Friday, 3 April 2015

I Married GeoDad! Part 1: The Flowers

Just under 3 weeks ago GeoDad and finally got married. We have been planning to do so since before Monkey was born and she turns 4 next month. We had the perfect day picked:
March 14, 2015 - Pi Day
GeoDad officially proposed in October, 2013 and we sort of started the planning stages of the wedding, but mostly put off any big planning until after we bought our new house last summer. Once the venue, a local hall, was picked and I had my dress I started to think about flowers. I knew I would be having our photos done outside no matter the weather. (GeoDad and I have parkas, I was willing to wear them if needed). I didn't really want to pay a premium for fresh flowers in the middle of winter in Alberta just to have them wilt in the cold and I like making things myself.

I set off online searching through tutorials on fabric flowers, I had a plan and no one was going to stop me. Initially I was picturing something elaborate with silk, organza, felt and fabric and had I not liked my first couple flowers so much I may have gone that direction. 
Craft night with 2 bridesmaids, my mom, grandma and brother.
Anyway, I made a single trial flower then spent a night at my Mom's having a wedding craft night. We managed to make about 30 flowers between the 6 of us and I am sure they all thought I was crazy. 

 But I am crazy and very determined. I loved how adorable the covered button is as the flower centre and prepping to sew these was simple. Starch fabric, cut rectangles, fold and sew. After our first craft night I started working on them while I watched TV. By mid January I had 100 made. 

It looked like tons of flowers and I was hoping I was done. And then I tried an initial layout on the styrofoam I was planning on using a core of the bouquet. 

16 flowers barely covered half of it. And I had 5 bouquets to make in total and boutonnieres. So I kept sewing and ordered more brads/buttons to cover and made somewhere between 200 and 230 flowers. As the wedding approached I started taking half an hour in the mornings before work to hot glue bouquets together. But by the time the big day rolled around I was done. 

Photo By: Digital Path
Besides the bouquets and boutonnieres, I also made attached flowers to bobby pins for myself and the bridesmaids to wear in our hair. (Mine were white) and a headband for Monkey.

Photo Credit: Digital Path
The bouquet looked great against my white dress.
Photo Credit: Digital Path
And with the tuxedos and bridemaids dresses.
Photo Credit: Digital Path

Photo Credit: Digital Path

Photo Credit: Digital Path

We had a fabulous day and all the bridesmaids get to keep their bouquet forever. I am so happy that I kept going with my crazy plan for flowers. I will write another post or two about Monkey's flower girl dress and the ring pillow I made. (Maybe I will sneak in some of a shot of GeoDad and I doing something sappy, like kissing). 

Hope you enjoyed seeing these and I look forward to sharing a bit more soon.
Mrs. Walker - GeoMama

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Piano and Electric Guitar Quilted Pillows

First off I would love to say Congrats to my cousin C and his new wife who were married shortly after the New Year. I was unable to attend the celebration but wanted to make something special for them.

C plays electric guitar and his wife plays piano. I found paper pieced patterns for both instruments from Soma Archaya at . They were perfect and I was eager to have another paper pieced challenge.   

The blocks came together fairly quickly before Christmas and then I stalled out when it came time to quilt them and assemble into pillows. 

The guitar frets were satin stitched with an ivory coloured Isacord thread and the strings stitched with black and silver metallic Sulky thread. 

Around each instrument I echo quilted at about 1/4 inch spacing with the ivory Isacord. In the border, simple straight outlines with black Presencia thread.

The pillows backs are simple envelope style which were quilted with groups of 5 wavy lines to represent a musical score. 

I had planned to make the pillows the same size but I didn't want to change the size of the blocks out of fear of scaling all the tiny little pieces and not having them go together properly. The guitars dimensions didn't work great to border on a square pillow which is why I set it on point. 

It felt great to put the final stitches in the binding last night and they will be mailed to the newlyweds tomorrow.  


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

WIP Wednesday: Handsewn Holiday and Wedding Prep

Since my last post sewing has been happening (just very slowly) as December was busy until Christmas and then we went away on holidays. Since getting back I have been trying to get projects finished but I am also less than 60 days away from being a married lady (ack.. so much left to do!) so there has been more wedding prep than sewing.

First off, before Christmas I managed to piece and put borders on 2 paper pieced blocks designed by Some Archaya from Both the piano and the electric guitar came together very nicely despite being a crazy amount of pieces. The plan was to have these quilted into pillows in time for a wedding gift but I was too exhausted to finish before the event. They will receive them before they have been married a month though, so that should be just fine.

I found that not wanting to baste in my unfinished basement was a big hurdle, but I finally bit the dust and did it last weekend. Since then I have been quilting pillow tops and backs. Echo quilting around the guitar and piano and then just simple lines in the borders.

Also just before Christmas I did a small commission project. A simple diaper cover, suspenders and bowtie for a friend's son's first birthday. She wanted to do a cake smash photo shoot and have him all dressed up. It was pretty quick once I got going and she loved it. 

Just after Christmas we went away to the mountains and I had a lovely time hand sewing all week. I sewed whole new block for Project Seventy-Two as well as 2 setting triangles. I was a little short on fabric but managed to finish a day after getting back. I also ran out of half-hexie papers for English Paper Piecing and had to scavenge out of the middle of the block to finish the edges and setting triangles.

This block brings the total to 4 blocks and I am finally starting to think about the bigger picture and what I want this quilt to look like. But I am not ready to share what that is just yet. All I can tell you is that I need ALOT more half hexagon papers and way more time. 

Finally, I have been slowly sewing away on my wedding flowers. I have about 30 completely done, and another 35-40 sewn that don't have centers yet. I have no idea how many I actually need for each bouquet, but for sure I need 5 bouquets and some extras for boutonnieres and corsages. 

Once pillows are done for my cousin it will be time to make a flower girl dress for Monkey and a ring bearer pillow for LB to carry. I am very excited to start on both projects and hope to have them both done by mid-February so I can relax for the month before the wedding.

Thanks for having a look and Happy New Year!