Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Double Wedding Ring Finale!

Wedding Quilt Ready for next Saturday's Big Day!
I think this was the first post I did.  I started this quilt in August of 2021. 
Using Tara Faughnan's pattern.  It is a freezer  paper piecing pattern where you sew and flip and re-use the paper.
I pre-cut the squares in  many different solid colors.  Solids were the happy couples choice, which was fun and challenging!
I set up a table and layed out lots of piles.
I lined them up and layed them out for sewing.  There was A LOT of sewing!
Here are some early arcs up on the design board.  It took a while for it to come together.
If you can believe it,  I made templates and hand traced and hand cut all the background pieces.  Yikes.  No wonder this took so long!
For  the background I used black, brown, purple, dark blue, and dark green.   You can see here that I do try to conserve fabric.
On to the curved and there was A LOT of curved piecing!
All I say about all that curved piecing is that practise makes perfect or (good enough).
Pins, pins, pins.....
Woo Hoo - It is coming together - yay!
sewing, pressing, sewing, pressing......and anon......
After all that - I made a  mistake in the middle and put a block in wrong.  Woe is me.
The backing I picked out is a beautiful floral print with a back background.  A Fruitful Life is the name of print.  How Perfect!
pinning day - hooray!

So... How to quilt?   I decided to machine quilt all the blocks and each arc.  you can see it better on back.
I also used perle cotton to do big stitch hand quilting.  Again, how to mark it? 
 I like to use motifs and lines that already exist in the quilt design.  Here is what I settled on.

Mirroring the curve of the piecing, then marking a diamond.
Here is the edge design.  Wow - check out that cat hair!
Hey Nutmeg, you're not helping.

Each arc had a matching or contrasting color
I really enjoyed doing the big stitch...Friday Cosmopolitan notwithstanding.
And finally it was bath time!  I did a multi-part post on Instagram on my process for  this.
The quilt released a lot of color but it all ended fine!
And finally it is ready!   Here it is today for  its dress rehearsal.
I'm so happy for  my daughter, who has had a wonderful bridal season. 
the invitations she selected are perfect fo ra botanical wedding.
It has been a very exciting time in our lives.
If you want to see some photos of the happy couple, here is their website.

The next post will be some wedding photos.  Then it will be back to quilting!



Katy Sweigart said...

Congrats to the whole family! Such an exciting time! The quilt is stunning. Beautiful work. Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Simply gorgeous quilt!!! I hope everyone has a wonderful time at the wedding and that your daughter and her husband to be will have a long and happy marriage. Gail at the Cozy Quilter

Susie H said...

I know it was a long journey but it was so worth it --- the quilt is BEAUTIFUL!!! I enjoyed every step -- post -- of the way. Many happy days are wished for Hanna & David.

Julierose said...

What a stunning finish on this quilt!! It is so lovely--I imagine they will be so thrilled--happy times:)))
hugs, Julierose

CecileD said...

Ohhh congratulations my friend, for you, Rich and the whole family !
The quilt is fabulous !
I wish Hanna and David the best !
3...2....1.... and here we go !!
Lots of hugs !

Rose Marie said...

Congrats to all and the couple will enjoy their special quilt!

Mary in Maryland said...

I love that quilt and bought the pattern a few months ago. Which size block did you use and how big is the quilt? Your quilt is gorgeous. Also, I had never realized that you are local. We're in Silver Spring.

Mary in Maryland said...

Oops. Hanna's wedding is local, but you are not. My bad.

Ginger Scott said...

The quilt is amazing and beautiful. Kudos to the quilter! Wishing you all a happy wedding day.

Lori said...

So excited for you and the entire family! Great quilt, lovely couple!

Robin said...

This turned out fabulous. Such a lot of work but who better to do all that work for than someone so special. You are such a talented lady.

gladiquilts said...

A gorgeous quilt for a lovely couple! Glad you are enjoying this wonderful time in your life 🙂.

Quilting Babcia said...

Wow, the finished quilt is simply fabulous! I love the combination of machine and big stitch quilting, the backing fabric is perfect too. Not sure I would have ever noticed the misdirected block that you painstakingly placed back into the middle of the quilt. Enjoy the celebrations and we'll enjoy the photos in your next post.

liz said...

Wonderful, their child will fight over that heirloom : )
Enjoy the wedding, she looks so beatuful

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

Oh my goodness Barb what a fabulous post - what a fabulous quilt! It was so fun to read through your process. It is just such a WOW quilt. Most of all, what a beautiful happy bride and what an exciting time for your whole family. The invitations are so lovely. Can't wait to read all about it the next time you post. Have a wonderful time!

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Meredith said...

That quilt is spectacular! How wonderful to be able to make such a special gift for your kids. Congratulations!

Barbara said...

WOW, Barb, what a spectacular quilt! You are the queen of sewing curves :) This a really exciting time for you and your family. Love the nature-themed wedding invitations. Enjoy the day and I look forward to seeing photos in your next post.

Nann said...

It's a beauty! Happy wedding day to the bride, groom and all the family!

audrey said...

What a fantastic looking quilt! Love the touches of hand quilting, makes it feel/look so much cozier.:) Lots and lots of work though! Wow!! Good luck with the wedding weekend. Such a sweet time to be spending with your daughter.

Chantal said...

Masterpiece! Spectacular! May the wedding day be just as wonderful as your quilt is. Congrats to the entire family. Enjoy! xo ;^)

Janet O. said...

Kudos to you, Barb, for that wonderful finish on the DWR quilt.
Hanna really glows. What an exciting time for the young couple--and the parents, of course.
That is a lovely invitation. Fun photos at the website. Looking forward to the wedding photos!

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FlourishingPalms said...

My goodness! The amount of work you went to, to make this wonderful quilt is nearly mind-boggling. It turned out beautifully! Interestingly, I too made a Double Wedding Ring quilt for our daughter's wedding, 16 years ago. She wanted an all-neutrals quilt made with prints. I found the perfect little bird print, holding a ribbon in its beak, that I fussy cut twice for each ring. For quilting, I domestic machine quilted to create a trapunto design in each blank space. Well, that was the quilt-y thing to do 16 years ago, just as you've used solids and done big stitch hand quilting today. You've made a delightful gift that I'm sure the couple will use for many years to come. Have a wonderful, memory-making wedding day. Enjoy!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Fabulous wedding quilt, Barb, and congrats on acquiring another son!!

loraine everard said...

How wonderful! The quilt is stunning! I hope you all have a wonderful day!!! Xxxx

QuiltGranma said...

You did a beautiful job there Barb! And those invitations are beautiful as well. Sew happy for them, and their new life ahead.

rondiquilts said...

Its all about the love, love of one another, love of quilting, love that goes into a quilt. All the best to Hanna and David.