Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Wedding Quilt #1

My brother, Ryan married his fiancee wife last month in St. Joseph, Michigan. Needless to say, it was beautiful. Sweetie and I drove to Michigan the week before the wedding to have some vacation time. The little bro had rented a beach house for family so we didn't have to worry about accommodations, which was so nice!
The Beach House

We spent several days on Lake Michigan, which was just out our front door and did wine tasting, beach time and sight-seeing!

Silver Beach Lighthouse
For a wedding present, I created a quilt for the couple.
3 stripe rail fence quilt
A better view of the pattern

Using a "rail fence" pattern, i strip pieced 3 1/2" strips of white on black, eggplant purple and black on white. I cut 9 1/2" squares and set them in a zig-zag pattern down the quilt. I had 4 different black on whites so each zig-zag is one print. I added 5" borders in the purple.

I had 1/2 yard cuts of each white print. One print comprises each zig-zag.
The label was also a bit of a challenge. I originally wanted it embroidered but I don't have an embroidery machine and was quickly running out of time. I found an idea where you printed on fabric so I created a design and had sweetie print it on a piece of background fabric. The ink wasn't very dark so sweetie went over the printing with a fine tip fabric marker. Fortunately, my quilter ran out of bobbin thread with 6" in the corner left to quilt, giving me the perfect place for the label. I bordered the label in a bit of left over purple and sewed it into the corner of the quilt, then I bound the quilt using the black fabric in the fence rails.

I'm happy to say that my brother and new sister-in-law really liked their quilt and now it's getting good use in their new home. That's what makes it all worthwhile.

I have several weddings coming up so there will be more! Stay tuned!