Sunday, January 06, 2008

Wedding Gift Pillow


Just as I was packing to leave for Alaska on Wednesday, I found out that I was just missing a wonderfully spontaneous wedding for a cousin and his long-time love. I had to scurry to think of a quick wedding gift that would still reflect my love for both of these wonderful people and one that I could not only create in a couple of days, but pack in my carry-on luggage.

The delightful couple chose to be married on New Year's Day, in front of the beautiful Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. The entire wedding party had to be able to ski as the wedding required skiing many miles back to the retreating glacier for a ceremony just at the base of its beautiful ice flow cliffs.

Dressed in ski attire, accompanied by family pets, the entire group posed for a few photos that I was luckily e-mailed by a brother. Seeing the three photos, I knew just what I could make...a photo transfer wedding pillow!

Using a simple freezer paper photo transfer technique, I quickly printed the three photos off onto muslin, patched the muslin with some bright prints that echoed the shadings of the glacier and the beautiful Alaskan surroundings and I was happily done!

I simply added a photo-transfer label of my little "quilting journey" angel to the back and lots of "tie-ing the knots" for good luck :)

P.S. Don't feel badly for me that I 'just missed' the wedding. I neither ski...nor swim...well enough to have survived the trip out to the glacier and air-flighting me out afterwards would probably have detracted from the ceremony!

9 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous pillow. I'm sure it will be loved for a long time.

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  2. Perry8:17 PM

    This pillow was a lovely item for you to make and I know they will be tickled pink. I'm with you, forget going to that wedding. I would not have survived the first block on skis, lol. I hope you have a wonderful trip.

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  3. That's awesome, a grand idea for a gift that will be cherished. A wedding ceremony in such a location would definitely impact the guest list!

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  4. Your pillow is beautiful and what a wonderful gift.

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  5. Hi Michele, I gave you a "Makes My Day" award but, lucky for you, you're too busy to deal with it right now. I really hate making list of favorites but since I was tagged by a dear friend-your name had to appear in the list. You always make me smile.

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  6. "lethal combination of fraidy cat and perfectionist" - what an AWESOME phrase!!

    The pillow was a GREAT idea!

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  7. What a gorgeous and personal gift!! Just lovely!!!

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  8. That pillow is a wonderful idea for a gift and I'm sure the happy couple will adore it! Have a safe and fun trip to visit with your parents!

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  9. What a nice gift - and wonderful for you to share how you made it with us!

    : )

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.