my first quilt is now completed. it has been washed and dried and it didn't fall apart. huzzah! the binding gave me a bit of an eye twitch and i surprised myself with some of the colorful language i was capable of, but it's done.
you may or may not notice that it seems shorter than the w.i.p photo i posted and that is because i forgot to allow for the extra amount of fabric when i sewed my patchwork strips on. it took me a minute to figure it out when i was making my 'quilt sandwich', why was my batting so small all of a sudden? i busted out the seam ripper and rotary cutter again and was back in action once i realized what i had done.
this is my one of my favorite japanese fabrics right now and it was the color inspiration for the whole quilt.
all in all it wasn't as scary or as hard as i thought it would be and i'm really happy with the end result. (in fact, i've even started another one, but those shots will have to wait for now). i'm catching a flight on tuesday to hand deliver this quilt to a new little fella i've been dying to meet! oh, and the giraffe is coming too.