Okay, so I have to get all of the machine sewing done on the birthday quilt for my niece by Friday night, so I've been working relatively non-stop (if you don't count sleeping and going to work). I have to finish the hand stitching on a strip and a third of sashing, then I can make and sew on the binding, and create and attach the label. I'm seeing my sister this weekend and want to give her the finished quilt to give to my niece (thereby saving shipping costs and getting to see my sister's reaction, if not my niece's--one of the drawbacks of living on opposite sides of the country).
I took the quilt-in-progress to Dear Jane class on Monday night and shared it with my friends there. Happily, everyone approved of the choices I made, so I'm feeling more confident that my niece will like it. This is the first quilt I've made specifically for an adult (the others have been baby quilts, quilts for me, or quilts made for a class and then given to someone), so I'm slightly worried that she it won't suit her taste. On the other hand, I do think it's a turned out to be a lovely quilt and I think she'll be happy with it. (I hope, I hope...)
Once the quilt has found its way to her, I'll post photos of the finished project. Until then, I'll keep stitching. Surely my thumbs will eventually heal!
In the meantime, I'm very happy with the new fabric that arrived in the mail yesterday. I got three prints from Rosemarie Lavin's Breeze line -- Blooms in Chocolate, Geo Dots in Chocolate, and Willow in Lilac. I guess this means I'll need to start yet another project!