I'm so excited - I finished the Brown Bear quilt top this evening! Of course, I didn't want to wait until there's better lighting tomorrow to post a picture so this one will have to do.
There were a few "firsts" with this quilt. I've never made a quilt that had cornerstones and at first I wasn't sure of the best way to piece them in order to get all of the seams to line up, but I figured it out. This was also the first time that I purchased fabric online specifically for a project. I knew exactly what I was getting with the Brown Bear panel but the green and blue fabrics were purchases solely off of images online. The green fabric was exactly what I wanted and matched perfectly. The blue fabric, however, was another matter. The colors matched but I couldn't tell from the online images that it had a metallic sheen to it. It was my own mistake, it clearly stated that it was a metallic in the description so I wasn't quite sure what to do. I needed to get this completed soon so I just decided to use it and hope for the best. I think it turned out okay but I think it made me a bit wary to purchase fabric online in the future.
I had gone to my local quilt shop in the hopes of finding the striped border fabric but they only carried a few of the Hungry Caterpillar fabrics. I did find some fabric that I wanted to use for the backing - it's a blue blender from Timeless Treasures. If I'd found that before I'd started, I would have used it in place of the metallic blue. Oh well, no use fretting over it now because I have bigger things to worry about like how I should quilt this. That's always the hardest part for me right now. I've never done a quilt with an all-over quilting design and I don't think this is the quilt to try it on. If I just did a meander over the entire thing I could be done in a few days but I don't want to quilt over the white of blocks. I know I want to outline them so that leaves the question of what to do with all the borders and the cornerstones. I hope inspiration strikes soon!