Determined to get her the quilts before the New Year I dragged Brenda and GP, who were here on vacation to my local (30 minute away) quilt shop to pick up some 108" backing for 3 quilts. It was a partial success since I got full backings for 2 of the tops and yardage to piece another backing.
I found a wonderful cranberry textured fabic for the Stack n Whack with lattice sashing you see here:
I made this one when I got bit by the Stack n Whack bug back in 2000.
I think every quilt I made that year was designed by Bethany Reynolds.
I found a wonderful Purple fabric that I had to piece to back this other Stack n Whack. I was a bit nervous sending this one out since I am a bit superstitious and I had designated this top for my daughter's house - seeing that she is not yet married I had issues finishing it before she could use it (it has a jungle theme and very much a child's quilt)
Here is an old pic I found of a Show n Tell before I had added the borders (That's me in the White shirt), you can see the fabric yardage on the seat next to me.
Finally, I had to add a border to this old mariner's compass quilt (also designed by Bethany in the book Stars a'la Carte) before I could get it out the door.
I had kept the background fabric tucked away for 9 years becasue I knew the piece needed a border and I had to use the same fabric. I actually did not think the borders would make such a difference and was amazed that it did.
The piece just looks... finished!
Margaret sent me a sneak peek at the quilting on this one and it's going to look fabulous!
I also added the binding for a small Wallhanging Brenda wanted me to finish for her. She put in the final stitches while here.
So in total I pieced two backings (one for the Pumpkin Patch and another for It's a Jungle out there), Added sashing to one quilt (The Pumpkin Patch), bound two quilts (the RWB and The Pumpkin Patch), added a binding to a Wallhanging and added borders to the Mariner's Compass piece. Add to this the help I gave to my daughter in getting her quilts ready to be sent to Margaret and it was a busy month in the quilting dept.
I think I'm ready for 2010!! Bring it on!!