I've made some good progress on Thistlepod in the past few days and now have a full half of the quilt together in one piece! Yay! I'm so excited, as I really love how this looks and it does seem completely realistic to think that I can have this quilt pieced and quilted in time for our quilt show! Thanks to Ben for standing on the chair to hold up the top so I could take a photo. It's pretty large - 96" from top to bottom.
I picked out backing fabric last weekend, so I'm set on that front. Now I'm torn about having it quilted. I'd originally planned to have it custom quilted - for all the work that went into it, an edge-to-edge design seems like taking an easy out! But then, I'm not really sure what I'd want done custom, other than loads of feathers in those light areas. And I saw another Thistlepod with an edge-to-edge design and it was still gorgeous... Decisions, decisions! With everything else going on, it may be another week before I'm able to get the other half together anyways. I can't wait to see it!