Which is so not fair. But that is life.
But, the string-x quilt is finally finished. I wish I could get it to the fair, but life threw me a curve ball this week and I just don't have the time to put the sleeve on the back. That's OK, though. I am pretty much in love with it anyhow.
I pieced and quilted it with my machine, but sewed the binding on by hand. It measures 81.5" square - a bit smaller than I had planned, but it still fits the guest room bed just fine.
These two photos were the best I got - I was going to take some more today, but I ran out of time. And then it rained. Oh well. Here are a few more - the color is a bit off, but you get the idea.
I might like the back better than the front. I used the leftover strips from the borders to make the center part. The rest I just kind of made up as I went. The large floral will be the curtains in the guest room so I wanted some of it on the back, too. I just had a lot of the stripe so why not? After all, the majority of this quilt came from my stash.
I love love love the way the quilting looks on the back. Love.
I didn't have any aspirations that this would win a ribbon at the fair. There are small bits that - ahem - give this quilt character. But I wasn't striving for perfection. I wanted to make a quilt this year and I did it. It took a long time, but I stuck with it. I have only made 4 small throw size quilts before, all done after I started this one. This is the quilt I wanted to make, though. This is the one that I won't give away. It's mine and, yes, I'm pretty much in love.
I'm also feeling a bit stretched thin - a lot to do and not much time. I think I am going to step away from the blog for a week or so. Fatty and I have a grand adventure planned - we're off to Portland, Maine for a little getaway. There is food to eat, drinks to consume and bloggers to meet. More on that when I get back.
Take care, friends. See you soon.