I spent last evening attaching the binding and label, excited to see it all done.
This is a rather large quilt, and the challenge was going to be how to capture it in photos...with a rather dark house...with small rooms...in the winter...in Wisconsin...by myself with no assistant quilt holder-uppers.
Fortunately, the weather cooperated with a clear and bright, windless, not-so-cold day.
I thought I might get a better perspective by laying it on the snow outside and shooting it from a higher vantage point, i.e., the upstairs bathroom window.
Well, uh, fail. Even with zoom, it didn't look right. Pretty view of the back yard, though.
So I tromped back outside and did the best I could on the level. Of course, every time I walked near the quilt, I was making eight or ten-inch craters in the snow with my boots.
As I was leaving the back yard, it struck me to toss it up over the deck railing. Smaller quilts typically slide down on one side or the other, but with this big-un, it actually stayed put.
Elizabeth really knocked it out of the park on the quilting. I can't thank her enough for everything she did to get the quilting just right. You can read more about that experience in her blog post here. Great photos there too.
The label she hand embroidered is so very special. I think she could have a niche business just hand embroidering quilt labels. How often do we skip that important step? Guilty, here.
By the way, the backing fabric is Robert Kaufman, A Pirate's Life for Me Pirate Booty. Who doesn't love a little pirate booty? Just adds to the whimsy.
More about the back story of this quilt can be found in these previous posts:
* how the idea came about
* significance of the color scheme
* tutorial for a string table mat (how the string rings are made)
* design decisions
* finished quilt top
Thanks for stopping by, and a very Happy New Year to you!