I wanted a simple, laid back summer look so I quilted every 6 inches down the length of the quilts. I love the soft look that resulted. Now brace yourself...I attached the binding entirely by machine. I know. I know. Forgive me quilters of the world for I have sinned. It's not something I would normally do but there was no physical way to handstitch 45 feet of binding in less than a week.
The back may be a little wonky in a few places but it's the back. I still have movement in my wrist and my sanity is in tack. I figured these two small points were more important than trying to achieve perfection.
I did learn alot in these few weeks of mad making.
First, a random pattern for the backing may have been a better choice. It would have hidden the stretching that happened as a result of putting a 6 yard length of fabric through the washing machine and dryer. (I tried hard to square it up but if the selvedge lined up on the mat I was never cutting through the center of all the primroses. Any hints?)
Second, my home will not accomodate a quilt larger than twin size. My kitchen floor had mere inches left after the quilt back was taped to the floor.
Third, there is such a thing as too much pinning. You'll know you've reached that point when the skin begins peeling off your thumb and you're only on the first half of the first quilt.
Finally, a walking foot rocks!