Saturday, September 27, 2008

Wedding Quilt: A vintage quilt reproduction

Here is the wedding quilt for my son Eli and his bride Tali. It is a reproduction of a vintage quilt, the Poppy by Marie Webster.

I love Marie Webster’s designs and have wanted to make one for a while so I was thrilled when I showed Eli and Tali a picture of Marie Webster’s Poppy and they were as excited as I was.


The quilt is hand appliquéd and hand quilted. The quilting is mainly 1” diagonal lines and around the appliqués, I also added the big, plump feathers that I like in the borders




and a love-bird design in the corners of the


medallion center.





The quilt is about 84” x 96”. I used Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon batting and I was very disappointed that Mountain Mist changed this venerable old batting (and a long time favorite of mine for fine hand quilting). Why do companies do that? If something has been around for 75-100 years, happily used by tons of people; why “improve” it. I have yet to find an “improved” product that was actually improved rather than the reverse.

I’m both happy and a little sad that this quilt is finished. I have worked on it for so long, I almost feel at a loss. Then again, my sewing machine is calling to me after all this hand work.



I just joined the New Year's Challenge hosted by Finn. My plan is to machine quilt five quilts tops by year's end. Believe me, finding 5 tops to quilt in my closet will not be the problem! :)

23 comments:

Neabear said...

Great quilt! My daughter gets a similiar feeling after she has finished participating a play. All the rehearsals, then the performance then it is all done. Until the next play that is. Or in your case, the next project. Smile! Happy Pink Saturday!

Susan Lewis said...

Your quilt is amazingly beautiful. You just made it, and I think it is already an heirloom. Can't wait to see more of your work.

a simple quilter said...

Your quilting is FANTASTIC. I love the pink border fabric. As soon as I saw the quilt I recognized it from one of the books I have. It's on my someday list. Maybe a wedding gift, but as my children are 6 and 8, I have plenty of time, or maybe I should start it now just to be safe.


I'm so glad you left a comment leading me to your blog.

Ginger Patches said...

What an absolutely beautiful quilt!! I am so glad you visited my blog because it led me to yours and I love your quilts!

Susan said...

Oh, Miri, what a beautiful quilt and a very special gift. Your quilting is exquisite. Best wishes to the happy couple.

Janet said...

What an amazing wedding gift! Your quilt is lovely.

Eileen said...

Wow.. this is stunning. I am so much more impressed with hand done quilts than machine. And especially old patterns. But I know they take forever and we have so many more to look at now that people are using machines.

What did they change in the batting?

טלי said...

Dear Miri, It's the first time I've really seen the quilt totally finished, and it's absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Thank you so much! I love it :)
Your admirer... Tali

Tropical Screamer said...

What a beautiful quilt. How lucky they are to receive such a treasure.

I always feel "let down" after I finish a big project. It's so much fun, though, to think of a new one.

Thank you for sharing pictures of this wonderful quilt.
Darilyn

Patty said...

Wow, that quilt is beautiful!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

WOW what a gorgeous quilt, Miri!!Your applique and handquilting is amazing. You've made a priceless heirloom to treasure!!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

What a beautiful quilt!

Miriam said...

Hi Miri,
How wonderful to see your blog. You introduced me to quilting with the quilter's sampler class in 1995. I missed you since you moved away from Tel Aviv. Thanks for the tip about audio books. I just listened to P. G. Wodehouse "Love Among the Chickens" while sewing the binding on a baby quilt for a friend's grandchild. I love your 9-patch. I think I'll try one for my next quilt. Any suggestions from you are welcome.

Karen said...

I came to visit your blog after finding your comment on mine. Wow, what a wonderful quilt!

Needle and Thread said...

Your hand applique and hand quilted
quilt is absolutely beautiful!
Millie

Karen said...

So beautiful! I just love Marie Webster patterns.

Amelia said...

ooooh, i hope that i manage to do the quilting on mine on the next 12 years! your work is wonderful.

Cindy's Stitching said...

The wedding quilt amazing.

Cindra said...

Wow! What a work of art. Just amazing!

Ariane said...

What a beautiful quilt. I love the appliques and the quilting is amazing.

jedigirlz said...

I love it......what detail! Great job. ;o)

duckyhouse said...

how beautiful, so much work and love into this quilt :)

Chris said...

Fabbbbulous!! It is so nice to see that there are other who like to hand applique and hand quilt. I do too. What a lucky new couple!