I started a new quilt yesterday. That in itself is nothing unusual. It’s the finishing that’s a bit dicey.
This retreat I was on a mission to get the coveted Golden Scissors charm for my name tag . To get it, I’d have to piece, quilt, and bind a quilt to completion all without doing any prep work like cutting stuff out ahead of time. ✂️
I arrived at retreat yesterday morning, got settled in, and got down to business. By bedtime (10 pm 😳 which is LATE for me) I’d managed to piece the center and add one skinny border. 🧵
Somehow, the sleep gods smiled on me and I rolled out of bed at 6 am (also, late for me). The top was finished and the backing piecing begun before breakfast. By lunchtime, I had the backing piecing finished, the quilt sandwich pinned together, and the quilting finished. Boom, boom, boom!
My favorite part of the whole making a quilt process is hand stitching down the binding. Yes, you read that right. I don’t like cutting it all out; piecing it is meh; quilting it is a drag. But the handwork is quite pleasurable. Do I hand quilt? Negative, Ghost Rider. It’s only the binding that gets the love.
Behold my Army Mom quilt.
I don’t usually go in for pieced backings either but it’ll do and it was a learning experience. One I don’t care to repeat, but a lesson nonetheless.
I’m betting I’ll sleep well tonight.
What’s under your needle?