Or: Here's where I croak out a mea culpa (sorry, I just couldn't resist).
It has come to my attention that my previous post was unclear. I am currently blaming blogger because it took forever for my pictures to load. So long, that I almost gave up and deleted the whole thing.
One way to eliminate the excess stitching is to use water soluble thread, but that adds the step of rinsing and I didn't want to have to do that.