Here is the original sketch (which was very easy since I remembered having a vivid dream about the finished product some months previous).
On a sunny day, the front window acted as my lightbox.
I used a tight zigzag stitch with white cotton-poly thread to clearly finish the lettering. This was a tremendous improvement over the original sketch.
The Tin Shack and the Axe...
The forest around the bend.
The YBR and Toto (... with a slight variation).
Sunflowers in place of Poppies.
Close-up of the Ruby Slippers
The final top piece measured 72"x82" (double-sized). All cotton top was quilted to a large piece of muslin cotton back --with batting in the middle, of course-- using the "tacking" method approximately staggering stitches every four inches.
This was the last sunny day photo before finishing the piece. Thanks go to my Mom for helping me put the binding around the edges with loops of binding along the top for hanging it on a curtain rod at the show. The final piece was FedEx'd to Kansas for the Dalmatian Nationals held there in April. Varioius kind and capable volunteers set up the display well prior to the DCAF event, and promoted it in web pages.
This quilt was key advertising that generated several more commissioned works. Among them was the monster quilt I describe in detail under the blog link Going to the Dogs-2.