Second time around … a wedding dress quilt

A couple of years ago I made a wedding dress quilt for a very lovely lady and all was well.

She subsequently moved abroad, and in all the upheaval, the one box that went missing in the move was the box of treasures … not only with her quilt, but also her childhood teddy bear.

Other than having a good sympathetic cry about the bear, there wasn’t much I could do about that …. however, because the quilt had been small, and the dress had a gorgeously long train, she’d kept the leftovers after the first quilt …. so we had enough dress left to re-create the quilt. Huzzah! Not exactly the same, but close enough in size and style that it would be a good replacement.

wedding dress quilt

The first job, always, is deconstruction …. and from there it was obvious that we wouldn’t have enough fabric to replicate exactly the original piecing layout of interlocking full-length triangles in a 120cm square …. so I adapted it to incorporate smaller triangles, and made it slightly less wide …

wedding dress quilt design

Paper piecing …. normally a joy, but with satin …. not so much – it’s so very slippery. I may* have called it the spawn of satan on more than one occasion ….

wedding dress quiltbut we generally get there in the end …

wedding dress quilt

It only all really starts to come together once the quilting goes in, especially with satin as it creases so easily (sigh).

Working on these always remind me of those 1930’s quilted satin bedspreads ….  LOVE them so much.

wedding dress quilt

Although the piecing had kind of a deco feel, we’d gone for a more classical feel for the quilting – picking up on Regency designs (but with little twists to incorporate some personal motifs, just for the fun of it). I tend to take a sectional approach, even with this (very) free motion work, particularly with satin, because no matter how well you think you’ve got it basted, it does creep once you start working with it. So I find structuring the quilting process and (mostly) working from the centre out gives me the time to smooth out & re-baste as needed.

wedding dress quilt

No frinkles here, tyvm …. and the space fills surprisingly quickly with the wandering vines.

wedding dress quilt

A slightly wider binding than normal, so that I could embroider names and dates into it along the bottom edge.

wedding dress quilt

I think little mousie was my favourite little detail ….

wedding dress quilt

although I’ve never been asked for a moose before ……. he’s hiding in there, somewhere ….

wedding dress quilt

And that’s it ….

wedding dress quilt

And off it’s gone, home for Christmas (aren’t we all?!)

If I don’t speak to you before then, I hope you all have a very happy and peaceful time … and that Santa brings you just exactly what you needed 🙂

Lucy x

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