***This is a project I did over 2 years ago BTB (before the blog). The pictures are bad and were not at all intended for blog world. I'm sorry I don't have more pictures of the steps to make this into a better tutorial. It's very special to me, though, so I wanted to share it with you all. Please feel free to ask any questions if you would like to make your own. I'd be happy to help in any way I can! ***
First, let me introduce you to one of my favorite couples, Heather and Jason.
I sat beside Heather on the first day of beauty school and talked her ear off. She wondered if I would ever shut up. LOL What?! I had first day jitters! We became housemates (with our other good friend, Jenn) and the three of us had fantastic adventures going to Dunkin Donuts at 1 in the morning and watching Newlyweds on MTV (remember Nick and Jessica? wow, how long ago was that?!)
Heather was a bridesmaid when I got married in 2007 and I was a bridesmaid in her wedding in 2009.
You see, I was just starting to get into sewing and at that time had just finished making a quilt for my oldest daughter, and one for my mom. I was a quilting maniac.
So I did something ballsy.......
I cut up my bridesmaid dress from her wedding.
My idea was to use the fabric from my dress as blocks in a quilt for their baby girl.
I had never done anything like that and was seriously sweating it. I felt like I had Tim Gunn over my shoulder saying "Make it work, Angela".
No one wants to let Tim Gunn down.
I purchased a few other fabrics in soft, baby, flannel then cut them in squares.
I sewed them together in rows, then attached the rows together.
After adding batting in the middle, and a big piece of baby flannel for the backing, I quilt a simple grid pattern on it, then added binding.
To add a touch of sweetness, I free-motioned hearts on some random squares.
I gave Heather the quilt at her baby shower. I was nervous she wouldn't recognize the squares from the dress, so in her card, I enclosed the pictures you see above. (She later told me she was confused by the cut up dress picture and momentarily panicked and thought I was "friend-breaking-up" with her!
Then she saw the quilt and absolutely loved it.
Can you believe I missed watching her open it because I was in the bathroom?! I was 8 months pregnant with my second at her shower, so I was peeing every 15 minutes or so. TMI?
The quilt is far from perfect, but it's made with lots of love.
I LOVE that her daughter, Layla (now 2!), will always have a piece of her mommy and daddy's special day.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you come back and visit soon!
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