I got the last 2 strips sewn and pieced in yesterday. First I squared off the uneven edge and then folded it carefully in quarters so I could see if the even edge (the edge I started at each time) needed trimming. It did need a little so now it is trimmed and ready for quilting. There was a question yesterday about my seams pressed open. I want this top to lay perfectly flat without ridges where the seams are so I sewed a little deeper than 1/4" seams and pressed them all open. I want to quilt this one with a small meandering so that it will crinkle up like an old fashioned quilt since it looks like one already. It is about 8" longer than my double board so the right side edge is curling back a little. It ended up about 77" x 106" and the stripes will run across the bed instead of the length like the one in Kaffe's book.
Last night I was looking through all of my dad's black and white negatives for a group that one of our historical societies needed and I just relived a part of my childhood. It looks like Dad got into photography in 1949. That is the year my only cousin on my mother's side was born and the year before our consolidated school that encompassed 5 little school districts was built. There are negatives of a lot of state parks and capitol buildings from some surrounding states. My dad was a dairy farmer and cows need to be milked twice a day so we only got away every other Sunday in the summer to do a little traveling. It was hard for Dad to leave the hired man in charge of the cows. I guess letting go of control is hard for all of us really.