Yesterday I received a quilt back from my longarm quilter who does amazing custom work. This quilt did not disappoint. The pattern is Anniversary Stars from Evelyn Sloppy's book 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts. I made it using a Rhubarb and Ginger fat quarter bundle - a Moda fabric by Blackbird Designs from a few years back. I made the quilt slightly larger than the pattern in the book by adding an extra wide border. For my borders, I used fabric in my stash from another Moda Blackbird Designs group - Sweet Romance. My original intention for the Sweet Romance fabric was a quilt with a scalloped border, but this purple was so perfect with the Rhubarb & Ginger, and I had enough of it, so I used it for my border. When I was planning to make the scalloped border quilt, I bought some Moda premade bias binding that matched the purple floral.
Now my Anniversary Stars ended up much larger than my planned Sweet Romance quilt - my finished quilt is 80 x 98. I looked at my binding last night and crossed my fingers that it was going to be enough. As I applied my binding by machine, I looked at the shrinking pile of it on the floor and hoped I would have enough. What on earth was I going to do if I ran out? These fabrics are long gone from stores and I don't think I could find them anymore.
The last corner was mitered and turned. I held my breath as I laid the remaining binding down to see if the 2 ends would meet. Obviously I am living right - this is how much fabric was left after I seamed the 2 ends. Seriously - less than a quarter inch of fabric. How's that for just about perfect???