I worked last evening until I had the 2nd SEC top to the same point as the 1st--needing only the vertical borders on both. I pre-washed all the muslin for the backs and a bit more besides and then spent about an hour and half ironing it all with time out to run for more sizing and wrinkle release. That stuff came out looking like it had been accordion pleated!
So when I took this picture I was working on the 2nd top or at least trying too, LOL. Pippi thinks the measuring tape is a cat toy. Not only was she attracted to the top itself but she wanted to play. I still got the series of measurements I needed but it wasn't easy. (That Vanderbilt block threw all my measurements off and it looks better now that the side borders are on.)
I met my goal of having the tops done by the end of this week. Both backs are pieced and all the binding strips joined and waiting to be pressed. Wanna guess where Pippi is sitting now?? Yep, right on a big pile of charcoal gray binding. What a silly kitty! Tomorrow, I'll probably press all that binding along with two other top's worth but it is house cleaning day. I'll lay off the sewing till Monday and then it is onto the round robin since the due date is looming (the evening of December 5th). DJ's friend is here to see him, not me and my only responsibility will be to cook them dinner. My routine is unchanged with the guest here.
Oh, the quilt on the bed? My first quilt--a huge sampler I made for DJ. It got huge because I forgot or didn't remember that the blocks share sashing as a rule. Handquilted in the quilt as you go method--my mom, bless her, sewed the sections together and it was NOT easy. Then of course, I was sick, sick, sick of it and eventually I paid her to quilt the triple borders---7 years in the making or something like that.
Guess that's it for now------