My apologies if you've already seen these pictures on IG or on flickr. I just thought that I'd actually photograph and talk about my process.
Here is the quilt back spread out on my floor after I finished sewing it. You can see the quilt top in a crumpled heap at the top left of the picture. I hate measuring things larger than my cutting mat, so I just use the quilt top spread out to determine approximately how big the back needs to be. The block in the foreground is made entirely of selvages from the fabrics used in the quilt.
Here is the quilt back lightly stretched and taped to my floor with the wrong side up.
I'm using Hobbs wool batting for the first time. This is also the first time I spray basted a quilt that is full bed size. The spray and roll technique worked okay for the back, but the wool batting was misshapen from the packaging process. It needed a LOT of smoothing to work out the batting "bubbles."
The quilt top started as a bee quilt by the members of the It's Sew Easy Bee-ing Green Bee. I received 12 blocks in the bee and then made another 30 blocks to make the size I wanted. I used the spray and roll technique here, too, but the adhesive mist made the top messier than I wanted.
My white border was a complete mess. When I sewed it on I had the border fabric on the bottom. I guess that was a bad idea. I had an hour of quality time stretched out on my belly with the seam ripper in hand.
I'm not familiar with wool batting and I don't entirely trust spray basting, so I reinforced it with some pins.
Then I spent many hours with templates and a Frixion pen marking a fan pattern over the entire quilt top.
And here is a small section that has been quilted and then ironed to remove the pen markings. It will take me many more days to finish the quilting. I'm looking forward to seeing the wool batting puff up after washing.
For anyone that is curious, previous posts about this quilt are here, here, here, here, and here. That's what happens when a quilt is started in January 2011 and doesn't get quilted until two and a half years later.