A wedding dress makes such a fabulous keepsake quilt

and I do love that I get to make so many of them šŸ™‚

This particular transformation into a wedding dress keepsake quilt all started with a request to make one like one shown on someone else’s website.

I really don’t do copying, and especially with wedding dresses, where I think the design for each one has to be unique, to properly reflect the character of the dress, and preserve as much detail as possible. I truly don’t think there is a generic one-size-fits-all pattern that can be applied to every dress, so each one is a new design, and a new adventure for me.

It all starts with the dress …. this was a gorgeous flowing Maggie Sottero dress, with a lace overlay and a fabulous beaded bodice …..

wedding dress keepsake quilt

The first step is always to take everything apart …..

wedding dress keepsake quilt

And then it can all get put back together …. I’m using a scaled-up log cabin version here, making the most of the lace and beading ….. the tricky part in the design and figuring process is always figuring how much to deconstruct – in this case, it made sense to leave the interfacing in place beneath the satin and lace overlays, to help hold the weight and structure of the ruched and beaded central panel ….

wedding dress keepsake quilt

Removing the lace sections from the satin in the main part of the quilt means that I can arrange the beaded sections to best show them off – even though it does then mean that I have to spent a bit (*that may be underestimated!) of time resewing the beads ….. few things are worse than the rattle of falling beads when you move a quilt.

wedding dress keepsake quilt

The most lovely, delicate, silvery beading detail on the lace ….. it pretty much begged me to echo it in the quilting ….

wedding dress keepsake quilt

I’m using coats ‘seta reale’ thread for this …. it has such a lovely sheen on it, so it’s well worth the extra aggravation in my opinion šŸ™‚

wedding dress keepsake quilt

No messing about with this – I use 505 basting spray, add a long basting stitch and secure critical points with safety pins. I do NOT want this slippery fabric moving around on me whilst I’m quilting, and these wedding dress quilts are heavy.

wedding dress keepsake quilt

A simple binding on this one ….. just 1/2 inch of satin, very plain, very effective.

wedding dress keepsake quilt

And done ….. I love the way it seems to just shimmer, and the variations in it from the different directions of the grain of the satin. So pretty ….. and very special. And away it goes home šŸ™‚

3 responses to “A wedding dress makes such a fabulous keepsake quilt

  1. A friend of mine has given me her wedding dress and asked me to make her a quilt. I’ve never done this before, do you have any useful tips or advice? Should I add the batting after I’ve sewed all the squares together or is it easier to add batting to each individual square before I sew them together? What backing did you use for your quilt? I was going to use a soft fleece throw as a backing, do you think this would work?
    Any help or advice gratefully received.

    • Hi Georgie! Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply … time seems to get away from me rather :-/ Satin is super-slippery and a bit of a pain to work with – good thing it looks so fabulous when it’s done!! I would say it depends on how confident you are in your cutting and stitching – if you’ve got even size squares and you’re able to stitch them together so that you don’t have any distortion, then I’d say add the batting afterwards and use 505 spray to hold everything together. If you’re not confident in your cutting/stitching, then quilt-as-you-go is the way forward. I tend to use a plain cotton for backing these quilt – for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the satin is slippery and you need to have your wits about you to keep everything smooth and unwrinkled on the surface, so adding a slippery and/or stretchy fabric as a backing makes it all double-hard on yourself. Secondly, because wedding dress quilts (particularly if you are preserving beading etc) tend to be more decorative than for curling up in front of the fire under – simply because they are more fragile and precious – so a cotton gives a smoother and lighter finish. (But there are no quilt police, so go with what works for you!). Good luck – I hope your friend loves her quilt (and send me a photo or too when it’s done? I’d love to see it!) Lucy xx

  2. It’s beautifully done Lucy

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