Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wedding Dress Quilt

Lilian and Joe November 1950

 How it started......Lilian and Joe 1950 New York City

Satin dress with a lot of yardage.

The dress survived 61 years and a garage flood.   It was stained, moldy and smelly.....at this point I'm wondering what have I gotten myself into and why isn't there a glass of wine in my hand :)

Washed it in the washing machine, warm water, Oxyclean and detergent......twice. Air dry.  The dress almost took a dip in the lake :) 
The bodice of the dress

Front of dress

A lot of yardage

Back of Dress

Bodice and a million buttons

Now what do I do with it?????????????

I was going to do a lot of hand stitching and personalization but then I quickly realized that  hand embroidery through fusible web backed satin is a bugger.  Plan II was to use Shar Jorgenson's Quilting in the Heartland Crazy Quilt Templates.  They are no longer sold on the Quilting from the Heartland website but Omnigrid is selling them now.

The job just got a little harder :)

On the longarm machine...finally :)   I've never quilted through fusible web backed satin before.  Not a problem.  Used Angel Wings quilting pattern. It seemed appropriate.   The backing is Fairy Frost by Michael Miller Fabrics.

The finished quilt :)

Maria will get another surprise when she comes to visit in June.  Hint: I will be using some of those buttons!!!

1 comment:

Emily said...

This is so beautiful!!