I'm hoping that with all the recent new babies in the office it will raise lots of money for these two great causes.
|Forest Friends @ the Tower|
As it turns out, a week's worth of tube journeys is enough to bind a 42" x 42" (107 X 107cm) baby quilt. I couldn't resist a quick photo of the finished product when I hopped off the tube at the Tower today.
I used some of the thread from the sewing box I inherited from my grandmother to handstitch the binding. It's basically invisible, which pleases me greatly. I bought these really great needles in this handy-dandy case, probably about 10 years ago. At the time I wasn't really thinking about stitching on the go in particular but I can really recommend them - so useful!
|Supplies for binding on the tube|
John James needle "pebble" and vintage MEZ thread
When it came to binding I noticed that I'd screwed up while I was basting and the backing fabric wasn't quite centred, leaving a gap on one of the edges. I can't believe I didn't notice this earlier. At first I thought I could just about get the edge into the binding but in the end I bit the bullet and hand-stitched a extra 2" of backing fabric the the edge. So annoying!
|All fixed: backing fabric issues|
Here's another photo of the finished product - will probably use this one for the charity auction.
|FINISHED! Forest Friends charity baby quilt|
I'm currently debating what to do about a quilt label. I could go all out and make an embroidered one (I particularly like the idea of using this gorgeous sublime stitching owl pattern), but I'm not sure if I can be bothered. On the other hand, it might encourage people to bid more if I offer to embroider the baby's name on it. What do you think?
Onwards to more forest friends - next up: finishing up Tiny's quilt.
Lots of sewing love,