I have made a good number of watercolor wash quilts over the course of the last decade (inspired by Deanna Spingola's More Strip-Pieced Watercolor Magic, That Patchwork Place, 1997). They make terrific presents for whatever occasion. Lucky recipients include my brother Monty Downs on his marriage to Elaine, my nephew Ben Haller when he wedded Keewi, my neighbor's successful battle against lung cancer, Olivia's host family in Nantes, France when we visited them in 2005 and numerous others. It is a deceptively easy quilt to make, involving strip piecing which is a very rapid technique. The beauty is in the proper choice of values not colors.