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One year ago today, J and I were married.

sparklers

sparklers

sparklers

We wanted our wedding to be a comfortable, fun, local, organic, vintage inspired party. To this end, J grew all of our wedding flowers in our community garden plot. Our bouquets and arrangements included zinnias, black eye susans, bells of ireland, snapdragons, and hosta leaves.

Justin with flowers at the garden

hanging jar of flowers

We used my grandparent’s cake topper for our chocolate cake. It was looking a little yellowed on the bottom, so I sewed it a little pleated skirt!

vintage wedding cake topper

We strung up photos from our time together, as well as family photos along the porch for people to look at.

Wedding Photos

Simon served as our ring bearer. He really knows how to steal the show! I also upcycled my wedding dress– it was the same dress my sister wore the year before, but I had it altered to look like a new (and different!) dress.

Playing with Simon at the wedding

Filmstrip quilt backdrop

I designed and made our save the dates and wedding invitations. They included sewn on mini bunting, and I made matching full sized flags to hang on the porch where we held our reception and over the outdoor altar where we held our ceremony.

Self designed save-the-date

Ceremony site

I made quilts for our friends and family in the wedding party, and used this as an excuse to sharpen my quilting skills!

Stack of wedding quilts

Stacked coins quilt

Filmstrip quilt

zigzag quilt

Striped Wedding Quilt

Striped Wedding Quilt

We used one quilt in particular as a backdrop for our outdoor photo booth. I love seeing this quilt in all of these photos! I want to make another like it. I’m also so glad we thought to have a dry erase board and markers available for guests to write us messages in the photos– these turned out to be my favorite of all of our wedding pics!

Filmstrip quilt backdrop

Filmstrip quilt backdrop

I really can’t believe it’s been a whole year! Time flies when you have a good partner. Love you, J! I’m so excited for the rest of our years together.

family portrait

*** Here are links to the posts I’ve previously written about the things we made for our wedding.***
Things we made, reused, and grew:
Save the Dates

Invitations

Vintage Cake Topper

Photobooth

Home Grown Flowers

Handmade Gifts:
* Birdie Sling bags can be found here and here
* Stacked coins quilt
* Filmstrip Quilt (which can also be seen as our photobooth backdrop, here)
* Striped Quilts can be found here, here, and here

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Happy (every) day!

enjoying the sunset on our wedding day

I have mixed feelings about Valentines day– on the one hand, it seems so commercialized, and perhaps encourages people into over-analyzing their relationship status or feeling the need to make a grand gesture towards their significant other. On the other hand, I think any reason to take a moment and appreciate the people– partners, friends, family– in our lives is great. (Plus, I’m really loving the box of chocolates J gave to me earlier today, so I really can’t complain). Tonight we’re planning a really regular evening– taking Simon for a hike, stopping by the grocery store to get some food for the week, cooking a meal together, and watching some TV. For me, it’s the perfect way to celebrate our relationship– by doing our favorite regular things. This valentines day I hope that everyone takes some time to do something that makes them happy, no matter how regular and average it might be.

Filmstrip quilt backdrop

Filmstrip quilt backdrop

Filmstrip quilt backdrop

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vintage wedding cake topper

J and I weren’t originally planning to have a wedding cake– our caterer made a really wonderful fresh blueberry peach crisp and gelato, so we didn’t think we needed a cake, too. But then a few months before the wedding, my mom found my grandparents wedding cake topper in their attic. I’m all about using vintage and reused items, and this cake topper was pretty amazing. The only part that didn’t seem to hold up as well was the bottom part, which appeared to be made of sugar (that was now really, really old brown sugar). In order to spruce the cake topper up without dismantling it at all, we whipped up the little pleated skirt for the bottom of the cake topper. It hid the aged sugar, and gave it a touch of whimsy. I am so happy with how it turned out, and that we were able to incorporate something so meaningful into the wedding.
(Plus, it gave us an excuse to get that chocolate mousse cake, which was delicious!)

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flowers on the kitchen table, being made into arrangements

For our wedding this past summer, J and I decided to grow all of our own wedding flowers. It was a big undertaking, and I know it’s not for everyone, but we decided to take it on because it was in line with what matters to us. We didn’t want to spend a lot of $ on flowers, and we wanted them to be grown locally to reduce the amount of fuel needed to ship them. We also didn’t want flowers that had been covered in pesticides and chemicals, so growing them ourselves seemed like the way to go. J has been getting a plot at the community garden to grow his organic veggies, and this year he got a full plot instead of a half plot so we’d have plenty of room for flower beds. He researched which kinds would look good together in bouquets, and which would thrive in our environment. He chose zinnias, snapdragons, and bells of Ireland. We also tried to grow some dwarf sunflowers, but something else thought they’d be a tasty snack, so they didn’t make it to the wedding.

Here’s a photo of J with our buckets of harvested flowers a few days before the wedding.

