At long last I can share a project that’s been in the works for almost a year. One year and 9 days ago, our daughter called to announce her engagement. We were more than thrilled, and you’ve seen some of the pictures throughout the past year.
A few weeks later, at a celebration BBQ, the groom’s mother suggested to his godmother and me that we corroborate on a quilt for the ‘kids’. This, of course has been kept under wraps for all of these months, but finally we were able to present the quilt to the bride and groom at their reception last Saturday evening.
We started with a block that gave us geometric flowers, selecting colors that reflected the Caribbean setting for their chosen destination wedding:
We then asked them to provide us with some words, phrases, dates that are significant to them, and surrounded the flowers with a hand-embroidered border:
In the meantime, we stenciled blocks of the light fabric with sea-shell shapes, and took some along to the wedding itself – each guest there signed a block. We had other family and friends that were unable to attend the wedding sign some blocks after we got home. A day was spent just arranging and then finally sewing together the back of the quilt:
Here’s a close-up of some of the signature blocks:
This has been a fantastic project, and I’ve learned so much about quilt design – Maureen Goldsmith, fiber artist and quilting teacher, is our new son-in-law’s mother and now a very good friend, and has taught me so much. Along with DSIL’s godmother, the three of us have had a wonderful time together forging a friendship and creating a memory for our children.