Ahh, the ugly duckling phase. It's all quilted but there are threads hanging off it every which way that I have to tie off and bury and there is fluff everywhere from the cotton batting. (I could have cropped out the mess in the background, but hey, what's another sword or two?!)
The backing was also another challenge in my 'not buying any new fabric in 2010' journey. I didn't have any large pieces in the right colours so I had to piece one. A nifty trick to centre the backing and the top when you are basting is to tape a cross of matchsticks or kebab sticks to your basting surface, then you can feel them through the layers to make sure you are all lined up.
I marked a big swirling pattern on the back in chalk and quilted it from the back.
Just the binding and labelling to go!