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{weekend wedding}

This weekend was the big event of the summer for us. My sister’s wedding!

Can I just say that it was amazing and that yet again, my “baby “sister astonished me with her graciousness, maturity and humbleness? Well, she did. Even when faced with things like the bakery forgetting to make the groom’s cake – it was on a separate order sheet, you see. Or opening the refrigerator doors at the church where all the flowers had been stored overnight to find that most of them had died. Apparently, hydrangeas are not supposed to be put in the refrigerator. oops. The florist forgot to mention that. All she said was, “I’m still getting married in 2 hours!” With a huge grin on her face. A beautiful testimony to all those who were there!

We spent the week trying to get all decked out in suits, ties, grey shirts, black pants and black shoes. After about 1500 trips to Penny’s I finally made the boys go with me to try the stuff on in the store. Have I ever mentioned that my guys hate shopping?

For part of their wedding gift, Phoebe and I made a picnic blanket and tote bag. We were inspired these half square triangles and I thought it would be a good way for Phoebe to learn how to make them. So, Phoebe peiced together the top and then I put it together. I used the stacking and flipping method. I layered the batting, then the backing on top right side up and then the top right side down. I sewed a quarter inch seam all around, leaving about 6 inches open on one end. Then I clipped the corners and flipped the blanket right side out. I topstitched around the edges twice, once 1/8″ from the edge and then 1/2″ from the edge. To finish it, we tied it with thin crochet yarn. Benjamin helped make the tote bag when we made totes during the Summer Sewing School.

We didn’t get them the book Love and Respect as is our standard wedding gift because another friend told me she was giving it to them.

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Tuesday 16th of August 2011

Thanks, Rachel. We had a great time making it. We hope it gets used alot!

Rachel E.

Monday 15th of August 2011

The picnic quilt is beautiful. Your children did a wonderful job putting together this gift. It makes it extra special.