I've been working on this little table mat that I embroidered and today I finished stitching on the binding! I really like the bright colors in this piece but it won't stay at my house long, I hope. I put it for sale in my Etsy store and I hope it sells quickly. Here's the link if you want to take a look. Jolly Ruby.
At my last guild meeting, I happened to win a fat quarter of the red-white-blue striped fabric and I think it looks perfect in this piece. Then I wanted to use some snowflake fabric and stopped at the quilt store the other day. No snowflakes there but the one I found has little stars in it and looks kind of like snowflakes.
Then, how to quilt it? I stitched in the ditch around the inner border and did some outline stitching on the embroidered center. Then I found a tutorial here that was perfect for what I needed in the border. I'd never been on this gal's blog before so I took a look around while I was there and found some great quilting in there so I think I'll have to visit her more often.
Then this morning I stitched on the binding and called it done! I like this one so much that I think I'll have to make another one for myself--assuming this one sells! :)--but I don't have enough of the striped fabric so I'll need to use something else. I'm leaning toward something in aqua and lime green rather than the red and blue I used for the snowmen and the borders. What do you think?
The rest of this day has been spent fooling around with crumbs--I think I must have about 60 of the little blocks now and I really need to begin sashing them and putting them into a quilt of some kind. It's just so much fun playing with them instead of making backings as I swore I would do today! Well, maybe tomorrow will see me wrestling with backings.