We have a proper finish!! The Belfast Bulletin is complete, finished, sorted.
Having finished all the quilting last week, I left it for a few days. It is always good to "be on a break". I think by the time the quilting is finished, you are a bit sick of looking at a quilt. Well, I always am. The quilting is my least favourite bit and it can be sore on the shoulders. At that stage, I am getting frustrated and just a little ratty. I always find it a good idea to walk away from the situation, take 5, smoke a cigarette. No .... I don't smoke, but a metaphorical cigarette. I fling the quilt over the back of a chair for a few days and just walk away.
A few days later, I fall in love all over again, and starting looking forward to sewing on the spotty binding. I always try to use spotty binding, or occasional striped. It is not that I am pretentious enough to think I have a trade mark stamp. Or that I am smug enough to pretend that I am not pretentious. It is just that I like spotty fabric. It is readily available, and always in stock the good old shop near my hairdressers. My spot of choice is good old Rose and Hubble and it's not too expensive. Most times I pass, I buy a metre of a colour, so there is always some to hand.
I chose navy for this quilt. I did buy the navy with the quilt in mind. Well, I wanted royal blue, but it was sold out. I think the navy is like a full stop, a statement binding. This is your quilt. Yes, it is blue for my son, green for my future daughter in law. And the binding is no nonsense navy. I machine stitch my binding on the front of the quilt, flip it over and hand stitch the back. That is my favourite part, honest. I get a lot of satisfaction from just sitting slip stitching the binding down.
This time it was a dark and gloomy day. I decided the best place to stitch was on top of the bed, whilst watching knitting podcasts. I got so caught up in the Grocery Girls, Skeindeer Knits and Stranded Dyeworks, that I did the whole quilt at one sitting. Or lying! It took just over two hours and my fingers were only a little punctured.
The official quilt holder upper is a little unwell, so this is me holding the quilt. I am not terrible tall. As you can tell!
These are just "my quilt is finished" photos. Like many Americans, my future daughter in law's family has Irish ancestry. Remarkably they hail from a small town only 20 miles or so from where we live! The very town where my daughter coincidentally bought her bridesmaid's dress. So ........... the plan is ............ take the quilt for a drive. - take some photos of the quilt on the picturesque bridge without dropping said quilt in the river. My daughter and I will be doing the photos, there will be no dramatic quilts dangling over bridges in the wild shots!. Just hoping it doesn't rain on Sunday.
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