I've spent a lot of hours on this quilt this week.
I spent Thursday making the backing. I added a row of 18-inch piecing between the two widths of the backing fabric to make it long enough for the 79 x 96 inch quilt. I thought I'd taken photographs of that, but guess I must have forgotten--so will get shots of the back later.
Use a large ruler to smooth hard-to-reach portions of the top to keep it absolutely flat and aligned.
Many quilters use painter's tape to tape the backing down so it will stay absolutely flat. I was working on the tables at church and quickly realized that if I didn't want to deal with tape popping up, a second piece crossing the first at a right angle would prove invaluable. I didn't have a single instance of "popping" tape.
Now I get to do the fun part: quilting!
One couple attending one of the meetings at church came in to tell me the story of the prayer quilt they recently took to his brother who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. He really liked it (meaning they chose well), but after they'd been home a while they received a phone call from him saying how much it makes him think of their now-deceased mother and the quilts she used to make.
In other news, we received another half-inch of rain last night. (Of course, that means I'll need to spend part of tomorrow taking care of weeds!) Nice to have the monsoons back, even if we're not getting the amount of rain that's falling in a lot of other places.
Am linking to Sarah's Whoop, Whoop and Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts where you can see what other quilters have been up to.