Here it is. The best quilt I never made. Almost a year ago I sent the ladies in my two bees, the VIBs and Twice Around the Block, my hoarded collection of Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks along with some Kona Ash. I told them this quilt was called Ode to the HST. The blocks had to be made from HST, but other than that, the design was up to them. Now, I should have ended up with 22 blocks, but due to the kindness of a few ladies, I had 25! You know what that means right? I didn't have to make a SINGLE block!!!!!! I'm ashamed it took me so long to put these together! I sat down last night and made this quilt top in less than 3 hours from start to finish! Why oh why did I not do this sooner?!?!?
Love is not a strong enough word for how I feel about this quilt. I simply adore it! The best part is that this one is living with me! I can't imagine parting with it! Now, I do need a little advice. My plan was to back this in some AMH flannel, but I've never used flannel to back a large quilt. I want this quilt to remain very soft and pliable and I don't really care if the quilt is super warm since I'll be using it on the couch. So I want any advice you guys can offer about using flannel for backing--like should I go with minimal quilting? How would you quilt it? Should I use batting? What has been your experience with flannel? Should I give up my flannel dream and back it in something else? Speak up!