As it happened, I got the perfect fabric for this project about two months out from the due date. I'd received a charm pack of Moda's "Roman Holiday" as a door prize, and when I counted, it turned out this pack actually had 45 charms instead of the standard 42. My mother had suggested a classic disappearing 9-patch, so a pack of 45 meant I could make up 5 sets and have a little wiggle room.
Wiggle room ended up being exactly what I needed. Four of the five sets worked up beautifully, but the fifth was wonky. I put it aside for another time, which I'll discuss in a later post.
When I actually began the quilting process, I found, like with my little scrappy disaster, that theory and practice aren't the same. Getting the sandwich together was a learning experience, and the finished result reflected that. There were puckers, stitches that weren't quite straight, and a fair bit of wrestling to get the little monster through my machine. Thankfully, after the quilting was done, I still had a weekend left to put the binding on.
The bears were due Monday, December 7th, and I had an extended weekend that began on Friday the 4th. With the house to myself that Friday morning, I opened Cluck Cluck Sew's machine binding tutorial, put on some music, and got to work.
Now, I'd been battling a cold since the beginning of that week. However, I was of the mindset that if I got the binding done early (so to speak), I'd have the rest of the weekend to do what I pleased. As such, I got the binding done in about three hours, although as with the quilting, it was certainly not perfect.
Halsey-Bear preparing for her Roman Holiday
After wrapping Halsey-Bear up in her new blanket, I had a hot bath - and then slept most of the rest of the day. In the end though? It was 100 percent worth it. Halsey went to a good home, and I could then say I'd completed a project from beginning to end.