I had just a little frustrating time yesterday as I was attaching the binding to the back of the quilt, when I realized that I had gotten a little too close to the edge attaching the binding to the top. After several rippage/re-sew sessions, I nearly gave up for the evening. I put it down, made a cup of hot cinnamon tea, worked a couple of rows on Unicorn Mystique, then decided to tackle it once more. I pulled out a few more stitches, then lined everything up and re-sewed the rest of the binding (that I hadn't already attached to the back) about another eighth-inch in from the original stitching. That caught any and all of the top fabric that might have pulled loose and I was able to finish attaching it to the back with no further problems. I learned a few things (like, don't try to use a scant-quarter inch seam allowance when attaching the binding - use a generous quarter-inch and, if you have to, a scant half-inch - the border isn't going to suffer!) and appreciated the new joining the ends of the binding trick. I honestly could not tell where I had started and where I had stopped / joined when I used that method.
Before I sign off to dance around a little more, Renny had asked the question,
...what are you using to take pics of your works? Are you scanning them and if yes, with what type of scanner?I use both my digital camera, an HP 318 (2 megapixels) model, and my scanner, a Lexmark (whoops, don't remember the model! - but I bought it at Sam's Club for around $75) for most of the pictures and photos on this site. I usually piece together scans with Photoshop when my cross stitch WIPs get too big to scan all-at-once, but will occasionally photograph them with the camera. For quilts, beads, crochet, etc., I generally use the camera but sometimes take advantage of the scanner, if the block or piece I'm working on is small enough. I know that most of the cameras out today are of even better quality for the same cost as mine was a couple of years ago, so just shop around and you should be able to find a good deal, and the same goes for scanners.