Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wedding Quilts

Wedding week. It will all be over before we know it. I keep telling myself: "Try to enjoy". Thank heaven for the post ahead feature because my posts this week are all going to be made ahead.
Here are the 2 wedding quilts done!!! Yay. My quilt for Natalie and Justin is the Bethlehem Star or Lone Star on the left. I think it is stunning. Natalie's quilt she made for her and Justin is the Cactus quilt on the left and I love it.
Normally Natalie would post her own quilt but at this rate we are just getting things done. Natalie had the idea for this quilt when she and Justin went on a trip to Arizona. Natalie loves rocks and the dry desert landscape. The spring cacti really spoke to her.
Natalie loves plains and the cactus in print against the colored plain backgrounds is beautiful and adds texture. All the cacti are hand appliqued.
She wanted it quilted very geometrically. I was skeptical but I admit the quilting finishes off the whole idea perfectly. I love the quilt and she's very happy with it. So is Justin.
I finished the star quilt a few weeks ago but it is huge (100x100) so it took forever to bind. I really like how it turned out. I cut my strips 3" and strip pieced the quilt but made so many color mistakes in putting it together that I got very acquainted with my seam ripper. I'm pretty happy with my points. And I do love the scrappy yet planned nature of the overall star.
Lori Holt helped me pick out the fabrics for the background and borders. We had so much fun deciding and changing our minds. Shopping with Lori is great. The chicken wire gives it that ranch/cowboy look. Thanks so much Lori. The colors are off a little on the photo but it rained yesterday so it was hard to get a good photo in the light.
I'm glad the soon-to-be newlyweds like their new quilt. I almost want to make me one now! We're going to use both wedding quilts (along with other quilts) to decorate at the wedding. It should be fun.

Pray for good weather as we count down to Saturday.

-nanette

79 comments:

Patricia said...

Natalie is one lucky girl to get that quilt. It is BEAUTIFUL!!! Good luck with everything. Being a grandma is wonderful, and getting a new son-in-law is great, too. (Just keep him well-fed and he'll love ya) Love, Tricia

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh my, I love your quilt!! The colors are wonderful and the background fabric is such fun. Natalie's is also wonderful, what a fun idea she had.
Now, all we need is sunshine and for Whitney to not have the baby on the Wedding day!! Hopefully the day after, so she can enjoy her sisters Wedding. All your work will be so worth it. My thoughts are with you at this joyous time in you families life!

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Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Sorry I posted twice!

alobsiger said...

The wedding quilts are WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, Nanette! The photos took my breath away. LOVE the cactus! LOVE the star. They go together so nicely! Best wishes and blessings!

Vicki said...

Nanette, that lone star is wonderful. I love those bright colors.

The cactus quilt is a great idea, too!

beth said...

these quilts are fabulous! I love both of them...bright, cheery and that cactus quilt is so original! I love 'em!

erica e said...

what amazing quilts! i love the cactus idea and the great fabric choices natalie used! and your Lone Star is absolutely fabulous! i'm blown away. i love the planned yet scrappiness of it!

MichelleB said...

Both quilts are wonderful! I love them and colors. Good luck with the weather. I know the wedding will be wonderful.

Rae Ann said...

The quilts are gorgeous! I love the fabrics you chose. It is so great that these girls have a mom like you to fuss over them and make them these great heirlooms.

6p00e54f8cec778834 said...

Wow! I am still reeling from all the great quilts at your quilt meeting! And now this! Your star quilt is amazing - I love the chicken wire fabric - totally sets off the star in such a brilliant way! And the cactus quilt is adorable - and all hand appliqued!! I want to make both of them just for me! Really, you should win a prize for that quilt - and it's so big! If I had a prize I'd give it to you! Good luck with the wedding - I'm sure it will be wonderful and I can't wait to see some pictures! xo, The Other Nanette

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

Wow! I'm sure that catcus quilt took a long time to make. It looks like she put a lot of work into it. It's great. I also love the bright colors in the lone star. I love making lone stars and this one makes me want to make another one!

Trisha said...

Oh, Nanette! Your Lone Star turned out beautiful! Love the chicken wire, really helps add to the theme.

Natalie's cactus quilt looks great! I can't imagine how long it must have took to applique all those cacti. Love all the colors and the way it is quilted.

Best wishes for this week!!

Stephanie said...

Very special quilts for a very special occasion!

Jan said...

Whow! They are both stunning and they both getting a standing applause!!! Absolutely gorgeous :) Sending "no rain" prayers your all's way! I hope the day is everything Natalie and Justin are hoping it will be :)

Purple Quilter Queen said...

The quilts turned out beautiful!! Best of luck at the wedding. I'll be praying for good weather. Just take a deep breath and enjoy the day, it goes by so fast. Jenn

Dawn said...

Your star quilt turned out stunning! Natalie will treasure it forever. And Natalie's quilt is pretty darn cute! She did a fantastic job. Happy Wedding Day!

