I finished the July blanket on Saturday! Well, technically the stitching is done but the finishing is NOT done. Here is a picture.
I tried to even up the fringe a little on the front and I think I made it worse. I was sort of winging it. I just need to do it right. The colonial knots were fun to do, although I did agonize a bit about placement. I think it turned out fine. I'm also not sure about the star charm. The instructions say to refer to the photo for charm placement, but the photo is so blurry there is no way to tell. I plopped it onto the blue field of the flag and I think it looks good there.
The instructions call for putting felt on the back, but I'm leaning toward using cotton fabric from my stash instead. I have a nice blue fabric with stars that would be great for backing this one, and I have no doubt that I can come up with appropriate fabric for the next 11. My cotton/quilting fabric stash is starting to rival my stitching fabric stash! I'm looking forward to the August blanket. It is really cute with a giant sunflower and a little blue bird.
Thanks to everyone who offered ideas about the vinyl weave. Gina asked if it is plastic aida and I think the answer is yes. It is plastic and it looks more like aida than what I would call plastic canvas. I'm still undecided about what to do with it, so perhaps putting it back on the shelf is the best plan of attack for the moment. Unless somebody out there wants it?
It was nice to hear from so many of you either teetering on the Quaker Garden cliff or already cannonballing over the edge. I'm trying to decide whether to stitch it over one or over two, then I'll buy fabric. I'm leaning toward over one. I won't buy fabric until my next trip to Mom & Me, so I have plenty of time to decide. Opinions anyone?