I promised Bella I would get it done, and I did! I found a piece of backing fabric just the right size from my "I am never going to use that in a quilt" pile. I loaded it all on Priscilla, and quilted away. Then I trimmed it and got out the minkee, with great anxiety. I have heard stories of just how difficult this can be to work with in a larger piece. I spread the quilted piece and the minkee on the dining room table.
I took my time and carefully pinned it all around the edges. I am sure I used more pins than I needed, but I really wanted this to work. I pinned right sides together - quilt top to minkee. Then, I took this very heavy piece to Betty Bernina. Together, we sewed and pulled, pulled and sewed until we only had on opening at the bottom to turn it. I back sewed at each corner to give them extra strength. After I clipped the corners, I turned the quilt, sewed the opening closed, and put in eight small ties to keep the minkee where it needed to be. Then I took it over to Bella's house.
She couldn't wait to get it on her bed with all her stuffed friends and her baby dolls. I fit just right, and she was a very happy girl. Hard to get a good photo with her bouncing with joy. I am not fooling myself at all about her liking the fabric or pattern, even though she picked them out. It was the minkee she fell in love with, 100%.
After I got home, I worked more on my October/November challenge at Modern 8 Create.
Currently, it is 40" x 18". It makes a very nice wall hanging. I will leave it up for a couple of days before I decide if it is finished or not. Sure wish you could see the dark rich purple that is not black.
Tomorrow, I have more projects to work on. What are you doing this weekend?
Joyful quilting, everyone.