Hello Friends! I was aiming to finish my blanket this week, but turns out sewing on a border around the blanket takes a long time. All I had to do was sew on 4 thin pieces of material, but due to my not straight cutting skills and the difficult corners, it took me about 2 hours to do it.
Not cutting straight has made this project 10x more difficult so if you ever want to try this, I advise you to be willing to pay the money to get the proper tools so that you can avoid the frustration I went through. As I mentioned earlier as well, the corners were hard to do as well because if I had previously sewn too far, then I had to unstitch some parts in order for the corner to have a clean cut top layer. Unstitching was hard because once you do that, the original stitch is no longer strong and you can't re-sew it using the sewing machine because it is now too big to fit under the clamp. So I had to hand sew pieces of it to assure that it stayed nice and tight so it would not come apart.
Eventually I was able to get the four borders sewn on and the corners sewn together. My next step was to lay the blanket it and double check for any holes or weak spots in the quilt. Once I sew the backing on, it will be extremely difficult to fix it as I would have to tear the back off. Also since I am hoping to use this as a beach/picnic blanket, I needed to make sure there were no holes for sand to get stuck in and that it could withstand the outdoor environment. I find a hole which, lucky for me, I was able to stick under the clamp and quickly sewed it up. I sewed up a few more spots as I could tell they were a little weak.
That was all for this week as I said it literally took me two hours to do these two "easy" tasks. So next week, all there is left to do is put in the batting (somehow sew it in a little so that it won't move later on like in the wash) and then sew on the back blanket/fabric piece! I'm so excited to see the finished project and see where all my hard work has been put over this semester. Stay tuned next week for the final results.