Hi everyone, we had an exciting event on the weekend. The wedding of my daughter Katie & brand new son-in-law Chad. I thought it would be helpful to share some DIY ideas for weddings with you.
It's not all sewing but DIY and anyone who sews or quilts is probably a DIY'er. I wonder what the statistical probability is of that? Also, read to the end, you just may see some sewing!!
First off, my mother made me a wreath for my front door to make a statement that says "this is the wedding month". It is made from grapevine wreath, lace, ivy, spray roses, a glue gun and other flowers. See the picture below:
We started the wedding week with a bachelorette party. This party ended up with attendance issues because every lady invited to the bachelorette was also invited the following weekend to the wedding and just could not do 2 weekends in a row.
So we improvised and started out the party with the 4 ladies and then invited the guys (on the way back from their camping/bachelor weekend) to join in our festivities. We planned a social paint night. I hired an artist to teach us to paint! Of course we had some great beverages and food as well and what a hoot it was with the guys! See pictures below:
Now on to the wedding.....
Flowers, Hair and Make-up:
Hydrangeas, spray roses, english ivy (from our garden), greenery and limonium (latifolium sea lavender) for the bride.
My beautiful daughters- Katie the Bride and Mallory Maid of Honour, they looked stunning (no bias there). Hair and make-up was done by my sister-in-law, Aileen (a trained hair stylist and aesthetician) and she helped the girls to look so lovely! We were at a retreat centre for a weekend, so very fortunate to have a stylist for the weekend.
The ceremony site:
The ceremony was in a wooded area with an alee of trees making a natural aisle way. It needed some decor but we did not want to take away from it's natural beauty. The before picture (at the rehearsal) is below:
On the aisle of trees we hung canning jars with wire and added baby's breath to them. Keeping it simple but pretty. See below:
The reception site:
The reception was held in an outdoor pavilion on the same property. Some challenges we were considering were night lighting, temperatures, candles and mosquitos (along with other flying critters).
We also placed tiki torches on the property to direct guests to facilities at night and filled them with Citronella oil to repel bugs.
We also had a "Comfort Station" complete with quilts to warm people, bug spray, first aid and sun screen available on picnic tables outside of the pavillion!
My daughter had requested vintage dishes and dishes that are not the same. Quite a tall order! The going rate for vintage plates to rent these days is $6.95 per plate!!! Guess what? If you ask family and friends and troll through vintage and second hand stores for a year, you can collect 180 vintage plates for a lot less, some were borrowed as well! See picture below:
In addition to collecting plates, we collected about 22 sets of vintage salt and pepper shakers and set them on log end on each table (cut by the grooms step-father). Look closely above you will see a log end and a barn and silo salt and pepper shaker and below you will see apples on a log end.
Natural weathered planters and live plants were in the centre of each table and a great spot to place a table marker. The weathered planters were constructed by Katie's grandfather, Katie's sister's boyfriend Mike and Katie's Dad. Weathered with steel wool and vinegar by Mallory (Katie's sister) and yours truly and planted by Katie's dad and Mike. See a close up photo of the planter below:
We used 2 simple ivory Ikea candles per 6 foot table for candle lighting because they would be very basic in style and would not conflict with the rest of the style. You can see these in the table setting above. We also added rented wine and water glasses and white linen table clothes, napkins and wooden chiavari chairs.
The table numbers were wood burned on natural wood pieces cut out by the bride's dad and then wood burnt by the brides sister's boyfriend.
Mike again ! He was such a great help!!
Mike also wood burned directional signs for around the grounds showing guests the way to the ceremony, reception and washroom facilities. See photo below:
Speaking of wood burning, I also dabbled in it for the first time ever! I have new appreciation for how hard it is! IT IS A LOT MORE DIFFICULT THAN IT LOOKS! I worked on the Mr and Mrs signs (ovals purchased at the dollar store) wood burned them and added burlap and lace. See the pic below:
The Kissing Menu: At the last hour (and I'm not exaggerating) Some very good friends of the bride and groom (and our family!) The Sommerville's, decided to make a Kissing menu up and have them framed at each table. Apparently, this menu was also at their wedding in the fall, so now it's a tradition!! The menu had guests perform different activities in order to have the bride and groom kiss. None of the "tinkling of the glasses". My sister and I of course picked the serenade and sung Skinna Marinky Dinky Dink - from Sharon Lois and Bram at a Mic and at the Front of the Pavilion of course! No Shame there!! See the picture of the Kissing Menu below:
Highway and road signage:
We painted up some rough made A frames (Made by the bride's dad) to direct traffic from the main highway and into the lane way to the wedding site. They are not perfect but they were fun to do as a family with white and black paint. See these below:
We used a basic piece of MDF board and painted it with chalk board paint and chalked it up to make a simple bar sign. This was propped on an easel encased in burlap from the father of the bride's work. It was also secured to the easel in case of high winds (outdoor venue challenges!) See photo below:
The bar was made with urethaned barn boards and saw horses and wrapped with burlap. DIY'd by my talented brothers and husband. Sorry no pictures of it. There were too many people lined up at the bar all night blocking photos I guess! Canning jars begged and borrowed from family members were the drinking glassed requested by the bride and groom as this is what they drink out of at home. We also had plastic green ones for the children, placed at their individual place settings.
