Tuesday, 4 October 2011

One Block Wonder done!

Our son, Eric, got married this past Saturday. We had a lovely day with him and his bride Becky and our families and friends. I made a One Block Wonder queen sized quilt for them. Becky and I went shopping together to choose the fabric. She loves Japanese designs so I took her to the Marsh Store in Coldstream, ON since Shirley has lots of choice! It took us awhile to come up with something that would work in the colours Becky liked. We weren't sure if this black and white fabric would work for a OBW. I can't find a picture of the original fabric and can't find any larger leftovers at the moment, but this picture should give you a bit of an idea of the original fabric:

Becky chose and assortment of red, gold and purple FQ's for the cubes. My daughter in law, Jannyne, helped me with arranging the hexagons once I had them all sewn together and some cubes made. We decided to add strips of black batik to make the quilt large enough and to add some interest. It ended up looking like a Japanese screen (that was not intentional!). After the first black batik borders, it needed something. I tried adding scrappy triangles, but that didn't really work. Adding the original fabric into the border and another simple black border finished it off nicely. Here is the finished quilt with Eric and Becky. I gave it to them at the rehearsal dinner (the light is not great).

The happy couple :-)

Opening up the quilt so Becky could finally see it finished :-)

I finally found the perfect backing at Creative Sisters in Kitchener. Bonus that it was a wide backing and I didn't have to piece it:

Close ups of some of the hexagons:

It was amazing how much shading there was in this black and white quilt:

The top center finished; trying it on my queen sized bed for size :-)

Here you can see the lovely leaves that Tim from the Marsh Store quilted into the border. I am very glad that I didn't have to sew black leaves on black batik :-)!! Thanks so much Tim!!! I also added a red 'lippy' (flat piping) in between the binding.

Tim quilted a lovely design in the black and white areas with variegated black and white thread:

Becky and Eric on their wedding day!


Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Great quilt. I wish the happy couple a lifetime of happiness.

Ellen said...

Gorgeous quilt and a lovely couple. Congratulations!

Sharon~Two Bits Patches said...

The quilt is wonderful. I've never send a One Block Wonder, is there someplace I can find a tutorial or pattern?

I'm Myra said...

A beautiful quilt for the newly married couple!! Love that pattern!! Congrats to the recently wed couple!!