Sunday, January 27, 2008

Day 20 - of 100 Days of Quilts

The wedding quilt
This quilt that was the foundation of our first fabric collection - Love Joy Peace. We usually design the quilt before we design the fabrics that we need. And I know that this approach is completely backwards from all other fabric designers.
Cori and I also firmly believe that there are three times in a women's life, when they are more likely to become quilters. 1) When they have their first home/space and they want to decorate. 2) When they are getting married. 3)When they are having a baby. During any of these three times, a women will look at quilting as something she might want to try, because she can see where the finished project will be used.
Cori and I wanted to design a specific 'Wedding Quilt' because we want to bring back the tradition of making a quilt for a new bride. Sometimes newly engaged young women would be dragged into my mothers quilt shop, cringing at the quilt that someone in the family was going to make for them. Cori and I tried to design a simple modern quilt, that would fit into a young brides home.
On the quilt we appliqued, and embroiderd all nine 'fruits of the spirit' taken from the book of Galatians. We even included the fruits that are hard to swallow - such as Patience, and Self-Control. Sometimes it is good to have these reminders in front of you, because in marriage, you will need all of the fruits. And it isn't a coincidence that we put Faithfulness at the very top of the quilt. The large words of Love Joy Peace are all appliqued, and the six smaller words, are all embroidered using 6 strands of embroidery thread. (it took 1 skein of floss for each word) We did publish this pattern in the Love Joy Peace book that was released when our fabric was printed, but we still have a few copies left. If you are interested in them, just e-mail Cori, and she will get one to you.
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1 comment:

janet said...

I would love to know if you are selling a pattern for this quilt and where in the states I can find it or the fabrics. I love this quilt with the words on it. Janet