Saturday, December 2, 2017

I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-long Extra Block - Stocking

I really wanted to get my last block done so I could get my I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-Long done for Christmas and my mom needed time to quilt in on her long arm, so I decided to do a stocking.  I had a hard time trying to decide what to put on the stocking to decorate it.  I have been trying to stick with a red, cream, and green color scheme.  So I went with a classic checkerboard.  Did I want to piece it?  NO.  I did not.  So I cut a bunch of shares out with fusible on the back and ironed them on!

Here you can see the first part of the blanket stitching process.  I did the white around the edge.  Where there was a green square I simply stitched as close as I could to the green hoping to cover it with thread later.  Since I use a double blanket stitch it's a fairly thick amount of thread.

Here's a closeup.

Then I went back and started stitching on the green.  I had to switch the blanket stitch from right to left (mirroring) as I was going because I wanted all the stitching to go into the squares.  I'd never done that before and it worked well after I figured out how it switched the mirroring.

Here's a close-up.

 A close-up look at the back.

And the final stocking.  

Up next....the finished top!  Stay tuned...

I hope you get to quilt today!

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