For a wedding gift, I wanted to give them something that held some Swedish tradition to it. My limited research on the internet told me that Swedish weddings used to include cushions which were carried across town as part of the bridal procession and then used during the ceremony for the bride and groom to sit on. After the wedding, the cushions were displayed in the front window of the bridal home to let everyone know they were newly weds. (Sadly I can no longer find the link where I got this information from).
I constructed the blocks using the quilt-as-you-go method, but many of my blocks ended up not being square in the end due to fabric creepage. I was using a walking foot but I guess more patience and practice is required. This method involved starting with a square of wadding and then sewing each piece onto the wadding and folding it back over the seam, therefore piecing and quilting at the same time. This is definitely a technique which should have sashing between each block as it was rather fiddly having to trim back the wadding on each seam after the blocks were joined.
Thanks to the ladies at Craft Depot for helping me find the right combination of fabrics.