabrics. I love these bright colors!
These weeks certainly come around quickly! Did you manage to connect the selection you collected in week 1 with someone you were thinking about in week 2? I think the alphabet quilt certainly helped me. In fact, I had so much fun putting it together that I decided to make a second block. I'll tell you about it below, but first what's in store for this week?
A friend of mine is expecting so that is who I'm focusing this challenge on. Last week I mentioned letters from the ABC's pattern so I'm going to connect both of those ideas to come up with one block.
Did you gather some baby theme fabric? Do you have some ideas to work with? I hope so.
I don't know about you, but I love making things for babies or inspired by babies so this challenge is bound to be fun, although I'm starting off a little tough because I don't have a lot of 'baby' inspired fabric to work with. I hunted in my stash and only came up with about four suitable fabrics.
I've been spending a little extra time with my grandbabies now that I'm living closer to them so this month's challenge I decided would be "baby" themed. The idea is to come up with as many ideas as you can that may be associated with "baby".
It's time to finish up my project and make sure I used all the words in this challenge. I already had all my words included except for two “french knot” and “ripple”.
I don't know about you, but this challenge has me doing some techniques I haven't done in a long time. It is always nice to revisit them. I'm referring to hand applique. I have always enjoyed it, just never had enough time to do a lot of it. I do like how the pieces pop up compares to fusible applique.
This part was all about constructing the applique. I needed to add my bridge and also a small boat or yacht in the water.