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  • The Double Wedding Ring Quilt


    Meg + Johnny met while working at a preschool in Philadelphia, fell in love, and got married! It's only appropriate then that their backyard wedding was the most kid friendly wedding I have ever been to, ever. It was an extravagant feast of homemade food (mostly the brides loving labor) and fellowship among friends and family alike. Their ceremony was Quaker style, meaning without a lot of fanfare. Often referred to as the silent ceremony, Quaker weddings differ from the traditional ceremony in four significant ways: there is no officiant; no giving away of the bride; a wedding certificate is signed; and there is a long period of silent, open worship after which those attending may speak on the couple's behalf. I'm glad I got the nerve to stand up and share my blessing with them, I would have regret my silence. 

    A highlight to the wedding for me was seeing the double wedding ring quilt made by "mommy" of the bride, as a gift that they will cherish for a lifetime and beyond. The connected rings can symbolize love, marriage and togetherness. It requires a lot of time and skill to complete and is traditionally made using scrap fabrics from feed-sacks. It originally became popular in the 1920-1930's but remains a favorite pattern still today. The commemorative quilt hung behind the bride and groom, and other vintage quilts from the families personal collection were sprinkled throughout the backyard. The flowers and quilts reflected the joy and happiness shared amongst loved ones. 

    The adorable "children's book invite" by Bird and Banner.

    "Moonstone posse-up!" The Moonstone folks posing for a picture, I cherish my days spent working alongside such creative souls (that's me in the red dress).

    I gifted some of my special fabrics: The rosy pink was dyed with onion skins and yellow was dyed with osage orange wood. The fabric was used on the backside of the quilt to commemorate the day. 


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    • favorite aunt nancy says...

      Meg wore her grandmother’s wedding gown from 1942!
      It looked as wonderful on her as it did 70 years ago and added a special air of family sentiment to this special occassion. It was a perfect day for a perfect couple. Welcome to the family Johnny. We love you.

      On October 19, 2012

    • claire says...

      oh! what a wonderful thing to receive on your wedding day. it’s gorgeous. looks like it was a great day.

      On October 19, 2012

    • Meg's Mommy says...

      Oh Maura! What a quintessential tribute to the day! Your warmth and joy expressed so succinctly!

      With much gratitude….xxxooo

      On October 16, 2012

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