My sister was married last July, and I had no quilt to give, as I am certain that it is written somewhere that quilters have a grace period of one year to get a major life event quilt done, right? The truth is, I didn’t make her a quilt for her wedding because I heard she was receiving one from another relative, and I didn’t want to compete. I made her this pillow instead:
I had such a blast with the free motion quilting on this one, and my first applique, that I swear I’m going to make a similar family tree pillow for our family someday. I love the shot cotton color and texture of Kaffe Fassett’s solids. Here is a picture of the pillow in my “Happy Place.” With the dog. I promise my pictures will get better/less fuzzy!
On to the quilt part….
After the wedding I felt that I missed a monumental quilty gift opportunity, so I started searching for quilt patterns that my sister would like. It took me awhile to figure out the colors. Thankfully, at this point my sister was in on it and guided me towards indigo and berry, as well as the desired size, a throw not a queen… thank goodness! The result I call the Venus and Mars Quilt, made with a fun mesh of Quilter’s Linen, Kona, some Kaffe Fassett, a little Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe and other prints. I used the tutorial from Don’t Call Me Betsy using her kaleidoscope pattern. As in most of my quilts, the final product ended up much different then I imagined when I started, but that is half the fun!
Here are some close-ups of the quilting.
The backing was a lot of fun to put together using leftovers from the front, some Cotton & Steel, and a large Lotta Jansdotter flower print from her Bella Collection which I have been hoarding.
I took a lot of pictures of this one. I had to say goodbye to it literally within the hour I finished as it was hitching a ride with my parents to my sister’s house, and they were trying to out run a snow storm. It felt a little like ripping a Band-Aid off. Usually I’ll throw a quilt over my couch and bask in my finish for at least a week before sending it on its way!
So my sister and her new husband received their wedding quilt only 7 months late. Not sure if it’s allowed, but I backdated the label to make up for it!