I have a friend getting married, and I wanted to make a quilt for her as a remembrance of the event. I've been blessed to help with some of the planning, and it's been a lot of fun. I've learned a lot about wedding traditions in the Jewish culture! It's always fun to learn new things I think.
At the ceremony, they will get married under a huppah, which is a canopy. Both paternal grandfathers prayer shawls (tallit) will be draped on the canopy. They don't get to keep the tallit, so my idea was to create a quilt that would capture them together signifying the union of the two families.
And I had never seen one, so I was utterly fascinated. I snapped these pictures and put them together into an inspiration board:
The angel charm has special significance for her, and so I wanted it to be included on the quilt as well.
Here's my palette I chose.
And my initial sketch. Sorry the edges of the paper aren't showing up on the scan....
Then I stuck fabric to the sketch to decide what color went where, and got to it.
I tacked the inspiration and the sketch above my sewing machine.
The piecing went rather quickly. I wasn't trying to exactly reproduce the tallit; I just wanted to create a piece that reminded them of the tallit together at their wedding.
The angel I did in freehand embroidery. Here's my chalk drawing.
And here's the stitched piece.
All in all, I'm thrilled with how this turned out!
I put their names into it and the wedding date. (The names are across the diagonal of the picture)
I was able to add some interesting machine quilting to add detail to the tallits.
I enjoyed this project so much!
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