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Turkey Tracks: “Blossom,” the wedding quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  May 13, 2013

“Blossom,” the wedding quilt

Daughter-in-law Tamara Kelly Enright and I wanted to make bride Ashley Malphrus (now White) a wedding quilt.  The wedding was April 21, 2013, and it was gorgeous.  The ceremony was held with one of the low country rivers as a backdrop–green lawns, big house, big white tent.  It was lovely.  Ashley and her mother, Allison Malphrus, had thought of so many thoughtful, sweet touches all during the wedding.  I’m always in awe of that kind of thoughtfulness as I’m not good at it.

Last Thanksgiving, Tami and I picked out contemporary, colorful Kaffe Fasset fabrics–and Mainely Quilting shopowner Marge Hallowell cut us a big array of the Kaffe Fasset prints.  With a “layer cake” design, one starts with a 10-inch square (in our case), cuts off four borders, which leaves a central square.   Different borders are put onto different squares, and the result–after using these bright modern prints–is a very contemporary, colorful quilt.

I finished hand sewing the binding just before the wedding and mailed the quilt to Tami.  It’s BIG, and I didn’t want to carry it on the plane.  Tami and I delivered it the Friday before the wedding, as I didn’t want to have it at the wedding tent.  I also wanted to explain that the quilt is an heirloom quilt, to be used and loved, but also to be cherished in the way of being a little careful with it.

Here’s “Blossom”–and it’s not a great picture of it.  But you can see how big it is.

Blossom 1

Here’s some blocks close up.  I quilted it with a bright pink thread, and that is wonderful on both the back and the front.   I used a “Sweet Pea” pantograph, but both sides are busy enough that you don’t really see the pattern.  It will catch Ashley, some day, when the light falls just right on the quilt.  I did the best job ever on the quilting.

Blossom block

Here’s the backing and binding–so you can see how they play with the blocks:

Blossom backing and binding 2

And here’s what “Blossom” might look like folded on the foot of a bed:

Blossom at foot of bed 2

The name “Blossom” describes the quilt, yes, but it’s also meant to wish, for Ashley, that she blossoms with her marriage, that her marriage blossoms, that the blossoming creates fruit, that in turn, blossoms, and on and on and on…

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  1. Love it! Such beautiful colours, reminds me of a warm summers day 🙂


    May 14, 2013 at 8:02 am

  2. What a lucky bride. It looks a lot like mine which i love and it is presently covering my bed.

    Maryann Enright csj

    May 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

  3. Hello Louisa,

    After much internet surfing for Kaffe Fasset, I came across your “Blossom” wedding quilt. It has inspired me to create a similar one as a wedding gift to my daughter & future son-in-law. Unfortunately, the kit is no longer available at the website you provided, but I have found a source (another Grandma) on Etsy where I can purchase a Kaffe Fasset layer cake, 5″ or 6″ squares, FQ and yardage.

    My question to you … would you be willing to share the dimensions on the strips long & short that were cut from the 10″ square? I am assuming 2 1/2″ from each side for the long strip, then 2 1/2″ from each of the short sides … sew into blocks, sew blocks into rows, sew rows into whatever size quilt you desire.

    I will have to find a long arm quilter here in the Toronto area. It will be gorgeous just like yours!

    Thank you so much.


    jill dodds

    February 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    • Jill, thanks for reading my blog! I love that quilt! You know, I don’t remember the size of the blocks I started with as I got them from Marge Hallowell at Mainely Quilting in Nobleboro, Maine. If you call Marge, she will tell you what to do. she is a super, super person. She no longer carries much Fasset… I wish I could be more help… I do think the blocks were mpore like a 10″ square though than the smaller ones… If that helps.


      February 8, 2015 at 3:52 pm

  4. I love your idea and the passion and vision that you sewed into your quilt. I did one many years ago for our bed and as I sewed it I prayed all sorts of blessings over the quilt. It was a huge success. Now I’m nearing 70 and I’m about to embark on our last quilt. I’ve chosen material which depicts the different stages of our married life. My husband rode a blue scooter when I met him. Our three children each had a bunny and a cat and we had dogs as well. All these will be part of the quilt. I love bright, rainbow colours and so that is my colour pallet. It will be a triumph to our life together. Been married for almost 50 years, but have been together for 55 years. Who says quilts are just quilts? Your amazing token of your friendship for that couple is priceless.

    Carol Keyte

    March 4, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    • Such a sweet message you sent. Thanks. Your new quilt sounds…delicious! Enjoy making it. And don’t make it your last.


      March 7, 2021 at 1:18 pm

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