This project has come a long way since I heard the siren song of Clare's Rose Star tutorial and began this quilt in January 2012. Don't ask me why I couldn't make a smaller baby quilt, or even a respectably sized throw. No, for some reason this needed to be a queen-sized bed quilt. I could have stopped at any time and made a top out of the blocks I had, but I pressed on!
I was going to knock out the seven half blocks at this point, too, but then it occurred to me that I should probably finalize the layout of all the blocks before I chose color schemes for the seven half blocks that will even out the edges. It's a little disappointing to pause with the half blocks still on the to do list, but like changing your machine needle, it's worth breaking your stride to have a better finished project.
The other thing I've started shopping around for is background fabric. Though, I've grown really accustomed to seeing the blocks on the stark white of the design wall, I was hoping the background of this quilt would get me out of my Kona White rut. I thought I wanted a light, neutral, non-directional print for the background, but so far, Mr. Pins and I are liking light gray solids. We're only beginning the process, so I'll keep you posted.
It's thrilling to be this far along. Thank you so much for your comments and kind words of encouragement along the way!