I bought several fat quarters of Kona solids and started piecing. (How nice to have access to so many beautiful solids these days!) I had to get a full half-yard for the outside border and more for the back, but the fabric requirements were really minimal. As I was piecing, all I could think of was how I was going to quilt all this wide-open space! My standard stipple/meander was not appropriate for the Amish style. It needed feathers and grids. I have a longarm, but
After I bound it last night, I tried to get off the marker lines. They were supposed to come off with water, but they didn't very well. I ended up nearly soaking the quilt and had to put it in the dryer (did I tell you her party is today?) so it would be dry. I hadn't prewashed the fabric, so the beautiful, smooth quilt is now wrinkly -- and some of the marks are still there. Aaarrggghhh!
But it's done and ready to give to Laura. I hope she likes it.
Laura's retirement quilt, 40"x40"