And speaking of the olympics, did you see the commercial by RONA? Usually I mute commercials or do errands during them, but I watched every second of this commercial each time it came on! You know it's a very creative commercial if I like it...and post it on my blog!
I just love how it shows so many olympic events, incorporates all kinds of "regular" people, and travels across Canada in 30 seconds...starts on the west coast in Vancouver BC, crosses the forests and mountains, over the prairies, through Toronto, and past the CN tower, some Quebec shots, over to the maritimes, and right to the east coast in St. John's, Newfoundland.
What would make the commercial even better is handing over a quilting tool, like a seam ripper or a rotary cutter!
Okay...back to quilting. I have now finished quilting ALL the inside blocks...oh yes I have!! Maybe I was obsessed with this project during the olympics because after 4 1/2 years, I am so close to the finish line...it's a marathon quilt!
My dilemma this week is that
I am quilting the outside white blocks with diagonal lines and don't have enough fabric around the quilt to put in the hoop. My last big hand quilting project was finished two years ago, and I think I just had more backing fabric on it to hold the edge steady in the hoop, because I don't remember struggling with this issue then.
But on this red and white quilt I guess I trimmed the backing too close...lesson learned!
One of my quilting friends suggested hand basting a scrap of fabric to the edge of the quilt as I come to each side. She gave me a scrap and showed me how she would do it, and I am trying that. It is so much easier.
Do you have another suggestion about how you would handle edge quilting?
Hop over to Jo's Country Junction and see what other people are trying out today.
And don't forget the Bowls with Borders blog hop...so fun!