Well, Saturday’s nearly over, so I just thought I’d give you a little progress report on the stitching I’ve done for Teresa’s and my weekend stitching challenge!
Here’s my block 1 finished….
If you’re wondering what the ‘extra bits’ are around the outside of the block….it’s a little trick I learnt from Leanne at our last retreat in Townsville.
Add a border of scrap fabric to your blocks that you are hand stitching using a large stitch (I used 3.5 stitch length on the machine) Then it makes it easier to stitch in the hoop like this……..
… which is block 2 and only a few stitches from finished.
See how the extra border makes the difference and protects the edges of your block from fraying and wear???? So don’t throw out your 2-3” wide ‘bits’ that you think you’ll never have a use for….they truly come in handy….and the longer stitch length makes them really easy to remove when they’ve done their job!! (and they’re reusable….until they’re so dog-eared their stitching life is done!)
Leanne is such a clever girl…..I love retreats….I always try to pick up at least ONE useful tip that helps my habit!!!
I’ll see how far I get before the sleep angel comes knocking!!
sugary sweet dreams and warm hugs
XXX Wendy :O)