Last but not least, the hand quilting:
I had two things I wanted to hand quilt. First, their names, and second, a meaningful phrase. (I had originally wanted to quilt their wedding date and two meaningful phrases, but I ended up limiting myself. I had plenty to do already.) I chose a variegated thread that’s in beautiful shades of teals – it matched the border fabric perfectly and because I did a whip stitch it was a thicker line and it didn’t blend in.
I quilted their names and then I quilted a Latin phrase, “Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.” It means “Where there’s charity and love, God is there.” When P and I were in college, we used to sing a song with that phrase at mass. It’s perfect for P and J, who are both very strong in their faith and who met doing service work.
Here’s the finished phrase:
I kind of used a bubble print. I intended a fancier script but it didn’t quite happen.
I made a quilt tag on the back of the quilt with their names, the date they got married, and my name. I mailed it to them, only three months after the wedding, and I am pleased to report that they loved it. By choosing their favorite colors I managed to match their decor without even seeing it. 🙂