Finally, a finished quilt -- I started this ages ago, from a Buggy Barn pattern, and tomorrow it will be gifted to a friend's daughter who is off to Harvard (!) next weekend.
I learned a couple of things while working on this...
First of all, I used Quilter's Dream wool batting and I'll probably never buy another one. It is all soft and squishy -- a good thing. But it varied in thickness so much from one side to the other that it felt like two different products. It was literally twice as thick in some parts, which made it a bit difficult to work with, and what's up with that, anyway? If I hadn't been on a deadline to get this done, I would have gone to Plan B. The wool also sheds a lot and reminded me of working with old polyester batting.
The other thing I learned was a New Trick! After I quilted the top, I decided that it wasn't big enough. I googled "add border to finished quilt" and found a terrific tutorial for how to do just that. It's here. Basically it's a quilt-as-you-go technique. It takes a bit of finesse (which I didn't have...) to get the borders straight and flat, but I'm pleased with the result, and I think Soraya will appreciate the extra 5" of quilt on each border when it comes to staying warm this winter!