Saturday night I finished putting together the Between Friends Jr. backing. I got it all sewn together and was debating borders, but I didn't have enough of any one fabric to actually do the borders on both sides and binding the same way, so I finally left it and decided to come back to it.
After sleeping in a bit... I know this week will consist of a lot of LATE NIGHTS!, I started working on the borders of the YBR quilt. I abandoned my original plan in favor of this light purple fabric. The girls at my moms work had given me a gift certificate for my bridal shower and I spent it all on purple fabrics! This one I had more than 2 yards of to begin with, so it became the border on the front. Then I used scraps from the backing of another quilt I made as the borders on the BFJR quilt. I forgot to take a picture of it as I was anxious to get it on the frame.
I loaded the top and backing on the frame and ended up using a different batting than I had originally intended, because I didn't have enough. I bought out the Hancock's batting sale... 13 1/2 yards are now waiting to make their way into quilts on my frame! Here's the loaded quilt, notice the pins along the border where I matched it up with the back side border? So far things are going well with lining it up. I made the back borders an inch bigger than the front so I had something to pin to the leaders.
Here's the second pass on the quilting. My stitches are still a bit big. I really have to learn to slow down! I think I'm getting better with each row I do. After the first row my machine threw a hissy fit and didn't have tension, but restarting it and cleaning and it was good as new. So tonight I plan to finish the quilting on this one and get the binding on it. That has yet to be determined, but I do have a couple choices for it. I had really good luck with the King Tut and a size 14 quilting needle, not one break so far!