This quilt took about a year of time, several cusses, trips to the fabric store to get more fabric, and lots of patience. I worked on it mostly at my future mother-in-law's house, where she has an excellent quilting set-up and is very generous with her stash, her machine, her time, and her advice.
I was inspired by the gorgeous patchwork-esqe landscape of Ireland when seen from the air. The patchwork didn't make it so much into the final design, but it does remind me of plowed fields.
She finished this off for me (last 5-6 strips and the binding) and mailed it this week. I died of happiness.
I sewed the strips directly on to the batting and the backing, if that makes any sense. I think it's called window-shade quilting. That's why some of the fabrics only appear at one end of the quilt; I ran out of them after I had already sewed down a dozen or so strips.
This is my third quilt, and the biggest one I've made yet!
Naturally, even though I took these with as much natural light as I could get, the flash vs. non-flash pictures came out very different. The true colors are somewhere in-between, I think.
The back, so you can see how it's quilted in straight lines across. In my head, the little white dots are grazing sheep.