Then something happened. Joanne Lendaro at Splitting Stitches had a Quilting Stimulus giveaway. I won half price quilting. Joanne's other blog is called Insanely Cheap Quilting. Her prices are good already(we are talking $65 for queen size!), so half price was an excellent price!
I sent in the top and backing. I chose to buy the batting from Joanne and save on shipping. I also chose the Hobbs 80/20 batting. I have to say it worked out well!
Here are a couple of (badly taken) pictures of the quilt and one close up of the quilting.
I did the trimming at a friend's house. I was planning to use the big open floor, but I watched a video that showed trimming/squaring on a table top...so I tried it. It worked great and my back and knees thank me.
My friend looked at the table after I was finished trimming and said "Sure looks like a lot of waste!"
I said, "That isn't waste a lot of it will be used in other projects." And it will. This picture also shows the rulers I used for trimming. I have to say that I love this 16 1/2" square ruler for squaring. It really assisted nicely in getting it squared. I also used my 6 by 24" ruler ( you can see a bit of it in the lower left corner) After getting the corner squared, I used the longer ruler to trim up to the next corner.
I want to try some free motion quilting with the extra Hobbs 80/20 batting and compare it to my usual Warm and Natural/ Warm and White. From the feel of it, I think it will work just as well.