Wedding wheel quilt

I just don't know how they do it. "They" meaning all those blogging mothers out there. They are super-moms. I love reading Made (www.danamadeit.com) where there are such great sewing ideas and inspirations by mother-of-three, Dana. And oddly enough, Dana's most recent addition to the family, Clara, was born on the same day as Lily! And it hasn't slowed her down one bit! Definitely a super-mom.

Maybe my blog has suffered a little, but I'm still so impressed by the little bit of sewing, crafting, and baking I get done these days. A different level of super-mom, but super nonetheless.


My most recent project was a quilt for my brother and my new sister-in-law (congrats Karl and Joelle!). I had been following the 100 days of Modern Quilting hosted by themodernquiltguild.com/ and came across a fabulous "Ring Quilt" by Isobel Piper. It was the perfect design for a wedding quilt that was a billion times easier than the double wedding ring quilt I made my parents, but still had the "infinite circle" motif to represent their eternal marriage.

The wedding colours were teal, silver, and lime green, with an emphasis on the teal. It was great fun going through my fabric scraps to pull out colours for the wheel segments of the quilt. I used a Kona solid in "natural" as the background and then echoed the colour wheel with an ornate circle fabric from the Karavan collection by Valori Wells (the same collection as the pink elephants from Lily's houndstooth quilt) for the back of the quilt.

The pattern originally comes from the book Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts which I borrowed from the library. I remembered to trace the wheel segment template but neglected to copy anything else, so there was a lot of guess-work that went into this quilt. I had to do lots of trimming so that everything fit together in the end and created a circle rather than an oval.


I loved how Isobel Piper used concentric circles for her quilt, so I decided to do the same, although I used an entirely different technique. She took the time to draw the circles on the quilt -- I am far too lazy for that. Instead, I taped a quilting pin (since it is longer than the average pin) to my walking foot and using the head of the pin as a guide so my circles were the same distance apart. Genius, I know.


The quilting got progressively more difficult as I got closer to the center, so for the very middle of the quilt, I personalized a K and J with the wedding date.


My brother's wedding was simply gorgeous. Everyone (except maybe Lily...) had a wonderful time: an incredible venue (with a fantastic view of the Ottawa canal and the Parliament building), delicious food, breathtaking flower arrangements, and of course, a room full of wonderful friends and family.
[Photo by Kevin Fong]
[Photo by Elizabeth Pagnotta]


It was my absolute pleasure to spend Lily's nap times quilting this wedding wheel quilt for my brother and sister-in-law. May they continue to cuddle for afternoon naps until they are old and grey.


Jennifer Anne  – (June 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM)  

You are seriously a super mom. Beautiful as always. I need you to teach me how to free motion quilt. You never cease to impress me, Kel!

Liz Henderson –   – (June 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM)  

Great job Kelly! What a big project to do with a baby! I still haven't done a quilt yet. I love your colour palette and fabric selection. You are a pro.

Lisa Gordon –   – (June 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM)  

Kelly, your quilts are so lovely! Where did you learn?

Kelly  – (June 12, 2012 at 9:19 PM)  

@ Lisa: I took some quilting classes from "the workroom" in downtown toronto! The shop, classes, people, are amazing. highly recommended. or maybe one day I will quit my job and teach quilting classes ;) Don't hold your breath, but I'll keep you posted.

Krystle K.  – (June 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM)  

Yay, new blog post! The quilt is absolutely gorgeous!! (I think I'm justified in using multiple exclamation marks =D) The quilted K+J and date are so beautiful and intricate as well, was that difficult? And I just love Lily's expressions.

Isobel Piper  – (June 13, 2012 at 1:39 PM)  

Thanks for the mention Kelly :) Your quilt is fantastic, I love the colours!

If you're on flickr, do add some photos to the concentric circles quilting group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/1772265@N21/)

Isobel

wubecca –   – (June 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM)  

i've been waiting for a new post forever! the quilt is beautiful and i loved the last few pics of the newlyweds modeling your work ;)

Emily  – (June 14, 2012 at 9:44 AM)  

I think you're pretty super! Any mom with a baby who finishes a quilt like that is definitely super.

I love Lily's expression in the second photograph. Made my day (:

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