I won an Aurifil thread card and thread selection at one of the blog stops (Porch Swing Quilts)- that was so exciting for me because I have never won anything like that before!
I decided in the beginning to make my quilt half size, so that I could use it as a wall hanging to decorate my sewing room. I liked it when people chose paper pieced blocks for their cities because it made it much easier for me, I only had to print out the block half size instead of doing a bunch of hard quilt math haha. It finished at 34" square because I added a small white border around the state so that it would stand out from the binding.
Without further ado, here is the finished product- quilted, bound, and hung on the wall! I made a rod pocket on the top edge of the quilt and then stuck a small rod through and hung it on 2 nails in the wall.
Here is the new view from my sewing machine:
A close up of the quilting- I did circular quilting with my walking foot, starting in Houston, which is where I live. I considered stopping when I was around 1/4 of the way through the quilting because all the circles looked just like Hurricane Ike when it came through here 6 years ago, but I ultimately decided to just keep going.
And last but not least, a picture of my quilt inspector enjoying the quilt... I can't take pictures of anything on the floor without him wanting to be involved.
I just want to thank Pretty Little Quilts and My Fabric Relish for running such a fun quiltalong- I can't wait to see everyone's finished quilt tops this week!