One of the teachers ,C., from my daughter’s hula halau (school) is getting married this month. The halau is throwing a surprise wedding shower for C. I wanted to make something personalized for C. as a gift, but I really didn’t have much time with the kids out of school and the impending move coming up.
I’ve made a picnic quilt for another friend and it was a hit, so I thought I’d make one for C.’s gift.
I found a pretty black and white floral fabric. But since I don’t know C.’s fiance and how he’d feel about such a bold floral pattern, I decided to use a simple denim on the flip side.
I simply sewed the edges all around with right sides of the fabric together, leaving a 5 inch opening so I could turn it right side out. I hand sewed the opening shut and then sewed a band around the edges to add a finished border.
To personalize the quilt I hand-stitched traits that are necessary for a successful marriage. I chose traits from 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 and Galatians 5: 22-23, with “aloha” (love in Hawaiian) centered in the middle of the quilt.
The quilted words are:
joy, love, grace, trust, patient, gentleness, hope, kind, peace, faith, mercy, perseverance.
The photos don’t really do the quilt justice. I’m pleased with the actual quilt and hope that C. and her husband have many happy picnics with it over many, many years to come.