Off the Design Wall! It was a sweatshop weekend trying to finish everything I wanted to enter into our County Fair, with the deadline of Sunday at 5:00 pm for turning in entries. My main project was the Metro Twist baby/wall quilt. I made the bias binding from a purple woodgrain print and rounded the corners using the Quick Curve Ruler, and even made a hanging sleeve.
I spent many hours hand stitching down the binding to the back, but I did a lot of it while sitting out on the patio enjoying the summer skies and a nice breeze on Saturday. I'm happy with the way it turned out. It didn't get a label, but someday it may be a gift for a baby so I'm okay with that.
Next were two squirrel projects, a pillow from the Frolic Turnover (Sandy Gervais) made into Broken Dishes blocks, and the Yarnover tablerunner.
I was happy to find this aqua blue flower print and the binding fabric in stash. I used the same quilting stitch on the pillow back hem. This is such a great way to make a pillow cover, assembling it just like a quilt with the bound edge. I overlapped the back pieces by about 3-4 inches.
I think it turned out well. The pillow form I used was a bit flat but I thought it would be better for display at the fair.
The other squirrel entry is the Yarnover tablerunner (Anka's Treasures) from Mini Charms.
After some simple stitch in the ditch I decided to add the embroidery detail, again with a stitch from the Husqvarna. I selected it from the "utility stitch" section, but liked the way it kind of echoed the yarnover points. To these three projects I added the set of four Tea Time placemats, the Big Bag of all dotted fabrics I made a couple of months ago, a modern tablerunner I finished for Sewtopia, and the May Stamp cross-stitch in the hoop, so 7 total entries. Sadly I didn't end up finishing Sue Goes to the Orient, but chose backing and binding and plan to make a mini quilt.
My timing was good for getting down to the Fairgrounds, there were a lot of folks sitting around waiting for something to do. We all had a laugh when I pulled out the Metro Twist and had a bunch of thread tails still sticking out. A kind volunteer gave me some scissors to trim them off. They were pleased that I had already looked up the categories I thought were right for my entries, saving a lot of time. A few more people trickled in the last 1/2 hour of the day. I'll look forward to seeing my entries when the fair opens next week.
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