Today was also a major learning curve for my quilting efforts.
A. Do not wash the batting prior to making the sandwich (even if a book tells you to). This effort ruined my batting so I had to run to town and purchase some new batting. This time I did pick enough though to finish both boys' quilts. Lovely!
With my batting in hand and the boys in bed I went to make my quilt sandwich.
B. Make sure you measure accurately to have enough backing fabric. At this point I am beginning to think it was not meant to be. But no! This was the whole reason for my starting this challenge to begin with. Often with sewing projects when I hit a snag the project ends up sitting in the sewing room until I decide I can conquer the issue. I refuse to let this quilt become a dusty "in progress" project that might or might not be finished by the time Clark graduates. (Worse it would probably be more like finished for a grandchild). So, I ran downstairs (where it's much cooler anyway) and cut some fabric to add to the backing material. However, while downstairs I realized I still had some strips left over from creating the rail fence blocks on the front. Using the same technique I used two of those strips to create a sister effect on the back. Amazingly it looks intentional and I think rather cute. Plus, it gives me an area now to use a permanent fabric pen and put a little dedication on the back (name, birth date, etc.). I am just "sew" excited!
Backing fabric with strips sewed on bottom.
Which mimics the front of the quilt below.
Ah, tomorrow I should be able to actually put the sandwich together and baste it. Will I actually get to the quilting? Only time will tell.
Grant learned a new trick tonight. He is now toddling around a little more each day. Today he decided to try climbing. Yes, he can now make it into the big chair all by himself.
My house will never be the same!