It's finished! I can hardly believe it. This quilt was very close to becoming a long-standing UFO. I got really tired of making the string blocks! I always thought a string block must be easy and quick - but it has been very slow. It doesn't help that this whole quilt takes a while with the hand-piecing of the hexagons and the fussiness of trying to line up the four corners of the inset red/pink square. Not to mention cutting all of those strings - now I do have a fair amount of scraps but most weren't ready-to-use strings - so there was also a whole lot of cutting involved.
Enough complaining! I am very happy with how it came out and I plan to quilt it on my home machine soon. In addition to lots of scraps, I also used a fat-eighth bundle of Little Apples that I swapped a Wonderland jelly roll for. Honestly, I think F8 bundles are kind of a joke - I often think even fat quarters are too small for most projects - but the F8 thing worked okay for this quilt.
As soon as I laid this quilt top on the ground - Charlotte had to scoot over to it to sit on it. She is at such a fun age right now. I know I complained a lot during her first year - but honestly - once she hit 12-ish months - life has been awesome. I love that nursing is over, that she is starting to play with her brother, her sleeping habits have improved, and her personality is really coming out and she really can be a lot of fun. If I could skip the newborn stage- I hate to say it, but I probably would. If babies came out behaving like they do at 1 year - I would probably have 10 more kids.... Just kidding.
Anyway, hopefully I will have this completed soon and can show it off here within the next week or so. I will be linking this up with Stitched in Color's Scrap Attack - String Fever. I've said this before, but this quilt is made from a pattern in the book by Tacha Bruecher, Hexa-Go-Go.