Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Quilt Story: Chelsea's Wedding Quilt


Chelsea has been my best friend for 26 years.

So when she announced that she was going to marry Trevor earlier this year and her wedding was going to be in August, I knew that I had to make her something fantastic.

Girls don't really sew their own trousseau anymore.  I knew she was going to order her dress and everything else she needed for her wedding day. But what about household linens?  They are expensive and because Chelsea has owned her house for several years now, she didn't register for anything because her house is already full.

But I can sew! And Chelsea needed something very special in her wedding trousseau from me.

I searched in my quilting books for just the right pattern.  In the end I decided that a tradition log cabin style quilt was going to be perfect.

I chose greens and blues of the same fabric in varying shades and put together all the 48 blocks (16 logs each). Then I sewed them together in a way to emphasize the brownish-blue crosses.  Then I put large "log" edges on in a light blue centred fabric.  The edging is the darkest of all in a dark brown with blue fabric.

I used a thrifted king sized sheet for the backing and surprisingly it matched pretty well!

For the actual quilting I didn't have much time. The book suggested a stitch in the ditch method, so I used that. Quick machine quilting is always nice.  I outlined the blocks using this method.

Some quilty stats for all of you sewing nerds:
Cost of this wedding quilt: $78
Hours taken to sew: 52

Finished Centres: 1.75" by 1.75"
Finished Logs: 1" wide
Number of Blocks: 48
Finished Quilt 92" by 80" (Queen or King sized)

 I love to give handmade gifts for weddings!  Especially for the most dear friend I have ever had.  Congratulations Chelsea!  I am so overcome with happiness for you and wish you all the best always.


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