Yippie! It’s done! This is my completed Down in the Valley – Halloween/Fall version wall hanging. It seemed like there were so many (too many) buttons. It doesn’t look like so many when the quilt is done — I like it.
Yes, it did take much longer than I anticipated but I finished it today. This was another learning process — as my first completed wall hanging / small quilt there were a couple of glitches.
First, I have learned that just laying the completed top on the batting / backing creates some bunching as it is quilted. Next time I will smooth – but not stretch – more aggressively as I pin.
Second, I have always attached binding using the E. Burns method — attaching as you stitch and slightly pulling the binding to keep from getting lettuce edges. Well…. After attaching the binding by machine, I had sewn down about 1/3 of the binding — when I held it up it looked like the start of nice wash basin — guess I stretched just a little too much. Off came the binding for a redo.
The clothesline is linen thread that was couched down with 60 weight thread. I also used 60 weight thread to sew on the buttons. If you are new to using the buttons from Just Another Button Company, be gentle. I broke one while fastening the thread. The good news …. super glue works great for repairs.