Friday, December 17, 2010

Civil War Bride Quilt Block #3

This quilt is intended to commemorate our 40th wedding anniversary in three years. To that end, I wanted my bride to wear a white dress, as I did in 1973. Boy, did I try to make it pretty, but it fell very, very flat. It seemed that my alter ego from the 19th century wanted a blue calico dress. Brides can be such divas! Facial details are embroidered with thread. Many light-colored pieces are lined to avoid shadowing.

3 comments:

  1. She is so pretty! I thought about a white dress too. Somehow this bride just needs color :0) What a wonderful project to commemorate your 40 year wedding anniversary.

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  2. Hi Mary,

    Love your bride, white would have been nice, but I doubt that a civil war bride wore white when she got married. I hope to make my bride white, but things may change.

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  3. My intention was to replicate details of our 1973 wedding, which for me meant a white dress and orange-pink flowers. The pale green background seemed enough of a foil for a white dress, but alas. I embroidered lines to suggest gathers on the skirt, outlined the dress with gray floss, lined the white with pink for more contrast, even made a gray dress thinking that would read as white, but in the end the white dress was a sea of ugly. The flowers are purple because all of my pinks seemed wrong and, tired of making decisions, I went with a purple batik having squiggles exactly the color of my flowers. I was tickled to find a tiny brown floral print for the bride's hair, a nice compensation for no veil. In the end, the bride is beautiful for her bridegroom, which is all that matters.

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