to hire some help. I feel like I should just finish the top and hand it to him with a "Here, you need to quilt it." As much as I would love to get this quilt out of my house by either doing the above or sending it to a long arm quilter where the price is way too prohibitive, I won't. I am going to stick to the terms of the agreement.
The quilt, which is approximately 106"x106", will be quilted on my domestic sewing machine. The center portion will be quilted in four sections, then put together, and then the borders will be added. By adding the borders after the central portion is quilted, the borders are the only thing under the sewing machine during the final quilting.
And so, armed with Marti Michell's book Machine Quilting in Sections, I am ready to begin. The quilt is segmented and the backing is cut for each segment. There was just enough batting. I cut out borders first so I could get the length of grain and then was able to get whole pieces for 3 of the 4 segments. Piecing the batting for the fourth segment left just a handful of batting scraps, enough for a couple of thread catchers.
I'll keep you updated.