So, the darks have it. I liked the light when I drew it two summers ago, but once I had everything in front of me, I wasn't so sure. Most importantly, my brother voted for the dark sashing and it's going to be his quilt! (It took him a while to respond - recovering from being a grilled cheese sandwich for Halloween and away for an ultimate frisbee tournament in Rhode Island, etc...) Thanks to everyone who left a comment.
I thought I'd post a few more pictures from my mom's visit. We crossed the longest bridge in Finland to Replot and then to Bjorkeby. It was awfully chilly that day!
A couple people asked me to say a little more about the princess cake from an earlier post. It's a sponge-type cake, sliced into several thin layers, layered with jam, topped with whipped cream, then covered with marzipan. Delicious.