Finished quilt size: 60" x 63"
Lost a bit of width due to my batting panels not being as square as they should have been when I cut them.
Cutting queen size batting into 8 inch strips was cumbersome. The batting sheds a lot of fiber in the air, caught myself sneezing quite a bit. Needed to Swiffer at least once a day on the days I would sew.
Using a disappearing ink marker, I wrote the year and embroidered over it by hand with a simple satin stitch. It's not perfect, but a quick way to label the quilt. I saw a quilt where a signature was embroidered, but it looked really nice (not stringy), like they had signed it using a pen with thread as ink. Really started me thinking about embroidery.
The results came out perfectly! This method means that not a single stitch showing on either side of the binding! I never understood why some quilters preferred to hand stitch but I think I get it now. See the binding in the "2014" photo? It looks like that on both sides!
Attaching Binding with Invisible Seams
This blanket is pretty large, I think I watched about 2-3 movies while doing it. Of course, if I'm watching a movie that means I'm sewing fairly slow so take it for what that's worth.
While I'm not convinced we needed another blanket, this was a supremely fun project. The contrast of the colorful backing and binding against the gray is amazing. Makes me happy.
New fabric arrived while I was out of town last week. Next up - baby girl herringbone quilt!