Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Auntie Green gifted and gone

I started this quilt in June 2014 - planning a gift for my daughter's wedding this year. She liked the pattern that I suggested (by Irene Blanck) and she selected a palette of neutral fabrics. I made small changes to the pattern ( such as drawing up a basket similar to the one on the original antique quilt) appliqued it and hand quilted it, finishing the quilt in about a year from start to finish. 
Well the wedding has been, the gift was given and the happy couple are off on honeymoon. They loved the quilt and, because the day was unseasonably cool, my daughter snuggled under it straight away and declared it was very warm too. Good thing I used wool wadding I think! I had also added a hanging sleeve (in case they choose to hang it) and an embroidered label. 




The quilting isn't perfect but there is a lot of it! If you look at the back it is really quite reversible. 



When they opened the gift we had a laugh looking at the quilt design - deciding it was perfect for a wedding gift - images of beauty, health, fertility and growth (healthy plants and abundance of flowers), love and unity (circling intertwined vines), and even a few tears around the edges ( just as must be in all long and happy marriages). Quite moving really. 

Thank you for all the kind wedding wishes - they were much appreciated. I think they all came true! 

It was a lovely day - unseasonably cool and even a bit of drizzly rain - but the venue was all the better for it - lush and green rolling hills around the old village hotel and gardens. After months of tender loving care (and much concern) the flowers from my garden worked out well - plenty to pick and arrange in jars, and a bouquet for the bride with flowers she selected herself. 


It's a bit early for getting photos together but I have a small number to share - blushing bride, gorgeous groom, delighted mob (my goodness, still can't believe that was me).


With all the busy-ness that has been happening in the wedding lead up I have been a bit remiss in blogging. Should be another update soon on other quilting projects, and hopefully lots more stitching done!

56 comments:

  1. Your quilt is truly a work of art !!! I ' in "awe" !! Your daughter is really lucky !!

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  2. Wow, what a gorgeous quilt! It is such a pleasure to look at :-)
    This will be a family heirloom.
    xx

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  3. What a pretty bride and the quilt!! love it - so much work put into it and it paid off - love all those lovely flowers too!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous!!! What a beautiful gift and certain heirloom.

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous!!! What a beautiful gift and certain heirloom.

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  6. Wonderful quilt and quilting. It looks beautiful.

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  7. Your quilt is stunning and your photos captured the softeness and beauty of it. Despite the weather being a bit uncooperative it looks it was a memorable day. You looked fantastic ans as glowing as the bride.

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  8. Wow, what an absolutely gorgeous wedding quilt - so full of meaning and so subtly beautiful and detailed. What an heirloom it will become! Congratulations on pulling off what must have been a beautiful wedding!

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  9. This is a stunning quilt!! It looks so neat in this color combo. I believe you have outdone my awesome compliments & this is breathtaking. Your daughter is gorgeous. Hope you have some stitching time, for your next masterpiece!! I can hardly wait to see what you will do next----

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  10. Congratulations on your daughters wedding. It looked like a spectacular setting. Your daughter made a stunning bride. The quilt is just spectacular. A job so well done. I am thrilled your garden did not let you down.

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  11. Everything is lovely: the quilt, the bride, the flowers, the mother of the bride. You are to be commended for finishing it in just year.

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  12. Such a beautiful quilt, and bride and mother. Thanks for sharing. Oh and the quilting is magnificent too!

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  13. Oh Hilda your Aunntie Green is softly gorgeous and absolutely marvelous. Your pictures are beautiful but I suspect that this quilt is even more incredible in person. Your quilting is fabulous - marvellous, marvellous texture! You have so many ideas for the quilting and they are all so harmonious together. And lots and lots of handquilting is my favorite :0) How lovely she was able to use it at the wedding and build that memory into it as well. You and your daughter look so happy and beautiful together. I hope you'll share more pictures - I'm so glad the day/event went so well :0)

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  14. Magnificent quilt Hilda. I bet the kids loved it!

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  15. Wow! Hilda, Of course she loved the quilt. It is quite amazing and a real masterpiece and I'm sure will become a treasured family heirloom!! you look lovely as does the bride and groom. I'm so glad all went well and your flowers worked out:)

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  16. A very beautiful quilt, a real wedding quilt you made. This was a perfect gift made with love and care. Kind regards from Abcoude, Holland. Annemiek Soer

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  17. Quite stunning, as was the bride and MOB as well. Fabulous quilt, may they have many years together.

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  18. Your quilt is just amazing. Love the subtle, rich beauty of it so much! Love that it was made special for your daughter and gifted on her wedding day.:)

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  19. You must be proud of yourself for creating beautiful things; a daughter, a quilt, flowers.....

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  20. Wow, a beautiful beautiful quilt congratulations!

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  21. That is a stunning quilt. And I love the understated beauty of your daughter's wedding. Absolutely gorgeous.

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  22. Congratulations on a stunning finish! I love this one in neutrals, very sophisticated!

