Melinda is a member of my church’s quilting group, so when she and Bobby announced their engagement, we set about organizing a group-made wedding quilt. Back story: As part of down-sizing in anticipation of selling her own home and making a new one with Bobby in a smaller house, Melinda brought fabric to our retreat in September for the “free table.” I snagged a collection of Alison Glass prints; the cuts varied in amounts of 1/8 to 1/4 yd. Hoping that Melinda gave the fabric away because she didn’t have time or inspiration for making a quilt with it (rather than hating it), I organized the group project around the bright prints.
If you quilted along in 2020 on the “Sisters” quilt, you will recognize June’s block, a “Weathervane” variation. (Click here to access the BOM page; click Download under the June heading for printer friendly instructions.) This block is well-suited for multiple makers. Each of the twenty block kits contained a 4 1/2″ square for the center, three 2 1/2″ x 21″ strips of different colors, and one 2 1/2″ x 42″ strip of light gray background fabric. I included the instructions and gave each maker license to choose the position of the colors for her block. We kept our quilt-making intentions secret from Melinda and Bobby!
The quilting group served as the wedding decoration team, and so of course, we decorated the sanctuary and foyer with our quilts. Although the group quilt was displayed at the rear of the sanctuary and was viewed as they recessed after the ceremony, they had no idea it was a gift for them!
The couple loves the quilt, and it serves as a tangible reminder of our love and best wishes in their home.