Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Wedding Quilt: Almost There!

Hi Angel!

Do you remember the wedding quilt on which I was working for my cousin Clarisse? She got married last July, nearly a year ago! I finally finished it about a month ago and sent it on its way to France. She was supposed to pick it up at the post office today (I'm on pins and needles waiting to hear from her!).

Before I show you the finished quilt, I thought I would share some of the steps and progress I made since my last update on this project. (If you need a refresher, you can see my previous posts about this quilt here: Inspiration, Work in Progress, and More Progress.)

Let's see...

- At some point in the Spring, I enlarged the wording from their wedding invite and transferred it to some of the cream cotton I used in the quilt. Got it in the hoop, planning to embroider it with some coordinating colors.


Jenny: Wedding Quilt Progress


- Meanwhile, I continued piecing my blocks until I ended up with 47!! I've said it before and I will say it again: making quilts is not for sissies. Whew.

4 blocks to a square. 3 squares to a row. 4 rows. Minus 1 block which would include the above-mentioned embroidery.


Jenny: Wedding Quilt Progress


- Little by little the embroidery progressed.


Jenny: Wedding Quilt Progress


- I laid out my blocks on the floor and played with my quilt top design. Finally took a photo of this one.


Jenny: Wedding Quilt Progress


- Shortly thereafter, I needed to incorporate the last block into the quilt top despite the embroidery not being finished. I framed it in a wonky frame of Clarisse and Emeric's wedding fabric. This is the 48th block.


Jenny: Wedding Quilt Progress


- I assembled the quilt top but didn't take a photo before I moved on to basting, woops! I followed the steps in Elizabeth Hartman's awesome book The Practical Guide to Patchwork.


Jenny: Wedding Quilt Progress


Here's the finished embroidery, by the way.


Jenny: Wedding Quilt Progress


I got to work immediately after putting Henry down for nap, but of course he chose that day to cut his regular 3 hour nap down to 45 minutes. Snacks to the rescue!


Jenny: Wedding Quilt Progress


Big brother comes by to steal snacks...


Jenny: Wedding Quilt Progress


And soon I am dealing with a lovely little assistant. "Hep, Mommy. Hep." Sure, you're helping, buddy.


Jenny: Wedding Quilt Progress

Jenny: Wedding Quilt Progress


Oh it's a good thing he's cute!

- I finished basting the quilt, got it off the floor and rolled up carefully. Ready for quilting! I'll share more photos and the finished project in the next few days, stay tuned.


Jenny: Wedding Quilt Progress



How do you get your quilts and other large scale projects done with kids around? Do you make do, fending them off with snacks and movies, or do you wait for another adult to be around and whisk them away? I'm so envious of you guys with studio space. *Sigh* some day!!

Please come by for a visit tomorrow, we're having a super duper giveaway! And in case you didn't see, we're having Christmas in July again, starting next week. To get us rolling on holiday gifting and decorating ahead of time, there will be lots of neat projects, inspiration, free downloads and awesome giveaways. Swing by through July to get in the Christmas spirit!

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    1. Aw thanks! I am SO impatient and nervous to hear from Clarisse. I hope it made it to France in one piece and that she likes it!!

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  2. It's absolutely gorgeous, she'd be mad not to love it!!!

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  3. Wow, Jenny, it is gorgeous! They will treasure it I'm sure. That was definitely a labor of love. xo

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  4. Thank you, Kristin and Becky! I hope she loves it, but I am so nervous. You know how it is with handmade gifts...

    She still doesn't have it as she's been dealing with issues with the post office and custom fees. Argh!!

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  5. This is beautiful! I love the embroidery, too. Such a great touch. :)

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  6. It's looking amazing, I like the fabrics you've chosen and the embroidery is a really special touch!

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  7. Thank you Jennet and Wendy!

    I do love the embroidery. I debated whether to put it on the back or feature it on the front. In the end, I want them to see it and for it to be part of the design rather than a "label".

    I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I'll be sharing the finished project soon! :)

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  8. Hi Jenny !!!
    As I told you, I finally got it !
    Once again, I would like to thank you sooooooo much !!!!!!!!
    I really love it and I'm so impressed by all the work you've done !
    It is such a great present for our 1st anniversary !!!
    Love,
    Clarisse

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    1. Trop contente que ca te plaise! Gros gros bisous.

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  9. This is such a beautiful quilt. I love the colours you chose and the embroidery is beautiful. I'm glad the bride likes it!

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    1. Thank you so much Jenn! I am very relieved she likes it, as well. :)

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