I'll plan a proper post on Betty's quilt once I can photograph it in the correct light, but I couldn't resist a little peek. I finished the binding on Friday, & it has gotten plenty of use since that final stitch. I really couldn't be happier with my first rush into hand-binding. Actually, it was the less work than the quilting, and very enjoyable in the end. There was something calming about each little tug on the thread. This thing HAD to be tossed in the wash. I've been piecing it since I finished our home's Amy Butler quilt. Betty's quilt has been dragged through our basement and up the dog-hair covered stairs a number of times. When I crumbled it up & started the water, I said a little prayer to the Quilt Gods, "Please let the binding stay on. Please let the binding stay on." When she emerged, every yard was properly stuck to the rest of the quilt. And the invisible stitching on the binding, disappeared even more. Like I said, once the sun breaks, I'll post some pictures.
As for now, I'm curled up in the guest room with Honeybee & some Zucchini Chocolate Chip (pdf.) cookies eagerly awaiting Ms. Spears performance. Can it happen? Will it happen? I'll be watching.