I finally finished it and squared it up and then it just popped out at me...it was almost finished! I did the green binding..quick and easy and FINALLY something went right with this quilt! I did a label.. that turned out all wrinkled....(Note to self: put iron on interfacing on the back next time!) But finally it was done and I washed it and took pictures, packed it up and got it in the USPS mail...delivery on Wednesday for wedding on Friday! I literally felt a HUGE weight off my shoulders, off my mind and was so relieved I even got excited about starting something new on Monday! I hope my second cousin will like it and enjoy it...it did turn out very nice if I do say so myself!
THE FRONT OF THE QUILT
The left block is how I made each block. The block to the right is the star four of these blocks together made. Pretty cool to have 2 designs out of one block, don't ya think?
I wanted it bigger so I needed 3 more blocks, but I ran out of fabric and went back to Joann's to get more and of course, they didn't have any more of the sparkle beige or the maroon print. So I thought I'd just use a Kona beige and green to make blocks of just the star as the borders but realized I can't have half the star sparkle beige and the other half plain beige. I went back and got more blue and green. I laid it out on the floor to create the borders and with help from my 14 year old grand daughter, decided to make multiple borders to make the quilt larger. The Green and blue are 2 inches and the maroon is 4 inches with a green, 1 inch binding.
On my second trip to the store, I got another print and 2 matching solids to make the backwith the names in the scrabble effect in the middle. As it ended up.. I really like the back as much as the front! It turned out really nice and I do admit, I learned alot.or "what not to do next time"s. The colors are pinks, greens, beige, and a little black (doesn't show well in picture!) The pink and green solid perfectly match the same colors in the print.
Then I just put their names, wedding date and my name and year. I want to work on a better label...this one I just printed out on fabric paper and did a binding around 2 sides and then inserted it in between the quilt and the binding. And thus the name..."To Have and To Hold..."
I mailed it and the tracking said she got it 2 days before her wedding on Friday the 4th. I have not heard from her yet as to if she likes it or not but I'll let you know! I guess she might have been a little busy.....
What are the memories I have made? I know the bride will love the quilt and knowing that it will be a memory for her to pass on down is the whole point of why I made the quilt. I have nothing from my child hood or my parents life. I miss that and wish I had something. Memories on their own fade, but with something tangible, they seem to stay more vivid. I hope they stay vivid for the bride (her name is Winter!) and glad I had a little part in it!
Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!