after quilting on nothing else for nearly 3 solid months, have finally reached the easiest part of this project--the simple echo quilting. took me nearly 2 weeks to quilt the first row as had to navigate all the curves and fill in little spaces that got closed in with the first row. now it's simply mark the distance as i go and continue until the edge is reached. the binding is all ready once the quilting is done....another month maybe? it is really in need of a wash once the binding is on. this has been a HUGE project but certainly well worth the time and perpetually sore fingers. the liquid bandage helps a lot. is it perfect? not by a long shot do i care? not a whit! do i love it? absolutely! *** march weather is anything goes and we've had a bit of snow but no real inches. mom and i are busily boxing and donating. i think i have one more box for pans and dishes and small odds/ends and then done. still waiting on apartment confirmation, which should come this week. moving van is booked and only have to pick up map at AAA. the "girls" aka trudy, old viking and phoebe are ready to roll and though i can't speak for them, i am excited to be closer to my daughter and son-in-law. having been a new england yankee all my life, this move takes me into the south and away from horrific winters permanently!