My favorite quilt is probably the one that is the most subdued colorwise of any of the quilts I've ever made. I bought a bunch of Spice Market fat quarters when a local quilt shop was going out of business. They were only 25 cents a piece and as I was buying them I was wondering what in the world I would make with them. Well, several months later I ran across a pattern called Caddy Corners from Good Intentions. I thought that I'd give these fabrics a whirl since it was one of the Laps from Fats quilts. I was a little short on fat quarters and my best friend and quilting buddy happened to have some fats and scraps that worked right in, so I incorporated them as well.
As I was making the blocks, I wasn't thrilled because the colors were not what I would normally have picked. However, I found an outer border fabric that I liked a lot and it seemed to tie the whole thing together.
While making the back, I made a mistake and wound up having to incorporate some of the border fabric to make the mistake look like a "design choice" and it actually wound up a good thing because those two inserts are on the long sides, so I know how to position the quilt on the bed so it covers the top correctly.
In any case, I had it quilted and when I got it back I noticed that one of the blocks was turned sideways! Everytime I looked at the quilt, all I could see was my mistake. I was horrified, but do you know what? I had to learn to accept my mistake and over time, this has become my favorite quilt. This quilt came together with the help of my best friend, has a flaw that I only see if I choose to focus on it, and everytime I curl up with it, I feel like I'm getting a wonderful hug. So it's a good metaphor for two life lessons for me: Don't concentrate on life's flaws - if you look at the big picture, they're really insignificant most of the time, and forgive myself and others - nobody's perfect.