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Wedding Quilt: Part I

Tiki/Rockabilly Wedding - annumography
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Hubby and I celebrate our wedding anniversary this month.  Maybe it’s the anticipation of this anniversary, or maybe it’s the desire to finally GET ON IT when it comes to all the projects I have unfinished around the house, but I have been working on our wedding quilt lately.

Tiki Table Runner - annumography
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Wait.  Let me back up a sec and start from the beginning.  Most of our wedding was hand-crafted by me.  I made the wedding programs, which doubled as fans for our outdoor wedding. And tripled as flags for the guests to wave after the ceremony.

Is it a wedding program, fan, or flag - it's all the above - annumography
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I made the wedding “flowers”, including my bouquet, the maid-of-honor’s clutch and corsage, the flower girl’s headbands, and the groom’s/best man’s boutonnieres.

Vintage Brooch Bouquet - annumography
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I made the groovy buffet food (with a lot of help from friends/family), the chocolate-covered strawberry truffle groom’s cake, and the cupcake tower for the coconut cupcakes.  By the way, my friend Beth made the cupcakes, and she deserves a huge shout-out.  BEST COCONUT CAKE EVER!

Tiki Wedding Toast - annumography
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I made the ice breaker table game for the guests…okay,  you get it.  I made a lot of stuff for our wedding.  And I loved every minute of it.  Yes, it was a lot to do.  But I had a deadline…and boy, did that help a procrastinator like me.

Ice Breaker - How well do you know the couple - annumography
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Anyway, you can catch another (small) glimpse of the table runners that I made in the background of the shot above.  We rented the typical round tables and white tablecloths for our outdoor wedding reception, but wanted to add some tiki vibe with the centerpieces and table runners.  My inspiration for the table runners was a Better Homes and Gardens table runner made from napkins.  It reminded me so much of a patchwork quilt, that I was inspired to create my own table runner with fabric.  And then make it into our wedding quilt.  Fun, right?

I bought several 1960’s inspired cotton fabrics — some tiki, some rockabilly — and labeled the patterns A-I.  I then used Microsoft Excel (my go-to design tool) to create a pattern using the fabrics for four runners.  I needed a total of eight for the reception tables, so I just repeated the design again.

Table Runner Pattern - annumography

The unit of measure is square inches, and is depicted with the light-blue outlined squares.  Once I doubled the runner patterns above, I could determine the cuts that I needed to make for each fabric.  Using the diagram below as a guide, I got busy with my rotary cutter.

Table Runner Fabric Cuts - annumography

After cutting all the pieces, I first sewed them together in 6-inch square blocks.  I then joined the blocks to make one long runner.  I used iron-on interface to make the runners more sturdy and to help keep the seams pressed down…and intact…during the reception.  My idea, if it works, is to use the adhesive properties of the interface to my advantage.  I plan to machine quilt, and I usually have trouble with my batting and backing shifting.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can just iron the batting directly to the quilt top to help it stay put.

Quilt Tip - Iron-on Fusible Interface - annumography

Not that iron-on interface photographs well.  But it may be the solution to all my quilting problems.  I’ll let you know how it goes in Wedding Quilt: Part II.  Until then, here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come.

Wedding Table Runner Quilt - annumography

Linking to these wonderful blogs:  Homework, The Winthrop Chronicles, and The Vintage Farmhouse.  Check ’em out!

My Take: Coffee Filter Wreath

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With as much time as I spend on bloglovin’ and Pinterest, I know that there are a lot of coffee filter wreaths out there.  I wasn’t sure about hopping on the bandwagon.  But when I rescued a couple hundred coffee filters from a friend who was going to trash them, I decided to make my own.

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I followed the tutorial from The SITS Girls, but I used a willow wreath from Dollar Tree for my form.  Half of my time was spent folding, the other part gluing.  By the way, I used fast-grab glue instead of a glue gun.  Figured my fingers were safer that way.

Once the wreath was finished, it looked a little too “wedding”.  I was giving the wreath as a gift, and I wanted its recipient to be able to switch out the ribbon for all seasons and holidays.  I also wanted to accentuate the texture of the wreath, which was the best part.

Many bloggers dip and/or dye their coffee wreaths.  Me, I didn’t have that kind of time.  Besides, they were already glued onto the wreath.  Instead I watered down some silver paint (2 parts paint to 1 part water) and lightly ran a flat artists brush over the coffee filter edges.  The entire wreath only needed about a teaspoon of paint (including the tiny drops that I flipped onto my face and arms during the process).

132/365 mini wreath with coffee filter flower for Gran on Mother's Day #365project #seekarencraft

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I also made a second gift wreath by painting another willow form and attaching a coffee filter flower.  The flower is sprayed with red glitter paint.  So subtle, you can’t even see it in this shot.  Wink.

