I put N and A’s quilt together in my apartment, instead of at my parents’ house, but since the quilt is on the small side I managed alright.
I used a large purple print for the back:
The piecing for this quilt is relatively simple, so I decided to do some more involved quilting. I did everything by hand.
I started by quilting N and A’s names in blue on the pink strip. Here’s a sample of the script:
That was the easy part. I did the rest of the quilting in Hebrew. I don’t know Hebrew, so I had to get help. N and A had put their Hebrew names on the wedding invitation and I confirmed with N’s father that I had the names correct before I started to quilt them. I quilted their names in pink on the yellow row.
I wanted to add something nice, besides their names. My friend A also speaks Hebrew and she told me that there’s a Hebrew phrase associated with weddings: Ani l’dodi v’dodi li. It means “I am for my beloved and my beloved is mine.” (The phrase highlights the similarities between Arabic and Hebrew, except the word dod doesn’t exist in Arabic.) People get it engraved on wedding rings and the like. I have coworkers who also speak Hebrew and one of them helped me make sure I had spelled everything correctly. I quilted the Hebrew phrase on the blue row with yellow thread.
I made a mistake with my dels (in dodi) and quilted them like raas, a mistake my coworker caught in time for me to fix them. (I don’t know the names of the Hebrew letters, so I use the Arabic names for the corresponding letters. I’m sure they’re very similar.)
Here’s the completed quilt:
On the back I made a quilt tag with their names, the wedding date, and my name.
I gave them the quilt in the beginning of June. As always, I think it’s beautiful, and they liked it, too. (No one has ever looked at a present I made for them and not thanked me – who complains about a handmade present?)
My posts have been delayed in part because I moved in the interim, but I was pretty far ahead with posts from the last quilt, anyway. I had planned to switch to a post every week instead of twice a month, but that may have to wait until the fall. It’ll depend on how much time I have to quilt in August.