I have been slowly working on this lap sized quilt since the summer, finishing lots of things while it simmers on the back burner. Last week I got to the layout stage on the design wall and now I am piecing the half stars into vertical columns. It has hung there, patiently waiting for me to get a move on, and with no other quilts actively on the go, this seems to be its time.
Originally, I had planned to use the same colourful print on the front for the backing, but I totally missed out on buying yardage, and I’m still disappointed about that. I’m always late to the party when it comes to new collections; I like to mull things over and decide if I REALLY need it, and this means I often miss out. Oh well, bigger problems in the world. I think my favourite neutral print on the top is the white Eucalyptus, so I ordered this fabric for the backing from the AMH site, as she had a 20% off sale running around Valentine’s Day. I’m sure it will be just fine. Not everything needs or wants to be technicolour!
I haven’t decided on what I will do for binding though. I have scraps from the FQs used, and I would like to do a scrappy binding, but the pattern specifically states that bias binding is needed, and I am worried about deviating from this instruction given the angles. I also don’t like hand stitching binding, I always machine bind and am wondering if this will work for this unique pattern. Does anyone have experience with this?
At this point I think I am going to quilt it similarly to the pattern quilt, with straight lines between the stars, but I have contemplated sending it out to be quilted. I have never sent a quilt out for quilting before and the angles in this top are intimidating to me for some reason, so maybe this is a good one to try it out with. The shop I have in mind had a Night Sky on display as a sample, and it did look nice.
Decisions, decisions. With most of my projects I have concrete visions, desires and expectations. With this quilt, not so much! It really is a new sensation (cue the music)!