4/14/11

Quilts to celebrate weddings

In 2008, my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. And, my boss got married. No need to come up with two quilt patterns, right? And, there's not much chance that either couple will ever see the other couple's quilt. This is what I came up with. The background is all neutral squares and a border and the two rings were paper pieced and are made up of two inch sections, double wedding ring style, and then appliqued to the quilt top. The rings are linked together like links in a chain. One ring was left open to accomplish that and the join is hidden behind where the other ring crosses over it. The pictures above and below are my parent's quilt. This was the second of the two quilts that I made and I was much braver on the quilting on this one. The background is a morning glory applique pattern that I traced onto the background of the quilt and quilted in. This two pictures below are my boss's quilt. The quilting is much more linear, but, like my parent's quilt, their names are quilted in the top border and their wedding date is quilted in the bottom border. All this quilting was marked with a blue washout pen and you can see some residue in the bottom picture. IThese pictures were taken before I washed the quilt. I spritz the ink out as I go with a spray bottle. When I stop for the night, I spritz where I've already quilted so the ink is gone the next day. That lets me see any mistakes that are going to show while I can still fix them and it reassures me that the ink is actually going to come out before I get the quilt finished. I have a fear that I will mark a quilt and forget and iron it and that heat makes the ink permanent. Actually, I have that fear because I've done it. But, that's another blog post.



Take care and have a great Thursday. I spent half the morning thinking it was Friday and the other half crying because it wasn't Friday.


Lane

8 comments:

Mad about Craft said...

Lovely quilts!

The quilting is fantastic.

Impera_Magna said...

Beautiful.... just beautiful all the way around!

Bunny said...

Wow beautiful quilts and quilting. Very much appreciated I am sure.

Coloradolady said...

Well, if you don't beat all....Lane, you quilt like I want someone to quilt for me!!! I JUST got a quilt back from the LA lady and it was not what I asked for. Chalk it up....I am done. I wanted the names and dates JUST like you did and told her that. I got tiny lettering like from a embroidery machine and well, I am not pleased. Sorry....I guess you are my sounding board today, as YOU get it, and GET how it is supposed to look. You'd think with VERY detailed notes and DETAILED conversations, this would not have happened. Time to move on and find someone else for sure.

Your quilt is simply lovely. I should have made myself one for our 25th coming up in a couple of weeks.....no time for that!!! Have a great day....

Michelle said...

You do beautiful work!

Hazel said...

What talent ,it's gorgeous ,maybe you should think about a quilting business ,this is better then some I've seen done on a long arm .

Elizabeth said...

Those are both really beautiful! Nice job and what a thoughtful gift.

xo -El

Pauline said...

Beautiful quilts. Just a question... Do you free hand using a hoop, or do you stretch your quilts out similar to how they are on a long arm frame? I've got probably 6 quilt tops now waiting for me to quilt. I've done several with the meandering design, but haven't tried leaves, flowers or lettering. How about a tutorial? Or pictures of you quilting. Looks like you've got it down pat!