A New Wedding Dress Memory Quilt Idea
This was a very special project:
4 pillow shams created by combining the materials from 2 wedding dresses!
These bridal gowns belonged to life-long best friends.
My client commissioned 2 sets of 2 pillow shams—1 for herself and 1 for her dear friend in honor of their upcoming 60th birthdays. Isn’t that an incredible gift? Each set has the front of 1 dress and the back of the other, plus some extras. The dresses each had a different look but were in a similar creamy-white shade.
Both dresses had pretty necklines and buttons up the back, which made lovely focal points for the shams. One dress had long, sheer sleeves so I included one of the sleeves on one of the pillow covers. That dress also had lots of embroidered flowers on a sheer material, so I used those flowers as accents on all the shams. I managed to cut the 4 sham fronts from 1 of the dress skirt linings, so they’re all the same background.
Bridal bouquets included
The bridal bouquets were included in the box, with the instruction that I was to use any bits I might have a use for. I took apart the silk flowers, removing the plastic bits, and stitched flowers and ribbons to the shams. Each woman will have bits of her bouquet, and that of her friend, on the front of her memory sham.
Accents and decoration
The woman who commissioned these had sent her mother’s wedding veil crown and a bit of decoration from her mother’s wedding dress to be included in her shams. I think they add such a lovely touch and sense of love. Each pillow has parts of 2 hankies the women used in their weddings. One of their mothers crocheted the lace for both of those handkerchiefs.
The flounce/ruffles from the bottom edges of the 2 dresses made pretty trim for all 4…..with only a few inches to spare!
The accent color for one of the weddings was pink, and the other.was royal blue
My customer asked if I could incorporate those colors in my design somehow. We talked about a piping for the pillows. As I worked on the designs, I decided the flounce ruffles would be enough accent for the fronts of the pillows and decided to use those extra colors on the back. I found a bright paisley satin print that included the royal blue and pink in its color scheme. I’m of a similar age as my customer and the current popularity of paisleys brings back lots of memories for me of the 70’s, so I thought she would appreciate that design–and she did! Besides, I got a pretty good sense of this lady as being a lot of fun and a bright personality and this fabric seems to reflect that as well.