DD and I started this project last fall when she came to visit. Keep in mind this is our first applique project. Well, here we are a year later and just now, putting it together. I am happy to say everything is in it's place! NOW...it needs to be finished, quilted, etc. We took it to a local long-arm "custom quilter" for her thoughts. She, is truly an artist and her recommendations were: to use metallic threads, and add some other bling, etc. I could see on my DD face this was not what she wanted, so we thanked her for her time and took the piece with us. My DD had a great analogy: "you don't hire an artist to paint your room red!" WOW... she nailed that one right on the head!!! So, with that being said I am giving thought to finishing the piece myself. I am petrified, to say the least! Does anyone have advice for tackling this project? We feel the piece needs to be kept somewhat simple. It has a LOT of color and want to do it justice. I would appreciate any input, advice, or recommendations you have. Ohhh, by the way we also have another one in the making. We each wanted one!