After all four sides of the border were attached, I got out the batting I meant to use–Mountain Mist Cream Rose 100% cotton. It was too short in width by 2 inches. So I got out a 108 x 93 Quilter’s Dream 70/30 blend and trimmed large amounts off two sides. Pin basted and was running a basting stitch around the edge when I discovered a large wrinkle. Unpinned, smoothed bottom left corner, re-pinned and finished basting.
My hybrid quilting plan was to machine stitch horizontally and diagonally through the colored star centers and then do some hand quilting in the light stars. I sewed my first seam through the middle row. I should have known (several steps back) that this was a horrible plan. There was no way this was ever going to look OK on the back.
What to do now? My mom happened to be at my house so I had a consultant. I got out the 108″ backing I had planned to Shibori dye and we decided it was a better option than my pieced backing. I also started thinking about my quilting plan and decided to do 100% hand quilting instead of my hybrid plan. Off to the store for a Mountain Mist Quilt-Light poly batting.
Now it’s re-basted and ready to go on my quilt frame. I’ve picked apart the pieced backing and put those fabrics back into my stash. I even plan to re-join the pieces I trimmed from the Quilter’s Dream batting so I can use it for a large quilt later. Lessons learned. I think I’m on the right track now!