I just finished this and yes, it TOTALLY is for the wedding reception. There’s always time for games, especially at our wedding!!
As I may have mentioned in a previous post, I’m getting married this year. In 3 weeks as a matter of fact! Our wedding will be full of little crafty details, because, well our wedding includes me.
I won’t post about all the crafty details yet, mostly because none of them are finished, but I will post about the best bridal bouquet you have ever seen and the most awesome matching boutonnieres and corsages!
I knew pretty early on that I wanted a crochet bouquet. For a brief second, I thought about undertaking it myself since I love crochet and I love flowers but as time ticked by, I realized I would have to give up on that dream and just buy flowers. Except one day, I decided to ask my boss about it. Why my boss? Because his wife is a crochet enthusiast! Although, after seeing her work below, you’ll definitely call her a crochet artist. An artist-enthusiast because all I asked for was a bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere if possible. She ended up making corsages and boutonnieres for the wedding party too!! Amazing!
The whole process was actually pretty entertaining. My boss is based in the States and travels to Canada every week or so. The first job she gave him was to bring a few sample flowers to make sure I liked the colours. It’s blue, there was no way I was not going to like it! He and I conferred with another coworker to make sure our ‘blue matches blue’ attitude was in line with reality. It was.
Then my boss had another mission: ask me about bracelets for corsages. He had a sheet with 4 options for me to choose from. People thought he had started selling jewelry which was pretty entertaining to me! I chose pearls for the maid of honour and blue and pearls for the bridemaids. They turned out amazing!! And also all came in their own boxes:
For the pièce de résistance, my boss had to check luggage on his flight this week. If you knew him, you’d know how big a deal that was (and how I’ll never live it down because he had to check a bag because of me and he couldn’t just walk out of the airport right away but had to wait and wait and wait at the luggage carousel for ever and ever). All of that was worth it because I have the most beautiful bouquet of all the brides out there. I win!
It’s very me and there was no way I could have done that good a job if I tried to make it myself.
I cannot say how happy I am with all of this. All she made exceeded any expectations I had and I can’t wait for the wedding to see everything come together for real!!
In 2011, my godmother took me to visit Helen Knights in Thunder Bay and it was a wonderful visit. Helen and I exchanged a few letters over the last few years and I loved getting cards with fabric cutouts on them with her almost indecipherable cursive handwritting inside. She was such an accomplished artist and had so much wisdom to impart, I feel blessed to have had a chance to meet her.
She passed away recently and when I went back to Thunder Bay in April of this year for my cousin’s wedding, my godmother gave me one of Helen’s last quilts entitled “Showing off the roses”. She was 102 when she made it! To not only still be quilting at that age, but also to be quilting innovatively, is remarkable.
I’m imagining her UFO reference is to an Unfinished Fabric Object of the 80’s but I can’t really be sure.
I was beyond touched by this gift and I knew just what I wanted to do to give it a place of honour. Ever since I moved the furniture around the workshop, I had a blank wall above the dresser. I thought Helen’s quilt would be perfect there. The problem was: it looked a little lost. So I endeavoured to make 2 more quilts to attempt to complement hers.
The first one I made is my first try at hexagonal block piecing and free-form machine quilting. I called it “If the Borg liked pretty”. Helen’s UFO reference inspired me, plus the Borg are all about Cubes… except in First Contact when they were in sphere but I ignored that for the purpose of this quilt. Yes, I’m a nerd and a trekkie, let’s move on.
I even installed the rods by myself AND drove myself to Fabricville today because I was missing some brackets. If you’ve known me for a while, you know driving scares me a lot. But recently I got a car (a free one from my future mother-in-law, thanks again!) and I’ve been driving it around. Today, was the first day I drove myself to somewhere I’d never driven before! Normally I need to have a navigator when I drive a new route, preferably the fiancé who answers all my ‘if I stay in this lane, will I be stressed later because of a lane change?’ questions. But I put on my big girl pants, looked it up on Google Maps, wrote out on a card the left and right turns I needed, put the card where I could see it without having to grab it and drove off. And as it turns out, I’m a very capable adult. Which doesn’t make me really happy because I wanted to stay a kid forever but I’ll just have to find other ways of being anti-grown-up.
All this to say, here’s the finished wall. They’re all very different pieces but I thought some of the colours in each tied in well with the others so that even if they’re all so different, they look like they belong together. I hope Helen would be proud.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new. Life has been a little bit busy, as usual. We went to Nepal in October. I hiked up to Everest Base Camp. I hiked back down. I spent a week relaxing in Bali (that was my favourite part of our month-long trip). I came back and dove into a new job. Spent many, many overtime hours working on puzzles there and actually really enjoyed it. I’m still in love with my new job but I’ve just managed the initial puzzling well and things are running smoothly enough that I can work normal hours now. Then when I finally stopped focusing on work so much, I started focusing on wedding stuff, because, oh yeah, I’m getting married in September!! Like 10.5 weeks away. Time seriously flies.
In the midst of all this, I have stayed crafty. I just haven’t updated about it. But, I have some time off this week! I’m spending most of the week with my dad at the cottage. We are working on landscaping projects there and my main tasks are to be a sounding board for his ideas, as well as wheelbarrowing (yes, it’s a verb) dirt from one place to another, often the one place being not that close to the other. The first task is much less physically demanding but the second task is helping me stay healthy so I’ll be able to dance the night away at my wedding and not pass out.
Today, however, I am fully dedicated to Fleur de Pixie. I am not answering the phone or doing much emailing. I plan on crafting, updating the blog, updating the shop and maybe eating leftover indian food from our delicious dinner last night.
So without further ado, here’s my first picture update: My cousin’s second baby with the dinosaur flannel baby blanket I made for him! You have to admit, this pretty much ranks up there on the cute-o-meter!
I asked the fiancé for input on making an ‘us’ block. It seemed to fit which this whole crazy quilt concept because we’re kind of crazy. As I write this, the fiancé is walking around the living room with his snow pants in front of his legs, kicking them and making Godzilla noises. Crazy! That is only a fraction of why I love him.
Anywho, the blue fabric at the middle of the block is leftover from a camping pillowcase he made me the first year we met. I was leaving for a 2 week hike in Corsica and we’d only been together for a couple of months. I’d mentioned that when I hike, I use a stuff sack as a pillow, so he made me a handmade (really handmade because he didn’t have access to a sewing machine) pillowcase in my favourite colour. I would say best gift ever but last August he gave me an engagement ring and I feel that trumps the pillowcase… The heart is stitched in yellow and blue for both our favourite colours. Then, I used the grey fabric to give the block some stability (we’re both individually a little bit off but together, we’re pretty balanced). All the prints around are for the fun yet structured things that happen when we work together and the plain yet colourful fabrics around I thought would just bring the whole thing together. I really like this block!
Overall, I think this was one of the most freeing and fun quilts I have ever worked on. For a while, I was watching TV and finishing the stitching around the edges: This is my favourite stitching to do on quilts where I don’t use binding. I just find it makes a blanket just more blanket-like somehow. I know that doesn’t make sense but just go with it.
Now excuse me while I watch more of The Mindy Project!