Any day gets better when it becomes Package Day!
First: backing fabric for my new quilt
The quilt in question is 80" square, so the back will be a single piece of the new 108" wide green fabric, and the leftovers that I trim off will be the binding.
Quilting friends are coming over this Thursday to help me baste it.
One word of caution when using extra wide (108 or 110") backing fabric:
WASH IT BEFORE USING
I don't generally prewash my quilting fabrics but the large/wide cuts can shrink up to 7-8%, not something you want to contend with after the quilt is completed.
After I picked out the backing fabric and put it in my cart at Fabric.com, I was faced with a moral dilemma: Should I pay $6.95 shipping for the green fabric, or buy another yard of fabric, thus qualifying the order for free shipping?