Hot off the press 1-4 with binding completion. Yeah mostly a Dec 2011 project with the piecing, button hole appliquing and machine quilting. It still goes on the 2012 list. Woohoo! Scratch off one of the week's goals.
And, except for the button appliquing or some sort of edge finishing, "February" Button Up is a flimsy. By the 5th heart I prepped yesterday I knew that it was better to cut off small sections of the ric rac and overlap it then try to make it bend around the corners, especially on that pointy tip! It looked like I might be running short on the ric rac as well but of two packages, I have about 6 inches of it left.
I ended up basting the ric rac down and then removing the freezer paper from the back that I had used to turn the raw edges. Then I had to use a whole sheet of steam a seam 2 to stick the thing down. I am not fond of the stiffness behind the hearts but it could not be helped on this one. I am counting this as almost reaching the week's goal, LOL but that might be close enough!
After two days of hand stitching I am most definitely ready to give my fingers a break and do some sewing. My plans are to prep the binding and hanging loops for February. Then I am moving back to the Pineapple Blossom WTIL top. And sew it goes---------