When we were planning our wedding, one of the things I wanted were little flags strung above my guests in different patterns, all within the coral or green family. Lucky for me, my mother-in-law is a super seamstress and super quilter who offered to make the flags, as well as napkins for our wedding. She took my dream a step further by saying that after the wedding she'd collect all the pieces and turn them into a wedding quilt for us. A physical piece of our wedding that ourselves, our kids, and maybe even generations to come could snuggle up with.
Before the wedding my mother, my mother-in-law, and I all visited quilting stores looking for the fabric that would make up our wedding flags and napkins. On my wedding day I stepped into the space to see the flags blowing softly in the wind, and everyone's silverware tied with twine around one of our napkins and it was perfect. Just how I'd imagined.
The best part though was yet to come. In July, a year after we were married in my in-laws backyard they came to Chicago for a visit, and with them they brought our wedding quilt. Pieced together from the flags and napkins at our wedding, my mother-in-law created a piece of our wedding that I can now look at and snuggle up with daily.
The unexpected detail that really got me was this image from our wedding that she printed on fabric, and then hand stitched little details into. Can you see the flags behind us? How Adam's tie is outlined in coral thread? My thread earing or the white detail along my dress? I actually gasped when she showed this to me.
Maybe it's silly of me to think this will become a family heirloom, but I hope it does. Someday my kids might curl up with it on the couch as I do now, and maybe their kids someday too, and maybe even when Adam and I are gone from this world, maybe, just maybe someone in our family will ask that this be the item they keep as a memory of their parents/grandparents during a time when they were young and in love.
Dancing in the summer Bend air on a hot July night.