Like most brides, Anna used a practice bouquet for the rehearsal that her Best Lady, Alexis made at her shower. It was a little large to keep, but I wanted to do something with it to make a little remembrance for her. I decided not to use the paper ribbon, but there were lots of fabric ribbons--especially from Crate and Barrel.
I started making diagonal rows of ribbon just sewing and flipping on a foundation.
A pressing cloth was necessary to prevent scorching or melting the delicate ribbons.
Squaring it up and stay stitching the edges are next and then we are ready to sandwich it.
A little quick hand quilting at the seams holds the layers together.
This is the back with labeling. Anna used the cute, little rubber stamp on the tags for the fans and her notes in the welcome bags.
Continuous bias binding was made with the same fabric used for the back.
I thought you'd enjoy this photo of Jim and me with the lovely bride at the reception. It was taken by Meredith Mastroianni who works with Anna in Boston.