Saturday, June 21, 2008

Finished Quilt

Today my very best friend is getting married.
Jamie and I have been through high school orchestra, family vacations, deaths, parental weddings and divorces, college graduations and my wedding together, as best friends.
Closeup of handquilting
As I sat with this quilt, her wedding gift, in my lap, I thought of all the hopes and worries and happiness we've shared. The giggle fits and camping on the beach and loud singalongs to Les Mis.
lines of handquilting
I wanted this quilt to symbolize so much: the warmth that our friendship has brought me, the years of letter writing we've engaged in, my hope that she'll enjoy husband-snuggling under a blanket as much as I do.
Making the quilt was a ritual I needed; to stitch our friendship into something tangible, to allow myself to believe in our new lives, to physically labor my prayers and happiness for her into something she could hug.
Jamie's wedding quilt, finished!

The quilt is comprised of 12 blocks that are 16 in square.
Separated by 400 miles, I purchased 4 fabrics, 1/2 yard of each while my mom did the same. We met up to exchange fabrics and buy the border. We retreated to our own homes and Mom pieced 5 blocks and I made 7; neither of us using a pattern, just throwing together the 9 fabrics however we wanted.
When I stayed with my mom during the weekend of Jamie's bridal shower, we sewed together the blocks, added the 6 inch border, purchased the batting, backing fabric and bias tape. I brought it home and handquilted the entire quilt by myself in 3 weeks.

Corners of quilt
The border is a double fold bias tape, machine-stiched on the front and hand blind-stitched to the back. I am SO proud of my handstitching - this was my very first time quilting or blind stitching anything!
I'll give it to her today, her wedding day, hoping that all of my thoughts, prayers and wishes make it out of the quilt and into her life.

6 comments:

Jill B said...

You make me want to hate you, finishing your quilt up all nice, but I guess I'll let myself admire you, since it's for a good cause and all.

You should get back here, though, because you're missed.

SandyQuilts said...

What a beautiful quilt story. I hope you wrote all that info on the quilt label. Happy wedding day for Jamie.

Katie said...

What an absolutely beautiful quilt! I love the colors.

mel said...

What an incredibly perfect gift - she must be a wonderful friend.

Madame C said...

A very beautiful quilt.
I am sure it will delight your friend and be treasured by her.

I recently found out a quilt I had made a friend has been to sea with her husband, taken on holidays and is generally well used and well loved. It made my day that someone could hav e so much enjoyment from something I had made.

AnneMarie said...

Lovely quilt! Congratulations to the bride for having a friend like you!