I am so excited to participate in Park City Girl's Fall 2009 Quilt Festival. I remember when she had the first one back in spring, I had just started quilting and I got so much inspiration from all the quilts posted. And now the quilting obsession has far surpassed my garment sewing, much to my chagrin.
But for my entry, I am going to post again about the Wedding Present quilt.
I made this quilt as a wedding present for a friend of mine and The Husbands. It was the biggest quilt I had made at this point and I was a little intimidated. I had the bride make a choice from 3-4 fabric collections which she liked best, without telling her what I was making. She choose the Joel Dewberry Deer Valley collection, which I thought she would love (and I know is a favorite of many out there), but honestly it doesn't rock my world. So I wanted to make sure and use ALL the scraps because I knew they would languish in my scrap barrel forever unused if I didn't.
So the back is very pieced with lots of the scraps left over from the quilt. I also added this embroidered panel to the center back as a sort of gift tag.
The quilting was a little scary as it was much bigger than I had ever tried to do free motion on my machine. But I took it slow and took lots and lots of breaks and only had to unpick boo-boos a couple times. :-)
But after all of this piecing, I STILL had scraps. So I made a tote bag as gift wrapping.
After I made it, it tended to gape open unattractively, so I made a few little birdie ornaments and pinned them in to weight it closed.
After all this, I had a lovely quilt with wrapping, and zero scraps left over. And the bride loved it. Yay, Happy Ending!