Justin with flowers at the garden

We brought them home, and with the help of my mom and sisters, turned them all into bouquets and arrangements for the tables.

bouquets at the wedding

We used shepherds hooks to hang small jars of flowers along the aisle for the ceremony. We were lucky to be able to borrow vintage blue glass canning jars from my sister’s in-laws to hold all of the flowers. It was the perfect blend of local, fresh, and vintage that we were going for.

hanging jar of flowers

Plus, we have had bouquets all summer long– in fact, we harvested the last few flowers this past weekend. It was sad to see the plants go, after all the time and energy we put into them this year, but I know we’ll be able to grow them again, and J is going to try to harvest some of the seeds, so our wedding flowers will be their own sort of heirloom.

family portrait

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Filmstrip quilt backdrop

One of the reasons I wanted to make quilts as gifts for people in our wedding was that I realized these could double as decoration. Our wedding was picnic-themed, and the dancing, games, and general partying happened on a large, covered porch and open lawn area off the reception hall. We hung the quilts all along the porch, and one in particular– the filmstrip quilt (which I first blogged about here) served as the backdrop for our “photobooth.” We had our photographer set up a camera where anyone could get their photo taken, and we set up sparklers and a dry-erase board so people could write a message or have some fun in their pictures. Here are a few of my faves.

Filmstrip quilt backdrop

Filmstrip quilt backdrop

Filmstrip quilt backdrop

Before the wedding I had seen a number of other weddings featuring a setup similar to ours– open camera and an invitation for guests to take photos. There were a few I kept going back to for inspiration, including this, this, and this. For a long time I thought about using a large piece of fabric like many others had, but once I formed my plan to make so many quilts, I knew a quilt backdrop would be perfect.

Filmstrip quilt backdrop

Filmstrip quilt backdrop

And, of course, Simon managed to sneak his way into some pictures.

Filmstrip quilt backdrop

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Striped Wedding Quilt #3

Striped Wedding Quilt

For the last fabric-strip quilt, I wanted to incorporate lots of bold, bright colors. For this quilt, I used some of my favorite prints, including Sandi Henderson’s farmer’s market line.

I backed the quilt in Heather Bailey’s zig zag fabric, which I believe is from the pop garden line. I think this is out of print now, but I picked up a bunch when it was on clearance at the local fabric shop, and I’m so glad I did. I love it as backing for a quilt!

Striped Wedding Quilt

Birdie sling bag and apple stripe quilt

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Striped lemons quilt

The second quilt I made with the strips of fabric method was a bright quilt that features a lemon print fabric. I paired it with pinks and greens that complemented the yellow of the lemons.

Striped Wedding Quilts

I bound the quilt with a light yellow fabric with small white dots.
The back was Heather Bailey’s ditty bud print– I thought this style would be appreciated by the quilt’s recipients.

The back of the lemon striped quilt

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Striped Wedding Quilt #1

Striped Wedding Quilt

As our wedding was approaching this past summer, I decided to make a lap-sized throw quilt for my parents, J’s parents, and J’s grandparents. To keep things simple, I decided to piece the tops by cutting strips the width of each piece of fabric and sewing them together. This was a great time saver, because I didn’t have piece a back. I made three of these quilts total, and this is the first I finished.

Striped rainbow quilt

I used a variety of fabrics, but relied quite a bit on Amy Butler and Heather Bailey.

Striped Wedding Quilt

Striped Wedding Quilt

The back was a Heather Bailey print.

Back of the striped rainbow quilt

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Red + White Mixtape Quilt

Mixtape Quilt

I made this red and white mixtape quilt for our friends who were married this past May. I backed it in a red and tan striped fabric. It was the second large quilt I made, and I stippled it, because I wanted it to have an old-fashioned, wrinkly finish. As this was early in my quilting process, I wasn’t thinking about taking some really good pics of the finished object– instead, I almost forgot to take any pictures at all, and then snapped these at the last minute before wrapping it up and taking it to the wedding.

Mixtape Quilt

I purchased the pattern from Oh Fransson’s website, and I found the pattern to be very thorough and very well written! I loved making this quilt, and I can see myself making more in the future.

Mixtape Quilt

I could definitely see a quilt like this on my bed in the future– I may have to make another.

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Sewn journals

Moleskine journals for Laura and Karen

One of my favorite recent projects was sewing these moleskine journals for my friends Laura and Karen who hosted a bridal shower for me back in June.

Moleskine journals for Laura and Karen

I wanted to make them something small and simple, but with a touch of personalization and hand-craftedness.

Karen's journal

I had always wanted to make the journals I saw in the “Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts” book by Joelle Hoverson, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Laura's journal

These didn’t take long to make, and I’m now thinking about using my scraps from quilting to make more for my etsy store. Keep an eye out for them this fall!

One thing to remember is that if you are sewing through paper or cardstock (as I did on our wedding invitations and save the dates) or journal covers, use a needle that is designated for this job, as it gets dull quickly and won’t work so well on fabric after a project like this.

Laura's journal

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