Lee and I were honored to be one of their host couples as well, thankfully the sunburn from camping last weekend is gone so I won't be bright red in my dress. You might remember the little gifts I made for the bridal shower with the same fabric. They loved those gifts and I am sure they will love this quilt to go along with them.
Here is a view of the back...
For the quilting I used clear Sulky thread for two reasons: a. I ran out of white and did not have time to get more, b. (and this is the main reason) I wanted the white swirls (for lack of a better word) to appear to be floating on the green. I didn't want to use white thread because that would stand out on the green, and green thread would stand out on the white, plus I didn't have enough time to quilt with both. If you have never quilted with clear thread before, it isn't too bad, Sulky thread quilts much like cotton thread, but it is HARD to see where you have been when quilting. I could only quilt this quilt in the late afternoon when the sun shines through our patio door, and even then I had a hard time.
Here is a photo of the label for the new couple:
I use printable fabric from JoAnns to print my labels, and then write the name of the quilt with fabric markers.I like printing my little owl and name/location/year, but the past two labels I have made have become discolored, so when I run out of this stuff I am going to look for something better.
While making this quilt I learned something new about piecing half square triangles. Maybe this is something well known to other quilters but I thought I would share it, for those of you that don't know.
Cut a square to 7/8" bigger than you want your finished half square triangle block to be. So for these blocks, finished they are 5" so the squares are 5 7/8"- 5 1/2" unfinished block.
Place two squares that you want in your finished block right sides together and draw a diagonal line down the middle of the top square, to make your triangles:
Pin these squares together and sew a 1/4" to the left of your line. Then rotate the block and sew a 1/4" to the right of your line.