Julie said...

Beautiful quilts--lucky kids!! I hope the wedding is beautiful and that the weather holds out for you. julie

Rhondi said...

The quilts are wonderful. I love the bright colors. I'll be praying for good weather for Saturday. Try to take time to relax during this busy week :)
Hugs, Rhondi

Sherri said...

Both quilts are wonderful! You and Lori did an excellent job of picking out those fabrics! The first ones were good...but the final choices were perfect! Good luck with everything and have a wonderful week!

Purple and Paisley said...

gasp! i love both quilts! your star turned out wonderful (great points!!!!!) and i love natalie's cacti...☺

praying for good weather...

Jackie said...

They are just fabulous!! I love them both, but then again what is not to love. I am so excited for you and your family. Good weather thoughts are coming your way!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

The quilts are absolutely fantastic!

Cathi said...

The Lone Star is spectacular!! And the cacti are fantastic!! What a great idea for a quilt!
Fingers crossed for good weather!

Barbara at Oodles and Oodles said...

Have fun, all of you! The quilts are amazing - so different, yet perfect together.

jen duncan said...

I LOVE these quilts! I guess I never realized we both had daughters' wedding on the same Saturday! Yours is western, our is apparently 'wine' themed. Guess which one of us will probably be more tipsy? (me!) :-)Have a great time, Nanette, and I'll try and do the same.

w&v said...

V. here... Yes!! Have a wonderful wedding week. You have got so much accomplished and I am only counting the two quilts! They are amazing. A wonderful start for their life together! Can't wait for all the wedding photos. Here's to the smoothest running wedding ever!! V.

Kim said...

Two very attractive and colorful quilts. I LOVE the colors and patterns in each of them. The quilts will really add a lot of color and cheer to the happy day!!!

SarahVee said...

They are both beautiful quilts. The Star of Bethlehem quilt is on my 'to make' list one day. I think Natalie and Justin will cherish both for a long time. Many blessings as you enjoy the festivities this week.

Sandi said...

Wow! What stunning quilts and what fun to use them at the wedding!! I'll be saying prayers for good weather! Enjoy this special week!! Take lots of photos as it will go by in a blur and the only way you'll remember it is when you see the photos. LOL! Been there, know that!

Janet said...

I love both quilts, they're really wonderful. The cactus quilt is a great idea and I love the colours in both. A whirlwind week ahead for sure, don't forget to enjoy it.

Cynthia said...

The wedding quilt is stunning! The cactus one is really cool too, very different and personalized. A job well done, Mom!

amy smart said...

What fabulous quilts! I am so impressed with all the applique cacti! And the colors and quilting are so effective. But Nanette, that star of Bethlehem is to die for. I just LOVE the bright colors and scrappy fabrics. Truly a masterpiece!! Good luck with all the festivities!

Pat said...

I know the wedding day will be happy...no matter the weather...but I'll hope for a sunny day anyways! GREAT quilts....would love to see photos of them on the beds sometime, too. (hint...hint)

Rumi said...

I really like the cacti quilt! Lots of hand quilting in that baby!

Rumi said...

Ahem..I meant hand applique.

Muddling Through said...

Both quilts are perfectly in keeping with the western theme of the wedding and beautiful works of quilting art as well! Good job to you both. :)

Fiesta said...

Nanette many, many congratulations. Both quilts are beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing lots of wedding pics.

Lori Holt said...

Nanette...The Lone Star turned out beautifully! Great job.
What a wonderful Cactus quilt. How fun. I loved seeing the two of them together...like cactus under the desert stars!
The weather will be good I hear...I hope you have a wonderful time. I will be up Ogden Canyon at a scrapbooking retreat.
x
lori

pratima said...

Wow the quilts are so stunning!!! I Love Love Love them!
Have a wonderful wonderful time with the celebrations!!

Jen in NY said...

Such beautiful quilts! As always I am extremely impressed! First with the Lone Star and then with all the appliqued cacti...they're both really lovely. Good luck this weekend and CONGRATULATIONS!

flora said...

wonderful quilts!!

Patty said...

I so love these quilts!

Candace said...

They're both stunning, Nanette! Your points really are perfection. I love the geometric quilting on Natalie's - what a duo the two of you are!
I hope you can take some time and really enjoy the wedding week!
Cheers!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Both of the quilts are wonderful. Take time to enjoy the wedding.

Nedra said...

Both your quilts turned out fabulous! The colors are perfect. I'm going to have to show Mr. Cactus the cactus quilt. Do I see a pattern in the future?

Sonja♥ said...

Waow! Your quilts are fabulous!!
The catcti one is funny and the kaleidoscope one is amazing!!!
I cross my fingers for a sunny Saturday;)

Lily Boot said...

