I have hand-selected all the fabrics for it, meaning I haven't left it up to fate and swaps. Typically I have bought fabric an FQ or 1/4yd cut at a time because though I want specific fabrics, I also want it scrappy. I'm using all shades of red for the darks and whites and creams for the lights. I've bought a bunch of "love" or heart fabrics but not specifically Valentine's ones. I even found a cream with wedding vows on it!!
When finished it will be an over sized queen, I think not quite king size. Our bed is king sized now but I don't want to have to mess with the pattern anymore, LoL! Most quilts like this don't have a final outer border and mine will, of 7". I've pieced squares for the 4 corners of the outter border combining the snail's trail and variable star patterns. I have all the snail's trails blocks done, finished last year and need to start on the star blocks.
Looking over my stash of fabrics though I might have to do some more shopping. :-) I want to start on the star blocks but will wait patiently until I do get some more fabrics, hopefully in a couple weeks. That way they mix in evenly with the older fabrics I've already used and it doesn't look unbalanced. Let everything be done with order, afterall! : )
It is my goal and hope to finish this quilt by October this year! October 2nd is my 5 year anniversary, and that gives me 9 months to complete it. Not quite a wedding quilt but an anniversary quilt is special too!
I thought maybe if I shared my plans and progress it would help inspire me to take action. I am feeling very inactive today. Do go to yahoo or google and do an image search for "Shakespeare in the Park quilts" and be inspired at others' quilts, this truly is a gorgeous pattern!! I think it was originally put together by Judy Martin and if you go here and scroll down you can see lots of people's quilts like this http://www.judymartin.com/Viewer-Photos.cfm