It is finally done! (happy dance, happy dance...)
I'm glad I was visiting my parents during the "Girls Gone Wild" southern college road trip...they have the floor space so I could spread it out...I could never do this in my house.
It was the first time I had really seen the whole quilt...I just stood and stared at it for the longest time.
It needs a sleeve, pressing, and folding it properly...I've really been wadding up the borders as I finished hand quilting a couple of blocks in my lap.
I need to get some proper, straight-on pictures, but that won't be easy...it measures 96" x 96". Once I get some good pictures, I can print the finishing pattern...and start entering this puppy in some big shows.
My daughter and I saw eight colleges...and NO quilt shops, MAJOR sad face (I got to Gastonia, NC AFTER Mary Jo's was closed...next trip for SURE!). But, colleges were the priority this time...Oberlin, U of NC, Wake Forest, U of NC School of the Arts, Davidson College, U of GA, U of AL, and Vanderbilt...and 2500 miles on the car. She and I will take off in another direction during spring break...