While it was still having the binding stitched to the back, we had what appeared to be our last nice, warm and nearly sunny day for the fall, so the quilt was scooped up for an early morning outside session just as the sun began rising over the hilltop behind the house.
That proved to be a good decision since now that the quilt is completely bound and washed, our weather has turned absolutely awful, with over 3 inches of rain in the past 24 hours and several more inches expected, plus high winds, and the possibility of snow tomorrow here in the higher elevations of western New York.
After ditch quilting all the blocks, I quilted an all-over meandering leaf design except on the borders. I do like the overall texture this design imparts without the quilt looking overly-quilted and becoming stiff. I used my Janome 7700 for all the quilting, and Aurifil 50 wt. thread was used throughout. The batting is Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly blend - my favorite for bed quilts.
I made a first attempt at Lori Kennedy's feathered leaf fmq design after watching her demonstrate it on a recent episode of Sewing with Nancy. It looked like it would be fairly easy to do, and it was, once I had drawn lines to mark off the beginning and end of each unit. Although Lori's feathered leaves look way more relaxed and natural than mine! Oh well, maybe the next attempt will be better?!
One last look at the completed quilt, laid out on the guest bed to finish drying. The top measured 91 inches square before quilting. The batting was pre-rinsed and dried on low heat in an effort to minimize shrinkage in the final quilt. After quilting and washing, the quilt now measures about 88 inches square.
One more small finish for last week - the first of the hexie table toppers, very simply machine quilted with straight lines and bound, and already gifted over the weekend.
The second-youngest grandson recently turned 4 years old and I have yet to make him his big-boy bed quilt. Pondering whether I can pull that off before Christmas. Time will tell! Happy Monday, and I hope the weather is better in your neck of the woods.