Here's the story, (long).
Somehow, without making a really conscious decision, I have embarked on a quest to make each of my brothers a generous-sized couch/recliner quilt.......I think of them as nappers.
I have given the first two brothers a quilt (links to blog post following).
John's quilt blog post--- https://dollyshome.blogspot.com/2014/05/diamonds-in-dirt.html
Jim's quilt blog post --- https://dollyshome.blogspot.com/2016/12/star-trails-finished-quilt.html
Now, the top for this third brother's quilt was pieced sometime last year, and I just got the tug to get it quilted last week, when I realized that his birthday was coming up quickly !
Having pieced the back together, I moved furniture around and set up the basting frame on Friday of last week. I spent 7 HOURS altogether, making sure that I hand-thread-basted this quilt closely enough that I didn't think it could 'run' from the foot and make tucks. I was wrong.
But, still, I quilted on it a little bit on Saturday evening, and then again on Monday and Tuesday. Binding followed. Now that's another story. I had a few leftover strips of the fabric that made the two vertical sashes in the quilt top. There wasn't enough of it to make the binding all the way around, but there was enough for me to make the two SIDE bindings wide enough to really carry out the vertical sashing look. Then I bound the top and bottom edges with the same fabric as the bigger backing fabric.
I didn't want Jeff to be upset if he washed it and it crinkled up, thinking that he had messed up somehow. So...........I washed it. AND MAN DID IT CRINKLE UP !
I found this piece of labeling fabric that I have saved for who knows how many years ! It reminded me that he currently drives a BLUE car........so it was perfect for his label. PLUS, this backing fabric looks very much like grape leaves, and he works in the woods gathering grapevines from which wreathes are made ! SCORE !
Three down, two more to go !