For my January OMG I set a goal of making The Snow Dudes. I started it on January 4th, had the top done by the 10th, and quilted and bound by the 19th. Not too quick a make, but in between I worked on 7 other projects, so I am calling it good.
I decided to use the remaining fabrics for the backing. This year I will try to do this for my projects. I could go buy a solid piece for backing, but most of my projects are table toppers or wall hangings. The backs are rarely seen. Better to use up leftovers than buy new. MOPS is my new word: More Out Prevents Stash.
Windswept lines, snowflake, back
I stitched in the ditch on both sides of the red border and around motifs, except the snowflake. For the background I wanted to create blowing wind so I meandered in overlapping sweeping lines from side to side. I didn’t go across the snowmen, but did cross the snowflake a few times. Now I wish I hadn’t, but it’s not a big issue. In the outer border I created VERY uneven squares. Oh well, I am not bothered by it enough to rip it out. I wish I had repeated the sweeping lines, but I can live with it.
Once the quilting was done I grabbed the remaining red I kept back for binding, but I was lacking about 10″!! What to do? I grabbed a 12″ scrap from the waste basket and found a 1.5″ strip in my scrap bins and sewed them together.
I trimmed the sewn piece to 2.5″ and once done this was all I had left
From now on, 2.25″ or less bindings for me. Too much binding for such a thin sandwich of fabric and batting. I could only use 1/4″ due to the HST points, otherwise I would have sewn a deeper seam.
I give you The Snow Dudes!
One of them lost an eye so I had to do surgery!
The blue is more true in the lower left photo.