I pieced this quilt for my first daughter-in-law, who is madly in love with quilts. I wasn't sure how this quilt would turn out with all the dark fabrics, but with a cream background I was very pleased with the over-all softness. My daughter-in-law loves burgundy/wine colors, so I used them only as the accent color...everyone was pleased with the end result. I'm not big on applique and wouldn't have chosen this pattern myself, but this quilt was the project at one of our quilt group's annual retreats. I'm so glad we made it, as it was a lot of fun and is probably one of the favorite quilts I've made. I've been sewing since I was 6 years old, but didn't join the local quilt group until about 5 years ago. I decided to join the group when they gave a demonstration on free-motion quilting (and I've been practicing/learning ever since.) A quilt group is the best place to learn new techniques, time saving tips and get inspiration!