One of my managers is having a baby, and because she's leaving at the end of the month, we're having to do her baby shower about a month early...
So, I pieced the top over the weekend, bought and preshrunk the backing on Monday (I intended to do more, but my husband decided to take a nap in the middle of the living room floor, and wouldn't move), and worked until 2 am last night finishing this for the baby shower today.
I tried to quilt it, stitch in the ditch, 3 TIMES, and everything kept shifting, despite safety pins, Sulky spray and my best efforts. So, I finally finished picking it out the last time close to midnight, and decided to just tie it, and sew on the binding. I finished at exactly 1:45 a.m.
The finished result
If you notice, the stitching is pretty poor at this point. The binding was the very last thing I did, and my legs were literally shaking as I was ironing it - that's how tired I was. It also would have looked better with a mitered corner, but I didn't really trust myself to do a mitered corner (which I've done once before).
But, it's done - and the lady I made it for doesn't sew, so she's not likely to really pay much attention to the stitchwork the way I would. ;o)
I'm thinking that the fact that I was using high-loft batting might have been why I had so much trouble trying to quilt it. I was just using my sewing machine, with a walking foot attachment. Everytime I had the fabric top looking good, the backing was 'baggy' between the quilting (no folds at least), the one time I had the backing looking good, the top looked terrible.
Any feedback, positive or negative appreciated.