Yup, finally finished. My 2012 (ahem) Brit Bee quilt.
I sent out a bit of a selection of fabrics, loosely tied in with Heather Ross's Far Far Away II collection, and asked for blocks that had circles involved in them.
As soon as I (finally) began to construct this quilt, I realised that I had two quite distinct sets of blocks - some of my fellow bees had gone for circular blocks, while others had gone for blocks that were more of a 'scene', but that involved circles in them.
I originally laid out the quilt with the scene blocks in the middle, then a border, with the circular blocks floating around the edge, but I realised that I was going to end up with one mother of a quilt, and since it was always intended to be for my boys to have as a playroom quilt, I needed a rethink.
I actually deliberated for a week or so about making a double-sided quilt, as I didn't want either side to feel like the 'back' and therefore the blocks feel less important, but actually once the two sides were constructed I didn't worry at all - both sides hold just as much weight and interest, and are both fronts in their own rights!
I couldn't have imagined, when I first sent out my fabric, what an incredible display of skill and variety would be shown in the blocks I got back, but I feel reasonbly happy that at the end of it all, I've got a quilt I'll love and treasure forever.
Oh, and it's faintly possible I've lost a couple of signature blocks - one is mine, and the other missing siggy block owner will be faced with a new block to scrawl on at FQR in a few weeks and I'll applique it on.
Unexpected result of this quilt: Teddy has asked me to obtain all the stories from the quilt pictures, and has loved hearing The Owl and The Pussycat (one of my all time favourite poems, since devouring my sister's Edward Lear compenium as a child). Next up will be Snow White, and at some stage I'll lay my hands on Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty. This quilt ain't just a pretty face (or two) created by a group of incredible women, it's inspired a bit more story love in my kids. No complaints here.
ps: Scrappy binding is one of my favourite things ever. I may never bind my qilts in a single fabric again.