Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Our Wedding Quilt

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
One year ago today, Lawrence and I were married under our wedding quilt, our huppah. Thank YOU to the 200+ quilters, family & friends that contributed blocks to help us create it.

This is the center of our huppah. You created the blocks that surrounded us, and Lawrence and I created the center with some help from my mom. 
Photo by Donna Von Bruening
Photo by Donna Von Bruening



Photo by Donna Von Bruening
The label for the quilt is a block I embroidered with our given American-English names and our Hebrew names with our wedding date.
Lawrence & I wanted to make sure that all of our guests knew the story behind our huppah. We had Taryn of Twinkle & Toast design this 2' x 4' sign that told the story and thanked each of you that created a block. (Scroll below to read the text on the sign.) 
Photo by Donna Von Bruening
The sign reads: The Story of our Huppah. In March 2014, the call was put out to quilters around the world for 222 unique triangle blocks to construct the Huppah Julie and Lawrence would be married under, and the response was impressive. Julie and Lawrence would like to thank all of the family, friends and quilters who lovingly contributed their support to make this a truly one of a kind quilt and family heirloom. 

The first names of everyone who contributed a block to the quilt are listed. One year, 222 blocks, 24 fabrics & 5 countries.

I knew all along that I wanted to give Angela Walters some big open space to work her magic and she did not disappoint!!

The center Jewish star has two triangles "woven" together. One to represent each of us. The outer Jewish star has 6 sections of blue and green to represent our immediate families: my mom, dad and brother + Lawrence's mom, dad and sister. They will surround & support us with their love now and forever. 

After we put the word out to quilters to ask for the 222 blocks, I received way more than 222! So any of the blocks that I could not include in the quilt, my bridesmaids used as bunting to decorate my bridal shower.


In January 2016, I took the quilt to the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild meeting. It was only the second time the finished quilt had ever left our house!


I could not have made this without you, my quilting community, so thank you from the bottom of my heart. 


© Blog post written by Julie Herman
For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

22 comments:

Susan Lindquist said...

So incredibly beautiful! Oh, the connections we make in this Internet world of piecing and quilting!

Sandy said...

So many heart Warming memories as you were married under this magnificent creation of art! Happy 1st Anniversary Julie & Lawrence!

Елена 1000рукоделок said...

That's amasing! Congratulations!

mascanlon said...

Such a wonderful day, blessed to have been part of the celebration. And it's so fun to see the centerpiece up close again! Love to you both on your anniversary.

Honor of St Anne said...

The way this quilt was used and how it was created is why I love quilting. A Happy Marriage to you!

Ruth Cole said...

Wishing you a very happy anniversary. Your huppah will become your family heirloom. Treasure it always.

Sharon - IN said...

Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful story and memories.

Paige said...

Happy Anniversary! What a treasure!

Cathy Perlmutter said...

What a stunning chuppah! And I love the chair decorations, too! I'm sharing with members of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework (pomegranateguild.org) - Thanks for the inspiration!

joycita said...

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing photos of your Huppah. What a treasure to hand down to your children and grandchildren. I loved being a small (3 block) part of it. Joyce

Lynne Shandley said...

Happy anniversary :-)
Amazing chuppah/quilt!

Lara B. said...

Julie this is so awe inspiring! What a testament of love!
Happy Anniversary!

Teresa Silva said...

I'm so happy to have been a part of this stunning quilt! It's amazing how you made all of feel like we were a part of your journey with Lawrence! So happy for both of you.

Lex said...

Happy Anniversary! It's a lovely quilt

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

A beautiful and very meaningful quilt Julie! Happy anniversary to both you and Lawrence!

Teatime Creations said...

What an absolutely wonderful story and such a special quilt. Happy Anniversary

Auntie Pami said...

Congratulations. It was fun to be a part of a wonderful heirloom.

Stacey Smith said...

Yours is a beautiful story and the quilt is gorgeous!

Catherine Iwanicki said...

Wow your Huppah and your story and your quilts are beautiful. I am new to quilting and you are an inspiration

Maria - Pink Pony Design said...

Happy Anniversairy!! =D

What an amazing quilt, story and idea to begin with, it's simply fantastic! <3 Loved reading this!

artsycraftsyivy said...

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful story! :)

Kate said...

Beautiful quilt, beautiful story- congratulations!