My February Stitch Along Week 3
I had a bit of a stumbling block this week. I really was unsure of what I could do to create this pillowcase. I knew for the stitching that I would need some sort of stabilizer to prevent it from puckering, however being a pillowcase, I did not particularly want to use something too stiff. Of course, usually with washing, it does become softer, however I chose to use a thin layer of batting instead.
With batting intact, I started thinking about what and where to stitch. I decided I had better do a little practice first on a scrap of fabric with batting. Here's what I practiced....
Even with my practice, I was still unsure of what to stitch so I decided to start with stitching the applique first. I selected three threads to match the fabrics.
Then I double stitched using free-motion around the hearts on the front.
It was then that I came up with the idea of using the same colored thread for each heart to stitch an echo line about 1/4" from the edge...
... I rather like this effect!
By the way, did you notice the difference in color between the two photos above. The earlier photos I took inside by the sewing machine as I stitched, but it was getting a little late in the evening so these later photos I took outside in the daylight, what was left of it. It makes a huge difference to the colors.
On the back, I double stitched the smaller applique hearts too, but there wasn't enough room between them to do the 1/4" echo stitching, so just for fun, I decided to make heart tails, like a kite, using free-motion stitching.
Here's how the stitching on the back looks finished.
Next week I get to put my pillowcase together and add any finishing touches. How about you? Did you use hearts?