Thank you to Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.com for the inspiration. The border is my own idea. The darker blue corners took a little fidding on graph paper.
This is the quilt that started one day when I just HAD to sew something, and made about 100 little 9-patches, wondering what I could do with them. At the same time, my PILE of accumulated stuff on my sewing table was out of control. Suddenly a blue plaid shirt that I had not yet cut up, fell on top of the 9-patches. My gosh, it was the PERFECT fabric! It had been given to me by my friend Janet, who knew I liked cotton shirts. I used every bit of that large shirt, with NOTHING left over.
I learned the border quilted swirls using the clear Janome foot that glides, doesn't hop, with red guide lines that help to keep the arches approximately even. Thanks to videos from talented Angela Walters. This design uses a backtracking method. It really helped to have thread matching closely to the background. I quilted each side in about one hour. That narrow dark blue in one of the borders is a dimensional flange - just for touching.
Oh yes, about 3600 pieces!