Yes, it is done!! I finished up the handwork this past weekend. I have had this little Welsh Terrier button for a very long time, looking for a project to use him on. I have three of them, and never found a garment that could use them. Isn’t it cute? A little tiny dog frolicking on the lawn enjoying the sunshine is fun detail.
I bound it with the same fabric as the backing. The quilt is huge, so this took working on it over several evenings, and the one preseason football game we got last week.
I put a couple of stitches in the miter on the front, although I think this shouldn’t be necessary. But judges take off points for not doing it. My feeling is if the miter is done right, there is no need to stitch it, and it lays so much nicer without those stitches. But, I will be putting it in the fair, so I did it.
My friend Mary C. sent me some tiny buttons to use for bird eyes, they were the perfect size! Here is the little cardinal…
and here is the junco…
and the wren.
The bluebird too.
One of the things I like to collect are pins from shows and events. I put them on my Sewing Chatelaine (click on the name for a tutorial), but I have more pins than space now. Many of them are quilt blocks. So, I thought the quilt block pins would be fun to use on the quilt like barn quilts.
Amazingly, these pins are just the right size to be barn quilts. The robin got a button eye too.
The pin back ones are hard to find, but those could be sewed on the quilt to reinforce them, so they can be on the quilt for the fair. I buried the knots, hoping that it will be difficult to see how it is done.
The tie tack style pins could be used when the quilt is hanging in my basement. I’ll remove those for entry into the fair. I don’t want to lose one, or take a chance on a tack-back to come off.
This star pin came from a Charlotte show.
In the large yellow solid block on one of the houses, I appliqued a Battenburng lace triangle to embellish that area.
For the flowers, I sewed a large button in the center of each one to finish it off, rather than doing a second appliqué.
One flower got this butterfly button that I have been saving for a long time for just the right project.
Next, a hanging sleeve was added to the top back. I made another re-usable one. See my tutorial on these HERE.
Lastly, it got a label. I am calling it “Be My Carolina Neighbor”. I used a simple fabric square with writing in Pigma pen. It will be fine for the fair, later I may do a better one with embroidery.
Then I pinned a bit of fabric over the label with safety pins as required to hide the maker’s name. And it is all finished and ready to enter in the fair. Amazingly, it isn’t the night before the deadline!
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