A wedding dress makes such a fabulous keepsake quilt

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 …..

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 :-)

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 :-)

Happy New Year

It’s been a busy year here at the Laundry …. I really don’t know where the year has gone, but it’s been a good one, and I’m looking forward to whatever 2015 brings.

I’ve had an awful lot of fun! And, looking back, I always seem to have done more than I thought. I do so love this limbo time between the years, when you get that pause for breath and everything exhales and relaxes, ready to draw in and face what the next year brings.  It’s such a valuable time, a chance to give the past a nod of acknowledgement, whilst preparing to move forward again.

The biggest thing for me was the construction of my new studio …..

07 - Done (3)Moving out from my small and cramped little space into this big bright space has made a huge difference – it’s so nice to have everything on hand, and not to be constantly rummaging all over the house to find things!

It’s been a productive year …. I have absolutely loved working with precious wedding dresses ….

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and baby clothes ……

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and transforming some special memories into quilts …..

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And then there’s the other odds and ends …. ring bearer pillows, cushions and lavender hearts ….

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And the couple of quilts I managed to squeeze in for myself ….

Firebird Quilt - complete (1)

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Finished! (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and playing with ideas and embroidery ….

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Thank you for following my blog and all your kind comments and support over the year. I’d like to wish you a very happy 2015 – may it bring you everything you hope for.