|Nate and Kat: First married kiss|
The date was November 5th, 2011. I suppose they could have joined many others in getting married the following weekend on 11-11-11, but I feel very satisfied that they chose the 5th. November 5th is my grandmother's birthday. You can read about her here. She was born in 1899 and died in 1993, but she seemed very present to me that night. Last spring, before I realized the double date situation of her birthday and the wedding, I felt strongly that I wanted to make the bride and groom a quilt. Not just any quilt, but an heirloom quilt. Kat's wedding colors just happened to coincide with the colors used in the quilt Grandma made for my mother for her wedding day in 1946.
|Top: 2011 version; bottom: 1946 quilt|
I decided not to make as many appliqued daisy squares as Grandma had and to position them in a way that I thought would be easier to piece together. The quilt I was making was quite a bit bigger than my mother's quilt. My sister was still shaking her head, but she brought the quilt to me this summer to inspire and instruct me. Another sister, living closer, but also a master quilt-maker, agreed to mentor me through the process. I spent 6 weeks this summer in Florida with my husband and granddaughters as they attended a drama camp that our engaged couple taught. I didn't have my sewing machine there, but I bought the fabric and commenced the applique by hand. I had never done hand applique before, but my sisters predicted that I would be an expert before the quilt was finished. It was slow starting, but their predictions came true by the time the last square was appliqued.
|Joy and the quilt at the wedding party|