I thought I would save hand sewing the binding (one of my favourite parts of quilt making) for later, but I did find myself with a few occasions to do hand work and could not resist: keeping company to a nursing mom, a kids soccer practice... I had everything but 5 inches done as of this morning, and I managed the last few stitches during a phone conference at work (don't tell my boss). And yes, it was only about 5 inches. Well, maybe more like 7 or 8...
At lunch time, I took my quilt for a walk and my friend happily obliged when I asked her to be the quilt holder. We were in a bit of a rush, and there were few spots that did not have a big crowd. It's our International Busker Festival, and the Waterfront was busy!
I forgot to take pictures of the back at lunch time, so I did it when I got back home, without a helper. Wanting something other than a lawn shot, I relied on good old hockey equipment... You can't tell but I am using a hockey stick as a weight to hold the quilt. We have lots of those handy, even in 28C weather. Crazy Canadians!
I can't tell you how much I LOVE that print in the back. Of course, I have no idea what it's called. I have had it in my stash for a while and it is just the happiest print. I would have had enough for the whole back, but that would not have been as much fun, right?
Here's a couple close ups of the quilting: I chose to quilt this lightly, with only two lines going through each blocks. I love the texture it gives, without making it stiff.
I used Aurifil 50w in a very light pink. Which I realize you can't really see on the picture.
I had so many choices for the binding... everything I tried looked great. In the end this orange gingham-type print won my heart.
After these pictures were taken, I threw the quilt in the wash for that wonderful crinkly look. Check the before and after:
|Before the wash|
|After the wash|
To be totally honest, even though I generally prefer quilts when they are crinkly, I thought this one actually looked better before. Oh well! Quilts are made to be used, and I am not going to hold off using quilts just so I can maintain them in their unwashed glory... better loved and crinkly than not used!
Here's a final shot. I am sure I am breaking pretty much every basic rule for composition, but I had lots of fun pretending I knew what I was doing photo-wise.
I am linking up to TGIFF at Quokka Quilts. It's only Thursday here, but as the song says, "it's
five o'clock Friday somewhere"!
What have you finished recently?