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Monday, November 7, 2022

The Wedding Quilt Finish


At long last, here is The Wedding Quilt for my great nephew and his new bride! They were married last January in a beautiful winter setting in northeast Oklahoma.

My great-nephew Cory and his beautiful bride Brooklyn

Cory with his hat - lol - to cover his bald head!

I still remember Cory as a toddler, when he cried every time his Mama put him down. We thought he would grow up attached to her hip! He grew into such a good young man, and I think Brooklyn must be the girl of his dreams. Apparently he fell in love with her the first time he saw her, although they were "just friends" for a few months. After dating for two years, Cory popped the question, and the rest is history!

Pixelated Heart pattern by Amy Smart
My decision on a quilt pattern went through so many starts and stops, including Corey Yoder's Sprinkling, Slice of Pi's Exploding Heart, and Southern Charm Quilt's Lulu Louise before I finally decided on a simplified Pixelated Heart, a free pattern by Amy Smart. Since I already had 5-1/2 squares cut and ready to go, I just used her quilt photo as my guide to lay it all out.

Quilt back using yardage of Vert Fusion and a sage green buffalo check I had in my stash

My great nephew emailed this inspiration photo to me as Brooklyn's preferred colors

Bumble Beez by Art Gallery

Doiland Gloss Sparkler by Art Gallery

Lots of scrappiness with most of the neutrals from my stash

I actually had the fabric line, Vert Fusion by Art Gallery Fabrics, before I chose the pattern. My intention was to follow the inspiration photo above as closely as possible, but the colors are so muted that I decided to perk it up using Art Gallery's Bumble Beez and Doiland Gloss Sparkler to influence my choices. These fabrics add soft jade with hints of coral pink and ochre as well as provide some whimsy to the quilt. The neutrals and pops of color are from stash, with a big boost from Decostitch in Cloud, my favorite neutral.


Quilt progress was delayed by indecision, cataract surgery, procrastination, and fear of failure. Fortunately I overcame those obstacles and not only am I pleased with the outcome, but I also learned to "quilt from the back" using Longmire! A couple of you have wondered how that works. It involves putting the quilt on the frame, placing a pantograph on the table, using the rear handlebar, and positioning the laser beam from to trace the pattern on the pantograph while the needle stitches the pattern. You can see a demonstration of it right here.


My intent was to be true to the winter theme of their wedding, using snowflake fabric, text prints with sweet words, the silky elegant front, as well as a more homey theme on the back, and the name of the quilt pattern - "Drift", very appropriate for snow!

The weather has not cooperated for photos. My DIY guy suggested that foggy weather
was not the best for quilt photography, so I took the photos inside the house.

Toby putting last minute touches on draping the quilt

Rosie saw a wrinkle that Toby overlooked!


Cory's step-sister (my great-niece) lives near me and will see Cory and Brooklyn when she goes to Oklahoma for Christmas, so I will wait on mailing it and let her cart it to them. It is not only heavy for mailing, but I want to make sure it arrives intact!


QUILT DETAILS
Pattern inspiration: Pixelated Heart pattern by Amy Smart
Finished size: Approximately 76" wide x 80" tall

Front fabrics:
Vert Fusion layer cake by AGF (Art Gallery Fabrics)
India Ink from Kismet by Sharon Holland for AGF
Stamped from Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi for AGF
Spotted Graphite by Zen Chic for Moda
Decostitch in Cloud by AGF
Various fabrics from stash

Backing:
Sonic Flora Vert from Vert Fusion by AGF
Anew in Green Plaid with White/Cream by Brenda Riddle for Lecien

Binding:
Metallic snowflake fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics

Superior Threads So Fine! 50 wt:
Piecing -#503 Genoa Gray
Quilting - #402 Pearl
Binding -  #152 Bisque and #1142 White Sand (30 wt)

Quilting:
Pantograph "Drift" by Keryn Emmerson

Toby lent his tail to the final shot

I am linking this post to Brenda's Monday Musings and PHD Update and Melva's Sew and Tell.

16 comments :

  1. The quilt is absolutely beautiful. The happy couple will love it!

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  2. Linda, that is just gorgeous! Your color choices are perfect for the inspiration photo, and they go with the wedding photo, too. You should never have "fear of failure" - you were right on with this quilt! I love it, and I'm sure your great-nephew and his wife will, too.

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  3. I LOVE the quilt! The fabrics are so elegant, they'll be so happy! You did a great job with the quilting, happy stitching!

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  4. Oh my gosh!!! THAT is SO BEAUTIFUL!! I think you nailed the colors!!! I bet they are just so excited to have it!!!

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  5. Linda I think it is beautiful, you nailed it! Beautiful design and fabrics.

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  6. The quilt is just lovely, Linda! The muted colors with that added AGF bee fabric makes it perfect for a wedding quilt. I'm glad your kitties are helping out with the quilt photography; they can be so purrticular!

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  7. Linda it is worth every worry and stitch. It is just amazing, you certainly picked up on the inspiration photo. I love the cat's inspecting the work! Great photos - love it all so thank you for sharing.

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  8. Hi Linda! What a lovely post. Your perseverance really paid in a fabulous win of a quilt. Gosh, those colors!! Your quilting really takes the project over the top - I can just FEEL all of that quilty goodness. Corey and his bride will definitely feel all the good wishes and love in every stitch. Just think - only four months ago you were having issues seeing. Not only is that all behind you but you've got a spectacular finish to show for your patience and hard work. Nice job! Thank you for sharing it with us - and heck yeah - you don't want to trust this treasure with the mail when it can be hand delivered! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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  9. it turned out great and I'm sure they will love it. That is a nice winter photo of them at the wedding

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  10. What a great wedding quilt! I love the picture of the bride and groom. You did such a fabulous job with all of it and I am sure they will be thrilled! You did a great job with the quilting!!!! Isn't it so nice to do all that in the comfort of your own home with your own machine. I wouldn't mail this either, as I would be crushed. Well done, Linda!

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  11. Well, it's certainly beautiful. I hope they treasure it.

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  12. Absolutely beautiful, Linda!! I'm so glad you were able to overcome all your obstacles and get this finished. I know the couple will be thrilled with this thoughtful gift! Thanks so much for linking up with Monday Musings!

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  13. You captured the spirit of winter so beautifully in the quilt, Linda. Amazing!! I love the gentile colour palette. Wonderful photos too, but of course the credit goes to the industrious kitties.

    -Soma

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  14. What a beautiful Bride and Groom! I love the quilt you made for them. Yes, I really took a chance on mailing 12 of my tops to North Carolina, but they made it! Now to see if they make it home. Hugs, so sorry for late comment!

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  15. I'm sure they fell in love with the quilt too....and knew it was made with lots of love. Thanks for sharing it and the sweet story too.

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    1. I hope they like it Marsha! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful week!

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