Oh! Nanette! The Bethlehem Star is glorious - I love that name don't you - it's the most beautiful star I can think of. And the Cacti Quilt - my goodness. Your daughter is a talented girl :-) The plain colours are wonderful and the overall effect is truly gorgeous. Have a MARVELLOUS wedding and I shall be keeping my fingers crossed for good weather.

Brenda said...

Hope you all have wonderful week.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Nanette! They're both just gorgeous! The cactus quilt is so unique -- I love the use of solids and prints. And the lone star is gorgeous. I just bought a book on them and would love to make one someday. I hope you all have a fabulous wedding week -- can't wait to read all about it!

Lurline said...

Wonderful quilts, Nanette and I am so happy for all of you - looking forward to all the news and the pics!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Truffle queen said...

Beautiful quilts! I can't believe all the hand applique! I hope you have a beautiful sunny day!

sallgood said...

congratulations all around! The quilts are wonderful. Good weather will just be the icing on the cake, so to speak! :)

Mel said...

Stunning! Both quilts are magnificent!!

Happy wedding week!! Remember, I'm only a phone call away if you need help!

Sew It Up! said...

Love those quilts! I live in Arizona and on our mountains there are tons of Saguaro. WOW all those cacti are appliqued, lots of work but so worth it. Your quilts came out great. Have a great week!

lifeinredshoes said...

Take 3 deep breaths, and e n j o y.

Alex said...

Where did you get the geometric quilting template, or pantomine,or whatever you used? Awesome, I've never seen one like that!

Ginger Patches said...

Gorgeous wedding quilts!! Have an awesome wedding week :)

Amanda said...

The quilts are gorgeous! I will pray that you have perfect weather.

A wedding decorated with quilts sounds so beautiful.

Michelle said...

The quilts are incredible. Your daughters are lucky to have inherited your talent. I hope the wedding goes smoothly and I will pray for good weather.

carole ann said...

They both are beautiful and I am sure you are so busy. Just hope the baby holds out until after the wedding. Good thoughts are with all of you.

thestitchinchicken said...

Oh my gosh!!! Beautiful! How creative to do the Saguaro cactus! Being a desert dweller (in Arizona) I just love it!

amandajean said...

both quilts are amazing!!! i'm loving the graphic nature of the cactus quilt (and all those solids are wonderful!!!). The lone star quilt is mindblowinly gorgeous. hope the wedding prep is going well!

Momoo said...

Beautiful quilts. Hope the wedding goes very smoothly and you have beautiful weather (absolutely NO SNOW!)

happy zombie said...

Oh my goodness... what wonderful wedding quilts. I love that you made one, and Natalie other. This is just so beautiful and special I don't even know what to say. My heart smiles just looking at the pics, I can't imagine what it's like in person. Beautiful, Nanette... beautiful. Just like you. xoxom

Carrie P. said...

The quilts are fabulous. What a great idea to use them to decorate the wedding. You and your daughter did a great job.

Cathy said...

It's Saturday morning here, and while I realise it's probably still Friday night there, I'm sending up a little prayer for you all for the big day! Natalie's quilt is gorgeous, your star quilt is amazing, I love the colours you have used. Look forward to seeing the wedding pics! xo

bellsjo said...

Just popped over from Tallgrass Prairie Studio to say congratulations on winning her giveaway! I hope and all your family have a wonderful wedding. The quilts are amazing!

hetty said...

Wow! Amazing quilts! The Lone Star is fantastic and the cactus quilt is very cute!

julieQ said...

Just beautiful, both of these quilts. I know the lucky couples will really love them for many years.

Mistea said...

Gorgeous! Those are two amazing quilts. Love the Cactus one - the colours and the drama. That star is beautiful with all those colours too. Bet you all had a wonderful Day.

the Material Girls Quilts said...

The quilts are fantabulous!! I hope you had a wonderful day!! (Now go take a nap!)
Nadine

Messy Karen said...

hours and hours of beautiful work by talented quilters.

Cassie@You Go Girl said...

All this goodness for one girl...She must be pretty special. Both quilts are absolutely stunning.

Julia said...

Both quilts are wonderful! I love them and colors. Good luck with the weather..
Looking forward to seeing some pics of the wedding..
Julia ♥

6p00e54ffa175d8834 said...

LOVE these quilts Nanette! I can't get over the little cactuses...cacti? They're so cute. And that gorgeous star quilt is...gorgeous! And might I say that I am also in love with your little tea kettles. They are wonderful and make me smile every time I see them. xoxo

Patsy said...

I called my daughter over to look at the photos of this fun wedding. My daughter, Holly Jensen, was college roommates with Tracey. What a fun surprise for her! Looks like it was a wonderful day!

sfielke said...

Nenette, I love the star quilt but those cactuses are So freakin' CUTE!! What lucky ducks those two are.

Sinta Renee said...

I had to come over and see what all the talk was about... your quilts! Yes, they are stunning! The star is amazing, A-MAZING Nanette! And the cactus! That is just a fun idea. I have never seen cacti look so beautiful! Congrats to you and the luck couple!