Wine was made by the groom's mom and step father, we had both white and red available in various ranges of dry and sweetness. See pic below:
The Welcome Table:
This receptacle for wedding cards was a challenge for us as the decorators as Katie and Chad specifically did not want "Bridal Like" decor and wanted more rustic charm to showcase who they are as a couple. Chad used to be a log home builder and still works in timber work. Hence, we came up with the idea of building them a "Hillier Homestead" out of twigs, glue sticks, wood shims, and sphagnum moss to "house" their cards. For my youngest daughter Mallory and I it was a 2 day project, but well worth the effort. Mallory used a box to make the walls for the house and the roof and literally sculpted the shape of a house. We then cut out windows and doors and added plastic for windows and fabric for curtains and stained glass to make this adorable homestead to securely hold the cards. The door was painted orange because it's the grooms favourite colour. There is an opening on the roof where the cards fit in perfectly. See the picture below:
A picture of the bride and groom just after they got engaged was added to the welcome table. See picture of this below:
We also added guest gifts to the gift table. The bride and groom are huge DIY'ers and they brought home made soap all the way from BC wrapped in labels that went with their wedding invitations. They were placed in whicker baskets and added to the welcome table ready for guests to arrive.
Live plants with coleus and potato vine flanked either side of the welcome table. Katie requested natural plants for decor and her Landscape Architect dad was happy to provide! See below:
Add some floral elements to the welcome table and it's completely DIY'ed.
The Memory Montage:
A lot of weddings these days have photographic displays with video technology. We unfortunately could not do this because of the outdoor location. Therefore we DIY'ed a photo display with old picture frames, painted and distressed. We hung jute lines and used tiny clothes pegs to hang memory photos of the bride and groom and added a very long and wide piece of lace behind the display to protect it from the elements and create a vintage look. See the photos below:
A picnic table was taken over by the coordinator of the Kids Zone (the grooms step mom) along with some very helpful friends (The Delnet Family), it was covered with butcher paper. Crayon packs were available along with pipe cleaners and a "wedding activity" book complete with colouring pages, word searches, a maze, note area, decorate a cake and tic tac toe. The kids Zone also had a soft Frizbee for the kids to play with outside of the pavilion area, but near this picnic table!
The cake was made in my home ( I am a Wilton Certified Cake Decorator). My daughter did not want a "decorator's cake" and I had to consider the weather. I made a messy iced triple tiered cake made of vanilla sponge filled with a fresh raspberry coulee and stabilized whipped cream icing. I had a custom wood topper made to repeat the words carved into her ring box by her husband (to the moon and back) and added baby's breath for decor to keep it looking natural. The groom cut me a beautiful log piece that completely encompassed the table it stood on. (I think I will DIY that later!) See the photo below:
Treats for the kids:
Mallory and I made fresh canning jar sugar cookies for the kids (all 28 of them+) cellophane wrapped them and placed them in a basket to give to the kids once they were seated. We also provided juice packs at the bar and skittles! See the photo below:
Treats for all at the late night table:
Many, many family members made homemade cookies and squares including: Mom of the groom (famous Chocolate Chip ), step mom of the groom (Famous Cinnamon pinwheels), aunt of the bride (Famous Ginger Snaps) (Alison), step grandma of the groom (famous date squares), aunt of the bride (famous peanut butter marshmallow squares) (Rosemary), friend of the family (Katrina L) (famous peanut butter balls and chocolate covered oreos) and yours truly (famous sugar cookies and gluten free desserts). We ended up with a variety of goodies!!
Such wonderful home made baked goods. Some of the treats were the bride's favourites and some were the groom's favourites. We also added to the late night table by supplementing it with Vincenzo's (from Waterloo, Ontario) Antipasto platters (a personal favourite of the bride). I never had a chance to get a picture of this table! It was enjoyed by many !!
