I am working on my last border, trying to get the owls right-do you think they need bigger eyes? I embroidered a long and short stitches around the face to kind of give a feathered look, hmmm, they are still a work in progress.
I finally decided on a block arrangement thanks to all of your good advice. I also changed out a few leaves on the strawberry block (added some darker ones) so it would not seem so light compared to the other blocks. This weekend I sewed the whole thing together with the first three borders. There is a little space above the two bluebirds on the the top border that I think I will quilt in a scroll/feather pattern and my initials and the year.
The borders got really stretched out of shape as I worked on them. I was kind of worried about trimming them down to their correct size so I cut out a strip of freezer paper the size the borders were supposed to be trimmed down to and ironed it onto the completed border before I trimmed them. This worked pretty good but I am not sure how straight of grain they are and I hope I do not have wavy borders when I start quilting. Maybe I need to stay stitch the whole edge of the top before I quilt?
Well hopefully by the beginning of April I will post a completed top and some quilting pictures. YEA! WOO HOO!! YIPPEEEEE!!! (Can you tell I am happy I am getting close to finished)