Rose is done! She came out of her bath frayed beautifully. That was the goal to have all the edges of the flowers fray so they would look old. Old and beautiful. Old is beautiful. Annie suggested the quilt is a message of the aging cycle.
So, this is how I see it: Life cycle. The inception/conception (the class to learn how to make her), the cutting and the piecing (early childhood development), the slow laborious top sewing (teen years: rebellious outside the box experimenting); adding borders and embellishment (adulthood, more order, bringing it all together) and the binding (old age, tying up the loose ends, getting ready to be done!).
I will add more photos to the slide show for her to be seen in all her glory, start to finish.
What a joy it was to make this quilt. And what a proud quilter I am!
Yes, Lady Bug, I agree, I am no longer a beginner, I am definitely an Intermediate! LOL