Friday, October 28, 2011

A wedding quilt

Just a note... if your name is Jennifer and you're getting married this weekend, click elsewhere or risk spoiling the surprise!


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!

Linking up to Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Click on over and check out some of the other entries!


  1. Oh so lovely! Love the inspiration board, but the free hand angel is just amazing! Just beautiful!!

  2. What a very special gift,... they are definitely going to love it!

  3. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift!

  4. What a wonderfully creative wedding gift. A lot of thought has been put into this lovely art piece.

  5. Very interesting. Great idea and implementation! I'm sure they were thrilled!

  6. What an amazing effort! With beautiful results! The WIP is fascinating!!!!

  7. Lovely gift!

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  8. What a marvelously beautiful gift for your friend and her husband. Just wonderful. The inspiration pieces are fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing a lovely quilt with a sweet story. Have a great day

  9. A wonderful design and what a fantastic and personal quilt. They are going to love it forever.

  10. What a great gift. Truly a treasure.

  11. It was really interesting to read your design process. I like the end result. Your quilt looks great.

  12. what a great inspiration to use for your design. you did well with it, too :)

  13. I'm sure this is going to be a gift that they will treasure for years to come. So thoughtful! =)

  14. What a special gift. Thank you for sharing the process, and the lovely finished quilt.

  15. Beautiful quilt...thanks for sharing.