Ever since school let out for the summer, I have been cleaning and playing on my computer. I’ve made some more of my "100 Dress Challenge” dresses for Little Dresses for Africa, some squares for "Rainbow Around the Block", several of Anna Maria Horner’s “I Want One of Everything Bags”, but sadly, my quilting has been put on the back burner. Today I got up and told myself to get out the pink lap quilt I started LAST summer and see if I could finish it within the next week. It would be a way to keep mind off of the fact I’m covered in chigger bites and they are itching me to the point I am ready to scream. I wonder which will end first....the new bites appearing and itching or the quilt getting completed. We shall see. Sorry about the quality of the photograph of the quilt top, but I have not as yet figured out how to properly photograph quilts in progress. It is made from Moda Jelly Roll pieces of fabric, but I do not remember which collection I was using. It is pale yellows, greens, and pinks, and the backing is a lovely little yellow print which will blend in well. I put Prairie Points on along the top and bottom edges.
I was fortunate in that WallyWorld...AKA WalMart... is now carrying a 80% cotton/20% polyester batting at $11.00 for a double bed sizing so I did not have to drive 100 miles round trip to Michael’s to buy the cotton Heirloom batting. That put a smile on my face.
So here is where I am at plugging away. I’ve cut out the batting and because I am old and used to doing it “my way” dating back 50 years, I hand basted the batting to the top with a dark blue thread starting at the top and working down every two inches to the bottom. After that I cut out the backing strips and have them sewn them to either side of the backing and across one end. I refuse to buy more fabric to equalize the strips of the back because I made a promise to myself that I would use only what I had on hand...with the exception of the batting which I needed. Now let’s see how far I get today. That answer is up for grabs!