I finished the third ring of the wood-block starburst quilt yesterday after dropping Hamish at the airport. It was good to have something to focus on.
The circle now measures 78" in diameter. I'm working on another ring now, then I'll fill in some corners before cropping to 92" square. I had been thinking that the rings would be centered but now I'm leaning toward setting them off center a little bit. This is partly because I think it will give the piece a greater sense of movement, but largely because it will be difficult to line up the circles on the front and back (still not sure which is which) when I go to quilt it. The other side, you may remember, has a central 36" log cabin medallion.
Thanks to everyone who weighed in on my batting for warmth question. It seems that there is a lot of enthusiasm for wool, with some outlying recommendations for silk and yak. I look forward to trying silk on a project that doesn't require ease of laundering. For example, Hobbs recommends that their Tuscany Silk batting be hand washed in tepid water then laid flat to dry, and even then will likely shrink 5%. I have not found a wool/silk blend. As for yak hair, please feel free to send me some and I'll give it a try!