Speeches and a Presentation of a Gift:
Our Nephew and MC extraordinaire, Derek, kept the flow of the speeches going, shared personal, funny stories about the bride and groom, made announcements and kept the evening on point and it was awesome!
......and finally when it was time for speeches, my husband graciously thanked my daughter Mallory and myself for all the work we had put into the wedding and shared his sentiments about marriage and the bride and groom.
It was then time for the mother of the bride (yours truly) to speak, she had 2 cute stories about the groom and stated she would get too emotional to talk about the bride but that she had a quilt to present and read the label on the quilt out loud. See this label below:
See the picture of the quilt below:
Yes it took time for all these DIY's and yes lots of effort, but I would not have changed a thing. Anything worth it in life is worth doing right! We have new appreciation for the role of the decorator!
However, while respecting the custom look this bride and groom requested and budgetary constraints, we were determined to give this Bride and Groom the best and nothing less.
Post Wedding Day Breakfast: for this I need to credit the Porritt Family with special thanks to my parents Stan & Linda for cooking up the pea male bacon and pancakes and for the rest of my siblings and in laws for setting up and taking down, greeting guests at the stone retreat house. The Porritt family were especially wonderful for a lot of the physical set up and take down of all of the wedding venue and for that I will be eternally grateful! I'm sure I will be called upon for future weddings and I welcome them to keep me in mind to DIY at their own family weddings!
Thank you for having the patience to read this blog post, hopefully it inspires you to do DIY with your wedding plans or the plans of others. Feel free to share these ideas and it would be my hope that your wedding will be as memorable as my daughter and brand new son in law's was!
To all of you- friends and family who attended and assisted in any way to DIY, set up, take down and make Katie and Chad's day memorable, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! You contributed in starting of Katie and Chad's life together in the most positive and loving of ways! They certainly felt the love!!
Riverstone Retreat Centre, Durham, Ontario www.riverstoneretreat.com
Awesome Food by: Carolyn Helder
Great Rentals (linens, glass wear, tables, chairs):
Four Season's Party Rentals, Markdale
A DJ who kept the party hopping!:
Brent From Spin Doctor, Kitchener
Katie's Bridal Gown:
Happiness is home made ❤️❤️
All the best to Katie and Chad as they enter married life and embark on an exciting adventure together❤️❤️
Along with the excitement of a wedding in the family, I am happy to say that the Canadiana Quilt that my husband and I designed is in the 150th Edition (Summer 2017) Edition of Quilters' Connection Magazine! This pattern is now exclusively available in the magazine!!
If you are looking to make any Canada Day projects, I encourage you to get your copy at your local quilt shop or purchase it direct from Quilter's Connection Magazine here . To find a store near you, there is also a store locator on the website at quiltersconnection.ca
The magazine (Issue#32) is like the image below:
More pictures of my pattern below:
Look closely at page 7 on "Scrap Bag" someone (M Furnell of BC, Canada) also made my Summer 2016 Quilt "Hot Summer Fun". See the modified version of my pattern (picture upper left).
I promise, I will eventually get this pattern on my website!
Special Thanks to Quilter's Connection Magazine for believing in my work and for continuing to write a magazine to connect Canadian Quilters!!
In the meantime, Happy Saturday and Happy Reading and I must get back to my wedding prep responsibilities. My eldest daughter's wedding is 2 weeks today Yikes!
Hi to all of our followers, you will notice that I have not been posting as frequently because my daughter (Katie) gets married in less than a month and it's a "weekend away wedding" at a retreat centre. As a result, everything must be brought in which means rentals (tables, chairs, linen, catering etc.) along with decor.
This is precisely what I have been busy with! Along with a pinched nerve in my neck, my quilting has had to take a holiday to heal and with lots of help to get ready for the wedding from family and friends. Hallelujah!!
My daughter recently shared her engagement story on her blog/website here
My son-in-law to be (Chad) went to great lengths to propose and it was a very romantic, DIY rustic, thoughtful, outdoorsy proposal. Exactly like this couple!
The wedding of course will be outdoorsy and rustic. Keep in mind we are doing this while the couple getting married lives in another province!
My youngest daughter (Mallory) and I are attempting to execute some outdoorsy, DIY decor elements. I have to say I could not do it without her, she is so good at DIY and a talented artist!
I will be sharing these DIY's & subtle sewing/quilting elements directly after the wedding on this blog.
I cannot spoil the surprise by posting it before! We are having lots of fun!
For now just a little glimpse into the engagement sight below, you can click on the picture and it will take you to the full story on the couple's website:
Happy Monday everyone!
