This finished up at 69" x 89"... I did not realize exactly how big those dimensions actually are... until the blocks started to go together... and the quilt started taking up more and more space on my living room floor... *grin*... yah... pretty much the WHOLE floor! So, I really can't get a good picture of the entire quilt... too large to hang from any of my walls too...
This entire quilt process is new to me. This quilt created a lot of "firsts" for me... this was my first full size quilt... first Block of the Month... first attempt at needleturn applique... and first full size FINISH! :-)
I did have some interesting "opportunities to make-do"... lol! Yes... measure twice and cut once... but, if you cut the same piece twice... you will run short of fabric... see the piece of sashing behind the long stemmed star flower? That's 4 pieces... it should have been one piece... complicated story... but, the lesson to learn was to lay out all your blocks (on the design wall or floor)... so that you can see that some block sections were pieced together a month ago to applique something on the sashing... so those sashing pieces were not needed to be cut at the end... did I explain that right?
The other lesson to learn was... make sure you are reading the measurements to the block you are ready to cut. See the basket block? That was supposed to be the width of the double star block under the house... yep... found another scrap piece of fabric to fit in the hole that mis-cut left... lol!
I think the remainder of the pieces cut and went together ok. I did change the lower right block. The original one that Jan Patek did had her name and county on it. I decided to include a berry basket, my last name and the year.
And, 2013 happens to be about 3 years from the start of this whole process. The price tag on the first block had a date of August 2010. I started stitching on this March of 2011... and here we are November 2013... lol! What a process!
Who wants to quilt it?
Thanks and hugs to everyone for their tips and tricks and for cheering me on!!! You certainly sent me the energy to keep pushing to the finish line!!! :-)