The backgrounds were handed out, to be constant, and the instructions were to use bright fabrics. We each chose a different block.
We were 15 in number last year, so we each made a block, including the bride, and then the blocks were raffled. We 'fixed' the raffle by excluding the bride's name from the draw. She so hoped to win, poor dear, never knowing there was no way she'd get those blocks. We all had so much fun with that, and with making blocks right in front of her at retreat. (to be fair, she was making one too).
Here are the blocks on raffle night. One of the blocks was still in transport :)
The ladybug block was added, and the top pieced by several ladies in the guild, and then it came to me for quilting.
I used a double batting to make sure the flowers had lots of dimension.
Best wishes to the bride and groom for a happy lifetime together.