I ended up taking off half the buttons as it was overkill. There's a picture over on Dragon Quilting on Facebook which shows the finished thing (this is our tutor's site). Link HERE.
I am still hand-quilting the red and white lap quilt when I feel in the mood/have time but currently there is the vague possibility of a viewing in the offing (probably won't happen as she wants twice as much land as we have) but of course, that means lots of work, including mending a stable door and also the post and rail fencing at the bottom of our top field, as the cattle have rubbed against it and it has stopped being upright!
Meanwhile my dearly beloved has reached the floor stage of the shower room revamp - I had to help him with the door yesterday, which ended up being taken off and rehung twice after being made shorter. It did my back in good and proper - it was complaining from gardening, then yesterday I had to scrunch down on my haunches and exert pressure on a chisel which was under the door raising it to the level of the screw holes for the hinges. Ouch! I have promised my OH no more big DIY jobs as we are both getting too old for it!