what color binding?
A guy that I work with just lost a cat... he'd only had it since November and it had FIP which is fatal so the poor thing died and wasn't even a year old. I wanted to make something for him to remember Salem by, so I did this. I'm not planning to put a border on it because I think that with something this small, a border isn't really necessary (unless you all think I *really* should). I'm having trouble deciding what color binding to use. I was looking at red, blue, and purple. I want to use a batik or solid, nothing with strips or patterns because I don't want it to look awful if the lines aren't matched up perfectly.
I always said I stink at applique, but this went pretty well. I used a blanket stitch, pivoted a lot, and went really slow and managed to stay in the lines. I used a fuzzy material for the cat and as I've grown accustomed to doing, printed a cat face and then free motioned over the paper to make the face. I've never done free motion quilting except for practice until tonight. I started out wanting to echo quilt, but I only did one "lap" around the cat and that got old really fast. So, I decided to free motion, and the more I did, the easier it got and I kind of developed a rhythm. It's just one of those things you have to get in and do. Nice to practice on something this small rather than a big quilt and I used a green thread that blended really well with the background. It's not perfect as some of my lines crossed and some of the points are sharp instead of rounded, but it really does make the cat stand out. I learned a lot as I seem to do with every project.
By the time I was done, I got so sick of changing colors and winding bobbins and re-threading the machine that I didn't know what to do. I kept switching back and forth between straight stitching, blanket stitching, and free motioning, and monogramming... I think I used every stitch and foot that came with my machine and was picking up that stupid little screw driver every 5 seconds to switch back and forth. If I ever get an embroidery machine, I'm going to get one that will get off the table, go in the bedroom and climb the wall and pick the right thread off the spool holder and carry it back to the sewing table and thread itself for color changes :o)
I didn't quilt all the way to the edge because I'm going to trim when I square it up.
Anyway, what do you think about binding color? I still have trouble with things like picking colors...