CRAFTY | THE WEDDING QUILT

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…hanging in the Hills Hoist Gallery…

The Wedding Quilt is done, and I love it. I picked it up from Helen (of Altogether Quilting) last week and it’s just divine.

Helen and I opted for an all over heart pattern for the quilting.  (We searched for a stag/deer/elk pattern to tie in with a reading that the couple had at their wedding (the groom is referred to as a stag!) and we couldn’t find one so we opted for a romantic heart instead.)

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I was worried that a heart pattern would look a bit naff and cutesy, but I think it came up really well. It’s subtle and doesn’t scream 12yo in love with Jordan Knight like my grade 7 diary which is covered in hearts does.

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Helen attached the label to the quilt and stitched over it like I wanted. (I always try to get the label quilted as well because I’m worried about them coming loose or, in this case, the embroidery coming undone.  I figure the more stitches in it the less likely to loose it.)

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Helen also did the binding for me.  I adore this print as binding – it came up so much better than I could have imagined. (I think I’ll track down some more of this fabric and put it in the stash for future binding!)

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The surprise that I mentioned in my previous post about the construction of this quilt; our signatures.

The quilt is a combined gift from our family and another family that is friends with the newlyweds and so I thought it would be nice if we all signed our names on the quilt label.  The other family has 3 children and they signed their names and it’s my favourite part of the quilt.

I love that their writing shows their personality and ages.  In 20 years time it will be a really sweet thing to be able to look back and see how they’ve grown and changed.  It’s was also a great way to include them in the project.

I really love this quilt.  It’s size makes it a great snuggle quilt for those cold winter nights on the couch, and can then transition into the perfect baby quilt.

I am completely indebted to Helen for her work on getting this quilt completed. She took my nearly finished project and worked her magic to make something really lovely. I was feeling the pressure to get this done on time and the minute I handed it to Helen all that pressure just dissolved.

We gave the newlyweds their gift on the weekend and I think it was a hit.  I really hope it’s something they use and that it becomes part of their family story.

Quilt details

Pattern: 1600 Jelly Roll Quilt (you can find information about it here)

Fabric: Riley Blake – Willow

Quilting: Helen at Altogether Quilting

And for those of you wondering since I first posted about the making of this quilt… the groom took her to Vanuatu!

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15 Comments

  1. Lisa Lee February 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful! I love all the little details that add the heirloom touch.

  2. SameliasMum February 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

    It’s a beautiful quilt and I’m sure it will be cherished by the happy couple. The quilting is stunning.

    1. gnomeangel February 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Thanks Anorina – I’m quite happy with how it turned out 🙂 (which is half the battle I think!)

  3. Tamara | One Craftee Mumma January 31, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I love it! The colours, the pattern and the quilting all look amazing!

    Such a gorgeous and very sentimental gift for such a special day!

    You did a great job!

    xx

    1. gnomeangel February 1, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Thanks Pea. I do so hope they like it. One down, 11 to go. 😉

  4. Leonie Goodwin January 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    How could you not love this quilt …. so beautiful. What an amazing gift ….. just gorgeous. Something they will have forever and such a special thing to have. Love it Gnomeangel.

    1. gnomeangel February 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Thanks Leonie! 🙂 I do hope they love it for years to come.

  5. Rose January 31, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    What a lovely gift! I bet it would mean so much to the recipients – you can see how much care and love went into making that quilt! My aunt made one a quilt for me for my 21st and I still use it now, love it 🙂

    1. gnomeangel February 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Rose. 🙂 I hope it’s something they can use for years to come. I love having a house full of quilts – they’re so personal and something practical that everyone can use (especially in the Canberra winters!)

  6. tash January 31, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    looks gorgeous! Love the colours you chose

    1. gnomeangel February 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Thanks Tash 🙂

      I picked the colours based on the wedding scheme the bride had picked out.

  7. Michelle January 31, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    It’s fantastic. I’m so proud of you and how far you’ve come as a quilter! ( although you have always inspired me)

    1. gnomeangel February 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Ok… so for the first time in forever I don’t know how to respond… YOU INSPIRE ME! Seriously, if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing and I can’t thank you enough for that!

      (And… you were right this quilt totally needs those yellow strips in there. The quilting really toned them down and they give the quilt a certain pop!)

  8. Kirsty January 31, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    It’s beautiful & I love the little @s … so very “now”.

    1. gnomeangel February 1, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Thanks 🙂

      We all meet over the internet so I figured using our twitter handles would be kind of appropriate. They’ll probably have to explain to their children in decades to come what it all means. 🙂