I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am this week. Finally, finally I made myself work on the back for Goose's quilt & it's done! I took the time to sit down, do the math, and cut all the pieces for the back one evening last week. I already had most of it figured out, but had to double-check everything before I started cutting.
I was so paranoid making those first few cuts. I only had 1/2 yard cuts of the fabrics for the back, and was cutting them wider than half the width, so if I screwed up I would have to come up with a different way of doing the back. Luckily my original math was correct, and it came out exactly the size I planned, which is a few inches bigger than the top.
Next up I have to baste this bad boy, and I can't even begin to think about how much fun that isn't going to be. I had to crawl around on the floor a bit to pin the pieces together while I was working on the back, which wasn't easy with this little bowling ball in the way. I'm not sure how I'm going to crawl on the floor for an extended amount of time to baste this thing. Anybody want to come visit to help me pin? And by help, of course I mean do all the work on the floor while I sit & watch. :) It's certainly tempting to wait until after he gets here so I can move around a little more easily, but I'm actually still kind of hoping to get this all finished up before he comes. We'll see!
Of course I still need to decide for sure how I'm going to quilt it. I'm really leaning towards hand-quilting with random size & placement of circles all over. No other great ideas, so that's probably what I'll stick with.
I need to measure again & see if the striped pieces I have left from the jelly roll will be enough to bind the whole thing. If not, I'm leaning towards using just the bright blue dots, which will match the vertical stripe on the back (and some of the squares on the front).
Nothing else is really in the works right now since I don't really want to start any big new projects right now. My biggest "in progress" has yet to make his debut & seems to be staying put for now. We sure are anxious & excited to meet him!
Until next time...