This striped fabric is what I will be using for the binding on my Farmer's Wife Sampler quilt, it is a French General fabric (La Petite Ecole range), I had thought about using it cut on the bias but I think it looks better this way.
I've been marking off each block as I quilt it, this photograph was taken this morning and I have now filled in the bottom quadrant so just have the two side bits to complete now.
I'm finding the machine quilting requires a great deal of concentration and I have my fair share of "oopsies" in this quilt, it usually happens when I start daydreaming about another quilt that I would like to make. I've taken to keeping my notebook nearby so I can quickly jot down the idea, and keep on the straight and narrow with my quilting :)
A little while ago I
was reading the C & T Publishing blog and
entered one of their competitions, the prize if you are a non-USA
winner is usually an e-book and this time I was lucky and won, so I headed over to the ebook page and chose this book: Foolproof Machine Quilting by Mary Mashuta. As the book is about machine quilting using the walking foot I found it quite helpful with some good ideas - I stitched the border in the top photo without any markings, I just used templates cut from contact paper, peeled off the backing and stuck them onto the fabric, then followed the shape with the machine foot.