This morning I finished sewing on the binding on the soccer boy quilt so I now have my 3rd finish for the year. It turned out 53.75" x 72" and will be a nice utility quilt for someone.
The back was a wide backing from Connecting Threads called Cobblestone. I had bought some in the lavender color for a quilt I made last year for my sister and to get free shipping on this sale fabric I bought some of the beige Cobblestone. Even after washing I thought the fabric was not soft, but for a utility quilt it is fine.
Since this is just a utility quilt, I machine finished the binding. I don't like to straight stitch my binding; I think it makes the binding too stiff. I like to use a staggered zig zag stitch which catches the edge of the binding nicely. I also sew the binding on just like if I was hand stitching it and zig zag it on the back side. Here is a close up of how the stitching looks on the front and back. I also had done this to the Red Dog quilt I just finished.
At lunch yesterday I ran to the grocery to get some coffee for work and picked up a couple of little chickens for me. They have small 5 lb. all natural fresh chickens for a really good price. I put them in a pot on the stove and let them cook while I was at work so by the time I got home they were almost ready to be picked.
I let the chicken cool while I finished quilting the soccer boy quilt and then picked the meat off the bones. I ended up with two containers of meat and 4 quarts of broth. I had thrown some carrots and celery in the broth so it was very tasty. I have been drinking my homemade chicken broth for breakfast and I have noticed I have had more energy!
The wind was fierce last night. I had a hard time getting to sleep because the house just creaked and moaned and some of the branches on the big pine tree outside my bedroom would hit the house! About 11:30 I checked my phone and it said the wind was going to blow hard around 1 a.m.; I already thought it was howling! The wind blew so hard that it blew down some of the temporary fencing at work. I have a feeling I am going to be tired tonight from the lack of sleep, but the sun is suppose to shine today so that will help!