I am getting really excited about this quilt. I'm not going to worry about peaking in January, rather I'm going to see this quilt as a sign of a good year of quilting ahead :)
Over the last few days I finished the free motion quilting. More recently I have been auditioning binding. Gosh, that is a headache! At this point the quilt works equally well with either side showing and Mr 6 loves the rainbow back as much as the I Spy front. I am having a heck of a time working out what to use for binding that works well on both sides. Feel free to make suggestions :) Here are some current options...
Today I started hand stitching. The lovely Fiona suggested this idea, can you see where I'm going?
After a super-hectic morning I made a bit of progress this afternoon. I do find the pace of hand-stitching frustrating at times so I documented my progress for encouragement LOL
You may have noticed that I have a bit of a love affair with Aurifil threads (no sponsorship, just genuine love. Although I wouldn't say no!). I especially bought some Aurifil 12 weight verigated thread for this project. Previously I have used Perlé 8 which I enjoy and find washes well (much better than 6 strand DMC floss in my experience). I am looking forward to seeing how this heavier weight Aurifil wears. It is lovely to stitch with. I read somewhere a while ago that there is a specific direction that you should thread Perlé 8, if you run your fingers along the thread (first in one direction and then the other), you can feel the difference. I would love to know if this is the same for Aurifil 12 weight. It does feel smoother in one direction so I am going with what feels right. Please let me know if you've heard of this and if I'm totally off track or not :)
|My hand stitching essentials ;)|
At this rate I'm hoping to finish the hand stitching in the next few days and if I can make a decision on the binding (!!!) it should be finished over the weekend. Fingers crossed for some good weather. I can't wait to photograph this baby and share it! :)
Have you got a major work in progress? Do you find selecting binding to be simple or easy? Any tips? I'm thinking I need to think about binding from the beginning of the project and not just at the end!
I am linking up with WiP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.