Monday, August 10, 2009
Posted by Leila
Are you wanting to see wedding pictures, or mystified as to why I am still blogging about it a month later?
The fact is, we are only now sorting things out. What with the Chief's mother falling ill and passing away, not to mention the late summer exigencies brought on by college preparations, job hunting, et cetera, we've been unable to keep the updates...up.
Some things about planning/hosting/preparing a wedding made me feel like I was choking, or maybe sinking under a very large wave.
Flowers are lovely, but a bit overwhelming...
I'm glad Rosie liked doing them.
Guest lists make me anxious. I want everyone and I want no one. I wish we could just throw a wedding and magically have everyone appear, or, possibly, stay away (just kidding! I think...).Even thinking about dresses makes me short of breath, and not in a good way. I love clothes as much as the next gal, but only mental gridlock results from visiting that intersection of your dreams, your sewing skills, and the stores.
I mightily enjoyed one little detail, I will admit, and that was making the "whimsical map" (you can Google this phrase and see what you get. It's a thing.).
I hesitated to suggest myself for the job, because some people (*Deirdre**cough*) are much better at this sort of thing, but circumstances (the timing of exams) made me do it.
I wish I had had more time and maybe even a little budget to add color, but wow, this was fun. Now I have ideas on how to make it better -- more whimsical and more accurate. I want to do another one!
But what I really love is quilting, and I wanted to show you the quilt I'm making for Rosie and Philip for their wedding present.
I've always loved this quilt that I saw in the December 2006 issue of Country Living magazine:
Through many hours of searching online, as well as importuning a quilting history expert friend to ransack her archives, I have found out that the patch is called Rising Sun. My friend sent me a photocopy of the pattern and I discovered that I have an old book with another version!
Piece of cake, right?
After an initial sigh of relief, reality set in. You know that feeling when you look at the rock face and know you have to climb it? Or when you dump a quart of corn oil on the floor and know that only you can clean it up? You know that sinking feeling? That things are not going to be easy?
These patterns don't work. How do I know? I made test patches, and they went all spirally.
I had to draft my own, using ruler and compass...
Seven hundred little curved pieces later, this is where I am:Almost done with the twelfth patch, which I think will do it (or else I have to make about 8 more, but I think this is good)...and searching for just the right dark yellow for the background...and hopefully the hiatus will give my poor hand a chance to recover, in time for the quilting! And then, on to Nick and Natasha's quilt!