Okay, I was done with the quilt top. Now for the back. The plan was to use the green fabric from the front on the back. Nice and simple.
Or not. I'm pretty lousy with the math of quilting, thank goodness my husband is a walking calculator. I measured twice, cut once and got the wrong size. Oh well, I thought I'd just use the blue fabric instead. Nope, same exact issue. This is where things got foggy. I wasn't going to buy a whole new piece of fabric, this was quilting for heaven's sake. So, I thought and thought and thought and tried to figure out how I could piece something together. I had nothing. I've never quilted before! I thought I could layer the blue and green til the vertical length was that of the quilt top. (Are you confused? I was!)
Well, that wasn't working. This step really took about 3 weeks. I felt paralyzed by lack of experience. Until last weekend. Playing around with 4 inch strips of fabric, I started putting them together using stitch in the ditch -- which is something I learned last year. Check. I wish I took a picture of the strip. It was a gentle arc not the straight line I was hoping for. That was okay, I had enough fabric that I cut it to a semi-straight line. My pinning skills are superb.
I was very proud of myself. The next step was to cut the batting and create the quilt sandwich. Guess what? Yes, I cut it wrong. What am I doing wrong? No matter, back to quilt shop and bought some more. She also gave me some good guidelines and help with the binding fabric.
Today's quilting phrase: Presents as a solid.
I put the quilt together (is that the hardest part?) and machine stitched the sandwich together. I found a great old hoop to put the quilt in and learned me some hand quilting. I learned by reading and lots of starting and restarting. I followed the loops of the blue fabric in different spots. Here is an up-close of my first attempt. (I've since tightened up this section -- it looks a lot better.)
I like this quilting stuff.