That went fast! The daughter of our best man is getting married in August, and I wanted to make a quilt. Nothing elaborate, but something that went with her brown/aqua/light blue/green color scheme. I found just the thing in my friend Kimberly Einmo's book Jelly Roll Quilts and More. The pattern is called Braided Links. The original size was 63" x 73", and uses one jelly roll, plus yardage for sashing/backing. The happy couple have a queen sized bed, so I added a few rows of blocks to each dimension, & used 2 jellies. After looking at these pictures, I wasn't fond of the proportions of the outside border, so I lopped off 3.5" on each side to make the unquilted flimsy 90" x 100". It looks a lot better.
The fabric is Cherish Nature (Deb Strain for Moda). Using the jelly roll strips made it go together very quickly. The only change I would make would be to leave out the fabric strips with the eggs -- not my fave. All I need to do now is piece the back & send her off to the long-armer.
Here's my dilema, and maybe you can help me decide what to do. I will have the quilt back in time for her shower. You all know the cost of fabric, so it's obvious I have a bit of money tied up in this gift. Do I take the quilt to the shower as a combined wedding/shower gift, or do I spend even more & buy something separate for the shower? I don't want my gift to be out-of-place large, but I don't want to spend another $40-50 on a shower gift if I can help it -- I certainly can't go empty-handed. And yes, we are already bringing the usual little "wishing well" items. Help!