Polly is back in the states and packing and getting ready for another trip. Family calls this time as a visit to Kansas will encompass son Jim's retirement from the USMC and 3 grandchildren graduating from High School. Busy, busy, busy.
I'm getting ready myself for Pittsburgh in 2 weeks for International Quilt Market. Yes, it's that time again. Everything is mostly done except for a quilt that I am hand quilting. I am also going to demonstrate Big Stitch hand quilting at market using this quilt - 2 birds - one stone.
So, in a bit of a change for my usual hand quilting….. I am quilting the border first. I will then sew on the binding - then finish the Big Stitch hand quilting in the middle while demonstrating at Quilt Market. I know. Breaking all the quilting rules. It is true what they say - once you know the rules, you then know when you can break them.
This is the strange melange of quilting here……. the flying geese in the middle of the hoop is the border/outer edge of the quilt. The busy fabric on the bottom of the hoop is the backing. Once the quilt is trimmed to the outside edge of the quilt - the excess backing will be cut away.
Why do I do it this way? Well, because I quilt in a hoop. If I have the extra batting and backing - this is what I do…. I cut the batting 5" bigger all the way around. The top is 48" square, so the batting is 58" square. Then I cut the backing 10" bigger all the way around - so the backing is 68" square. Once I baste the quilt top - especially all around the outer edge (this is important). I fold the backing up over the excess batting which gives me a fabric covered batting that is 5" bigger all the way around the basted quilt.
Once the quilt is quilted and the excess batting and backing cut away - the extra backing goes into my scrap box. This is another example of why my scrap box will never empty.
What else…. I'm sitting here this afternoon, stitching and waiting for a delivery truck. Yes, today is New Sofa Day!! New Sofa Day is a wonderful holiday that we celebrate here every once in awhile.
Have a great weekend.
Gee, it almost seems like …..well, 19 years since the last New Sofa Day. Time flies.