The next item on my "to do" list is a chuppah. It is a wedding canopy that is a traditional part of a Jewish wedding ceremony. Why is a chuppah on my "to do" list? My youngest son is getting married at the end of June. He and his wife really want to get married under a chuppah.
So this mother is making one. I am creating it as a quilt so they can hang it on the wall after the ceremony. I envision a design with a tree and leaves. The tree of life is a very important Jewish symbol. To make the chuppah personal and meaningful to the wedding couple, I sent out leaves (backed with fusible web) with pens for people to write their good wishes.
A traditional chuppah measures 6 foot square. Since my design is very symmetrical, I have decided to make it in quadrants as 36" squares. For the most part they will be identical.
The first step is to quilt the background. I will do this before I add the fusible applique. I didn't think a 36" square would be that big, until I cut it out and spray basted it to the batting. It is pretty big.
So far I have quilted 2 of the squares, which means I am halfway there. Since I am doing straight line quilting, it is not very challenging at this point. This gives me lots of time to think.
The wedding is taking place at our summer home on a tiny lake in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. We have been spending summers there since this son was 3 years old. He will be 27 by the time of the wedding.
I hope to set the chuppah up on our dock using a couple of quilt stands.
(The logistics are my husband's job.)
The vision of this couple being married by Rabbi Peter Hyman, who has become a family friend, on Whitney Lake, that is so beautiful and has been a part of our family life for 23 years, brings tears to my eyes. Maybe I'll get all the crying out of the way now!
I can't show you the design yet. I don't want to spoil the surprise for the bride. I am planning on unveiling the chuppah at the rehearsal dinner, so stay tuned until the end of June. I promise to share.