Over a year later, I have a finish.
In my defense:
Nope. No defense.
While 16" x 22" is rather large for a challah cover, it is basically one large block. No paper-piecing or quilting, even. When block was finished, I basted it to a very light piece of muslin, to help stabilise the stitching.
The words, also stitched free-hand - no penciled-in design, is what I mean - also took a while, as I used teeny tiny stitching.
And then there was the matter of sourcing and selecting a silky backing.
And then, it was sewn. Finished.
Blue silky back (hidden, but there). Four different "Jerusalem stone" fabrics, and two "Mediterranean sky" blues. Lots of stitching, in two shades of pale. Letters in blue.
The pattern is based on the "Children of Israel" block, which I love to use just because of its name.
A challah cover. A finish. Halleluyah.