But it's done. Yay! Backing is ordered. Yay! It'll go to the quilter sometime in February. Yay! Now that it's pieced and ready for quilting, I don't have it hanging over my head. And now I can move on to other projects that need doing.
I loved the unexpected pop of color with Bonnie's choice of red-violet inner border, so I kept to that idea for my quilt, though my inner border is more of a magenta. I knew that I wanted to add in a pieced border, and since we had used 4-patch blocks in the center of the quilt, I thought I'd use them again in a border. The final border is a print that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it.
Isn't that fabric just gorgeous? It has purple and teal in it, so it works beautifully with the fabrics in the center. And it has just a bit of that magenta as well, so it ties in nicely with the inner most border. It's like this fabric was designed specifically for my quilt. I love it when that happens. :) Can you believe it took almost 3 yards of material for that outer border? Whew!
And now, it's time for my machine to go to the "machine spa". She's squeaking from all the work she's done... then again, she's due for her annual cleaning and oiling anyway. She's been my trusty quilting companion for at least 12 years, and all she's ever needed was regular maintenance. I do most (all) my piecing on my Juki TL-98E. She only does straight stitch, but she does it very well... and I can't live without my automatic thread cutter! :)