What Am I Making??? - It's a Wedding Quilt!
Posted by pacificfabrics on Monday, May 2nd, 2011
In March I teased you with a post about my venture into a new area of sewing. It is now done and ready for publication!
To carry on a tradition begun at my wedding, I vowed to make a quilt for each of my children when they married. One small problem, though - I don't quilt. So, I chose a marvelous pattern with large blocks designed for fat quarters - Big & Bold by Cozy Quilt Designs (above). Since the happy couple spends most of their life outdoors, I selected outdoor themed fabrics at our Northgate store - owls, leaves, pinecones, trees and stones along with coordinating batiks.
Since my sewing passion revolves around clothing, I thought large and small rectangles would be similar to sleeves and yokes. I know what to do with those! I assembled about 25 gorgeous 17-1/2" blocks and with help from a 'cast of thousands', my dear son, David and his sparkling bride Velda were presented with a queen size quilt to cover their new marriage in love.
Thank yous are in order! Leah, Linda and Nancy at Northgate helped me choose fabric. Hollye and Nancy at Bellevue advised me on backing and border selection. Regina, our talented Long Arm quilter, guided me through block layout and binding selection, then quilted beautiful leaves (above) onto my quilt and sewed on the binding. And a very special, generous quilter offered to handstitch the binding onto the back while I was in the midst of wedding prep. (If I tell you who, she will be inundated with requests, I'm sure!)
The quilt hung in a place of honor at the wedding and D and V loved it. Have I become a quilter now? No. Creating clothes is still what lights my sewing fire. Would I ever make a quilt again? You bet! It was fun, the pattern I chose worked for me and I accomplished my goal of blessing the new couple with hand stitched warmth.
The moral of the story? Don't be afraid to try something you haven't done!!! It doesn't have to be hard and you CAN do it. Best of all, I know that you, too, will have wonderful friends who will warm your heart by offering to help. And isn't that what it's all about?
Your quilt is gorgeous! Thanks for the encouragement (and great modeling) for trying something new. You are an inspiration!by Kathy E. on 06 May 2011 at 7:12 p.m.
Oh Annette, the quilt turned out so beautiful! I'm sure it will be treasured for years to come! It's great to know so many talented people who love to help with ideas as well as other things!by Cathy C. on 06 May 2011 at 1:52 a.m.