I've been working to finish a couple of quilting projects this year. A few weeks ago, I received a quilt back from the quilter so it was time to do some binding. I have an AccuQuilt Go that I haven't used a whole lot. So as I've had projects I can use it on, I've been pulling out this book I won from Gene and am getting to know how to use this machine. This book has been a wonderful resource in getting over my fear of trying something new.
My least favorite part of quilting is cutting out fabric. For the binding, I used the 2.25" strip die which made short work of cutting the fabric. I like using this size for binding. It helps with getting a full binding.
Literally within minutes I had accurately cut all the binding strips at 2.25". I only had to sub-cut sections to run through the cutter and I didn't need to be accurate. I also cut off the selvedge before using the cutter. I was very pleased with the results. The strips in the photo below were spot on accurate. They just look a little wonky because they shifted when I took off the cutting mat. Very little waste as well - maybe a total of 2" which is probably less than I would have wasted cutting with a rotary cutter.
A short while later I had a roll of binding. Isn't there something cute about binding rolled up?
You may remember this quilt - it took me forever to assemble the top! It was quilted by Mary at Quilt Hollow. Mary refers to the quilting as Frosting - which I think is so cute and very appropriate. She was SUPER fast, easy to work with and extremely reasonable in pricing. Unfortunately, I didn't get any close ups of the quilting but you can see here that she used a swirly type quilting. I didn't want anything holiday themed or flowers. I told her I wanted something resembling wind. She did a great job and I'd certainly use her again!
On the knitting front, I think I'm going to rip out my Monster Cowl and start over. The light gray yarn I was using is a slightly different weight than the gold and garnet colored yarn. It's hard to tell in this photo but there is some puckering in this project. I think because the light gray yarn is a lighter weight. So I bought the darker gray yarn and knit a few rows. See how the projects starts to bow out? I think that confirms my thoughts. I don't want to have to aggressively block this to get it to lay flat. Any knitters have any opinions about this?
I did push a few buttons at Eat Sleep Knit on Black Friday. They have the BEST customer service ever. With over 1000 online orders on Friday, they still got my yarn to me Monday. I definitely want to visit this shop in person and should be able to do so next year.
Bottom row left to right:
Cephalopod Yarns - Beastie - The Hound of Bonacville
Madelinetosh - Tosh DK Yarn - Dirty Panther
Madelinetosh - Tosh DK Yarn - Dove/Subtle (discontinued)
Top row Left to right:
Madelinetosh - Tosh Lace Yarn - Cobalt
SweetGeorgia Yarns - Tough Love Sock - Spruce
There may or may not be some Plucky and Wollmeise on its way to me too.
In stitching news, I have planned out and received the supplies for two New Years starts. I took care of that last month. I figured if I didn't that it would get pushed back to far with the activities surrounding getting ready for the holiday. Have you planned any new projects for the new year?
I hope that in the flurry of getting ready for the holiday that each of you have some time to do the things that we love to do. Thank you for your visits and for the inspiration!