After a quick start on this final donation quilt from the crate, I became distracted (oh look! a dust mote!) by family photos and my on-going genealogy project.
But finally, I put my nose to the grindstone and finished the quilting today. It doesn't have binding yet .. only because I don't think I have a good candidate for that.
Until now. :-) It's finally quilted .. oh, hooray!
I didn't have enough batting in one piece to use, but I did have a bunch of smaller pieces. So, I Frankensteined them together and it worked out rather well.
The backing is a lovely, soft, butter yellow flannel. (I think this fabric contributed to some "issues".)
I loaded it on Lizzie and decided to stitch in the ditch around each and every diamond, as well as the perimeter of the white sashing. I figured this would stabilize the entire top. Then I'd stitch in the ditch around the inner border. And as I advanced the quilt, I stitched down the outer raw edge to secure them, as I always do.
My thinking was that when I got to the end of the top and stitched the bottom edge, I could then release that rail and only have one layer to work with. I could roll that one layer back and forth to get the rest of the quilting done.
I *KNOW* that I've read of others using this technique. I'm almost sure that I've done it before. But this time? Problems.
I have absolutely no frickin' idea how that tuck got there, much less the "poofiness" in the top. The tuck *is* quilted down rather nicely but ::sigh:: it's still there. Yuck. Dang .. and it seemed to be going quite well. :-(
All the stitch in the ditch made the white sashing puff up very nicely .. I really do like the effect.
Once I find some binding fabric, I'll get the label & the binding on and pop it into the washer/dryer.
Then all the donation quilts that I've been holding onto will be given to the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, which is a local one-up charitable organization that I like to support. When they're gone, that will open a nice, big area in my sewing room. Current status to the contrary, I really *do* like limiting the visual clutter. (go ahead and chuckle .. y'all know what I mean!)