I did it! I made the deadline for a quilt submission to a juried show. AND it was the largest piece I have ever attempted. It was 3'x4'! I know that sounds insignifcant to most of my quilting friends; but believe me, it was monumental for me. I never could or would have done it without the encouragement and support of several good friends. You can't imagine how much that means to me.
I cannot, of course, post a picture of the quilt; but I thought you might like to see my (sometimes) studio aka my dining room. Note that the ironing station, sewing station, and cutting station are all situated within easy reach of one another. No one from "Studios" magazine has not contacted me about doing a spread yet, but I expect a call any day now.
Here is a detail from my quilt. I was really stretching myself on this and WAAAY outside my comfort zone. I started over three times and quit twice. Now I am very glad I kept going as it was a wonderful learning experience. I learned that,unlike Francie, I get real fuzzy staying up into the wee hours of the morning and don't always make wise decisions in that condition. I learned (at the last minute) that not every professional photographer knows about shooting quilts. I learned that it is very hard to get measurements just right and that if you go ahead and cut, without double checking, there is no going back. I learned that I have a lot to learn about what to do with the back of a quilt. Is it ok just to fuse another piece of backing over the mess? Again, I learned that I know some of the most helpful, supportive people on earth. I owe such a debt to my husband who,while under a major allergy attack that would have put me to bed, kept us fed, clean, and laundered during the last week. He is my rock.