This is one of my long time hand applique quilt tops, I just finished today.
I've worked on this since 2002. The border is all done by hand applique. I enjoyed doing it but got discouraged by the time consuming nature of hand applique and tried to speed things up by switching to machine , but did not like the look at all.
The pattern came from an Oct. American Patchwork and quilting and was designed by Kim Deilh. It is so much bigger than I thought it would be. The quilting in the magazine is meandering and I plan to have someone do that for me. I thought I had enough backing to back the quilt, but I'm not sure. I will settle on something and get the binding done at my next retreat, so I can totally finish it.