Saturday, April 3, 2010

Finally!!!!

Much to the happiness of Clint and the kids I am a wife and a mother again. I have taken the past two weeks to quilt this quilt and it's taken it's toll on me. I love how it turned out, it's just hard to try and sneak in my own quilts when I have people waiting on me for their quilts. But, I have to be creative because it's in my blood and I want to make my own things, I just have to block out days (weeks in this case) on my calendar for me! That's not selfish is it?


Let me just walk you through this quilt. I drew it from graph paper - didn't have measurements - made a lot of blocks twice. Then, when it was finally pieced - I had to take it off the machine mid-quilting to fix some unsightly errors! Chaos, if you ask me. I am grateful to Clint for pointing out the final error in the quilt and telling me that it wasn't acceptable - it pushed me to fix it and I am so glad I did! When you work on a quilt for over 100 hours (35 hours piecing, 65 hours quilting roughly), you better like the end product and not have any regrets!


I can tell you that I can see and point out every single imperfection of my quilt, but I won't point them out because when it's all said and done, once you take the quilt off the frames, it looks good and your eyes see the whole quilt, not just the 18 inches you have been working on for hours.


I wanted this quilt to look like it had some iron work in it. The swirls were an excellent match for the design because they matched my template designs for the blocks. In case you are wondering, I drew up my own templates. The templates for the blocks had the base of the daisy flower with the swirls going into hearts around them.



The center block is my daisy flower pot. I love it! So simple, yet so elegant. The quilting just balances out the whole quilt, it really turned out better than I could have imagined.


I was a little nervous just using super plain fabric and only three colors, but the quilting took over and put the print right onto the fabric.




I seriously keep looking at it! I have to admit I cried a few tears last night at 2:30 am when I put in the last stitch, took the quilt off the frames and stared at it. It really has been a rough couple of weeks, maybe because I was a little stressed? :) but having this quilt done and to know that it is mine makes me so happy. I have created an heirloom quilt that can be passed on to my family when I am gone. I told Lili that she can have it when she is 60 because I won't give it up until I am 85 and dying. She was a little excited at first, but then realized it's going to be a while.







Here's the back! And I love it just as much as the front. I used 108" wide cream cotton sateen and it looks fabulous. This side looks like a whole cloth quilt and could easily pass for one. I am sad I have to put a label and sleeve on it because I won't be able to use both sides, but that's okay. To the quilt show it goes!


I used a wool batting and hobbs 80/20 batting for this quilt. It gave it a perfect loft for how much pebbling I did and the tension is perfect! The thread on the back of the quilt looks as good as the front. I love my A-1 longarm!!!




So, what's left? Purple binding, sleeve and label! I am considering hiring out because I hate to hand bind, but can't justify machine binding on this quilt!

Well, Happy Easter everyone! The kids had a fun little Easter Egg Hunt today. I loved it! I hope your weekend is wonderful and you eat some ham and funeral potatoes! That's what we are having tomorrow! Yeah!!!

91 comments:

Cheri C. said...

WOW! I thought it was pretty just looking at the first picture of the quilt. Then, to see the quilting... WOW!!!! You are so talented. This is beautiful!!!

Camille said...

Jaw, all the way to the floor. Seriously. I'm speechless.

You are AMAZING. Amazing.

Diana said...

You are AMAZING! Jared and I are in awe of how detailed and talented you are. We are so glad to know you!!! :)

Yvonne said...

I agree with Camille. Your quilt is so beautiful, I am so glad you are sending it to a quilt show. I am sure it will win an award.

Linda said...

Judi, this is amazing! Glad to see you are more confident about your work. You are incredible - and so is your quilting! Is this going to HMQS?

Nedra said...

Bravo Judi!! You are placing this in a judged show aren't you? The world needs to see your beautiful work.

Julia said...

Amazing is all I can think of to write..
Your work has to be the best I have ever seen..
... amazing work!!
Julia ♥

Sherri said...

Absolutely gorgeous...a true heirloom! I wouldn't give it up until I was 85 either...and yes, you deserve to work on your own quilts...as much as you want!!!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Your quilt is just too beautiful to believe. Wonderful work. I have never seen quilting this beautiful!

Ginny said...

Wow!! I'm drooling over here.

Kristen said...

Oh my! *continues to stare*

Amy said...

Bravo! Your work is absolutely stunning.

SheilaC said...

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

I have no words for the beauty of this quilt.... you should be proud!

SheilaC

Em said...

Judi, I am crying in awe and love for you and am so happy for you that you treated yourself and the beauty cannot be described! And to think that I will be able to see in person soon when I come and hug you in congratulations, Maybe I better hug CLINT doubly for hanging in there. GORGEOUS! love, Em

Libster said...

Stunning quilt, Can I ask which show/s you are putting it in as I would love to see it in the flesh. by the way what on earth are funeral potatoes???

Csigi said...

Woooow! Thats amazing! I never saw so beautiful quilting. I'm sure you'll win the quilt show.
Happy easter!

Diana said...

Drop dead GORGEOUS! It is a ribbon winner for sure. It is a real one of a kind heirloom for sure. Congrats to you!

