Thanks so much to everyone who helped me with suggestions, cheering me up and urging me on! At one stage I was ready to throw the whole quilt in a corner never to be seen again!
The corners are (finally) fixed... Not being a seamstress (I had not sewn before starting quilting) and not being a natural either (evidently!!) I had great trouble in even inserting straight corners! My friend Alison who is an excellent seamstress, very kindly showed me how to do it.. and if you see it done it looks soooo easy!! As it was I did them, unpicked them, redid them, got it wrong again... you get it... I am just saying as I think there might be poor souls like me sitting there despairing sometimes so now you know.. its hard to do! (for some of us at least...). It also took me a long time as I did not have a lot of time to be near the machine this week so did some handquilting at times instead... Fancy starting the quilting before finishing the top! Now THAT is novel!! lol!!
But done they are and the sides now are straight again! Hurrah!!
I'm so pleased that is finally fixed... That is the good news today.
Another piece of good news is that I did a lot of handquilting and got up to the last bit I could do before I had to get onto the outer border... the end of the blue inner corner;
The not so good news is that the centre applique started fraying more and more and I worried it might not survive a machine wash... SO... having now learned how to do it, I took the centre piece all off and now have to redo it... AS WELL as doing some applique on the square corners to take they eye of it.... So a LOT of additional applique to do.....
So on with the applique I now go... I will leave the label for a bit... I can always handsew that on the ferry with the binding? mmm......
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