Thursday, May 31, 2018

OMG I Finished my May OMG

Two days ago, I saw a couple of OMG finishes, and thought, 'Did I sign up for one? And if I did, what was it?'  So I looked back through my posts, and yup, I did, when I did my Throwback Thursday post for May, it was embarrassingly apparent that the cushion cover I was featuring was incomplete...

No more!




I actually found the threads, all together in a nice ziploc bag. It didn't take long to find the right green and pink I'd used, one strand of each. Thank goodness it was not really that much to finish it, maybe an hour's work all told, although there was a little angst for part of the finishing time... You see I needed to get out the buttonholer attachment for my Bernina, said attachment which hasn't been in operation for at least a decade.  Enter the manual. Follow directions on scrap fabric. No luck. Whatsoever. Try like six times and cannot get it to do more than stitch the first side. wtf (no I didn't actually, surprisingly, use the full expression!)


So I decided I could fake the buttonhole right? Do the first side, which it did no problem. Take it out of buttonhole mode, do a few bar tacks, stitch in reverse to the top of the buttonhole, move over slightly, put it back in buttonhole mode, stitch that 'first' side which is now the second one (are you with me?!), then stitch in reverse back to the top and bar tack there. Done!

Well, that's what I did for the first one at the top of that photo. Looks decent. From here; don't look too closely. Set up for the second buttonhole and what the hell, but ya, it started working (actually it was the monkey on the button-pushing end who realized she'd been impatient and that it would, in fact, do the buttonhole, just took 3-4 extra stitches and then switched modes. Or something. I dunno. Whatever. The second one worked like a charm. They both work, as in close around their designated button, the faked one a tad tight but It's not like I'll be removing the pillow form too often!

Here is the back all nicely finished.
Blanket stitch along the flap finished! Found perfect colour buttons, which could have been a bit larger, but I wasn't waiting any longer or going out anywhere to buy some.

I love it! But... there's a yabbut....

You might see it if you zoom in on the first photo, but some of the embroidery thread I used to blanket-stitch around the border has frayed, and needs re-doing...sigh. While I have the threads out, I promise I'll do it. I absolutely love blanket-stitch.

Linking up with just hours to go!
Elm Street Quilts

16 comments:

Raewyn said...

Great last minute fiish Sandra! Glad you've solved the buttonhole dilemma! Enjoy your blanket stitch!

Tish Stemple said...

I love it! I'm glad you decided to finish it because those buttons are adorable and give is great character :) It's such a fun spring/summer little pillow.

Danette Stankovich said...

It is so pretty! I actually think I had a pattern similar to this at one point. Who knows where?! I love everything about herbs.

Bonnie said...

There is nothing wrong with having an "issue" with the BACK of a pillow! Just bask in the fact it is done before the deadline passed! I haven't done a buttonhole in ages... but I'm hoping the machine is perfectly competent to do it with little input from me if I should want a buttonhole in the future! Enjoy your cute pillow.

Pat said...

Cute pillow and congrats on your OMG finish. I don't even set goals anymore; I just mosey along and do whatever. Much less stressful. lol

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I'm so glad you were able to get it finished and I hope those last few blanket stitches finished up quickly as well.

Tracie @ Riceford Streams said...

Your pillow is lovely, and now you can enjoy it! Hooray for using the buttonhole attachment, too. You inspired me to try mine for my next pillow. I’m glad you finished your OMG. (I think I fixed my blogger profile so I’m no longer a “no-reply blogger.” Just in case: RicefordStreams (at) gmail (dot) com)

Vicki in MN said...

Congrats on meeting your goal, I too love the blanket stitch and use it a lot on applique on the machine.

Ariane said...

Such a gorgeous pillow! I love embroidered items. Congrats on getting it done!!

Patty said...

Looks wonderful. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!

Louise said...

I'm impressed that you sewed ANY kind of buttonhole! I've never used the attachment that came with my Kenmore, only picked it up and pondered it's mysteriousness.

Your pillow is darling and FINISHED! Congrats! :)

Lisa J. said...

It's beautiful and I'm glad that you managed to finish it.

Suzanne said...

It finished up wonderfully. I love your description of the button hole adventure....glad I am not the only one!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Such delicate stitching. Congrats!

Sandy said...

Your "through the back door" buttonhole is so funny. Hey! Whatever works, right? The pillow turned out great.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Well done! I've never done a closure with buttons.