The solution? Make it much smaller and use a method for strip piecing. It was much easier than I thought and I made it in one late night sewing session with the barn Chicks.
I drew my quilting lines on with a pink Frixion pen (the lines come off with the heat of my iron. Awesome!) and a yard stick. It was a cinch. If you haven't tried out a Frixion pen yet I highly recommend it. I am working on my applique blocks and I am using one for my needle turn pieces.
After making this quilt I thought, this would make a fun class. It is May 4 and 11, 10-12. You can sign up at the Quilt Barn or on our website. I would classify this quilt for advanced beginners. It isn't difficult but you do need a prior knowledge of quilting.
I bought the backing a while ago and when I first saw it I got excited thinking it was snails wearing pink crowns. On closer inspection it turned out to be bicycles with flower baskets. Not as exciting as crowned snails but I bought it anyway. It reminds me of the time I found fabric was vampire slugs on it. And yes I bought it. No idea what for.