A Single Girl Quilt for my Married Girl?

My daughter got married to a most wonderful man on October 15, 2011.

"First look"

“First look”

As many modern couples do these days, they had pictures taken before the ceremony and so the first time he saw her in her wedding gown, they were outside instead of in the church. This wedding was on a beautiful fall day. The ceremony was in the afternoon.

throwing leaves

The reception hall was decorated (by friends and family) with fall flowers and candles.


We made napkins by serging the edges of fabric to add some other fun fall color to the tables.

tableThe reception hall was a park building that had large glass windows and a stone fireplace. It felt magical, as though we were outside.


When the party was over, we collected all the fabric napkins with the idea that I would make the happy couple a quilt out of them. (Yes, I washed them first!) Here they are:

All 150 of them!

All 150 of them!

I’ve had these for a year and a half now and have been trying to decide what the perfect quilt pattern would be for this couple using these colors. I’ve made several other items out of them – notebook covers and zippered pouches for family or friends who helped with the wedding.

Notebook for my mother-in-law.

Notebook for my mother-in-law.

My daughter has made her own beautiful fall colored quilt out of other fabrics since she got married.


Isn’t it pretty?


She had it quilted by a longarm quilter.

I’ve decided to make a “snuggle on the couch together” quilt. The pattern I have picked is the Single Girl Quilt by Denyse Schmidt.


I would call it a modern version of the traditional wedding ring quilt.

Traditional Wedding Ring Quilt.

Traditional Wedding Ring Quilt.

I assume that it is called “Single Girl” because the rings do not interconnect. However, as I look at the Single Girl Quilts that others have made and posted on Flickr or Pinterest, I can see that plenty of people make them up as wedding quilts. The quilting can add that interlocking component.

My version is still a work in progress.

Blocks laid out on my rug. Middle two blocks not done yet.

Blocks laid out on my rug. Middle two blocks not done yet.

I’m going to make the center two blocks the opposite colors of the outside blocks. I will strip piece the background with the napkin fabrics and do the rings in the cream colored fabric. I love the thought of this. The middle blocks symbolize Lindsey’s and Brian’s wedding rings and they will be surrounded by circles that symbolize their families and their friends. Circles surrounded by circles. Okay, this is really dorky but “the circle of life” also comes to mind. (and with that term – The Lion King!)

So stay tuned for the big reveal once I get the other blocks made and have the whole top sewn together!


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14 responses to “A Single Girl Quilt for my Married Girl?

  1. Such a beautiful couple, wedding, and quilt! Can’t wait to see those center squares and see it all put together! Gorgeous!

  2. Jamie

    Not dorky at all! I love this quilt. Normally I’m not a big fan of batiks but they look beautiful in the single girl design. What a thoughtful quilt!

    • Thanks so much for your kind comment. I can’t decide how I feel about batiks. Sometimes I like them a lot and other times I don’t. I paper pieced the “arches” for this quilt and using batiks was great because of not having to worry about a right and wrong side as I was sewing them. Linda

  3. What a beautiful wedding! Where is that park building? It’s lovely! It reminds me of the old CCC outdoor pavilions, but just with glass! I love the idea of reversing the two middle blocks to represent their rings. You are dorky in the best kind of way ❤

    • The park building is in Barrington Illinois – Citizens Park. The glass walls actually retract but it wasn’t quite warm enough in October to do so.

  4. Lindsey

    I love everything about this post! Thank you mom (in advance) for the fantastic quilt and for serging all of those napkins. You’re the best!

    • You serged quite a few of those napkins yourself, if you remember. It was so much fun to write this post and revisit your beautiful wedding day.

  5. Connie

    What a beautiful post about the wedding and your gift to the kids. I cried when I read it last night. Your quilt will be a very special gift to them. We feel so priviledged to have Lindsey as a part of our family but we also are thrilled that Brian is a part of your wonderful family.

  6. I love seeing the photos from your daughter’s wedding – it really looks liek it was a perfect day! Your quilt looks fantastic!!! You are really putting me to shame.

    • Thank you for all your help getting me started with this pattern. I hope to have it put together to show this weekend at the DC Modern Quilt Guild meeting.

  7. Sandy J. Selig

    The quilt is beautiful!! And Lindsey’s is amazing too. Your talent has been passed down!


  8. Frederick

    Great blog post about the history behind your quilt of rings and your daughter’s wedding. I am really looking forward to seeing how the top comes together with the center blocks.

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