Molly's bouquet, day six
It's been a week since the wedding and I'm happy to say that it was everything we hoped it would be and more. The house has been tidied up after 10 days of guests and there is a bit of wedding cake left in the fridge. I know that many of you are waiting for a post-wedding wrapup after my months of my blah-blahing about it, but the truth is that despite my reputation as the family photographer, my shots are few and not so great. Too busy socializing with friends and family whom we haven't seen in years...a cliche, but the whole week was a whirlwind. I'm waiting for photos from guests, some who've yet to return home, having added side trips to the long trek here for the wedding. The wedding photographer is on vacation this week and the newlyweds are sitting on a beach in Hawaii. So, you'll have to wait a little longer, along with me.
How about some quilt talk? The Wedding Quilt.
When K&H got married three years ago, I thought it was a challenge to decide on a quilt design because I didn't really know their style, other than a shared preference for the color blue. After that, Molly knew I'd be making a quilt for her but she refused to give me any guidance...color, design, size. "You decide!" Having attended many quilt shows together over the last few years, I knew what she liked on the wall, but deciding on a quilt to live with for years was a surprisingly difficult task. It took me months to settle on something. This is what my sewing room looked like in early March.
Throughout my deliberations, a quilt from the 2011 Tokyo show was in the back of my mind. We both loved that quilt so I took some inspiration from it as a jumping off point. I wanted the quilt to be a classic design, however. It had to be colorful...Molly departed Tuesday with Fiestaware platters wrapped in her wedding dress...and I wanted to use a variety of fabrics so as to avoid the quilt being dated.
I pulled fabrics from the stash...current brights, 1930s prints, Japanese fabrics we had chosen together at past quilt festivals.
...lots didn't. Don't ask me why! They were just somehow dischordant and wouldn't behave. Off to the scrap pile!
I decided on this pattern, Many Trips Around the World, because of its ability to showcase many different fabrics and prints. There's a popular, scrappier version around that is easier to assemble, but I wanted the framework of the red polkadot lattice around each block. While you were wondering where the heck I was all spring, often it was standing in a daze before this design wall, switching around little squares of color until I was cross-eyed.
The trick to piecing this design is to break it into blocks, which are very easy to sew up. However, this requires laying out five color schemes, the center motif plus 4 adjacent, first.
It was all fun and games until I started to sew together blocks. This shrunk the design which made it a bit more difficult to lay out successive rows. Especially being such a color fuss-budget, attempting a good mix of value and print, with few, if any, repeating fabrics in adjacent blocks. Pass the Excedrin!
It is a wonderful, fun pattern that I would encourage you to try. I took some process photos during the assembly which I'll share soon for anyone who's interested. You may be surprised that of all of my quilts, this may be the first in which I've brought the design right to the edge. I was sorely tempted at several points to border it, just to get the piecing finished, but I didn't want to have to choose a fabric that would skew the overall perception of the design.
So, are you ready for the final shot? Well, the quilt top, anyhow. I did want to give the couple the option of a different size, or borders, if they thought it was *too much*. It got an enthusiastic thumbs up, however, and will be quilted up this fall, as is, and delivered (in person...the best part!) sometime next year.