Monday, August 29, 2011

Wedding Quilt - He's Still the One!

Today is our anniversary.  When Shania Twain released her CD Still the One, Gary bought it for me for our anniversary.  It's still true.

We were told when we got our marriage license that it was one of the last of the pretty ones being issued.  I think it is pretty.  This has always been one of my favorite wedding pictures.

Getting the license was a challenge.  We were being married in Logan County.  I lived in Tazwell County and Gary lived in Mason county.  This was when males were not considered adults until they were 21.  We were 18 so had to have one of his parents consent plus consent from the county he lived in to be married in another county.  Oh, did I mention the church was just two blocks from the county line?  The town was divided down the middle with half in Mason County and half in Logan County. Weird, huh?  So we ran all over the country to get permission to be married!  At least we got a beautiful license and have had a beautiful life together!

We received two quilts for the wedding.  The first was from my mom and has been worn out, but parts of it still exist as I made Christmas stockings and the skirt of an angel from the "good" parts.  It was a mostly pink lone star with a ruffle around the edge.  At Christmas I'll show you one of the stockings, but I'm not digging through the boxes in August!

The second quilt was made by Lena Higendorf Arnold -- Gary's grandmother.  I'm sure it was quilted by the ladies at the Lutheran church where Gary's grandmother quilted in a bee each week.

This is Gary's grandmother going through the receiving line.  I love this picture.  I think it is the only one we have of his grandmother. She made the most awesome ginger cookies!  She always wore her hair in a bun.  It must have been quite long hair, but I never saw her with it down.  You have to love grandmothers -- they are just sweet!

We used this quilt a lot.  The binding is worn.  The pattern is called "honey bee".  Appropriate for a wedding quilt, don't you think?  Oh, did you notice it has YELLOW in it?  Woo Hoo!  Even Gary's grandmother knew I love yellow!

Here is a close up of one block and the quilting.  It was, of course, hand quilted.  It would have been sacrilege at that time to machine quilt.

So there you have it.  Our wedding quilt, along with the marriage has survived the times!

Is there a wedding quilt in your future?  Did you receive a quilt for your wedding?

Until next time -- quilt 'til you wilt (which won't take long as it will be 111 degrees today!)



Wanda said...

Happy Anniversary, I enjoyed your story. Just don't know when you find time to do all the things you do! Hope your day is just as wonderful as "all" those years ago. Wanda

gubike said...

Happy anniversary! Have a long, healthy and happy life together!

Lois Arnold said...

Thank you for your greetings and for stopping by to see my quilts! I love doing them and sharing them as well as sharing my life with my prince charming -- not to be confused with prints charming which I also love!

Sandra Kaye said...

Lois, What a beautiful treasure!! You must feel really blessed to have such a gift.:):) I think your marriage certificate is a pretty one too! Enjoy your day. Oh, thanks for stopping by my blog. Well, I'm off to quilt.:):) hugs -- Sandie

Lorinda said...

Congratulations! You never said how many years. I know I should know but I don't. Jo and Fred just celebrated 50 so you must be close to that. My grandmother gave us a classic blue and white churn dash quilt for our wedding. I never saw any relative quilt but there are family quilts, many of which I have received over the years.

julieQ said...

Wishing you many more years of happiness!! I do love your yellow pretty quilt...