I am the master of The List
! Okay. I might not have mastered it, but I've crossed off two items and am on my way to a third and fourth. This makes me happy, so I'm living two out of three of my main goals for this year!
This week, I got a real treat. When Himself asked me where I would like to go to take a break from DT, I said "My studio for a few hours!" and he made it happen. I spent Saturday afternoon blissfully watching Downton Abbey (Season 5!!!) and working away on my Charm Pack Cherry. I have an awesome husband. Just sayin.
After seeing Lee @ Freshly Pieced's version of Preppie the Whale
, I had to have another look at the decorative stitches on my machine. Lo and behold, I have a scallop stitch too! And it mimics the scallops in a few of the prints in this quilt nicely. But I did have to do some tests...
Turns out that I can't increase the height, just the width. I made note of the settings on my sample sandwich. You just never know when you might want to do something again. It saves time if you make a note! I opted for the wider. I did lines of scallop stitches on the vertical. Out came my trusty green painters' tape whenever I needed a guide.
Since I only had the charm pack of these fabrics, I went for Konas as backing and binding. Here we have Robin Egg, Snow, and Chartreuse as a pieced backing. In this pic, you can see that the scallops didn't stay a consistent size. I was using my integrated walking foot, but I think I might have been feeding it with my hands with varying pressure.
Now for the binding. I just can't decide between these two Kona options: Nightfall and Salmon.
Time for a quilt consult! Over to you, dear readers! Leave me a comment with your thoughts...
Option 1: Nightfall - It's bold... which I like.
Option 2: Salmon - I know, what on earth was I thinking buying a ghastly shade of pinkishness? But it kinda works... in a way.
I have a new assistant this week... BT didn't much feel like napping while I prepped this blog post, so he hung out in the studio.
In case you're wondering, he had no opinion on the binding colour. ☺ I'm linking up with...
and WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced!
Pop on over and see what others are working on this week!
How funny, I bought 2 charm packs of Miss Kate to make the exact same quilt!! I like the navy shade for binding, I like how striking it is against the light background. I also bought navy yardage to make my binding so now I get to see it on yours first!ReplyDelete
ps, I also like your backing and it was very smart of you to make a template to keep noting your stitch length and width. That is a great tip!!ReplyDelete
Oh, Nightfall. Definitely Nightfall. It is rich and dark and pops against the white.ReplyDelete
I am strongly in the nightfall camp, but I will always choose blue when given the option... :) It sounds like you have a wonderful husband and father. How awesome that he cleared some great time for you to get some sewing done!ReplyDelete
I love both but Salmon would be really nice as the bindingReplyDelete
No ash for the back?ReplyDelete
I think the binding depends on who it's for. The Blue is definitely more masculine than the pink but the pink does work if you're making it for someone who isn't as bold. I guess the salmon may have a more wide appeal to non-modern quilters if you don't have an owner in mind.
I do like pink, (or salmon, whatever it's called) but my vote goes to blue this time. If I have to justify my choice I would say that there isn't a lot of blue in the quilt itself compared to the pink-ish, so the blue binding would kind of "normalize" the blue in the top. If that makes sense...ReplyDelete
Nightfall! And hooray for getting a quilt finished!ReplyDelete
I'm a fan of the bold binding, so my pick would be nightfall. Thanks for the quilting tip, maybe I should start taking notes!ReplyDelete
Love the nightfall! So bold and gorgeous! :)ReplyDelete
I find the dark blue to be a little bit severe. Pink/coral definitely looks more like spring, more funny.ReplyDelete
Himself is great! I think the pink for binding. Wish I had decorative stitches......ReplyDelete
I like the nightfall. Yes, I have a scallop stitch too-I must break out of the straight line habit!ReplyDelete
On this, I would chose the French navy. I like both colours, but I think navy would kind of frame it somehow.ReplyDelete
Great idea to have a sample of the stitches. I really need to fully check out what my machine has and how they work on different stitch lengths. I think the blue binding looks best out of the two choices!ReplyDelete
Really like the scallop quilting and your note idea! :)ReplyDelete
I like the salmon :) I also like using decorative stitches, it's fun to explore what your machine will do. Some of the decorative stitches don't play nice with a walking foot.ReplyDelete
NIGHTFALL!! No question.ReplyDelete
I'm going to vote for the salmon. I hope you can get them napping on the same schedule soon, that will help.ReplyDelete
They both would suit for a binding but I would have to pick Nightfall because it frames the quilt so great. I find it keeps your eye focused on the quilt instead of running off the edge which is what I find you do with the Salmon. Beautiful quilting! I love the scallop design. I may have to try that on a quilt soon :)ReplyDelete