Sharon-NZ said...

OMG that quilt is simply awesome, superbly quilted

Miriam said...

Wow!! Your quilting is magnificent!!
I am in awe of your talent!!
Congratulations!!!!


Happy Easter Judi!!!

Khris said...

OMGosh this is spectacular...how could anybody not be impressed with it. Your work is just amazing. I am so jealous....hugs khris

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

This is breathtaking! I would love to be a fly on the wall as you're working on something like this:)

Happy Easter!

Jackie said...

It is STUNNING!

One perfect choice after another beautifully executed. Congratulations!

Darlene said...

It takes my breath away! You have such amazing talent for bringing quilts to life!

Heather said...

that is absolutely gorgeous. it was well worth all the time you spent on the quilting. wow. did I say wow? Thanks for posting all the wonderful closeups. Will be sending this link to my mom so she can drool also.

Denise in PA said...

No, it is not selfish! You can't take care of others properly if you don't take care of yourself! This quilt is amazing! I wish I lived close - I would finish the binding for you (I happen to like binding, I know, weird) just to have that stunning quilt in my hands for a bit. I'll be content, though, taking in the photos. Are you going to enter it in a show? It is truly a work of art!

Marie said...

There are no words to say how beautiful this is. The stitching is absolutely elegant. Truly a masterpiece.

Thelma said...

What an amazing piece of art, Congratulations!!

It does look like iron work, I wish I was capable of leaving a comment that adequately expresses my awe of this project.... it's so over the top wonderful!

Sherry said...

So beautiful. You should take time to do something for yourself you should ne proud of yourself for doing this and maybe you should do it more often. You are so amazing with your quilting. When I grow up I want to quilt like you.
But I have to ask what are funeral potatoes.
Hope you had a great Easter yourself.

Quilt Hollow said...

I see a big ribbons on this one already! Job well done!! How many spools did you go through and what thread was used?

CJ said...

Judi, I would have cried too. That is truly a work of art, you have done yourself proud! I've admired your quilting for some time, but I wanted to tell you again just how much I admire you. I believe you have the most artistic skill at representing the most perfect designs to compliment a quilt that I have ever seen.

You seem to manage to capture elegance combined with a touch of whimsy and a splash of pure joy, and it shows in every quilt you touch. Thank you for sharing your art with us!

Jamie in Louisiana said...

I love the top...but I have to say that your quilting is "art". Happy Easter.

Sara said...

This is jaw-dropping gorgeous! A piece of art as a flat top, and the quilting brings it to life. Wow!

SewCalGal said...

Absolutely showstopping gorgeous. Work of art! Beautiful quilt, design, colors...but the quilting really makes this quilt. I do hope to see this quilt in a quilt show. Love it!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Barb said...

Judi that is beautiful!!

Sandy said...

Judi, I can't think of a single original thing to say about your gorgeous work! Everyone else has used all of the good adjectives, but I'll just reiterate that your quilt is mind-blowingly beautiful.

I'd love to know which show(s) this will be in, just in case I get a chance to see it. :)

DiahRothman said...

Congratulations! This is a master piece........!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my word Judi, it is incredible!!

bountiful quilter said...

Incredible! You are so talented and your work is really inspiring. Great job!

Deb said...

My jaw dropped on the table! Stunning, absolutely stunning!!! You really have a wonderful talent!

PattyBYoung said...

Judi, this is an unbelievably beautiful quilt...I think the most beautiful I have ever seen. Get some rest after that!
Patty

Brandie said...

Absolutely Beautiful! You should be so proud. Gorgeous!

Christine said...

Oh wow this is the most beautiful quilting I have ever seen, you are amazing. I would so love to come and learn from you....... maybe one day?


Thank you for sharing your quilt and good luck at the show.

cheers
Christine

Furball Farm Quilting said...

Ditto to all of the above!! Just stunning quilting. Your amazing, running the household, three young children.....and still finding time to produce some amazing quilting. I hope this quilt earns you a ribbon.

Cybele's patch said...

The quilting is absolutely stunning. I am a great fan of your quilting but this is the best I have seen of it! I am so sorry I live at the other end of the world!

Julia said...

Totally AMAZING!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

onlymehere said...

I look forward to seeing this at the quilt show next month! I assume you're sending it to that one. I don't think this is selfish at all to take some time and do something for yourself. This is how you'll keep your own creative juices flowing. I was giving away every quilt I pieced and made and had to take a minute to make one or two for myself. Now I'm back to giving them away. This quilt is definitely an heirloom and so very, very beautiful. I think the quilting is just icing on the cake and what beautiful icing it is! I see first place in your future!

Duff said...

I'm pretty sure there aren't many adjectives left.

Hmmm, exquisite. extraordinary. stunning. show-stopper (fingers crossed!!). Ah, wait, here it is...

♥piece de resistance♥

hey, did I forget Pimpin'?? LOL!

Needled Mom said...

Unimaginably gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing the photos with us.

Barb in Mi said...

Oh my gosh - this is incredible! Thank you for sharing your journey and photos!! May I ask how many miles of threads were used? Three times to the moon and back? Maybe it's not even miles any more but light years?

