All of the outline quilting and some detail is complete in the blocks. Two sides of the setting blocks (the navy dot) are quilted.
Once I finish hand quilting the setting edges I will bind it. If needed, I could gift it then, but am hoping all of the filler quilting can also be finished before gifting.
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Month Six of the Catherine's Garden BOM is posted HERE.
The borders have small stems for each leaf.
This is how I do mine:
As a back baster, my marking is always on the BACK. For the stems I mark them on the FRONT.
Using a 3/4" wide bias strip, I machine stitch it on the outer curve of the line.
I trim the seam allowance to reduce the bulk when folding the stem fabric over.
With 32+ little stem pieces to do, this process goes fairly fast.
Fold the stem over.
I place one pin in the center, use more if you prefer
I hide my knot in the seam - no knots show on the front or back.
Needle turn down the length of the stem.
If only the leaves went down as fast as the stems! We put the border patterns out in the middle of the year so you can work on them over a few months. Anyway, that's my preference!
The finished stem has two nice smooth edges.
It is difficult to tell if the edges are machine or hand sewn.
I know there are many successful ways to do vines and stems. No one right way. This is my preferred way to do my little stems. The way you prefer is the right way!
Enjoy your stitching and have a great week!
A little confusion on the Virginia Road Trip - I am flying not driving! Air Trip just doesn't have the same ring to it as Road Trip.