I’m working on a quilt to celebrate our marriage this spring. Usually when I work on quilts, I pretty much document them when they’re finished, but this time, I decided to write along the way about the process and progress. Just like a relationship, there’s lots of learning done along the way, and it comes together slowly piece by piece until you see the big picture.
I found the pattern in a magazine awhile ago and picked out fabric in blues/greens/purples. I was thinking it would be a quilt for us, but now that we’re engaged (and the colors of the wedding will be white/cobalt blue/silver-gray) then it fits perfectly. I like how the block is seven strips together, like counting the days of a week.
(end of Jan 2015) One night was spent cutting apart all the colorful strips. The next night I worked on it, the white squares and the first block came together.
(1/26/15) Tonight I put together a second blue themed block and created one using the green and purple fabrics. To keep track of things, I decided to take a picture and refer to it when piecing everything together. Can you tell that it didn’t get sewn together quite like the picture? At least it still follows the pattern of long/short pieces and looks just great. I guess it adds to the randomness of the design process.
I’m sure that at some point in this project, I’m going to sew something off from the pattern and also stitch in a white block upside down. Both are relatively minor in the big scheme, but it’ll be noticeable to me. Part of what makes quilts personal are the mistakes though, the human touch.
The wedding took place with the finished quilt top on the unity table, and it was beautiful! Aaron was surprised that was what I had in mind, and it added again to the personal touch of our wedding. Here’s some more in process pictures and how it looked on the remembrance table at the wedding.
Jami and Mary from my quilt guild serged the edges of pieces of white/gray/silver fabric that I used for centerpieces and will end up being the back of the quilt.