Beth said...

oh my GOODNESS! Good for you for doing your OWN things. I think that helps to not burn out. I wish I lived closer. I LOVE to hand bind and would do THIS one for FREE! Just so I could get a good look at it! lolol pat yourself on the back, ya did GOOD!

meems said...

Love it Judi, we are proud to know you!! We all think it is stunning, love the kirkhams

Danielle said...

Wow-- Best of Show, for sure. That's just amazing. Gee, Judi, what's next?

A Plus Quilt Shop said...

Stunning! I would love to have a quilt with such beautiful quilting on it! You are truly talented!

Pauline said...

Judi You are one crafty lady, obviously your husband knows that and thats why he gives you the space to do your stuff. For him to point out things shows he also understands how passionate you are about your work. You are one lucky lady he loves you and I think your work is amazing. CONGRATULATIONS

natderueil said...

Stunning! WOW! I love your quilting so much! I'm sure you'll take first place in the show!

Nat, in France, soooo inspired by your work!!

kimbuktu said...

You are a masterful quilter.

Jen said...

Oh my back, my back! ~~Well done~~ my friend. Practice makes perfect....now what are you going to do? XOXO

Jen

Laurie said...

Judi - this may sound corny - but it is true - I have tears in my eyes - this quilt is absolutely magnificent! I am so glad that I have the chance to see it - what a beautiful, beautiful heirloom! Just beautiful!!!!!!!

Emma said...

Wow, your quilting is simply stunning! If you don't want to copver the back with the hanging sleeve and label, make the hanging sleve spo that it can be easily unpicked on the 'bottom' and use it folded up the other way after it's been shown - use the same fabric for the sleeve as you do for the binding and it'll be les obvious. You can make a subtle label and attach that to the sleeve (or stitch the words directly onto the sleeve) as well.

quiltnmaryf said...

It is stunning. You should be very proud!

2ne said...

This is just great - havn't seen any better. I know it takes a whole lot of time making this - you have just done a great job - I love it.

Deanna said...

WOW !!!

Gwyneth said...

i am speechless

Nielsen Family News said...

Judi- that is gorgeous, you are a genius!!

Karen said...

Judi, I am so proud of you and for you. This quilt is incredible and I am so glad it's yours. When you do such beautiful work for others, it's important to do something for yourself. Your creativity and skill are breathtaking. You set the bar very, very high. Thanks for sharing.

Amy said...

That is just stunning - wow.....

scottylover said...

My oh my that is gorgeous! So glad you got it done and are so happy with it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Are you going to enter it in a show?

Sandy A in St. Louis

Jen in NY said...

Wow! Exquisite. Your skill really boggles my mind! I can't imagine how much thread went into that quilt. It is breathtaking!

The Winn's said...

so beautiful

nattyg said...

Wow.... there are no words. It's breathtaking!

jana277 said...

Fantastick√° pr√°ca.

Blogless me said...

You are so talented - your work is simply out of this world!

Miss Jean said...

"To the quilt show it goes." .....to win lots and lots of awards. It is truly magnificent. I can't wait to see it with the purple binding. Awesome.

Scottish Nanna said...

OH how I wish I could do what you do It Is so pretty You should be very proud of yourself.
Hugs Mary.

Anna said...

OMG, that is just wonderful! Congratulations on making a stunning quilt!

bingo~bonnie said...

If this isn't a SHOW STOPPER, I don't know what is!!!

B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L!!!!

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Paula Lynn said...

A-mazing! The machine quilting is exceptional!

kersten said...

WOW! You need a vacation after that one.
~kersten

jabeybaby said...

That turned out amazing, what an awesome job!!

Meg said...

OMG, Judi, this is amazing!!

Leslie said...

I'm so glad I am going to be at HMQS. I can't wait to see it up close and personal. Awesome! Good luck!

quilts said...

Judy
You are so very talented! I love your quilt what a great accomplishment! Awesome Claudia

Nan S. said...

It is really a stunning masterpiece. When you said you used wool and Hobbs 80/20 batting, did you use wool for the body of the quilt and the 80/20 for the trapunto? How did you combine the two? It's truly gorgeous!

Karen said...

This is one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen! It is so gorgeous. I don't blame you for not giving it up until you are on your deathbed. I wouldn't give it up then. I'd tell my family to bury me with it.

Do you do quilting for others? I have some quilts that need quilting. Not as gorgeous as yours, but works of love just the same.

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

Wonderful!!! Very inspirational.

Vivian said...

Oh my! How beautiful. The quilting sure does make the quilt. I can't imagine how long it took you to quilt it. Outstanding!!!!

Annie of Blue Gables said...

I'd be happy to bind it for you. I love hand work.
That is such a wonderful, beautiful quilt.
~a

manybooks said...

Absolutely BREATHTAKING! I mean - gorgeous beyond belief! Honestly one of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen. You are one very talented lady. Wowza.

Rosie said...

This is the most beautiful piece of textile I think I have ever seen!

Thearica said...

This is utterly breathtaking!

Marilyn W said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your quilt. I'm going to go buy your book as soon as this posts.

But...what are funeral potatoes?

Marilyn in MS