Tonight I rolled up the rug, blocked the front door with the sofa, and basted my dad's king-sized quilt! It wasn't a pretty sight, but we're all friends here, right?
Of course, Penelope was quite a pest while I was taping the back to the floor -- and she was much relieved when the whole process was done. Finally, she seemed to say, my comfy spot.
I spent a long, long time at Sew Sisters yesterday, searching for a backing fabric that would work well with this quilt and not break the bank (!). The sweet staff of the shop and many rounds of their customers helped out. It was a team effort and I finally made a choice -- wallpaper roses from Heather Bailey's Pop Garden. The colours harmonize remarkably well with Secret Garden, and I don't think I would have been able to make this call if I were shopping online (my usual route). There is definitely something to be said for the brick-and-mortar shopping venue.
My dad wanted something fresh and peaceful and I think this fits the bill. I love it!
Next up: quilting this monster! I used a lovely king-sized wool batting...my favourite batting. While pinning, it struck me that it would be awfully nice to use wool for my Farmer's Wife quilt, since I'm planning to hand quilt it...I might just need to visit the Connecting Threads batting sale. Hmmm....
I hope you all are having fun tonight. I think it's time for a stiff drink and some episodes of Storage Wars.
I really know how to live it up.
Bye for now!