A wedding dress and a quilt

Saturday was a happy day. I watched the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on television from 11 o’clock until 2 in the afternoon, and enjoyed every minute. Like many others, I was particularly interested in the wedding dress and was intrigued to see what this particular bride had chosen. The couple have released their official photos and this one shows the dress, train and veil off very well.


I loved the elegant simplicity of this dress, with its boat neck and three-quarter-length sleeves. Much has been written about this dress already; it was encouraging to discover that a British designer (Clare Waight Keller) of the French fashion house Givenchy, had been chosen to design it. I am an embroiderer as well as a quilter, so I’m intrigued to see in this photo a glimpse of some of the intricate embroidery on the veil, of flowers representing each of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

This blog began with a wedding dress, the one that I made over a period of twelve months in 2012-13 for my daughter’s wedding. Her photographer was included in a wedding blog, the suppliers for the wedding had to be included and so I wrote an account of making a made-to-measure dress. You can read about it using the link below.  Since then I have carried out three or four wedding dress alterations, but I haven’t sought out the opportunity to make another!

Just before the television was switched on for the big event, the post came through the letterbox and it included a current copy of ‘Quilt Now’ issue 50.

My ‘Sky Blue Pink’ quilt was inside.  It was inspired by the glorious colours of an autumn evening sky.

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It was especially nice that it was chosen as the ‘Editor’s Pick’ on page 1 (on the top right-hand corner of the page).

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I am working now on another piece for ‘Quilt Now’, linked to my travels last year…

Please note: this pattern is now available to purchase here

To read how I made my daughter’s wedding dress, click here.

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Published by Amanda Jane Textiles

I am an artist, designer and maker living in Ramsgate, UK

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