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.