Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wedding Quilt Inspiration


This past July, my cousin Clarisse -- who happens to be one of my dearest friends -- got married in France. Our little family was unfortunately unable to make the international trip for this occasion and we missed out on a beautiful ceremony and fabulous party from what I hear and see in the pictures. Instead of wallowing in how sad I am about missing this special day in her life, I decided to make something that would celebrate her marriage for years to come: a quilt.

Jenny: Wedding Quilt

Clarisse sent me the fabric that they used as a theme in their decorations including bunting, and for the outfits of the little ones in the wedding party. It is a lovely, modern, flowery print with aquas and browns on an off-white background. I have been gathering coordinating prints and solids (not sure about those bold brown dots), as well as embroidery floss to add a little personal something. But now I need your help in figuring out a quilt design!

Jenny: Wedding Quilt

Since Clarisse and her husband used bunting as a decor item and in the background of some of their wedding photos, I thought it might be fun to incorporate that in the design somehow, whether literally or more loosely by using triangles or zigzags. I've pulled a bunch of my favorite quilts from my overflowing "Quilts" board on Pinterest. Here they are. What do you think?

An actual "bunting" quilt (#1 for reference):

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Here's a simple triangle patchwork, really close to my color scheme (#2):

How's this for a gorgeous play on triangles (#3):

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Or I could keep it simple with triangles (#4 and 5):

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Here's a gorgeous and colorful variation on a simple triangle arrangement (#6):

Branching out a bit... I think these "pointed" blocks are awesome (#7 and 8):

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These angled stripes, chevrons or zigzags could be cool too (#9, 10, 11, 12 and 13):

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I have a lot of thinking to do. What do you think? I'd love some input!


  1. Jenny, you are going to have a lot of fun doing this but it'll take a long time. What are your plans for the final quilting? My favorite patterns of the ones you've posted are pictures #3, 10, and 13.

    When I made the wedding quilt for my brother, I added a design piece that I picked up on Red Pepper Quilts - on the back side, I used plain bone color Moda muslin but added a 3" wide strip of patchwork of scraps from the front side as a horizontal band about 2/3 way down the quilt.

    I used the Bento Box pattern. It's a variation on the Log Cabin (which I love) and you can arrange your pieces in about 6 different patterns. I'm pleased with the pattern, and I'll return to it if I ever make another quilt.

  2. I love #3 and #6. Beautiful. Your fabrics are lovely too.

  3. I love this stage in planning out a new project! The colors that you are working with are beautiful. I also really like #3, #6, #10, #13 but my favorites are #7, #8, and #9.

    Have fun!

  4. I LOVE the bunting idea and the bunting quilt! fun!

  5. What a great idea! I'm loving #6 - been waiting for electricity to return from Hurricane Irene, now I'm ready to begin my Christmas table runner from the gorgeous fabric I won from y'all. I think I'll try something like #6 for that. Can't wait to see what you do with the wedding fabric!


  6. What a wonderful idea! I know that a wedding quilt will be much appreciated by them. ((do you think it would be odd for me to make one of my own?))

    I think my favorites of the pictures you've posted are numbers are 7, 9, and 12.

    This is one of my favorite steps in quilt making - gathering inspiration and pulling favorites. Have you thought about how you are going to quilt it?

  7. I also love quilts #6 and 12. Since it is to celebrate Clarisse's and Emeric's wedding, are you thinking about embroidering something special at the back, like I did on Ben's quilt?
    You are a much better cousin than I am an aunt...

  8. Thank you all for the wonderful feedback! I am still undecided, but it is helping me to see what's grabbing everyone's eye. I should also say I got some feedback from the bride herself! I need to think about this some more and do some sketches. I'll keep you all posted!

    PS: I'm so annoyed, I wrote a comment responding to you all days ago and must have never hit "post comment" since I don't see it here, doh. Sorry about that!


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