I feel fully justified in a bit of “tah-daaaa”
Now I just have the border to do. But before I get started on that, I need to repin the border. Working from the centre out is important in hand quilting, just as it is when quilting on a domestic machine. It’s virtually impossible to get pinned layers perfectly smooth and tight as you can on longarm rollers, and I had nowhere suitable to spray baste an 80 inch square quilt. There will always be a little excess fabric in one layer or another, and it’s better if that manifests itself at the edges instead of the middle. Sometimes you can quilt the excess out, sometimes not.
On this quilt, there’s a teeny ridge of surplus backing fabric between the quilted blocks and the rest of the pinning, which needs to be smoothed out and the layers repinned. It’s not a biggie, but it does need to happen before the border quilting starts.
Also before I start I have to think about what I want to put there. It would be a lot easier to mark up without the pins in place, so maybe I have to do that first…
So, thinking cap on, cup of coffee… oh bother, no chocolate!