Well, we had just had one of those days! You know, when your car doesn’t make it past your street, your washer overflows, you discover you have overdraft fees (even though you had deposited checks days before, they still apparently had not cleared) and every small appliance in your house decides to go kaput. By the end of it, you just have to laugh and give each other a cuddle. Not much else you can do, and it certainly isn’t the end of the world. :)
Moving on to quilt progress; I ended up washing the top of the quilt after it was sewn and it turned out fine. I also washed all of the fabric before i sewed the back, so everything is officially pre-washed! It was probably good to wash after I had sewn the top together, considering there are a few places where the seams came undone. It was a little difficult with the square dance pieces because there wasn’t much seam allowance around the edges. I barely squeezed 1/4″ out. I reinforced the broken seams, and I have finished the back, purchased and washed farifield bamboo batting, and managed to pin and hand tie every square, and have decided that I am going to hand quilt with the “big stitch” look. It looks quite nice with just the hand ties, but I’m feeling that I’d like it to be a bit sturdier (plus I have always LOVED this look–it gives such a wonderful homemade feeling). I keep thinking that this could become something my daughter cherishes, so maybe I should consider how it will hold up in twenty years…
I’ve kinda been holding out for Anna Maria Horner’s post about hand quilting, but I figure I’d just go for it. This baby could come any day, might as well use this time wisely!
Update 3/31/10: Here is a link to the stitch post! Anna Maria Horner: The Stitch