The top for Aimée is together, and I can stop whipping out my tape measure and calculator every few minutes.
Spontaneous design is very nice, and looks fun, but it does require a lot of arithmetic, never my strong point. If God had wanted us to do long division, he’d have given us calculators instead of fingers. And I don’t really enjoy working in base 16 (inches) when I’m used to base 10 (centimetres) in daily life. But this is the price you pay for making it up as you go along…
I have to head over to Spotlight tomorrow and buy 4 metres of backing fabric (since I don’t think I’ll find anything suitable in wideback, but I may be mistaken). I have batting, I have thread, I’m good to go. For the binding, I’ve dug out some dark grey fabric with a cream spot, the same, you may remember, as I used a while back for my pillows. I reckon with a bit of nifty piecing-in of some of the red from the red border, I might just have enough.
Next stop, the sandwich. I shall, as usual, be pinning the quilt using quilting safety pins, and my 3 metre dining table. I’m too old and my hip is too painful to crawl on the floor, and if I tape the backing and batting along one edge of the table, then offer up the quilt top to the same edge and pin from one side to another, letting the weight of the fabric pull everything taut, I’ve been getting a pretty good result and no sore back. Once half the pinning is done, you untape the backing edge and carefully pull it across. Most of the time, there’s very little smoothing out needed. I can even pin sitting down.
Nearly time to tick another one off the list!