Of course, in this case, I did have plenty of notice of the wedding and thus enough time to make a special quilt just for Julia and Dre. However, whereas I have known Julia since she was about 3, I actually only met Dre after the two got engaged. Julia lives in New York City now and it is there she met Dre. It is there they have made their life together and I didn't know very much at all about that life; what they had in common or what Dre was like. I knew that his family was from Colombia, that he was born there but had lived in this country since he was a small boy. So like me, Dre is an emigrant. I liked that. And, of course, I liked that Julia loved him and he loved her. Now that I actually know Dre, I have learned that he is a very nice man indeed, very kind, funny, smart and sweet. And not only is he good for Julia, we are all very lucky to have him in the family!
I had already made a quilt for Julia when she graduated from college which focused somewhat on her acting interests, and since Dre is not an actor, it didn't make sense to repeat that theme. So I finally decided just to use what I thought was some beautiful fabric and not do a theme at all! In 2007, while I still lived in Atlanta, my BFF, Michelle, and I took a great trip to the quilt show in Paducah, KY, and I purchased a bunch of "Australian fabrics" with aboriginal theme prints. If I am not mistaken, these fabrics were new at the time and I had taken a fancy to them. Then, when I left Atlanta a year later, at a going away party, my friend Sue May, gave me a bunch of fat quarters of the same type of prints, so I actually had quite a collection of these fabrics which had waited for an opportunity to be used.
They seemed just right and I only had to purchase a couple of additional fat quarters to finish the top, which I hand-pieced. I used a simple but nice pattern called "Box Step" designed by Daniela Stout and distributed by Cozy Quilt Designs which I had bought at some other occasion.
I also owe Regina credit for helping me come up with the name of the quilt. I really like the dual meaning of it! I usually print my labels on my ink jet printer and that generally works very well for me. But in this case, there was an unusual amount of text and I didn't seem to be able to make it all fit and look right. So I asked my friend, and fellow quilter, Bev Sullivan, who with her husband owns a retail store which, among other things offers custom embroidery on the items they sell, if she could make the label for me - just this once, since it was a special quilt. And she did. So the label on this quilt, is especially nice having been embroidered in nice green thread to match the green in the print on the back of the quilt. I wish I could make all my labels this nice! But alas, I don't have an embroidery machine and cannot pay Bev to do this every time I make a quilt. So it's back to the inkjet printer!