It's time to prepare the backing for the Snowball quilt so I can finish this one up. Remember when preparing the back, make sure it is at least six inches wider and longer than the actual quilt top. You will want this extra fabric because some of the fabric will be taken up in the quilting and you will also want a little extra for the clamps on the long arm machine.
Remember machine quilting will not quilt out or correct excessive fabric in the borders and the quilting will not correct waviness or ripples. To avoid this always measure the length and width in 3 places (through the center and along each edge).
Preparing the backing and binding are not my favorite tasks in finishing a quilt but, once you've gotten this far the motivation is there to complete the quilt and bind it.
It's been so cold here in Texas that I'm actually looking forward to putting the binding on and having the quilt draped over my lap. Of course, here in Texas the weather changes so frequently that it won't be cold for long so I better hurry up and get this done.