I hope you are enjoying this lovely weather!☀️
I recently attended a sewing and quilting event and saw the below amazing IRON ON Transfer Pens being demonstrated and decided I "NEED" them!
LOL, yes I definitely can use them.
Wow I am so excited about what I can do with them. Check out a picture of them below:
The above are pens I purchased, yes in all different packages because I wanted all of the colours the store had and therefore I had to settle for new and old packaging but they are by Sulky. (All are working great even older packaging).
Now you are wondering .... What to do with these??
I will show you below how they work first and in future posts, what I will be doing with them.
1. Draw out a black line design. There is a free PDF download of a maple leaf in the Shop/ Free PDF Patterns section of this website here. This is the design I am using first. You could use any design or stencil you already have as well. I have a project planned for the maple leaf so this is why I am using it. See below traced out black line design:
2. Cut out a piece of fabric you would like to transfer your design to. I am just going to use a piece of white fabric because I will later insert it into a project. See below:
3. Shake up your pen and draw over your black line design with a sulky iron-on transfer pen ( I used red for the first maple leaf).
4. Heat set your fabric with an iron. Simply iron over it to warm it up to prepare it to take the ink.
5. Press your image ink side down to right side of your fabric and press. Do not slide your image or iron, press in all areas of the design with a cotton heat setting (if using cotton). Works best with cotton and cotton/poly fabrics per instructions on package
6. Check it out below! The ink is vivid and red and lovely, I am really impressed.
7. So I pressed 2 more with the same inked image (inked only once!). The instructions states you can use the inked image 3-4 times.
8. I decided to use the pens as a marking tool only with this project. See how I satin stitched these leafs below:
Another wee project idea... use your quilting/scrap booking/craft stencils, ink the design directly onto paper (no black line drawing needed as the stencil is your guide) and then transfer to fabric. See below photos where I am using the ink purposely to make it be the design element. Its easy as 1, 2, 3
There are many possibilities with both of the leaf and blossom image, I could use them as quilt blocks, embellish something with them ... a pocket, a bag front, pillows, make quilt labels, home dec etc. The sky is the limit!
The important thing is these Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pens allow you to transfer images with ease and no printer required unless you want to search for images on line and use them. They are awesome!
Check back over the next few weeks to see what I do with the above images.
I hope I have inspired you today in some way!
Happy Tuesday ☀️Hoping for sun!
As promised I completed the pattern for my "Modern Ombré Quilt".
I just loved making this queen sized bed quilt (or modern wall hanging)
It is easy to construct and it's a great way to examine what colours and shades you have in your stash or your 5 favourite colours!
Another reuse project for me this year. I am bent on using up my stash while still making nice things!
To make mine, all the strips came from my stash except 2 in the pink to red section. I clearly love colour and I think this quilt is so bright and happy it was not only a pleasure to design and construct, but I also enjoyed the simplicity of the quilting.
Check out this my pattern below, available as a PDF download here for only $5.00 Cdn or we are happy to ship it to you for $12.00 Cdn as well if you are interested in a journey to explore colours with ombré placement.
All of the math is done for you, the pattern contains clear and concise directions, a coloured layout diagram and quilting suggestions.
Check out our shop page we accept most payment methods and ship anywhere in the US and Canada. Other countries, please contact us for shipping rates so that we may ship to you as well.
Happy Tuesday! Happy Spring🌷☀️
I was able to complete my Ombre Quilt just before Easter and put it on the bed in my spare room. I am pleased with the way it turned out and planning on making it into a pattern as it is my own custom design. See photos of the completed quilt below:
I'm continuing to find unique ways to use up my stash.
Stay tuned for a pattern release soon complete with colour your own pages!
Happy Tuesday and Happy Spring!🌷
I posted this to inspire. My sister is a beginner at quilting, heading rapidly towards experienced ! I love her colour sense. Isn't it pretty?. Also, check out the cool free motion quilting!
This wall hanging is on a wall in her home. She loves turquoise so this is evident but she also added pops of brights and neutrals and the composition is awesome!
Thanks for sharing Alison!
First of all to my blog followers, I apologize! I have been so busy with events (trunk shows), samples and teaching that my blog has been hit by a writers block!
The block consisted of time spent elsewhere (not literal writers block).
I thought today, I would show you a shameless photo montage of what I have been up to so that you understand my predicament an inability to post!!!
