When it’s really hot, hibernation mode sets in here in Tucson. Not only has it been hot–normal for June–but unusually windy–not normal. I’ve been inside finishing the prickly pear piece and watching endless baseball games courtesy MLB Extra Innings, the satellite TV package which costs about $200 and which allows you to watch out-of-market games. I think baseball is the perfect counterpoint to sewing, personally.
Last time I posted, I was machine quilting; when the quilting was done, this is what the edge of the prickly pear piece looked like: a top, batting and muslin backing sandwich:
This piece will not have a traditional binding; once the quilting was done, I carefully cut around the prickly pear shape and zig-zagged with a greenish thread around the cut edge to keep the top, batting and muslin backing together:
This is how it looked after that:
I again used a zig-zag stitch, this time using polyester invisible thread, to couch the silk cord over the prickly pear pad shapes that were on the edge of the piece, this would be my “binding”:
Here’s what the finished edge looks like:
And, while you can’t see much difference between this shot of the whole piece and the one above, this is how it looks finished:
Complete measurements of Prckly Pear Jam: Yum! are 26″ x 26″. I’m just putting on a hanging sleeve today; I hope to have this hanging in my parent’s restaurant this week, along with a couple other pieces.