Now that I have made 2 large quilts, I think I will retire from the big quilt making process and focus on smaller projects.
Here is the finished quilt for Teresa:
After struggling with the ladder in the yard in an attempt to hang the quilt to photograph it, I decided to get off the ladder and take the quilt inside to photograph on my bed. It isn't as big as a standard size queen quilt (dimensions of the quilt are close to 82 inches on each side). I think it is big enough, though, that it will look ok on a double or queen size bed. It is a nice size for a picnic blanket or couch blanket for late night movies, too. Teresa can decide how she wants to use it.
I finished piecing the quilt top a couple weeks before the wedding. I didn't know if I could get it tied and the binding completed in time for the wedding, but I was determined to try. I posted a photo of the top in a forum on Ravelry.com. To my utter astonishment and incredible joy, Linda, of the long arm quilting business, Corner to Corner, in Racine, WI contacted me and offered to do the quilting for me. I have never met Linda in person. I count her among my friends in the German Shepherd Lover's group on Ravelry. I never expected such a generous and kind offer. I will be deeply grateful to Linda for many years to come. I mailed her the quilt , she did a beautiful all over heart pattern on the quilt and rushed it back to me in the mail. It arrived 3 days before the wedding. I chose to bind the quilt with the blue fabric. Here is a picture of the back showing the beautiful work Linda did.
It still amazes me every time I look at the quilt. It is full of joy and kindness; a perfect wish for a bride and groom in a wedding gift.