I have to admit, after the zealousness of the last post I kind of lost my mojo. Squares seventy-two to ninety were tedious. And once I learned what was involved in finishing I lost all interest. But I forged through!
I think my favourite part is that it only cost the price of the batting – twenty five dollars. The backing is a sheet from Ikea that we bought years ago from a bargain bin. I loved that set so much – it was so soft and cool – but the fitted sheet got a hole and we had to throw it out. I insisted on keeping the flat one and now I’m so glad I did! The batting is cotton-bamboo from Mitchell Fabrics (I drove to Winnipeg by myself Saturday to get it!). It is so very soft and cozy I would have happily used it as a blanket.
I had always planned on tying the quilt with this leftover Cascade 220 and I had also planned on binding it until I saw this post on The Purl Bee. To be honest I found some of the steps in this “easy” quilt super difficult. I couldn’t figure out why you cut the binding and the muslin twice or why all of the tying and pinning and trimming were done on the floor. After a short while my body was aching and I was nauseous from all that crouching and crawling. Is quilting supposed to me that physically demanding? I ended up pinning the edging on the floor then sticking a few safety pins in it and doing the tying on my lap – much more comfortable.
I also ran into trouble because my top was totally asymmetrical. The squares I had worked on in early ’05 were larger than the ones I finished in the last few weeks so the top was much wider than the bottom. I just trimmed the sheet to two inches wider than the top all around and now you can barely tell.
Also: man big quilts are hard to photograph! I failed to clean our whole bedroom and had to crop out almost everything. Plus Bowie kept following me around whimpering until I took his photo. Seriously.
Anyway, I would really love to hear more about your quilting process because the floor work really did turn me off a bit. Or if you don’t quilt tell me how cute my dog is. Whatevs.