Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Wedding Quilt

Ready for another #10 bus?

You’ve seen so many sneak peeks of this one, so here’s the reveal. Taaadaaa!!


Of the three queen-sized quilts I skited shared about finishing in July, this is the only one I also started the same month, a feat only possible because I stepped out of my comfort zone and made it entirely by machine.


I wanted this quilt to reflect the blending of two cultures, Korean and Australian. Most importantly, I also wanted to include in it something of Ben’s and Sunny’s daughter, our precious little Princess.


I chose oriental-themed fabrics from a collection I had been gathering for a few years, augmented with a handful of Australian fabrics from Leesa Chandler’s Under the Australian Sun 2 collection. Since most of the orientals, as well as the Australians, were embellished with gold stamping, they played together very happily indeed!


I love the way Leesa’s Australian native flowers – flannel flowers, tea tree, gum blossom, gum leaves, banksia and waratah – add plenty of colour to the quilt, along with the cherry blossom, chrysanthemums and ginkgo leaves from various other collections.


I used Julie Wallace’s Lanterns of Light triangle template to cut my equilateral triangles after first cutting 8 inch wide strips.  Because several pairs of eyes are always better when determining a layout, Di B, her mum Margaret and I spent a morning with all the pieces spread on the floor making sure there was a nice balance.


I know you can still see some clashes, but please don’t blame Di B and Margaret for this. I confused myself just a little when I was sewing the rows of triangles together Eye rolling smile.  Our church hall was the perfect place to sandwich and tack the quilt, and I machine quilted it on my Bernina 1230.


With the guide attached to the walking foot, I quilted 1 inch either side of all the seam lines, a simple process as I was just machining edge to edge across the quilt. Wrangling the quilt through the 6.5 inch harp (throat) was a little challenging at times, but not impossible.

My recently acquired perspex extension table helped enormously, as did applications of Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream, which made my fingers so grippy I felt like Spiderman!!!



The Moda wide quiltback in rich scarlet was a lucky find at Patchwork Products, as was the black and white binding that I think nicely frames all those  ‘look at me!’ triangles.





81 in x 75 in

Various ranges of oriental themed fabrics, teamed with Under the Australian Sun 2 by Leesa Chandler for Robert Kaufman.

Bamboo batting.

Pieced and quilted on a Bernina 1230.

Pieced with Aurifil 40 weight thread in white (2024)

Quilted with Aurifil 50 weight thread in red (lost its label!)



  1. Di what a fabulous job well done to you I am sure they will cherish i.

  2. That is really gorgeous! It might have been started and finished quickly, but that certainly doesn't show in the finished quilt.

  3. My goodness, Di - This is beautiful! I love the fabrics all together, and especially that you were able to get some of your granddaughter's fabric in with them. :D

  4. Stunning. Also very impressed it was made in such a short time, you did a great job!

  5. What a great reason to purposely combine different ethnic fabrics. I love it! The busyness of the prints make it really interesting. And bamboo batting? I haven't tried that yet. What do you think of it? Yet another great on-location photo shoot too. It's impressive that you made it entirely on the sewing machine. Aren't you proud of yourself? You should be! It's a beautiful quilt.


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