This is a big finish for me. The QOV is done. I am going to add a hanging sleeve to the back in case my brother wants to use it, but other than that, this project moves across the finish line. I feel very good about that.
I added a friendship star to the backing. It's very appropriate.
When I was at MQE last spring the person at the Quilt of Valor booth gave me one of the labels they use when they present a quilt. I doctored the picture so my brother's name isn't visible.
Some of the backing fabric. My very poor hand quilting is visible but that's ok.
This means I can move to another UFO and push it across the finish line. I selected the Festive Mystery Quilt because all I need to do is quilt it and bind it and it's done. I've already run into problems with that simple intention, so I'll begin today with some unsewing. That's the quilting life.
I want to give a shout out to SewCalGal for a recent review she did on a Craftsy class with Cindy Needham. http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/2013/02/craftsy-class-design-it-quilt-it-with.html Based on her post and review I decided to take the course, mostly because one of the segments was about a table-top method of basting the quilt sandwich. This part of quilting for me has always been the big dread. Last night I watched the intro and the basting segments and feel that I have already learned so much. Cindy is terrific, and has a nice way of conveying what she knows. FYI, when I clicked on the Craftsy link through SewCalGal's post, the course was discounted 25%, but when I opened Craftsy from my browser the course was the regular $40. I don't know how long that discount is in effect.
Wishing you a finish soon.
God Bless You.