Monday, June 14, 2010

Oliver's Garden - Happy Anniversary

Last year my dear friend Dione turned 40, graduated USC and...married Garrett Oliver.  We celebrated their wedding in South Dakota on her Dad's farm where she grew up.  It was truly a blessed day.  Yesterday they celebrated their one year anniversary at the Jazz Festival in LA.  The happy couple will be hiking the swiss alps this summer.  Happy Anniversary Garrett and Dione! 

Their wedding quilt, shown above, I designed in Autodesk Inventor which is a software that I teach.  In this program, typically used for manufacturing engineers, I could adjust my design, get true dimensions and past bitmaps of the fabric on it, so I could see the results.  In engineering we call it virtual prototyping.  I printed a  1/8" wedge of the pattern on large format paper, then added a litte bit of detail by hand to make it feel a little more natural.  The borders are a 9" mirror and repeat and then 1 corner.  Quilt dimensions are 109" x 109". 

The whole quilt was reversed appliqued, except for the cross hatch which was appliqued bias strips.  My mom took 3 of the borders to applique on her vacation around the country (3 mos).  Then I hand quilted the whole thing in an echo.  All told it took about 1 1/2 years.  I'm glad they had a long engagement, hehehe.

I am so happy with the way this came out and I put wedding prayers and blessings in every stitch.  Thanks Mom for your help! 

Happy Anniversary Garrett and Dione Oliver! 


  1. That is a beautiful quilt! They are so lucky!!

  2. We are definitely blessed with this gift from my Matron of Honor, Nicole. It is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever had the honor to see and now own. Thank you, Nicole and Jane, for pouring love into the Oliver Garden! We love you and thank you for sharing in our amazing celebration. xoxo

  3. Aww, sniff was our pleasure, really. Happy Anniversary!


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