Blogtoberfest Day XIX–The Guest Book Quilt

I finished up a commission quilt this week, and I’m delivering it to my client this evening.  I first talked about it here, and showed you our inspiration piece.  It’s a signature quilt, that served as the “guest book” for the client’s July wedding.  Her wedding colors were Truffle Brown and Daisy Yellow, and she had yellow Gerber daisies as her primary flower.  I drew up a sketch for her, she loved it, and I prepared the blocks for her prior to the wedding (freezer paper stabilizer on the back of them, pinked edges to prevent raveling while being handled, and provided her with a supply of permanent pens for signatures).  I got the signed blocks back from her in late August, and went to work piecing the quilt and creating the applique design.

I’ve never had this issue before, but I had to baste this quilt THREE times, and tear out far too much quilting, because of bunching up fabric on the back.  Grrrr…  I finally walked away from it Saturday evening, went on a date night with my sweetie, and after Church Sunday morning, went back to basting it fresh for the third time.  Third time was a charm.

Here it is in all its (finally) finished glory:

Yellow is not really my color, but this quilt may change my mind about it.  It’s so bright and cheerful, I’m going to have a hard time parting with it!

The couple’s names and wedding date are hand embroidered at the center of the daisy (used my Aurifil wool thread to embroider–worked wonderfully!!)  The photograph does not show it, but the wool thread provided a wonderful visual texture on this embroidery…

This design may be making a repeat appearance here one day:

Happy October!
Don’t forget to leave your comments before 8 PM (CST) time this evening to qualify for this week’s giveaway:

And come back tomorrow for another installment of our Halloween Party and NEW GIVEAWAYS!!!!

p.p.s If you are in Central Iowa, join us tomorrow night for the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild Meeting, at 6:30 pm, West Des Moines Public Library.  More details here.

14 thoughts on “Blogtoberfest Day XIX–The Guest Book Quilt

  1. I love the quilt you made. I'm not much for yellow either, but this quilt had such a variety of yellows that I think it broke up the yellow enough to make it bright and sunny. Only 1 piece of yellow wouldn't have been as nice. And this is the cutest autograph quilt I have ever seen.

  2. Wow. Very impressive looking quilt. I'm sure you were thrilled with the final results even if you had to rip that out so many times. You did a fabulous job. It's beautiful and the couple have such a great reminder of thier wedding day.

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    • Peggy, I cut them 6″ and they finished 5 1/2″; but that was actually a cutting mistake. The plan was to do 6″ finished squares. If you wanted to use pre-cut charms, you could easily do this with charm packs; you would just need more squares to get a good lap size quilt.

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