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What do you think about the silver tipped filters?  Can’t you just see a Christmas bow on there?  Halloween?  And think of the possibilities for weddings…just add your custom colors and have fun.

Tutorial: Melamine Plate Cupcake Stand

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My husband and I chose to serve cupcakes at our wedding.  The theme of our informal outdoor reception was Peggy Sue Got Married and Threw a Tiki Party, so logistically cupcakes were easier to manage.  And everyone knows that blondes cupcakes have more fun.

The problem, I quickly learned, was to find a cupcake stand large enough to hold all six dozen cupcakes which: 1. wasn’t too expensive; 2. wasn’t too cheap looking; and 3. fit into our theme.  I DIY’ed many projects for our wedding, so I knew that I could come up with a better solution on my own.  (I promise that I will also be sharing future tutorial posts on our vintage brooch wedding flowers and the guest table runners that I crafted.  That’s a peek at my bouquet in the background of the picture above.)

While shopping for wedding supplies at Hobby Lobby, I found these melamine plates.  By a happy accident, the colors and patterns coordinated perfectly with the fabrics I was using to make the guest table runners.  You may be able to see that the fabric of the pompom-edged table square in the shot above matches the top and one of the middle plates in the picture below.

Are these things floating?

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The melamine was relatively lightweight, and I was confident that I could make these varied plates and platters into my dream cupcake stand.  But how to separate the plates?  My husband had elaborate visions of drilling holes into the plates and using some sort of rod or dowel system that he would design.  I hoped for something a little less power-tool-oriented and time-consuming.  Whatever I chose, however, needed to be tall enough to allow room for cupcakes between the tiers, but not too tall.  I’m not great at physics, but I recognized that longer separators may make the entire structure less stable. Something to do with force…or pressure..?  Plus is just wouldn’t look good.

Ever the budget-minded bride, I found these candlesticks at Dollar Tree.  They were the perfect height at 4 inches tall.  But the problem was that the 3 1/4 inch diameter base of the candlesticks hogged too much cupcake space.  The solution?  Turn them upside down.

candlesticks and silicone caulk

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To put the pieces of my cupcake stand together, I relied on my old friend silicone caulk.  I turned each plate over so that the bottom was facing up.  I then measured the center of each plate and marked it.  I next applied a small bead of caulk to the bottom of a candlestick, and I lightly placed it on the face-down plate so that it was centered over the marked spot.  I immediately removed the candlestick leaving a silicone caulk ring outline on the bottom of the plate.  I then applied more caulk to the bottom of the plate, using the ring outline as my guide.  If necessary, I also applied more caulk to the bottom of the candlestick.  Allowing the caulk to ‘cure’ for about 30 seconds, I again placed the bottom of the candlestick on the bottom of the plate using gentle pressure.  I repeated this process for the top five tiers, so that I ended up with five upside-down plates with five upright candlesticks glued to them.  I allowed the glue to dry overnight.

The next day, I started to build units from my individual plates.  I placed the bottom platter right-side up and again measured and marked the center.  I then took the platter that would be the second tier from the bottom and turned it right-side up (the candlestick glued to the bottom stayed put…whew).  I repeated the process of applying the silicone caulk, making the caulk impression on the bottom plate, removing and applying more caulk, and gluing.  To support the top-heavy plate (remember that the candlestick is now upside-down, so that smaller top side is now being glued to a plate), I used a couple of lightweight styrofoam blocks that were about 4 inches tall as supports between tier five and six.  I repeated this process with the the third and fourth tier.  This time I not only used supports between the plates, but I also used additional stryrofoam supports to hold up the fourth tier.  I didn’t trust balancing on the small end of the upside-down candlestick that was glued to the bottom of this plate.  I repeated the steps for the first and second tier, and I again allowed everything to dry for a couple days.

Over the course of a week, I repeated the steps above.  I glued the middle unit (plates 3 & 4) to the bottom unit (plates 5 & 6) and allowed it to dry.  I then glued the top unit (plates 1 & 2) to the middle/bottom structure and allowed it to dry.  Here is how it looked when complete.

Melamine Cupcake Stand

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And here it is again loaded up with the good stuff at the best wedding reception ever. (I may be a little biased.)

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While I wouldn’t pick it up and swing it around over my head, I can tell you that this stand has been strong and sturdy for the three years following our reception.  When not loaded up with sweets or other party foods, I use it as a display in my craft room.  I can pick the whole stand up with one hand and not worry about it falling apart.  I don’t think that Hobby Lobby still carries these particular melamine plates, but I have seen other collections in the store.

Target also has a great selection of seasonal plate collections which would be fun to use.  Wouldn’t the Leaf Collection plates and platters be super cute with these Radical Patter Collection plates?  Or with St. Patrick’s Day and Easter on the way, maybe some of the cute holiday plates?  What would you do?

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