Friday, February 18, 2011

mini-quilt wedding pillow


What we have here is a wedding gift I finished last week for my cousin....who got married a few years ago. Yes. I hadn't so much as sent a card yet. It's embarrassing how back ordered I am on wedding gifts for several dear friends and family members, but I have a fresh wind of inspiration, and the wind is comprised of these three facts: we leave Texas in a little over a month, then Zoralee and I spend two months in Montana preparing for a new baby, and then we join Jason on the prairies of North Dakota. I am not dragging these scraps of material around to any more States of the Union.
 

Since it took me this long to sew a simple pillow, you can understand my rationale that making an entire quilt was hysterically optimistic. But I like the idea of something hand-made, something old-style, something classic for such an event as a wedding. Thus, the mini-quilt in the form of a pillow was born. It looks like a quilt, see, but it is a decorative pillow for couch or bed. It unsnaps there on one side and is machine-washable. It's made in the colors of the couple's wedding, and the W is for "Wedding." ha ha ha. Actually, W is the first letter of their last name. The way I figure it, this procrastination / disorganization is actually helping people to extend the celebration of their enduring love. Why stick with a month of gift-opening? Let's get scandalous! 

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Note: I am noncommittally resolving to diversify my blog by including more of my craft projects, favorite recipes, and informal product reviews, because I really love reading those things of y'all's. That's what people have done forever, man - they've shared recipes, they've inspired each other artistically, they've invaded each other's homelands and stolen their seashell necklaces. Let the good times roll.

9 comments:

Jonathan Erdman said...

It looks beautiful.

North Dakota. My my. I must confess that I've long romanticized North Dakota, ever since I read an article about how certain sections of the state have become feral and wild. There has also been a decade's long trend of depopulation, although that may be changing because of the oil they've discovered.

tamie said...

Woooohoooo!!!!!!!! North Dakota!!!!!!!! Wedding quilt pillows!!!! Let the good times roll indeed.

Jon and I will be visiting soon, maybe even to help y'all build your North Dakota home.

lori said...

A couple months ago, we caught a bit of a documentary on a huge wild reserve in the works in North Dakota. It was pretty inspiring and helped to pick our spirits up about going there. (We're mountain people, see.) I guess they've even reintroduced bison - unless that was in a similar reserve on the plains.

We would LOVE to see you two in ND! Consider yourselves to have an open invite. We may not be building a house there, but you could help us to rearrange the furniture.

Amy @ Anktangle said...

The pillow is so beautiful!

Kristi said...

can't wait to get my wedding quilt pillow! You don't even have to change the pattern. LOL

tamie said...

Maybe you should read some books about prairies, etc., to help educate yourselves on the richness of the land. I only say this b/c shortly after I moved to Arizona, I read a book on desert spirituality, and it really helped me have a super different perspective on living there. (I'm an ocean girl, see.)

Have you read "Dakota" by Kathleen Norris?

lori said...

I have not read "Dakota," Tamie, and thanks for the suggestion. Any others about prairies? I'm all about that!

lori said...

Kristi - - yes, indeed. Ha!

Tamie Marie said...

Lori, you should totally check out PrairyErth by William Least Heat Moon. I have it on my reading list for this semester...it looks fantastic! I'll keep prairie books in mind for ya. (It would be interesting to re-read the Little House books...I wonder if they stand the test of time.)