I started it during the Single Girl Quilt Along while I was still what I considered a beginner (I don't think I even had 5 quilts under my belt). I was inspired, found the perfect fabric, and was a motivated cutting machine. As with many other things, the newness faded, and I began to see that I had taken on quite a challenge. It fell to the wayside for 5 or 6 months, sitting in the WIP pile staring at me. Finally, one day, I decided I was going to, under no uncertain terms, finish this quilt before I started anything new.
When it was finally whole and pieced, I just couldn't believe it. If you have the opportunity to look closely, its terrible, I mean really terrible. I ran out of white thread while piecing and rather than going out and buying more like a normal person, just switched to dark grey. Dark grey!! And then pink when I ran out of the grey. The blocks themselves, they worked out great. The curves actually weren't all that hard compared to some of the other ups and downs. 8 blocks into my 16 total, I figured out I was pressing my seams to the outside of the curve or background fabric rather than to the inside where it wouldn't be seen. Half my blocks done.... ha please, I was not about to take them apart.
This last time however, I decided that I had procrastinated enough. And not only that, but I decided to quilt it myself. And in the end, I love it. It is stunning. I don't just love it because I made it, I love it because of the journey, because of the amount of learning that went into to, because it is totally imperfect and so am I. Since finishing it last week, I have not only used it at all times on the couch, but moved it to my bed at night as well. I used Quilters Dream Cotton as the batting which makes it extra snuggly. The back and binding are Kona Aloe which is also used in the rings themselves.
So here it is, my finished Single Girl.