It isn't trimmed or pressed yet, but the quilt top is finished! Hooray!
I had thought of doing borders to make a concrete visual finish, but right now I'm just happy that it is done. Borders would probably mean buying more fabric, something else I don't want to do for this project. Here are EQ7 renderings of the borders under consideration. How much difference the color choice makes! Looking at the borders below, each one seems to darken the overall quilt. I think I will stick with no borders, and bind with the yellows to keep things bright and sunny looking.
I'm trying to figure out how far the leftovers from this project will go in a backing. Certainly it won't be enough, but it may make a panel or two so I won't need to buy as much.
In any case, the piecing is finished and I can always add borders any time before it gets quilted. With all the projects already waiting to be quilted, it will give me plenty of time to change my mind several times.
Meanwhile, the sewing machine has had a deep cleaning, it has been oiled and has a new needle. The area around the machine has been straightened . Once I do a little more picking up, I will wind a bunch of bobbins and change the rotary cutter blade and will be all ready to begin Bonnie Hunter's 2014 Mystery Quilt next week.