Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wedding Dress Quilts for Andrea, Branda and Cathy

I've been very busy making wedding dress quilts, and my blogging has gotten behind! Here are three of my recent quilts.

Andrea wanted to incorporate her bridesmaid's dresses and sashes, a Celtic design in a border, and jasmine flowers in the quilting design.  The beautiful lace bodice became the "frame" around the center flower design.

Brenda loves irises, and has horses and dogs. I quilted irises in the center of her quilt in colored thread, then quilted the rest of the center in a watery design.  The horse and dog motif was quilted in the corner.

Cathy wanted a flower her quilt, and the graduation hood from her college included.  I used the fabric from the hood in the corners of the center panel, a flower design in the center and outer border, and used a straight line background fill.


Monday, February 29, 2016

Second Wedding Dress Quilt for Lisa

Lisa asked me to make two wedding dress quilts from her dress for her son and daughter who are getting married.  I blogged about the first quilt  here .  The dress had beautiful lace embellishments and borders, although the fabric in the dress was too sheer and delicate to use.

I made the quilt from off-white satin, and embroidered the bride and groom's names and the date in the center of the quilt.  The pink and grey borders were the colors in her daughter's wedding.  Mom and Dad's names and their wedding date was put on a decorative label on the back of the quilt.

This quilt was more lacy and feminine than the first quilt, and I was able to include lots of lace from Mom's dress.  The center and border designs highlighted the lace, and were quilted in a feather design.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pink Wedding Dress Quilt for Michelle

Michelle's wedding dress was made by her mother.  It was off-white silk brocade, lined in pink, which gave the gown a warm tint. I designed her quilt with a square center, and two borders.  The lace edging from her dress went around the center motif, and in the inner border.  Then I machine quilted a pretty feather design. Her wedding invitation was made into a label on the back of the quilt.

Michelle donated the leftover fabric to be used to make Angel Gowns for the NICU Helping Hands. I am a volunteer seamstress for this organization, that provides support and gowns to families with babies that don't make it home from the hospital.

I'm really pleased with the results!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Silver Satin Wedding Dress Quilt for Mary

Mary's quilt was a beautiful embroidered silver satin ball gown.  She didn't want a traditional quilt, but more of a modern design, and wanted a larger size.  I combined the panels of the gown with some additional dark silver satin for the borders.

This was a great example of the challenge of using a wedding dress, the panels weren't the same size, and were wider at the bottom than the top.  Lots of measuring and marking, before the final cutting!

I quilted swirls around the embroidery, and the darker satin was quilted in a leaf design rather than my usual feathers. There was a 4" border around the entire skirt of the wedding dress, that made a beautiful wide binding for the quilt.

Due to the size of the quilt, it was hard to photograph, the picture of the quilt on a bed shows the design better.