Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The October Gifted Gorgeousness SAL (a Final Finish!)

How how how how is it mid-October already? I don't understand where the days are going. I'm late for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL again! This is Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month...or as close as possible to the 15th!

A few months ago I started working on Plum Street Sampler's Party Tarts, which was technically a birthday present from my father. You can see my last update here, when I finished stitching them up. Well, I've got a final finish to show you!


I just barely managed to get these done last night when the baby went to bed. I bought the exact same mini tart pans used in the model picture (Wilton 4.75" from Amazon.com, if anyone's interested) but mine don't look nearly as nice and neat as the model picture. Not even close!


These took me forever to finish up. I tried to follow the instructions: The tart pans have a removable base, so I took it out, wrapped the fabric around it, and then stuffed it full of poly-fil until it was nice and plump. So far so good! Then I attempted to stitch the bottom closed...oh the agony...the fabric started clumping up and creasing and puckering and doing all sorts of weird things around the edges. It was nearly impossible to keep the base still, and every time the base slipped the poly-fil would go nuts. A lot of cursing and whip stitching later, it sorta-kinda looked right. But then the bottom was a mess!


So I took out a bit of red felt I had on hand, cut it to fit the bottom, grabbed some fabric glue, and stuck it on. Then I glued it to the inside rim of the tart pan. The red isn't nearly this bright in real life, I don't know what's going on in the picture.


Anyway, they're done! And just in time for the elections in a few days. Speaking of which, I've got my absentee voter ballot all finished, I just need to scan it and email it in.

Happy xxx's!

12 comments:

Mii Stitch said...

Delicious looking tarts! What fun :)

Vickie said...

Cute! Cute! Cute!

Tiffstitch said...

Good for you to persevere and finish these! They look great to me. :)

Rita E in AZ said...

Wonderful stitching and Great finishes, too

Bea said...

Glad you stuck with it, they look terrific.

rosey175 said...

This is a fun way to finish a piece! Good on felt bottoms too! I'll be glad when this election is over. I think I say this every time lol.

Justine said...

Gorgeous finishes! They look perfectly done to me. I live in the UK and am also sick of all the election coverage!

Julie said...

Your tarts look superb, well done on completing them

Wendy said...

They look great, well done. I didn't realise you're american! The american election is making me very nervous. I saw how my country screwed itself with the referendum and am scared the usa will do the same

Kaisievic said...

I think that they look great - wonderful finishing if you ask me. Hmm! The U.S. election - keeping us all entertained, that is for sure - I wonder who will win?

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. Despite all the difficulties these turned out really nicely.
Well done on making the effort to vote too. It's sad how many resident people don't bother. They should give their vote to someone who cares, like me!

Heather said...

I love them! Nice job even if they were frustrating :)