At least 3 years in the off and on to make, I am wildly happy with the end result. And Mom and Dad love it ... Congratulations to Mom and Dad on your 60th Anniversary!!
The pattern is Marti Mitchell's Stars All Around and is technically the most challenging top I've ever pieced. I've gotten good at mitering, but those inset seams! I think each one of them (12 !) was done at least twice to get them right.
The wreath of yellow roses was chosen to commemorate the wild yellow roses that grew on dad's grandparents farm. The center medallion was hand quilted. I like hand quilting around applique . . . it gives the applique strong definition. I've tried doing this by machine before, but prefer the look and feel the hand quilting gives.