But now it's done. I took a rest for the remainder of the afternoon; cleaned up my sewing area and my big work table, folded up the orange fabrics and put them in their drawer, hung the top on the design wall for a bit of satisfaction before I start quilting.
I have worked on this top for 19 days, more slowly than it probably took to make an equivalent area of piecing in previous quilts because I deliberately made my pieces a lot smaller than I have in the past. There were moments when I despaired -- would I ever finish? There were moments of disappointment when I visited a fabric store to buy more of a fabric I had run out of and found none, moments of triumph when I found it at another store, and moments of delight when I found new fabrics to add to the mix.
Today I will sandwich the top and start quilting.
UPDATE: I've also linked this in to a new feature on Nina-Marie Sayre's blog in which every week artists are invited to show what they're working on. Check it out to see what a lot of others are up to, with pictures, of course!