I enjoy almost all of the aspects of quilting, but I was thinking today that I especially enjoy squaring and trimming the quilt, after the quilting is done.
I don't know why I decided to quilt and bind the banner I made for the Block Lotto group blog. The only practical use I can imagine for this quilted object is as a too-long too-skinny table runner to use when friends from the Block Lotto are in town.
I used a 4" border quilting template even though the top border is only 2". Initially, I was only going to use that template on the side and bottom borders, but I ended up fitting and editing the design around the letters at the top. It was actually fun and worked quite well.
I haven't yet chosen a fabric for the binding. My initial feeling is a blue plaid, cut on the bias . . . I wonder if I'll find any among my plaid fabrics?
Here's a detail of the quilting design. I also outlined the letters.
I know I have a quilt top waiting to be quilted for which I planned to use this dogwood flower border. Maybe it's time to put that together?
. . . but back to my question. Do you have a favorite step in quilting? Choosing color palette or fabrics? Designing? Piecing (or appliquéing) the blocks? Assembling the top? Or something else?