No Scrap Basket Sunday for me yesterday. I really wanted to finish my hand quilting. Besides, without my best girl - who is still in the shop - I couldn't piece. I could have cut a bunch of blocks from my scraps, but I'm afraid they would get mixed up on my cluttered sewing table. So I focused on hand quilting, which I finished around 10:00 p.m. This morning I did the binding. There is no label yet, as the backing is too dark to write on, but I'll take care of that soon.
I think the dark binding frames this nicely - I like it better than I did before it was bound. Between one jelly roll strip and what I had left from a matching piece in the "dessert roll" was just enough to squeeze out a narrow, single-fold binding. I'm glad of that, as I really wanted to bind this with a print from the collection.
This sideways shot, taken without flash, is the best picture I could get of the quilting. It isn't up to my usual standards - I'm very much out of practice, but it will do. I'm just thrilled to be hand quilting again. Five years ago arthritis was making the process almost too painful, so I quit. I guess the rest really helped my hands. I did this with no pain at all - other than a little from my sore fingers.
I still need to give the quilt a bath and a final blocking to make it lie flat and straight. But first I need to get dressed. I was in too much of a hurry to finish this to do so before now LOL!
I have seven more little quilts to baste, so that's what I'm back to doing. (And taking cleaning breaks - the need for those never seems to end.) I hope to have all the basting finished when my girl comes home next week. I have many piecing goals for May!