I just finished this wall hanging from a Country Creations pattern with my friend Stampin' Quilter Barb, but I sometimes feel restricted by following a pattern. Barb's is absolutely beautiful, but to make mine feel different, I ignored the pattern's fabric suggestions and used my own whimsical prints instead. They are all "critters" and the result is busy, but it was fun to do. I don't hand-quilt anymore, and machine quilting isn't my thing, so I hand-tied this quilt as I've done with others. That process harkens back to traditional utilitarian quilt-making days of using butcher string to tie quilts that were made for warmth when every scrap mattered, and it makes me feel connected to days gone by. However, I use Perle cotton floss in various colors instead of butcher string, and the black was intentional in this wall hanging to give the impression of birds in the sky.