As I predicted, I ran out of the Sulky 30 wt. cotton Blendables thread in the soft blacks color I am using to machine quilt DH's 'Grey is Not a Color' quilt.
Some quick calculations revealed that I have over 450 yards of thread going into just the quilting of this project. Seeing as this spool is only 500 yards and previously partially used, it's no wonder I ran out.
If I had been thinking ahead when I first started in on the piecing of this UFO, I could have grabbed a spool back when I did the Shop Hop in mid-March. Since I had a day of errands planned, I just seriously altered my route (it's 30 miles one way) to get to the quilt shop that carries this thread. Fortunately, they had 1 spool of it on hand - I called ahead! I also called every other shop that lies between here and there to see if any of them carried it, with no luck. Oh well, a quilter's got to do what a quilter's got to do!
When I posted that I was up to the quilting on the fourth quarter, that didn't include the outside edge row that was missing the backing.
It worked well! Then I re-pinned the layers and continued with the quilting.
As of this morning, I only have the last quarter to go! If I get lucky with stitching time, I will be able to join the quarters today. The back of the joining seams will be hand stitched in place but I am considering doing the binding all by machine.
This quilt is needing to get finished! I am working up against two deadlines that I can't quite talk about yet. As soon as a few things are settled, I'll share them here. It's good news - I promise!
Road trip tomorrow before the crack of dawn and I may be offline for a few days but I'll take some pictures.