When my cousin announced that he was getting married I knew instantly I wanted to make a quilt for him and his wife to be.
I’m all for pots and pans as wedding gifts (still adore our preserving pan Nick!) but I wanted to give something that was made by all of us.
It’s pretty hard to put into words just how much I love my family and as I don’t see them often it’s even harder to show it. I believe that actions speak louder than words so we sewed our love into a wedding quilt to give them generations of our warm love.
My Uncle used the quote:
The family – that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our innermost hearts, ever quite wish to. – Dodie Smith
in his speech at the suggestion of my grandmother. It is a perfect description of how I feel; bound and drawn to them all at once.
I began gathering the fabrics for this quilt last year and we started to cut and sew in January. The final stitches were made mere days before the wedding. That makes it sound like we worked on it for months but it was more dribs and drabs over months.
I did a tacking job on the binding so I could take it along to Walnuts Farm last month and it really did look so beautiful there. Incidentally this is the first quilt I have bound. Some of the stitching on it is terrible but I love how it turned out.
Here are the important details:
- Backed with Timeless Treasures Flannel Sketch in Pink from Pink Castle Fabrics. This is so soft and cosy, perfect for a snuggley quilt back.
- The grey is Kona Cotton in Charcoal from M is for Make.
- The feature cottons are the full set of Dowry by Anna Maria Horner which I stalked in the Black Friday sales on Etsy.
I love Anna Maria’s fabric collections and have a lot of it in my stash and in my home. If you look at Katy’s original constellation you’ll see she has used Good Folks which is one of my all time favourites. When I read about Dowry on Anna Maria’s blog I instantly knew I was going to use it even if the colours weren’t the pastels my cousin’s fiancé said they had in their home (sorry Hannah!)
In Anna Maria’s own words:
“So often beauty comes to us in the form of tangible gifts, passed on by loved ones who have come before us. Even more lovely is when these goods were actually intended for and handmade with us in mind.”
Could it be any more fitting a fabric to use? No.
Long Arming: There was no way I was going to get an 80″ quilt through my machine and have it look good after I was finished so I sent it to Trudi to be long armed professionally. We loved how it turned out. Trudi did a pattern of stars and loops and included the bride and groom’s names and wedding date. Trudi’s service was professional and speedy; I urge you to hire her if you have a quilt to do. We will be using her again for sure.
I’m not a solo crafter and this project called on a lot of people for support.
Mr Kat does all of our cutting, marking, pinning and trimming. He really is the reason anything ever gets started let alone finished.
Katy answered endless silly questions and told me it looked great every time I sent her an update. She even talked me off the ledge when I was messing up my binding. Katy you are every kind of amazing, I love you.
Kelly and Heather who were with us the weekend the cutting, pressing and moaning began. So much pressing!
Justine who got my thread and Best Press Spray to me so quickly. If you are making a quilt Best Press is an absolute must.
I even had Emily and Catherine holding up the washing line on tippy toes to get these full length photos.
Just as it takes a village to raise a child; so it takes a village to help Kat quilt.
This is my contribution to the octopus. I loved making this so much. Who’s getting married next?