Finally some pictures of the hourglass quilt all finished, bound, washed and dried. I’m in two minds with this one. I do like it, honestly I do – and more to the point Miss Marmoset loves it, but after the piecing went so well, the quilting resisted me at every stage. Straight line quilting seemed to catch on all the points, leading to bunching, hand-quilting just wasn’t right for it so the wiggle line quilting I think was the best solution. This was the first time I’ve used bamboo wadding. I wanted to love it, bamboo after all is a much ‘greener’ fibre than cotton being overwhelmingly less thirsty and less in need of regular coatings of pesticides*. However although it felt lovely, it didn’t seem to ‘cling’ to the quilt top very well. This meant that quilting it smoothly turned into a bit of a battle. Also, despite being pre-washed before use, then gently washed and line-dried after finishing, it’s also shrunk a bit more than I was expecting. My search for a greener alternative to cotton quilt wadding continues. For now I’m not sure I’d use bamboo again. All in all, please accept this as a rambling apology for this terrible photo of the finished quilt, take my word for it, in real life it’s much prettier than it looks here. It’s certainly warm too, which is great as we’re resisting putting the heating on for as long as possible!