My border is SECURELY attached to Grandma’s Kitchen that is!
Since the bus company cancelled our trip to the AQS Show in Lancaster on Wednesday, I spent my “Toby – the big Nor’Easter ” afternoon and evening sewing. (That storm was a belly-flop in my area where we got only an inch or so of snow…..)
While we were getting buckets of rain, I sat in the kitchen and removed the papers from the back of the pieces I showed in my post yesterday ( Building Borders and Collaborating on Quilts ). They came off very easily because I had shortened the stitch length down from 2.0 to 1.5.
My daffodils are very sad, and it looks like I will be power washing and painting that fence this year!
I wandered out in the rain yesterday afternoon to the sewing room over the garage, and got busy with the border. Hubby went to his train club so I had all afternoon and evening to sew. (And it was after 3 in the afternoon before it really started to snow !) (I know….other people around the state got anywhere from 1″ to 8″….and Lancaster PA got a bunch!)
Grandma’s Kitchen border is on, and this quilt is now massive! 91″ wide x 110″ long. So long, that it won’t fit on the design wall or in one photo…..
(I suppose I could have hung it sideways, but that wouldn’t be any fun…the flower and phone and heart would have been sideways)
I even remembered to stay stitch the edges before I called it “done”. I stopped about 10:30 pm and took the picture. The lighting wasn’t the greatest, but you have seen these blocks in better light in the past. (I really should set a timer and come inside to eat dinner before 10:30 at night!)
Time to think about how to solve the backing issue. You might remember I got excited and ordered the backing BEFORE I decided on just how much drop I needed and what my final border was going to be, so I only ordered 3 yards of wide backing. I did pre-wash it to, and have still got to press it with some starch and re-measure. LESSON IN LIFE — wait until the last border is on BEFORE ordering the backing fabric! Now I have to piece it anyway!
I have a plan formulating, and I think it will incorporate some of the extra string blocks and a few of my OOPS blocks and that wonderful “clothesline” fabric that was just too large a print to cut up into any of the blocks for the front of the quilt. ( I did use one piece of a fat eighth I had in Block # 6 – Wash Day for the very center of the block below)
(If you want a better close up of any of the blocks in this project, I have an entire album dedicated to the Grandma’s Kitchen pattern – click Grandma’s Kitchen album . This album is located on FLICKR.)
Of course, per the norm….my quilts tend to “hang around” waiting to be quilted, so this one won’t be any different.
(Maybe after that trip to California and my visit to OneBlockWonderWoman I will be more inspired to finish a few things!)
Final note – Grandma’s Kitchen pattern is by Pat Sloan; and the free pattern information can be found here
How did you spend your day? Do you leave quilt tops “hanging around” too?