This quilt project (according to my made-up and self-imposed rules) was supposed to be a pure stash project- no shopping allowed. Sigh, I caved- I just didn't have enough cotton batting in my studio to finish the quilt. I considered using the polyester batting I had on hand, but knew I would regret every hand quilted stitch of it. So I went shopping. $11.82 later, I am grateful for 2 yards of lovely 100% cotton batting. I am terribly fond of hand quilting pre-washed fabrics with unwashed cotton batting. The texture of the finished quilt is simply scrumptious. More on this in days to come.