I suspect long time readers of this blog can figure out what this lump is under the quilt.
Yes, that would be my darling Lily the Pest. The same little critter who kept me awake last night by scratching and scratching at the closet door. No, she wasn't trapped inside, she wanted to get in there. She never does this during the daytime, only when we're trying to sleep. As I said, the Pest.
Yesterday I got the binding and sleeve machine sewn onto Terms. The top of the sleeve gets sewn right in there at the same time as the binding - that's one less bit of hand sewing I have to do. Anyway, got halfway through finishing off the binding while watching "The Fifth Element" with my sweetie. Goofy movie that both of us disliked in the theater but grew to love just watching bits of it on HBO. Now we thoroughly enjoy it. As Ruby Rhod would say "super green."
While I was trimming the extra batting and backing off of Terms, I thought I'd mention about how I don't square up quilts anymore. I know the Quilt Police are all into that "squared up" thing and once upon a time I tried to follow those rules. This was the last quilt I squared up:
I wrote about this quilt in my very first post. Sorry I don't have a better picture of it - I know this one is tiny. I hand-pieced the top and then quilted very closely - every quarter inch. Love how it came out. But when it came to squaring up the edges before putting on the binding, I finally realized that I was going around and around and around the top and it was never getting any squarer - just smaller. I easily lost an inch of the border, if not more, which saddens me because I adore this Hoffman floral.
So that was it. I don't square any more. I don't care if the quilt has an odd shape. It'll wobble if it's gonna wobble - trimming it down to nothing just isn't going to help. Much less stress my way. I just trim straight, about three inches at a go. Move the ruler, trim a bit, move the ruler, trim, and on and on. That's what I was doing up there in that top picture when Lily jumped in.
Susan asked about Lebanese food. Go here for a description of my favorite dishes, as well as to see Xs and Os in progress on Fruit Punch.
Cotton Pickin' Andi of Phoenix AZ has made some bold Xs and Os for her Take the Leap Challenge quilt.
New blogger Caroline at Quilty Nurse is working on great wonky houses, an alphabet sampler and Judy's Hour a Day Challenge. She's got her hands full - how about giving her some encouragement.