Two close friends of ours got married this summer, but since the wedding was in New York Eddie & I weren’t able to go. I sent them a gift from their registry, but also wanted to make them something else. Before one of our long drives from College Station to northern New Mexico this summer, I also decided hand quilting would be a fun thing to try, and decided I wanted to do something similar to this quilt I saw a while back on pinterest:
I love the look of wood and the sentiment of carving lovers’ inintials in trees, and here was a crafty (and eco-friendly) way to replicate them: a quilt! I posted an in-progress picture of the ‘carved’ heart earlier here, but here’s the whole quilt:
Its about 44″ x 55″. I thought creating the wood pattern would be really difficult – I tend to do much better with exact geometric designs than organic ones like this – but I just looked at a few faux bois patterns online and started sketching directly onto the fabric with a water-removable white pencil. The sketch itself came together reasonable quickly, and wasn’t nearly as hard as I expected.
The hand quilting ended up taking way longer than I thought (I certainly did not finish it that first drive out to New Mexico), but it was a surprisingly enjoyable, relaxing task – especially while riding in the car or watching TV. I used the same tan fabric from the heart on the front for the backing. I made binding out of a dark brown fabric with white swirly leaf patterns – which I was nervous about using as a 1/2″ binding, but ended up totally loving.
I’m pretty psyched about how it turned out, but its a pretty non-traditional quilt and I hope our friends like it too 🙂