Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Working Away...

A quick update...almost done with this. A few hand stitches and it can be the centerpiece of the table. I love how bright and happy it is.
Last week I attended the wedding of one of my dearest friends.  It was the most joyful event I've attended in a long time.  You know how some weddings are sort of hushed and tense and everyone whispers in the pews.  This one was filled with joy, and song and well wishes.  The very best part was the processional.  Her dad walked her down the aisle as he sang "You Are So Beautiful" and at the same time her future husband stood at the top of the aisle playing his guitar, serenading her as she walked.  There wasn't a dry eye in the church.  It was such a wonderful experience to be a part of her joy and be enveloped by the happiness of her family.

That's a long story, but it is the story of this quilt.  Her favorite color is brown and the wedding was done in this warm chocolate brown, creams and just a tiny touch of orange. (a girl after my own heart!) I make a quilt for all of my friends who get married.  None of them receive them on time, but they do get them eventually.  I had every intention of finishing hers on time, but at least it is back on the design wall.  It's going to be Windows of Joy someday.  I'm still tweaking the blocks and the layout, but at least it's in process.
Hope you're staying cool and having a great week.

23 comments:

Tiffany said...

"Her dad walked her down the aisle as he sang "You Are So Beautiful" and at the same time her future husband stood at the top of the aisle playing his guitar, serenading her as she walked."

That may be the cutest sweetest thing I've ever heard of! I hope someone was filming that for them!

And I LOVE your little table centerpiece quilt... the quilting and color choices are beautiful!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a joyous wedding story and their quilt is going to be smashing. I love those colors.

Esch House Quilts said...

What a beautiful wedding story!

Love the layout you have so far - reminds me of an organic garden path meandering, but still going somewhere.

The Calico Cat said...

Lovely quilt in the works - Is that Kona Espresso?

Linda said...

That brown and orange color combo is great! This quilt could be one of my favorites, of all you have made. Great!

A Girl said...

That has to be one of the most romantic wedding story ever.

I made quilts for my sisters when they got married....they didn't get done on time either. :)

sukie said...

Love the quilt blocks! Do you just make the blocks and figure out the math afterwards?

Zany Quilter said...

The quilting on the table topper is fantastic. My Viking has a stitch like that...did you use a special stitch on your machine, or just freehand the wobble?? Looks great...I'd love to have it on my table!!!

LC said...

Nice wedding story - and nice quilts. I love the brown/orange combo and layout. It is totally original!

Paige said...

Love the quilting on the table topper. What a great wedding story!

Di~ said...

Awesome table topper! Windows of Joy looks wonderful! You go, you are the best, still!:)

Kay Stephenson said...

What a sweet and touching story Jacquie. Thanks so much for sharing it.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Such a touching story. The small quilt is wonderful--especially with all that FMF. And the wedding quilt--fabulous! It sill be well loved.

Judy in Michigan said...

How do you come up with these awesome designs? You are amazing. Love it and I'm sure the happy couple will too. What a great wedding story. Thanks for sharing.

Belinda said...

How wonderful that you got to share in such a wonderful event! How refreshing!!

I want to be one of your friends and be getting married....I'll take mine in mixed colors please!!! HA!

I think your quilt looks pretty close to being finished. Who wouldn't love to receive it!!

Brigitte Heitland said...

Reading how you described the wedding ceremony made me goosebumbs and I think being there must have been even more touching.

Your tablerunner is beautiful, it fits great to the dark brown of the table's wood and the quilting makes it really cool!!!

Parthena's Creative Life said...

Love those colors together...and you have some cool prints mixed in there.

Patricia said...

What a wonderful wedding story ~ and such a beautiful quilt for them! I love the centerpiece, too!

Suzanne said...

That wedding story gave me glorious goosebumps. What a wonderful event to participate in.

Do you have any suggestions for using the decorative stitches for the quilting you did on your table piece? Is it just like regular sewing but slower? Do you mark lines like you do with straight line quilting? Sorry to pepper you with questions but maybe since I used one of your hot words you will answer in an upcoming post. :-)

badlandsquilts said...

What a great quilt & great gift...certainly worth the wait!

audreypawdrey said...

It sounds like such a wonderful wedding! I love the colors you are using in this quilt, too. It will be an awesome wedding present that I know will be gladly received by them!

Mary Menzer said...

I like your honesty about being on time! I'm EXACTLY the same way, if you're having a baby you're quilt present will be there by the time they are 1. Even though I know almost a year in advance, I always put it off to the last, and then, I figure oh, well, the baby is already here, I'll get to know him a little first.

Great color choices with the chocolates.

Ann said...

Hi... I too have to ask about the wavy line quilting you did on your topper. I just love the texture it provides! Wow. Is that a built in stitch?... on what brand of machine? Did you use a walking foot? Did you push the stitch button each time before you started so all the lines are in sync? I know this is annoying, but I am anal and want to know the details. Good luck with your move to the Windy City. I am an Illinoisan living in the burbs... welcome!