Friday, February 8, 2013

A Custom Wedding Quilt

I finished this gorgeous custom wedding quilt earlier this week, and I couldn’t be happier with it!
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I met the mother of the bride at one if my craft fairs in December, and she asked if I could make a wedding guest quilt for her daughter’s wedding that was, as you can see, at the end of December.
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We decided having unfinished solid squares for guests to sign would be the best course, in case a young child got hold of a pen or something and went to town on it. Can you imagine that happening on a finished quilt? I would cry :)
After the wedding, she brought the squares back to me, and I came up with a quilt design, incorporating the signed squares.
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I didn’t want to quilt on top of any writing and risk obscuring it, so I quilted straight lines right outside the center squares.
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For the large monogram block, I outlined the S and the date with quilting lines, and then quilted along the chevrons in the background fabric.
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Here is a photo of the quilting of the center block on the back. It looked way cool :)
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At first, I was going to back the quilt with the large yellow tonal chevron, but when I went to get it, my LQS was OUT of it!! So sad. Sniff. But then I spied this Joel Dewberry large floral print from Heirloom, and I knew it was meant to be. The yellow was perfect, and I liked that it was cream instead of white, because it made it look softer. I used Kona Charcoal for the binding to frame the whole quilt well, and to pull a little more charcoal into the quilt, because that was the monogram fabric as well.
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Oh and one more thing about the back. Since this quilt was big enough to need to piece the backing, I matched the pattern in the fabric so that it would look continuous. I should do a tutorial on that some time, huh? I have a pretty simple way of making it match up just right. And really, it makes such a vast improvement, especially on a large scale print.
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I loved being able to make this quilt. It was a really fun experience creating something to help a young couple commemorate their special day.
I will soon be offering custom wedding quilts in my etsy shop, but I haven’t gotten a listing up quite yet.

Oh ps I finally just got Instagram!! I will probably be way better about posting pictures of projects there than here. I'm materialgirlkirsten :)

2 comments:

Tiffany said...

Ok, we need to talk. Or I may just hire you to finish my wedding quilt because this one rocks! I'm serious! I haven't been able to figure out anything I like for mine yet.

Abdullah Al Faisal said...

gorgeous Color
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