I also started "The Civil War Bride Quilt" and finished my first ever totally hand applique using the needleturn method. The block isn't perfect but that's okay; there are nineteen other blocks to sharpen my skills. I chose to start with block #5 as my first block and left off the butterfly for now as I want to get started on another block.
For the Bride block (block # 3) I was thinking of printing a picture of my hubby and I on our wedding day on fabric and having the flowers and such surround us in such a way that everything blends seamlessly.
Until next time, sew on!