My diamond jubilee quilt top is finished. Mixed emotions about this one, on the one hand thinking it is a hot mess, but absolutely loving so many of the details. It was definitely a challenge quilt from beginning to this point, and that was exactly what my beginning goal was, to see if I could make a pattern this complex. I wanted a brain challenge, and boy did I achieve that goal!
This month has been spent doing what I thought would be the easy part of the process, stitching up 324 flying geese for the sashings. After all the sunflower blocks pretty much went together without a major hitch, how hard could flying geese be? Turns out the geese became a huge growling bear! I cut the first few according to the pattern directions and after attempting to trim them up using my bloc-loc flying geese ruler, they were coming out too small. Cut larger pieces, but still many of them did not trim perfectly to size. At that point "done is better than perfect" became the slogan of the week, along with Gwen Marston's advice that if it's to small, add something, and if too large cut something off. I've really come to appreciate her sage advice!
So, a few photos of the assembly process.