16 January, 2009

Another Scheduled Date With Sundance

It must be true love, two dates in one week! It's safe to say that Sundance and I are officially going steady this year. I've been deliberating for a long time about how I wanted to quilt my son and daughter-in-law's wedding quilt. Certainly, the signatures couldn't be obscured by quilting, and I wanted the overall effect to be free flowing and fun. I ended up creating a vinyl-overlay and practiced with a wet-erase marker until I found something that I considered suitable and felt that the newlyweds would enjoy. I was a little nervous to commit to this for real, on the actual quilt, but the translation from vinyl and ink to fabric and thread was seamless. Some of the heart blocks were left unsigned, and with this quilting design, signatures of those we were not able to attend the wedding can still be added later on. Sundance and I will spend tomorrow together, all day. Isn't love wonderful?
Life is Good!
Disclaimer: this isn't an original idea at all. I first read about this vinyl overlay idea in a book by Melody Crust and Heather Tewell: A Fine Line (Quilt Digest Press, 2002) and most recently was reminded of this idea on the Piece O' Cake blog. It's a great technique!
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20 comments:

Ancestor Collector said...

Oh gosh, the wedding quilt is so beautiful! I love your duplication of the floral pattern in the quilting. You are one very talented lady, Mrs. G., but I've known that for a long time! :-)

Janet said...

What a wonderful idea! That is a great tip for anyone hesitant about starting to quilt something special. And that quilt definitely is special! Have fun on your "play date" :)

paula, the quilter said...

Sundance will be purring along on this wedding quilt. You are getting really good at this Mrs. G. Love the idea of the clear vinyl and dry erase markers.

Domestic Designer said...

You are so creative! I know that your son and daughter-in-law will treasure this quilt because it is a gift of love from you. I dream of the day when I can have a "sundance" of my own. Maybe when everyone is out of college!

*karendianne. said...

I am dazzled with your ingenuity (vinyl and maker) until you got it just right.

Aren't those heart blocks just the most perfect blocks ever for a signature wedding quilt? Oh I do this so! I do, I do, I do.

I do hope you're dressed up for this date and your hair, yes, be sure your hair is coifed in just the right style.

Long Arm Dating Rules with Love, *karendianne.

Salem Stitcher said...

Sweet! You are so smart to have a system to audition quilt designs.

Oh, and the photo of Mason in the last entry is great. He does look surprised at himself!

Quiltdivajulie said...

I know Chris plays with markers on white boards (and paper on pencil) ~ but I am inspired by your vinyl overlay . . . I think I will try this for my small scale projects (placemats that I'm plotting and some of my Priority Quilts)! I think I can, I think I can. . . THANK YOU for the inspiration!!!!!

Libby said...

What a great way to audition and practice your quilting design. A true heirloom *s*

KarenF said...

As long as Mr. Goodneedle doesn't get jealous of your "dating"...(though he must have an equal "love" in his fabulous woodshop)heehee

Your quilting design is PERFECT!! And what a great way to decide what to do...I'll have to give the vinyl thing a try!

Connie W said...

And it looks great. Love IS wonderful!

Nane said...

Wow, can't wait to see it.

mamaspark said...

What a great idea! I use that for applique too. Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

leigh anna said...

yay!
it looks so good! :)
and i'm sure my mama will be happy to know that people will still be able to sign it!
:)
thanks for putting so much love into our quilt!

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Kimonos and Sushi said...

That is such a great quilt you made they will treasure that for ever.
Andrea

OhQuilter said...

Guess Who?

Tanya said...

What a great idea and what a beautiful quilt! Your loving touches on it will make it outstanding!

quiltteacher said...

The quilting is wonderful. You and Sundance make a wonderful couple.

Carrie P. said...

The quilt is beautiful and you are getting very good at long arm quilting.

Heritage Quilter said...

I can't wait to be able to get back to Maxine. I'm so jealous. I'm hoping that this week, I'll be able to load her up again. A true love affair I can tell.