Wedding Gift Picnic Quilt

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a quilt that's blue on one side and black and white on the other with title text overlay reading Wedding Gift Picnic Quilt
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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.
a quilt that's blue on one side and black and white on the other
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.
a blue quilt with words sewn on it: love, trust, grace, joy
The quilted words are:
joy, love, grace, trust, patient, gentleness, hope, kind, peace, faith, mercy, perseverance.
a closeup of the word gentleness sown on a blue quilt
a quilt that's blue on one side and black and white on the other
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.

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  1. Hi Susan – What a thoughtful and creative gift. I know they will cherish it for years to come. Hugs, Holly

  2. I love, love, love it!! The words that you hand stitched are perfect!! I do not sew, so it is amazing how perfect your lettering is for hand stitched. What an awesome gift! She’s going to love it!!

  3. That is such a wonderful and thoughtful gift! Thanks for the great idea! –Kay

  4. Hi Susan,What a wonderful gift. They will love it. Just imagine all those romantic picnics then family picnics. Thanks for sharing.Bye for now, Darlene

  5. I think it’s a fantastic giftYou made it yourself and you did a wonderful job!!They will cherish it 🙂

  6. Oh My Gosh! Your stitching is great! I know your daughter’s teacher will just love this very personal gift! So glad you shared it at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party!

  7. This is really cute! I love picnicking!HelenBlue Eyed Beauty BlogExercise Encouragement GROUP Blog

    1. Thank, Emily. I hand stitched the words. I’m a very reluctant machine sewer, I much prefer hand work.

  8. What a thoughtful idea. I love homemade presents and actually spend yesterday making a wedding gift for a friend.

  9. What a unique and clever wedding gift. Thanks so much for sharing this at Fluster’s Creative Muster. Now that you found the party I hope you’ll be joining us again.Robin @ Fluster Buster

  10. They will cherish it, so beautiful.
    BTW, I have been on and off your blog all evening here in England, I love it xx

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