I lack a little over one row of hand quilting plus whatever I am going to quilt in the outer border but for all practical purposes Winner’s Bouquet is finished. DH and I have been sleeping under it (with the unfinished part at the bottom of the bed) since it has turned cold in Florida. This is the largest quilt I have ever made–90″ x 90″–and I am happy to report the cover wars have ended!
I don’t usually bind a quilt till it is totally finished but in this case I had already machine quilted around the blocks so it was stabilized. Adding my hand quilting was hurting my hands so I did the binding which used slightly different muscles. At least that got it on the bed earlier. Here are a couple of close ups of the quilting I’m adding. I am using two different thread colors (Gutermann hand quilting), depending on which fabric it is on or near.