After some angst (don't ask!) I got the back of my dad's civil war quilt pieced.
These blocks have all been hand written, drawn and decorated by 17 members of my family: my mum, siblings, partners and all the grandchildren. An extra block was thrown in to round the number of blocks to 18.
Close up of one of the blocks
Now I have to baste this beast and quilt it (yikes!). Thanks everyone for your wonderfully creative quilty suggestions. I really liked Ceri's idea .....
... but I just don't feel confident enough to keep those fmq lines straight enough!
I'm gearing myself up for some large scale stippling all over the quilt, because I can't think of another quilting design that will suit both the front and the back, and one that I am confident enough to have a go at on this large scale.
So I guess now I just have to roll up my sleeves and get on with it!
If you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know I've been beaten by the beast!