Recently, I have pieced and custom quilted one large quilt (photo not available sorry :( Top Secret!). I also custom quilted another, see a picture of one of the custom quilted second quilt below (Carpenters Star) lovingly pieced by my customer Teresa:
Also, I designed, pieced and quilted 2 baby quilts and wrote up the pattern "Featuring Baby". The pattern is available here. See pics below:
I just completed custom quilting a "Featuring Baby Quilt" completed by a good friend of mine Joan. She did a fantastic job of selecting fabrics and sewing up the quilt top. See a photo of the quilt she completed below:
I showed my quilts in a Trunk Show at The Waterloo County Quilters Guild March 15th
I was also recently involved in testing Westalee Rulers for Hummingbird Sewing in Barrie and spent some time understanding and working with them. I made a sampler quilt with the rulers and combined my own free motion designs. This culminated in a Trunk Show of all my work, a "Free Motion Quilting Extravaganza" and demo of the Westalee Rulers. The staff and customers there are fantastic and an enthusiastic quilting community!
These rulers are great tools for domestic machine quilters! Available now at Hummingird Sewing in Barrie, Ontario. Pop into the store and you will see my Westalee sampler quilt. See Photos of the event below:
I also just recently (last week) completed a new teaching sample for my free motion class. It is a table runner with different free motion quilting designs in each block. It is currently on display at Hummingbird Sewing.
See the photos of the front and back of the runner below:
Need a teacher to teach free motion quilting for your group or event? Feel free to contact me here
Recent stitching group day in my loft studio!
We attempted to make woven fabric baskets! See photos below:
My project will have to be posted at a later date once it is done - It is a WIP, Work in Progress!
And.... in addition to the 10 hot pads I made for a ladies group I belong to - see below:
I had to make 6 more!!! See below:
Download the free maple leaf appliqué only pattern here
Oh yah, I almost forgot, I also polished up one of my patterns this month to be published soon in a magazine......!!!
Exciting news for me and you will have to check back often to see what this is all about!!
March is almost done and let me tell you it was an ambitious, crazy, fast paced, hard working March for sure!
Don't get me wrong, I love what I do but..... now that I have all this work out of the way, I hope to post more info on my blog and explore some new projects.
Stay tuned and enjoy your spring days! 😊🌱
Have a look at these green(ish) quilts to make for St Patricks Day!
All from www.craftsy.com/blog
Click on the picture below to see more beautiful quilts.
Now that our snow storm is over and the sun is shining on you, may the luck of the Irish be with you always!
Happy St Patricks' Day!
Today I want to touch on the subject of Ombre placement of fabric.
I was inspired by a recent social painting class. I am no Picasso but it got me thinking about making an Ombre quilt and/or quilted project. I am thinking of this as yet another stash busting project. See my painting below:
Part of the exercise in painting the above painting was shading the sky and the foreground from light to dark. The painting is very amateur but I enjoyed the process and it got me thinking about Ombre quilts. Ha! I am always thinking about quilting. I am betting you can relate?
Ombre apparently means shaded or shadow in French. In quilting and interior design, it is the art of shading with a graduated colour scheme from light to dark. There are some wonderful blog posts on the internet showing how you can paint an Ombre room and if you think about it every paint store has a visual of how to gradate colours with paint chips. See image below to see what I am talking about:
Check out this DIY post about "How to Paint an Ombre Accent Wall" from www.crafthubs.com
I started my project by laying out and "auditioning" some of my fabric stash below.
I rejected some and shuffled some and ended up with 12 -2 1/2" strips x width of fabric.
A most useful tool I used to shade my fabric is the 3- in -1 Colour Tool from Joen Wolfrom. It is useful because it has 24 colour cards with numbered swatches, 5 colour plans for each colour, 2 value finders in red and green. It shows the colour wheel and gives you important tips on utilizing colour. It comes in a very nice plastic case for portability so you can take it to your quilting classes.
The red and green value finders are key to seeing ombre!
I recommend that you look at your fabrics through the red or green tools above to see the shades of the fabric from light to dark. This tool works amazingly! You can purchase it below:
Today I made the below Ombre strip sets with the amazing Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool.
Why red and green? Red does not work on red fabrics and green does not work on green fabrics, thus, you need both colors. Overlap the tools and look through both of them to view your fabrics. This allows you to look at any color or any textured fabric and determine it's value.
I could not have arranged my fabric without it!
Are you curious to see what I will do with the strip sets above? Check back with us on Tuesdays over the next few weeks to see what I do with these strip sets and more. I am planning on some "modern" projects!
Also, in the meantime.... get your fabric out and lay it out in an ombre fashion and start stash busting!
Have a great Tuesday!❤️
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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