My friend's daughter got married this weekend near Richmond, Virginia. We went down to Charlottesville on Friday and toured Montpelier, got up Saturday and wandered around Charlottesville. They were having a farmer's market and they have a nice pedestrian mall with little shops to wander around in.
Here is my hubby with a bedazzled couch we found
on our wanderings:
We drove over to Mechanicsville Saturday afternoon for the wedding. It was lovely and I cried through the whole thing! I made a quilt to give the bride and groom (who I don't know very well-I am good friends with her mom) and I took some pictures of the process along the way.
So, when I think of making a quilt for someone, I make a few sketches and try to imagine what they would like and what I am capable of making (ha!). In this case, I wasn't sure what the couple would like. I spent a few days second guessing myself. I even sewed some squares together, thinking maybe I should try to be more traditional, not everyone likes modern.
But in the end, I went with modern. I hope they like it. I hope they love it. But if they only use it for picnics or throw it in the guest bedroom, I am okay with that.
Here is the front of the finished quilt. It is 72 inches by 60 inches. Big enough to snuggle under but not really bed sized.
I went with one of my favorite color schemes: yellow and gray.
I cut big pieces of both colors and started sewing. It took me a few days to get the top done. About midway through, after I rejected using the totally unrelated squares from above, I figured out the back. So I pieced that as I was finishing up the front. I chain piece as much as possible.
I lost my design wall when I lost my sewing room (my son moved back home) so here is the quilt on my living room floor.
I actually finished both the top and the back at about the same time, which is a new one for me and quite nice. It meant that I was ready for the next step.
I did something else out of order (for me) and that is I made the binding next! I had some wonderful yellow stripes that worked out perfectly-I had just enough! I made it before the basting and quilting.
After pondering the quilting design, time (or lack of time) won out. I quilted a meandering loop-de-loop all over the quilt. Then I popped that already made binding on. Tada! Done days ahead of time! (Also never happens!)
I took the quilt with us on the trip with big ideas of taking great pictures at a historical place but.... of course I left it until the parking lot at the reception! My nice friends help me take the pictures.
Best wishes to Katy and Ryan!
|My friends Sherry and Paul held the quilt up for me!|
|Front of the quilt. I turned the rectangle near the top left into the label. I quilted their names , the date, and my name there.|
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