Being fussier than ever over my accuracy when cutting, piecing and trimming paid off big-time. When it got to sewing the strips together, all the seams abutted beautifully, which was very rewarding.
I then had to race out and get some piping cord so I could complete the borders this weekend. I hadn't tried this before, but it wasn't too hard. The worst parts were my machine oddly skipping a lot of stitches with the needle to the far right, and getting the tension right on 3 layers of fabric, when one wasn't quilters' cotton. The corners ended up being relatively easy. Because the outer border is a stripe I needed to mitre the corners. Not my favourite task, although I am getting faster and neater at it. But it conveniently meant no fussing over the piping around corners. Even better, I managed to get the stripes to match at ALL four corners.
The quilt top is now pressed and folded neatly, waiting for the backing to arrive in my big order from eQuilter.
I'll take my machine in for a service on Tuesday morning - and hope they're quick with it. I can't be without it tomorrow, as it's child care day for James, which means I can sew while Eleanor sleeps!
Speaking of Eleanor, she has been commando-crawling for a couple of weeks, and now gets up on hands and knees. She can keep herself happy for ages on the floor now with a few toys and me sitting nearby pinning quilt blocks. I'll do more of an update next week when she hits 7 months.