My sister Kathy donated a beautiful hand-painted batik from her stash for the backing. I bought the tan batik to frame it and make it wide enough for the 60 x 72" quilt. The pinning went quickly with help from Kathy and my daughter Erica. Much more fun than doing it all by myself--although it is hard to pin when you're laughing so much!
A simple "puzzle piece" stipple gave lots of texture. I used a russet tan thread, about 3-1/2 spools for the quilting and binding.
The binding fabric was another pretty batik piece Kathy donated to the cause from her stash :) For a photo shoot, I tagged along on Kathy's beach walk with her dog, Sophie. After a couple of laughable attempts at Kathy holding the quilt up in the wind, which I promised wouldn't go on the blog, I decided to break the law by climbing up on the vacant lifeguard tower. Well, I made Kathy do it, anyway.
Still windy, but a bit better for photography!
Little bit easier posing using the railings :)
And Sophie climbed on for a glamor shot. The quilt then got its first bath and was labeled and wrapped for the newlyweds' return from their Maui honeymoon. I renamed it Maui Weave since the quilt turned out to have such a tropical flavor/sand and sea feel, and gave credit to my sister for helping me get the quilt finished--I couldn't have gotten it done in time without her. This pattern is Willow Weave, from Aunt Reen's Jelly Roll Sew Along of a few months ago.
My nephew Matt and his lovely wife Carlie. Thankfully, they loved the colors of all the batiks and the beautiful backing. I hope it sees many years of use as they continue their happily wedded life. And I have a satisfied sigh of relief that they liked and appreciated my gift. I enjoyed making it for them.