Thursday, 11 August 2011

A quilt story


This is the quilt that I showed you a few close-ups of in the last post. The moment I saw Anna Maria Horner's Love Emblem quilt pattern I knew that was what I'd like to use as the starting point for a quilt for our friends, Sam and Leanne. Sam is one of my husband's oldest friends and despite the fact that we've only actually known Leanne for three years, she feels like one of our oldest friends too, so I really wanted this quilt, which was to be their wedding gift, to feel as though it was very much from my husband as well as me. With this in mind, I asked for his input in picking out the fabrics for it and we eventually put together a fairly Morrocan-inspired palette taken from a few of Anna Maria's fabric lines, mainly Good Folks and Innocent Crush.


The quilt itself was a real challenge to piece for me and at the time when I made it, back in March and April, it represented my first inroad into more complicated piecing (having mainly stuck to squares and rectangles up until that point). The variously sized triangles met and intersected one another at odd angles and I felt trepidatious for much of the time I was piecing them together, not quite believing I would end up with something usable. 


At this stage, as it was above, the colours really didn't work for me and I only felt happy with it once I'd finally hand stitched the heart in place and pulled it together with the red panels that surround the central square.


On the reverse I used a large piece of one of my favourite ever Anna Maria Horner prints and then to the side, little swatches of each of the fabrics that had appeared on the front of the quilt. The quilt patch reads: "For Samson & Leanne, may your years be filled with happiness. With love from Ian, Florence, ... & ... xxx"


Me standing behind it may give you some idea as to its size - it's smaller than a regular quilt - it's more of an armchair-sized throw. I did consider making it bigger, but felt it might be more handy at this size for trailing around the house, taking out on picnics or even eventually placing babies on.

Anyway, quilty quiltness aside, it was a deliciously lovely wedding. Sam and Leanne are two of the most special people in our lives. What I realised at their wedding was that we weren't alone in feeling this - they are a rare and wonderful couple in that they inspire nothing but love and adoration in everyone they meet.



I love these photos of barefooted happiness on a grassy hillside against a cloudy blue sky. Leanne wore a vintage dress. Sam wore a brand new pair of Converse. We wore smiles that hurt our cheeks.

Florence x

15 comments:

  1. It's beautiful!!! What a sweet wedding gift!

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  2. That's beautiful. Your friends are very lucky.

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  3. That quilt is absolutely stunning, and your friends look very happy :o)

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  4. It is a beautiful quilt Florence. How wonderful to make and give something you've worked so hard on and know that it will be appreciated. Your friends sound very special to you.

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  5. Your quilt is beautiful -- I'm sure your friends will cherish it.

    And, I really enjoy reading your blog, Ms. Teacakes. It is delightful.

    Thanks.

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  6. This is a piece of art! Your friends are going to cherish this quilt forever, I am certain of it.
    I am very fond of the back, too.

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  7. I think the colour choices are gorgeous. I'm in the middle of piecing the last of the four corners right now..... wish me luck! xx

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  8. This is sooo beautiful! I think a quilt is a very special wedding gift and yours is just perfect, made with so much love.

    Beautiful post!

    Claudia x

    PS: My Accuquilt Go! Baby arrived two days ago and I am really pleased with it. So many quilt adventures to look forward to... thank you very much again!

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  9. What a wonderful gift, they'll treasure it forever and it will be passed down through generations, that's the power of some gifts. I think you're very fortunate to have such special friends, it sounds like it was a love-fuelled wedding! Leanne looks beautiful in her vintage dress! Vanessa xxx

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  10. Beautiful quilt. Very lucky friends that you are so thoughtful.

    What are converse. I hear a lot about them. Are they just plimsolls?

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  11. Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

    Anonymous - yes, Converse are a bit like plimsols. They've been around for years and are an iconic brand, but reasonably priced.

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  12. I clutched at my heart when I saw that quilt - just stunning!

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  13. This is amazing!!! I love your colors too! I just came across this on flickr, about to start a quilt very similar myself. Any tips??

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Florence x