The most exciting part was trying to find the "perfect" fabric to use for the sun's reflection in the water. I finally found a light periwinkle/blue fabric that looked like it had gold dust lightly brushed across it, and that gave exactly the effect I wanted. It faintly suggests the sunlight dancing off the water.
I used John Flynn's acrylic templates to cut all the pieces, and quilted it on my domestic machine using John's "dot-to-dot" design that he uses on his Storm at Sea quilts. I'm sharing it with you all because so many of you have been a part of the planning of this quilt (and Susan insisted that I post it on this blog), but you have to promise to keep it a secret! After all, Christmas is still 2 months away and I wouldn't want Dad to find out about it early! Thanks to all who offered their opinions and support!