Thanks for all of your encouragement :-)
Quilters are just the nicest people!
I sewed when I got home Wednesday evening,
and when I could yesterday,
and by 7:11 last night,
I had a finished quilt top!
Tyler helped me baste the top to the batting
and I spent a little less than 2 hours (total)
last night and this morning
stitching in the ditch,
every 2nd or 3rd seam
horizontally and vertically
to stabilize everything.
I'm becoming a fan of this, even though it is extra work;
I feel like things stay lined up better.
I don't know ~ it could be all in my head....
I can definitely see the appeal of a wash away thread
for this method;
I could put the pedal to the metal
if I didn't have to worry about staying perfectly in the ditch!
As it is - I go s u p e r slow.
My backing fabric just arrived in the mail
(wow - that was fast!)
so I will
throw very carefully lay the quilt back on the floor
and get a kid to help me baste the backing to the other 2 layers,
then I'll mark the lines for my hand-quilting
(just a few ~ no time to go crazy ;-)
and put in about an hour of machine quilting
before I'll need to set it aside for other work.
I'm thinking I am actually going to be able to pull this off.
linking up with Amanda Jean