Honestly, "they" just don't make Forever Projects™ like they used to. :-)
You Are In Our Hearts" from Pacific Rim Quilting Company. My notes tell me that I started this 42" square applique project on 1/9/2013.
While I was at my annual quilting retreat in Phoenix, AZ this past weekend (2/10/13), I was able to finish it due to working on it at the airport, on the flight and at the retreat.
That's just about ONE MONTH. Wowsers! :-)
I just love it. Love it. LOVE IT. :-)
The only drawback is that it *is* 42" square. This is a great size for a wall-hanging ... and in fact, this is what the pattern is designed to be ... but I don't particularly want another wall-hanging. I have lots of wall-hangings. I love them all. I like looking at them all. I don't want to take ANY of them down to look at a new one ... and I don't have any more wall space.
42" square is also a great size for a toddler quilt but there isn't any toddler in the world that is going to get THIS applique quilt! Not even a future grandchild, who isn't even on the horizon at this point. (note to daughters: NOT that I'm even suggesting this possibility, so stop being anxious about it. :-) )
Yeah, I know ... these really are serious problems to deal with, huh? :-)
So ... I was thinking of the possibility of adding on a top & bottom border. I have enough of the base fabric to do so. I have more of the batik fabric to so a linear Hawaiian applique border. But, I am woefully uneducated as to what an appropriate Hawaiian applique linear border should look like.
I've been doing some Google/Image searches and I've sent an email (with a picture) to Nancy Lee Chong (the designer & co-founder of Pacific Rim Quilting Company) for advice.
For the time being, the top will be put in the WIP stack so I can cogitate on the solution. It's also time to look at the List of 17 UFOs and decide who wins the "tag! you're it" game. :-)