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.
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.
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.
Lisa asked for a wedding dress quilt that also used the colors in her son and daughter-in-law's wedding. Using a nice cotton fabric for the quilt made it more practical, rather than just being decorative.
In the center of the quilt I created a pretty feather design for the machine quilting. The lace from her dress show up beautifully over the navy fabric, and the red was a nice contrast. I embroidered the bride and groom's names and the date in the center. Mom and Dad's names and their wedding date were put on the decorative label on the back of the quilt.