This is the quilt I made for my friend and her husband for their wedding! It is Elizabeth Hartman’s Birdbath pattern from her book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork.
This quilt was a real challenge for me because I wanted to make the quilt in their wedding colors, which were obviously black and white. I’m kind of a color junkie so then I thought, well, maybe I’ll scan their registry and see what colors they’re going to have in their home… But their registry was all black and white, too!! I should have known, my friend is one classy lady and everything she wears is timeless!
So I pulled out every quilt book and magazine that my mom and I own and scoured over the patterns for an entire morning - but I just couldn’t picture any of the quilts in only B&W. I contemplated throwing in gray, because I love it, but grays are hard to match, and once I decided I had to go B&W, I wasn’t going to let myself cheat.
The obvious choice would have been a double wedding ring since this quilt is a wedding present, but I made that pattern as a wall-hanging once and that was enough curved piecing for me. So when I stumbled upon Elizabeth Hartman’s Birdbath pattern (hers was done in greens, browns and cream), not only could I visualize the pattern in B&W, but I liked how the octagonal shape could symbolize a ring. And off I went to cool cottons!
I love cool cottons, not only because the fabric selection is incredible (quantity and quality), but Marie, the owner, has the best eye in the world. If you ever need to match anything, she’s the one to help you. I took the pattern and told her my idea, and she helped me choose each one of the fabrics! And I love this quilt! I thought I would be so bored with the lack of color, but the block construction was fun, and I think the result is kind of retro/modern.
I did the quilting (meandering stitch with white thread) on the quilt frame at Modern Domestic - in a record two hours!!
Congratulations to Jessica and Tyler!