Wedding Cake

No “piece of cake” the assembly of some of the unruly materials in this quilt.  I spent a whole day – well, in the shop time that is a series of interruptions, interrupted by sewing.  So it took nearly two days to get the back pieced together and a few, more detailed patches of the front.  (Remember, the center panel has been waiting for the basket weave and what I am calling the pillars.)

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I’ve tried hard to keep my client in mind as I balance all the elements symmetrically – a square in a square, bordered on four sides, wedged between matching lattice weaving and flanked by stately columns, made more intricate by the addition of Dad’s silk smoking jacket.

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I’ve featured pockets from the robes, always do in this sort of project.  I love the idea of holding hands with the past.

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I’m weaving the back fabrics as well, for interest.  It was a nice surprise when the edging on one robe made an extra weave just because it was there.   These are the unfinished strips getting pressed.

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There wasn’t enough of the necessary-sized pieces from the robes, so I added a piece of the dress into the weave.

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Finally on the quilting frame for quilting.  This is the wrong side of the back, waiting for the batting to be put on.  I used a combination of patterns, including leaves climbing the brickwork and columns and other organic shapes.

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I used a heavier cotton batting which created a beautiful relief because of the sheen of the satin.

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I moved around the quilt as I place quilting lines, so that it remained square.  Dense quilting can distort a piece if this isn’t done.

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The quilt lounges on the frame after a day’s work.  This keeps the wrinkles at bay.

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Yards of binding were cut from another piece of the dress’  train.  There was so much fraying because of the weave of the cloth.  And, so much de-linting.

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The monogram of buttons and silk roses that were once hidden in the folds of the side bussles.

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The overall photo was better taken on the table because of the satin reflection.  I am finishing it off with an embroidered label that says I made it and the year.

 

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