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  23. I've been lurking here to see if I can get a glimpse of your Auntie Green for a while now ;)!. And now I can see the whole quilt, I'm blown away. It's absolutely stunning and the colours are indeed sophisticated. And the quilting is amazing! I could go on and on but I will just say that both you and your daughter looked stunning too (and of course the groom too). What a labour of love. Best of luck to the happy couple!

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  24. Wonderful quilt Hilda, a true heirloom that I'm sure will be treasured.
    Congratulations to the bride and groom it looks like a magical day.

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  25. The quilt looks amazing, Hilda. Your quilting is perfect.

    Greetings, Manuela

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  26. Congratulations to the newlyweds, they look so happy and relaxed. Your quilt is stunning and will no doubt become a family treasure. I love the back as much as the front. You are a woman of many talents, very impressed by the flowers.

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  27. Congratulations for this wonderful present !! Be proud of your work....
    Thank you to add some photos of the happy couple !! They are soo beautiful !!

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  28. This is a stunning piece of work. It is absolutely beautiful. :-) It screams hours, weeks, months of loving work.

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  29. A beautiful heirloom for her to treasure always, with love in every stitch. I enjoyed watching your progress on this when you showed up bits of it over the last year. So happy to hear that your flowers and everything worked out and what a lovely bride and mama :)

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  30. The quilt is just so beautiful - a lovely gift for the bride and groom that will certainly become a family heirloom.

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  31. Oh my, what a wonderful post. Your daughter is lovely and they will surely treasure this quilt forever. You looked stunning by the way. So happy to hear that it all went well. The flowers were beautiful. So happy for you all.

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  32. So gorgeous.....I can hardly think what to say!! A true work of art and love! Nothing could be better!

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  33. Speechless because of the beauty of this quilt... It is just amazing in every aspect, such as the colors and the quilting. And you must have been such a proud mom at the wedding, for your daughter looks beautiful and happy in her weddingdress. A day to cherish and a gift that will for sure become a family heirloom.

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  34. Oh my GOSH!!! What a beautiful, beautiful quilt!!!! Absolutely stunning!!!! Your daughter made a beautiful bride and I love the pictures of her and her new husband - such a lovely, lovely couple!!! Congratulations!!!
    P.S. I sure wish you gave appliqué classes - I would be the first to sign up ;o)

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  35. Congrats to the new couple. Congrats on creating an heirloom. My goodness this quilt is FAAABBBBUlous!! So much work, tiny little stitches and the quilting on top!! Seriously you deserve a blue ribbon. AWESOME!

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  36. It is a pleasure to look at these photo`s.You all look so happy and the bride is so beautiful
    But the quilt is AWESOME !!!!!!
    You can see that You put all your love in it.

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  37. Congratulations on your daughter's wedding and to the wonderful finished quilt. What an awesome handmade project. Wonderful wedding pictures too.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  38. Well done!! What a beauty and please do share this on the Facebook page called "Hand Quilting"

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  39. You are amazing and so is that gorgeous quilt--I know it will be loved for many years to come--just beautiful!!

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  40. Congratulations Hilda! The wedding quilt is a beautiful heirloom. Looks like a beautiful wedding - beautiful flowers too! Best wishes to the happy couple and your family.

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  41. What a magnificent quilt! Your daughter is one very lucky girl!

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  42. not just a labour of love, but of a Mothers love. What a truly splendid family heirloom.

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  43. It’s just wonderful to see this pattern stitched in all the neutral fabrics. I am sure your daughter will always treasure it. It is so pretty in the pictures but I bet they don’t do it justice. You have become a terrific hand quilter. Congratulations on a beautiful wedding the flowers are so lovely.

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  44. What an absolutely gorgeous quilt and an Heirloom! It looks fabulous made in neutrals Hilda. Well done and the wedding photos are lovely. Congratulations for only taking 12 months to make the quilt.

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  45. Stunning quilt, stunning couple and YOU are just amazing!! So pleased it all went to well and hearty congratulations to you all.

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  46. Absolutely gorgeous quilt!
    Best wishes to happy couple.

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  47. This quilt is beyond beautiful!
    Perfect for a fairy tale wedding.
    What a special gift for your daughter and beautiful new Bride!

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  48. Thanks for sharing some wedding photos as well as your fabulous quilt. What a wonderful heirloom for them to treasure.

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  49. I have loved watching this quilt evolve and it's as beautiful as I imagined. You and your daughter look so beautiful too. Congrats on both the wedding and the quilt.

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  50. congratulations! Beautiful bride and beautiful MOB too! and your auntie Green? GORGEOUS, your handquilting stunnin! Well Done!

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  51. Your quilt is truly a masterpiece and the perfect gift for a very special couple! Thanks for sharing such beautiful photos!

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  52. Such a beautiful quilt Hilda. Your daughter and her husband are very lucky to receive such a beautiful gift. Your work is amazing!

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  53. The quilt is so beautiful. I have been looking forward to seeing it finished. Congratulations to the bride and groom.

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  54. The most beautiful quilt I've ever seen!
    Wonderful in that neutral colors, what will your daughter be happy with this quilt.
    Greetings,
    Floor

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  55. Okay, I just found you and am wondering how I've not found you sooner? Your work is absolutely jaw-dropping. I am truly in awe.

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