I finished the quilt for Ariel's tennis coach this morning. I realized when I woke up in a panic that I'm running out of time to finish things so that was my goal for the day and to have it done by 10:30 in the morning feels really good, especially since the migraine is back in full force. I'm wondering if I have a pinched nerve or something in my left shoulder that is triggering this thing because it started when I was putting the binding on the quilt and that requires a lot of left shoulder use. But who has time for a headache when there are only three days left of vacation? Not me!
This quilt is based on the Sudoku puzzles. I'm no good at them myself, they involve numbers and you remember how much I hate those guys. Each row vertically and horizonally should not contain the same fabric square. Now, I have made about 10 of these and the second one I did had a mistake (ode to the Amish I say) and there was one square that had two of the same fabric pieces in it so I say each row SHOULD not have two of the same fabrics in it. Look closely and see if I did it this time. I used a solved Sudoku puzzle from the internet and matched each fabric to a number and then sewed them together following the solved puzzle. If you are really up for a challenge, you can solve the puzzle first and then do the sewing.
I made the quilt top back in January and then it sat until today when I finally got around to adding the border and finishing the backing so I could quilt it. The quilting and binding really doesn't take a lot of time, it's just getting the quilt ready for all of that which seems to take forever. I like to think of it as 'aging' the quilt properly.
The backing has a pucker in it and I'm washing it now, hoping that it shrinks enough so the pucker isn't noticible. I'm usually pretty good about keeping the back tight, but this quilt is bigger than my normal ones. The sides are a little wavy as well so I'm hoping a good washing will help with that too.