A few days after we gave TJ and Keri their (amazing) quilt,
they decided they'd really like some pillow shams to go with it.
They suggested it would make a really nice anniversary gift.
And it would have,
except that we don't really do anniversary gifts
(with 8 kids, it's best not to start traditions we can't keep...)
so I decided rather than making them wait 'til next Christmas,
it could be T's birthday gift.
So that the crinkling would match the quilt,
(which was quilted as I pieced...)
I ditch stitched all of the vertical seams.
Not surprisingly, the shams took considerably longer to make
than I'd anticipated,
so I didn't get them done in time
to get them in the mail to arrive by T's birthday.
It turned out good for him, though;
since they were going to be late,
I decided to add some hand quilting in the (lovely, mitered ;-) border.
I figured what the hey
and hand stitched the 'hem' on the back, too.
Since Carole told me that a machine sewn hem really is more sturdy,
I decided I should learn to do a machine sewn binding I can be happy with.
I was successful,
it was because the fabric is so well-suited for it.
I'll still do a hand stitched hem most of the time,
but with a carefully chosen binding,
I would be okay with machine sewing it when the quilt demands it.
I hope you like your shams, T (and Keri! ;-)
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