Secret Sewing - Wedding Gift Revealed

Back in May, what seems like ages ago, I took a class with Mandy Leins in which you would make an abstract quilt from a photograph. Before I even signed up for the class, I knew what I wanted to make.

This is a photo of Corkscrew, a rollercoaster at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky Ohio. The park holds a special fondness for my husband and me (we got engaged there) but it also happens to be the park where my husband's best friend, Kara worked as a ride operator for Corkscrew back in the late 1990's. Little did she know that more than a decade later, a chance sighting during a Disney marathon would lead to her reconnecting with one of her fellow Corkscrew coworkers, that they would fall in love and get married.

So, what better way to celebrate their marriage than with a quilted wallhanging of the ride where they first met. I wanted to keep it rather abstract, but I'll be honest, I really struggled on how to quilt this, especially the upper section. I had to resist the urge to just straight-line quilt the entire background but I wanted to keep it a bit more minimal. You'll have to forgive some of the wrinkles in the photo below. In truly rushed fashion, I forgot to take some good photos and my husband took this one with his phone in our hotel room before it was pressed one last time and wrapped.

Their wedding was last weekend and had a vintage resort vibe to it, set in a seaside Florida locale, and while there wasn't a rollercoaster anywhere to be seen, there was a beautiful carousel which provided a beautiful backdrop for some photos.

My husband and son were both in the wedding. They are the 2 on the right. I think they clean up well.  The couple loved the quilt and I look forward to seeing it hang in their new home that will be just a few miles from us.

This was my final project that I was able to get done this quarter for the 2016 Finish Along.


  1. what a fantastic quilt and wonderful gift!

  2. What a wonderful story and meaningful gift to give them for their wedding! :)

  3. you came up with the prfect quilt for this couple they must be thrilled with it and how lovely they fell in love after so long apart

  4. Wow! I love how you can still see the corkscrew in it! What a great story and a fabulous memento!

  5. Awesome quilt! Thank you for sharing it and the story behind the quilt!

  6. Wow I love how that quilt turned - it's brilliant and what a great wedding gift!

  7. What a special story and a beautiful quilt! Thank you for participating in the FAL, on behalf of the 2016 global FAL hosts.


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