70 x 85
Double Wedding Ring
I started this in February 2013.
I finished it last night.
The Back Story: Isabelle (a.k.a. Izzy or Belle or Bellarina), one of my granddaughters, is 9 years old now. Several times in the last few years she has told me I'm going to live at least long enough to attend her wedding. Maybe she knows something I don't know. I hope she's not getting married for a long, long time!
On January 14, 2013 a driver talking on a cell phone ran a red light and hit me broadside - $6,000 worth of damage to the car. I tried to turn out of the path of the collision and came about an inch from hitting another car head on. I was not hurt - just shook up a little.
After that my granddaughter's words came back to me...that I would live long enough to attend her wedding. That got me to thinking I should start on a wedding quilt for her, finish it and store it away. That way...if I'm not able to attend her wedding I will be there in spirit.
Over the years Isabelle's favorite colors have switched between red and purple. So, the color palette for her quilt that I chose was red, purple and blue. The idea to use yellow for the background came from a comment someone left on one of my blog posts when I was showing off my arches at the beginning of the process.
Izzy's paternal grandmother passed away in June 2013 at the age of 58 which made me more aware than ever of my own mortality and has seemed to make more urgent my need to leave something of myself behind.
My eyes aren't always functioning properly so I see a few arches where the fabrics are wrong side up or a couple of arches where a wrong piece of fabric was used.
That shows it was made by me and that I'm not perfect. It also shows that little imperfections do not take away from overall beauty.
This is my first experience with plain old-fashioned hand quilting. I learned a lot - how to bury knots, the "rocking motion", how to use a thimble, what thimble I liked best, how to make smaller and smaller stitches. I was frustrated many times but determined to overcome all the challenges.
I now have to figure out how I'm going to store it away until a very special wedding day.
I'm not anxious for my grandkids to grow up and get married. It may be stored away for a very long time.
I can't get any good photos of the hand quilting. I used templates on several sections.
After a washing the quilt is so crinkly soft.
A nickname we have for Isabelle is Bellerina - she loves to sing and dance. I found this 1930s reproduction Ballerina fabric and just had to include it in her quilt for a little fun.
I can't believe I made this.
It was a lot of work but all worth it for a very special person.
I have two more grandchildren. Hmmmm.....
If I have any stitching time today, Slow Stitching Sunday, I'll probably be trying to catch up on my crazy quilting projects.
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