Sunday, 22 May 2016

Crawling to a finish and starting up again

Build me a Wall is nearly done.  I am facing it instead of binding (using this great tutorial from Victoria Gertenbach) and it's all machined on, so just the hand stitching to do.  I wish a day of Slow Sunday stitching would see me to the end, but the day is more than half gone, so maybe this week...I've got so many pins in this now I'm just hoping I get to the end without incurring some sort of pin-related injury.

I'm also jumping back on the Quilty 365 bandwagon.  I did a circle a day from November 8th to April 18th, then stopped and those into a top.  Now I'm going back to the portholes idea that I used in Build me a Wall but I've decided to do all the stitching by hand.  I'm going to use some more recycled shirts and some scraps and I'm thinking about stitching (something needs to attach the fabric behind on the hole onto the front bits anyway).

Here's today's start - I've back-stitched the circle.  You can see tiny bits of the stitching when I turn the top fabric through the hole, but I quite like it. I'll certainly keep going for a bit and see how it goes.


  1. Fun idea for your portholes! Can't wait to see how it evolves!
    You are so close to showing your finished wall quilt... very exciting!

  2. I like the idea of facing instead of binding. I may try this on a wall hanging I'm quilting now. Thanks for the link.

  3. I always end up with more pin pricks or needle pricks than I would like when finishing a quilt; I hope you take care and do better than me!

  4. I've never tried facing instead of binding although I've been tempted a few times but just too lazy to give something new a try.

    Looks like another fun circle quilt in the works.

  5. Oh, pin pricks! Ouch. I finally invested in some little Clover Wonderclips (I think that's what they're called). I only have ten so I have to keep moving them down the binding as I go, but I love them. My husband loves them, too. No more having to watch where he steps since my pins tend to go AWOL. Love the portholes idea.

  6. I'm going to do a facing on one of my smaller quilts - I look forward to seeing how you get on. That's a great idea for your circles, so different from your last ones :)


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