Friday, August 23, 2013

Wedding Quilt-A Finish

So my #2 son and I went over to the park to see if we could get some photos before it got too dark last night.  It was fun but had to set up pretty quickly since the sun was fading fast.  I starting making this quilt in April for a friend who is getting married tomorrow.  She is the girl who has everything!  Buying her something didn't seem like the right thing for me to do.  This is her first wedding and has lived on her own for years and I wanted something special.  I saw this on Don't Call me Betsy as a wall hanging and new immediately that I wanted to make this in a throw size.  (Sorry this going to be a long post.)

My hubby asked how we got this to hang on the wall.  There are a couple of old barns at the park and my lovely son held this up.  He had strict instructions that I didn't want any toes sneaking out!  He kept pulling it down "are we done yet?"  

As we walked towards the pond they had this sign for no swimming and I think it was made to hold quilts!  This may be my new go to spot to take photos.  It was really hard to get the quilting to show up.  This close up did a better job on that.  Starting at the top (that was the last section I did) there are concentric circles with wavy lines.  Each section was divided up by lines with pebbles and then a side by side lines.   Moving clockwise around the quilt there are swirls, flower, paisley, and then swirls with pebbles.  The thread was Superior So Fine.  It was beautiful to work with.  I ordered from Red Rock Threads.  I had run out and I ordered more and it came very quickly!  I will be ordering from them again.

You can see some the quilting better in these photos.

Then for the back I did free piecing for the date from the Word Play book.  I only needed to redo 2 of them to get the size I wanted.  I loved how they turned out.  The back fabric and the binding were from the Shades of Black from Me and my Sister.  The back is really beautiful fabric but is very busy so you can not see the quilting.  As I am definitely still learning and by no means even close to perfect it is nice to hide any of those issues that came up.The binding was the black tone on tone stripe.  The letters were the scraps from the front and the background was the grey with tiny white polka dots.

We, I mean son #2 set up the next shot by hanging it over the end of the sign. My photo - I didn't want to include the sign but he thought that looked cool.  He also tends to get much lower and change up the perspective.  He has a very good eye.  (I call him my quilt critic quite often-he has great perspective and a good eye and is brutally honest).  I also added a label. (still need to sign it and wrap it up)

If you read through this post - wow- thank you!  This quilt was quite the learning experience and I think this may be one of my favorites I have made and am sad to see it leave.  But I know it is going to a good home.

Quilt Stats:

Backgroup- Essex Black Yarn Dyed
Pinks - scraps and a few 1/4 yard cuts
Binding and back Shades of Black by Me and My Sister
Thread- pieced Auril 50 wgt white
Thread - quilting Superior so Fine
Batting - a white cotton (not sure what kind)
Size 60"x 72"

I am so happy with this quilt and will be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts,  Can I get a Whoo Whoo? This quilt is also on my list for the Finish Along for Q3.  I really thought I would have it done in July but so happy I finished it with 6 days to spare for the gift giving!


  1. Soooo pretty! Love the heart!!!

  2. Very nice. What a lovely present. Congrats on a great finish.

  3. Absolutely lovely! What a fantastic gift! I love how you added the date to the back, i'm making a quilt for a friend for her wedding (two years ago!) and might just need to add the date too!

  4. Gorgeous quilt Beth and I am sure your friend will love it. Thanks for sharing. Marie

  5. I love it and I think your friend will treasure it for years to come.

  6. Thanks for sharing your wonderful finish, Beth! I have a son who is my go-to guy for when I need a second opinion, too. Nice to hear you will be taking part in the link up at Plum and June, as well!

  7. LOVE this quilt. It turned out so amazing! The quilting in the grey space is just stunning, and the pieced anniversary date on the back is such a great way to label the quilt. It will be much beloved!

  8. This is a stunning quilt, I love the design and fabrics and the quilting. The back is perfect.