In August, my sewing group went on a three-day retreat, and I finished three UFOs. Hurrah!
The rainbow rose baby quilt was backed with blue, quilted with random wavy lines and bound with purple. Yes, I chose purple! I have already given it away to a four-day-old young man named Timothy, who allowed me to give him lots of cuddles and refrained from spitting up on me. I had barely sewn the last stitch on the binding when I gave it to tiny Tim, so there are no photos of it finished.
The monkey business quilt was quilted with free-motion leaves and loops (to look like vines) and bound in green. The leaves and vines were obviously chosen because monkeys live in jungles, right?
I also finished binding my Stash Bee quilt on retreat. Finally. I will write more about that when I take some photos. It looks good, but getting it finished has been a saga and a half.
I also started and finished one new project. On our retreats, our group likes to choose a small project that we all try. Last year, we made Mondo bags. This year, we sewed vinyl pouches, guided by Sharon and following the instructions on So Sew Easy. For many, it was the first time sewing with vinyl. For a few, it might be the last! I think everyone’s pouches were successful, and we made them in every size and shape. Many people made two or more. Sadly, the pouches’ clear nature means that they do not photograph well. You will just have to imagine a cluster of twenty or more fabulously colourful zippers sewn on vinyl pouches.
On retreat, I had an epiphany: the trick to getting little square zipper tabs neat is to use a glue stick with reckless abandon before sewing. Do you find those little zipper tabs frustratingly fiddly and do you have any tips (other than glue) for finishing them neatly?