Monday, January 9, 2012

*Holly Sew*

Last year my sister-in-law and I were talking about our wedding dresses and discussing if they were worth keeping for memories or for our daughters.  I mentioned that I made my dress into a baby quilt for my was the fanciest baby quilt around!  I loved it for church and other "dress-up"occasions. 
So she asked me if I could make her dress into a quilt for her to use. 

Her dress had a long train so I had plenty of fabric to work with...though it was super scary to cut into someones dress.  She gave me free reign on design which also made me nervous, I know what I like but would she like it????  
So after much thought and design plan I finally cut into and started the process.  
I worked on it throughout the year and finally finished it before Christmas!

 The final quilt is a throw size. 
I used satin-back crepe as the accent white and I also found (in my stash) a linen fabric that had a silver thread though it for the small border and flower applique. 

I used flower pieces of the lace and the rosettes from the bows as accents. 
When I cut the flowers from the lace the sequins and beads all became loose so I  hand sewed all of the "bling" back onto the  lace flowers. 

It was hard to get a good picture of an all white quilt 
so I took a lot of up close for the details.

The dress had over 60 buttons to use so I sewed them on the quilt to 
act as the "quilting" of the the quilt.
I used the satin-back crepe for the ruffle strips.
Rosettes and lace flowers for detail.  The vine was done with bias tape.

The back of the quilt is done with white minky fabric. 
I saved extra pieces of lace and fabric for her to use for other memories
(such as her daughter's own wedding).
This quilt was a challenge but overall I am happy with the final product!

Craft & Tell


  1. It's beautiful!! What a cool idea and it turned out perfect!

  2. Lovely -you must have the patience of a saint.

  3. Wow, I can't even begin to imagine how much time and patiece this took! What a lovely keepsake!

  4. Holly, what a LOVELY idea!!! So sweet and pretty!!! I might have to consider this... or maybe using some of the fabric for a baby's bedding or a pillow. Such a sweet idea!!