As we’ve heard a thousand times, the label is very important for any quilt we make. It’s a record for future generations. Many families have quilts that have been handed down generation to generation with no record of who or when the quilt was made. There is no history of the occasion or thoughts of the quilter who made many of these antique quilts. What stories they could probably tell! Most of these quilters didn’t think that it was important to sign the quilts since they were normally made to keep their family warm and not as a way to show off their creativity.
I designed this label for the wedding quilt given to my daughter and son-in-law on July 25, 2009.
This picture was taken by my husband. Marianne and Dan had wanted to use it on their wedding invitation, but changed their minds when they found an invitation they liked with a pre-printed design. the verse is from A Patchwork Collection of Inspirational Stories by Kathy Lamancusa. The author is anonymous. I think it is the perfect sentiment for a couple who is just starting their life together.
There’s always time to quilt!
Well the day of the wedding arrived finally. It was one of our beautiful Central New York sunny summer days, mid 80’s, a gentle breeze, and blue skies with fluffy blue clouds. A perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding.
I thought that I would share a few highlights from the day:
Marianne being escorted by her father and son
The Happy Couple
They brought out their wedding quilt and put is on display. I think they really like it!
Wedding Quilt on Display
Along with the traditional Father/Daughter dance and Mother/Son dance, Marianne and Dan invited all father & daughters and mothers & sons to dance with them.
Dan and daughter Morgan, Father/Daughter dance
Dan with his mother, Judy
Billy, Marianne, & Austin, Mother/Son dance
The Chorus Line
Now that the wedding has happened it’s time for me to get back working on my UFO’s. My first project is a double bed quilt for our guest room. I want to make it a bit larger than the original pattern, so I think I’ll add some Seminole patchwork to the top and bottom.
There’s always time to Quilt!
Well the truth can now be told. The Celtic quilt that I started in March is a wedding gift for our daughter Marianne and our new son Dan. I was having such a good time making the quilt that I didn’t want to wait until the wedding to put it on the blog.
They were married this past Saturday, July 25 at their home in Amsterdam, NY. What a perfect day – and no rain. We haven’t had many days this summer that have been completely rain-free.
I decided to give them their wedding gift early because I wanted to see them open it. Wanting to keep the quilt a secret until the last possible moment, I put it in a space bag and removed all the air with my vacuum. The the hard, bumpy package was as far from a soft quilt as you could get. And to take it one step further, I had my son Tom give her the package as though it was a present from him.
We had started the evening with a barbecue of Hoffman Hots and Snappys (I always have to bring her some of these Central New York favorites whenever we visit) and ended with dessert waffles from her new waffle maker, a gift from my son. (She just had to try it out!)
Their crew just couldn’t wait until the waffles were finished.
I don’t think they could have been more surprised when they finally realized that their gift was actually a quilt. Marianne liked the Celtic medallion. She has always told me that she is more Irish than Italian. Dan was very impressed by the Seminole Patchwork and my story of how the Seminole Indians made sure that they used every available scrap of fabric in their clothing. They turned plain, utilitarian clothing into works of art.
Marianne & Dan show off their wedding quilt
There’s always time to quilt!