i could have improvised on the backing/binding with fabrics in my stash, but for a gift i wanted it to be just right. i ordered the michael miller tangerine dots for the binding and the kona robin's egg blue for the backing. the 2 .5yd mitten fabrics were on sale and i couldn't resist. maybe one of these days i'll have a knitting themed quilt with all the fabrics i've collected. here's my finished quilt top. It's just 4.5" patchwork squares, alternating print squares with solid kona medium grey squares. it took me awhile to get to this stage due to my mixing up the order of the squares and having to rip and rearrange. does anyone else make boneheaded mistakes like that? one day i will learn to embrace the random placement and stop obsessing over all the fabrics being right side up.
last night i finished the backing, basted it with some leftover batting, and started the quilting. i'm doing a dense free-motion loopy pattern. it's probably due to more experience and a smaller quilt, but i think i'm starting to get the hang of this free-motion thing.
i also finished my pants except for sewing on the buttons. i need to hit up joann's because i don't have any light colored buttons in my stash. i'm pretty happy with the fit and am looking forward to churning out a few more pairs.