The original had its panels all sewn together, but since I wasn't patient or careful enough to make sure my pieces fit together, I opted to finish each piece separately, and then attach them all together using different techniques (I got this idea from a stunning art quilt in a local quilt show).
One thing I do remember from the Needlecraft piece was that there was a french knot heart, so mine has one too:
Plus three other embroidered hearts, using chain stitch, fly stitch, and laidwork. I tacked on a wedding milagro in the center.
I love crazy quilting, so this square was lots of fun to make. I especially love the feather stitch with the clusters of beads at each branch, a motif I've since used over and over. I finished this square by twisting together a bunch of specialty fibers and tacking them down around the perimeter.
I think the original had some kind of bouquet too, maybe? Flowers, definitely. My flowers are buttons and yo-yos, with a little tonal couching for the thingie holding the stems (I'm sure that's the technical term). The border looked a little plain, so I embroidered some ribbon flowers at the bottom corners, flowers whose names began with my and Mr. Beadgirl's initials.
This isn't anything particularly symbolic, I just thought it was pretty:
These are the lace bands from the Victoria Sampler's Heirloom Wedding Sampler, which I made for a friend. It's counted thread work and drawn thread work (that company's designs are gorgeous and intricate).
A piece from my wedding dress:
I edged it with three strands of "pearl" trim twisted together, like the trim on my dress.
For the center, our wedding date:
Appliqueing the central fabric onto velvet was tricky because of the nap, and the oval ended up very wonky. Rather than undoing it and trying again, I tried to cover up the wonkiness with embroidery and bead embroidery. I edged the piece with bead picots, because one can never have enough beads.
Apropos of nothing, my wedding date looks like binary code, which is kind of neat -- 57.
I have this hanging over our bed, and I was really pleased with myself until one of the cats started clawing it; I may have to rethink the location. But it feels great to have finished this.