and I do love that I get to make so many of them
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 …..
The first step is always to take everything apart …..
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 ….
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.
The most lovely, delicate, silvery beading detail on the lace ….. it pretty much begged me to echo it in the quilting ….
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
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.
A simple binding on this one ….. just 1/2 inch of satin, very plain, very effective.
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