The Monday before I left for retreat, I was texted by my long arm quilter to tell me the quilting on Double Delight was finished. I picked the quilt up and took her along to the retreat.
Early morning is a great time to use the cutting tables, no one else is up! I trimmed the quilt then attached the label. I always sew my labels into the corner of the quilt so it is machine stitched on two of the label sides. If anyone tries to plagiarize my quilt, I'm going to make them work hard at it!
After that, the binding was sewn to the front. I planned on turning and handing stitch the binding to the back at home which I did. Of course I put the quilt on my bed at the retreat even though the binding wasn't finished.
All other handwork came to a complete stop this week while I sewed the binding, this is a big quilt at 107" by 118.5". It did shrink during quilting.
This is a view of the back of the quilt. Since the quilt was so large, I used white whole cloth muslin since that comes in a 120" width.
Double Delight is designed by Bonnie Hunter and is found on the free pattern page of her website. You need to scroll way down to the bottom of the page. Double Delight is one of her older mysteries, if not her first one. She had plain borders on her quilt.
I don't take credit for Bonnie's pattern but I do take credit for the 9 patch border which I designed. The math actually worked out for me!
The overall machine quilting was by Three Sisters Fabric, New Paris, Ind. The quilting design is called Raindrops. I love all the swirls, they really do look like raindrops that have fallen into a puddle!
Of course I have to show a picture of the quilt on our bed. I've heard several people complain that they get too hot when a wool batt is used in a quilt. We weren't too hot at all, just nice and comfortable.
And yes, I am very pleased this border. Math and I do not always communicate well. In this case we did!
Here is a link to all my posts about Double Delight.
Linking to Kathys Slow Stitching Sunday, Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Handmade Monday, Design Wall Monday, Favorite Finish Monthly