I caved. 64 blocks not 81. But at least it is finished, and it is a healthy 74 sq".
Although it is not clear from my photo, the final border is a 3" red strip. After canvassing a few quilters, I am using a cream quilters muslin for the back, and hand quilting with an off-white thread. It will take a while, and during that time I can dwell on the choice of white or red binding. I would love some blogger input on the decision, so please feel free to voice your opinion.
Getting the top ready for a photo opportunity took an unusual amount of time, due to the red threads that gathered on the white fabric and the white threads that wanted to lie on the red fabric. Now the migrating threads have been removed, but I bet that's not the last time I'll have to do it.
Since I've been home, I've also found time to complete another block for my BTCT quilt; now I have 20 finished, 3 in progress, one to draw up and another to find. The block below is not from the downloaded patterns.
The kangaroo on the left (yes, that is my humble effort of a kangaroo) may or may not make it into the final quilt. I wanted to add something identifiably Australian, even though the original quilt was probably made in the US. I will audition it when the blocks are all finished.
I hope you are all enjoying some quality sewing time this weekend.