Mini helpfully anchored part of it while I quilted into the wee hours. Thanks, Mini!
K's clamps came in handy for the photo shoot in the backyard. Thanks again, K!
Sulky 30 wt variegated thread in blue and the recommended 100/16 top stitch needle worked perfectly. I had not one broken thread or needle the entire time, thankfully, though of course I did run out of bobbin thread several times.
Love the texture of the all over quilting, giant puzzle piece style.
I sort of like the chopped off blocks though that was more through poor planning than intention. Beyond the Garden Gate will get a label, a bath, and then will be shipped off to Quilts for Japan. Many thanks to my swap partner, Rhonda, whose stack of blues sent me into this garden party, and thanks to the generous ladies at the Brown Bag Quilt Contest who devoted so much time to this effort. I've heard there are prizes...and I have joined Flickr. That is a whole 'nother learning curve and I hope I got it right!