Archive | September, 2013

A Wedding Quilt

17 Sep

It’s been a while since I posted…..I fell into the trap of a Seattle summer where we had lots of visitors and exhausted ourselves with the beautiful weather. I did create a few things, though, some of which may actually find themselves up on this blog now the skies are gray and there is a nice autumn chill in the air.

One such project is a quilt I made for my sweet niece and new nephew who were married in August. I was inspired by their wedding colors: gray and all shades of green. Here it is in its just-out-of-the-dryer-glory.

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I had high hopes of finishing this in time to haul it to Iowa for their wedding, but my machine had some long term issues that needed to be resolved. I finished the piecing and used the few days before we flew to sew a dress for my daughter to wear while performing her flower girl duties.

While we spent a week in Iowa, my machine spent some time at the doctor – and for good reason! Its bobbin tire was replaced and I’m pleased to report that has solved all of my issues with bobbin thread not feeding properly. (See this post.) I can’t tell you how this has changed my sewing life and my feelings about this machine.

This quilt is enormous by my standards. At 74″ x 98″, it’s the biggest one I’ve ever made. I machine quilted it in diagonal straight lines with a light gray cotton thread. The quilt front is pieced using a variety of Kona cottons.

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The quilting is fairly subtle but adds a nice texture to the solid charcoal gray back (a King sized flat sheet from Target).

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I spent a few movie nights hand stitching the binding down after sewing it to the front (I like this tutorial), but not before I embroidered the couple’s monogram and wedding date on the back side of the binding edge.

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