…hanging in the Hills Hoist Gallery…
Helen and I opted for an all over heart pattern for the quilting. (We searched for a stag/deer/elk pattern to tie in with a reading that the couple had at their wedding (the groom is referred to as a stag!) and we couldn’t find one so we opted for a romantic heart instead.)
I was worried that a heart pattern would look a bit naff and cutesy, but I think it came up really well. It’s subtle and doesn’t scream 12yo in love with Jordan Knight like my grade 7 diary which is covered in hearts does.
Helen attached the label to the quilt and stitched over it like I wanted. (I always try to get the label quilted as well because I’m worried about them coming loose or, in this case, the embroidery coming undone. I figure the more stitches in it the less likely to loose it.)
Helen also did the binding for me. I adore this print as binding – it came up so much better than I could have imagined. (I think I’ll track down some more of this fabric and put it in the stash for future binding!)
The surprise that I mentioned in my previous post about the construction of this quilt; our signatures.
The quilt is a combined gift from our family and another family that is friends with the newlyweds and so I thought it would be nice if we all signed our names on the quilt label. The other family has 3 children and they signed their names and it’s my favourite part of the quilt.
I love that their writing shows their personality and ages. In 20 years time it will be a really sweet thing to be able to look back and see how they’ve grown and changed. It’s was also a great way to include them in the project.
I really love this quilt. It’s size makes it a great snuggle quilt for those cold winter nights on the couch, and can then transition into the perfect baby quilt.
I am completely indebted to Helen for her work on getting this quilt completed. She took my nearly finished project and worked her magic to make something really lovely. I was feeling the pressure to get this done on time and the minute I handed it to Helen all that pressure just dissolved.
We gave the newlyweds their gift on the weekend and I think it was a hit. I really hope it’s something they use and that it becomes part of their family story.
Fabric: Riley Blake – Willow
Quilting: Helen at Altogether Quilting
And for those of you wondering since I first posted about the making of this quilt… the groom took her to Vanuatu!