I am so happy to finally have this project done. It has been long and hard for me. But a good learning experience. I am not sure I will ever at will be attempt another one. If I do it will be a lot less piecing together. So here it is.
Here is the pattern I followed. This pattern assumes you have quilted before though so I had to go a few other places for help.
These are a few of the other places I went for help.
Here is a quilt along series that was helpful.
Here is a good binding tutorial
A few tips I had to ask somebody about. When I bought my batting I was unsure of a few things. I didn't want a puffy quilt so I was told to buy cotton batting. If you want it puffier go with the polyester. Also do not prewash your batting. I left my batting and back piece larger than the front whilst I quilted it and then I trimmed it down before binding. That way it left some room to stretch and pull while quilting.
I also planned on quilting around shapes. I got a shape and a half in and decided that was ten times harder, so I unpicked them and just went free style. Those two shapes and unpicking took as long as free hand quilting the rest.
So if I can make a quilt anyone can. It was mostly fun. I can honestly say blood sweet and tears went into it. And I really love the result.