Monday, January 10, 2011

Finished...........phew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay - so it's done! Thankfully. I thought this day would never come. Seriously! I have had this quilt in the works since the end of October. I did have a few little distractions - so I beg your pardon for the lack of quilting pictures in the recent months. Thank you Joe and Nan for your patience with me!


I knew when I started this quilt that it would take me a long time to quilt. Too long, but it's worth the effort as soon as I pull the finished quilt off the frames.


I used wool and hobbs batting together and I used Highlights thread by Superior Threads.

Funny thing about thread - sometimes it can be a problem. Like - you know my problem with my machine? Turns out I had a bad batch of thread - no kidding. I ruined a perfectly good rotary hook, replaced it and re-timed my machine for no reason.
Wish I could have figured that out before spending over $100 on a new part.
Good news though - I know my machine in and out and I am not intimidated by it anymore!


I don't want you to think I don't like the Highlight thread because I do, I haven't had a problem like that before and I am sure I won't have one again.


How do you like my blocks? I love them - way too fun and I don't ever want to quilt them again! Well - give me a little while to recover from this one.




Here's the back - I love it! It is it's own quilt for sure. I can't stop looking at it.





So - this is what I used to quilt this quilt. My own made up template - I traced it with a disappearing purple ink marker, I used the ruler for stitch-in-the-ditch and I used the cd cover to trace a circle for the feather circle blocks. Everything else was free-motion quilting - that is why no block will be exactly the same, but they are consistent.
It feels so good to get this quilt done!


Hey - hop on over to my sister's blog and enter to win this dress and head band - Lili just loves hers!

80 comments:

Blue Is Bleu said...

That is absolutely stunning! I can't even wrap my head around how much work you've put into this! Beautiful work as always :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Amazing quilting Judi!!

Paula Ganyard said...

The quilt is absolutely beautiful!

Karenkay said...

Your quilt is amazing!

Cheri C. said...

Just when I think you have created the most beautiful quilt I have ever seen, you go and outdo yourself again and produce an even better most beautiful quilt!!! This is stunning. I wish it was on my bed. As always, you are so talented. Thanks for sharing. I love to see things like this!!

Lucky-1 said...

Speechless due to its beauty.

Dawn N. said...

Oh my goodness, that is an amazing quilt!!

Darlene said...

First word that came to mind was STUNNING!! Then, after reading comments, seems like everyone else is in agreement. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

Jodi-JoJoMia's Place said...

I can't even think of any words that would live up to what you have done....amazing, incredible, beautiful, breathtaking...etc. You are sooooo talented!

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

Spectacular! Thank you for sharing, and for inspiring!

Barb said...

What an amazing job you have done once again...breath taking.

What a cute model you have there.

Linda said...

Oh what can a person say my jaw is dropped you do amazing work you have a real God gifted talent.Wow

Colleen Greene said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! Breathtaking quilting and simplicity.

-- Colleen @ Made by Colleen

Elaine said...

This is beautiful. I just love the way you quilt. Thanks for the tips of how you did it - the ruler, CD case, your OWN template. It's encouraging.

lindasteller said...

That is super gorgeous Judi. So crisp, clean, and beautifully detailed.

Merete said...

Wow, its absolutely stunning!!

paulette said...

Absolutely incredible!! STUNNING!!
Paulette

Teresa Silva said...

Awesome job. You are very talented that is for sure. Love it and great work.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Both sides are stunning! Well worth the long process. :D

Sandy said...

Beautiful! Well worth the wait!

Borderline Quilter said...

I love simply pieced quilts....you can really jazz them up with quilting as you have done here.....

What can I say that hasn't been said, this is just wonderful...just wonderful!

Kay in Scotland

el chinijo del patchwork said...

WOW, just a great work, you are an inspiration, thanks for show us this photos.

PandaRae said...

So beautiful, Judi! Love the picture of Lili, too... What a cute kid!

Karen said...

This is a jaw dropper! I just kept going from one photo to the next in disbelief! You deserve a medal for this one! The owner of the quilt must be thrilled!!!

JayTee said...

It is beautiful!!

Melinda said...

I think this is the best quilting I have ever seen. I love it!

Debbie said...

Your quilting job is just stunning....I am so impressed...I know how incredibly difficult it is to freehand! I am so glad to know it took you a really long time because all to often I feel like I should finish a quilt job in a day or two...not so! Well worth the effort. I am also noticing quilters using two layers of batts...going to have to try that.

Hands Sew Full said...

Judi that is spectacular! I can't even imagine doing quilting like that!

Jenny said...

That is absolutely beautiful!!!!

Maggey and Jim said...

I don't even have the words to express how beautiful that quilting is on that marvelous quilt.. You are so amazing. What does quilting like that cost..??
Great Job!!!!!!!!!
Maggey

SilkLover said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!! You've created a masterpiece. Congratulations!

Duff said...

Oh Judi! You always give us something unfathomable and we are floored by its beauty.
Bad thread, huh? I'll make a mental to check a new spool and bobbin if I have trouble. thanks!

Sherrill said...

OMG, your quilting is always RIDICULOUSLY FANTASTIC! SO over the top and just WOW! GENIUS!

Petit Design Co. said...

it's absolutely gorgeous and I love the back so much! You should be proud!

Vicki W said...

SPECTACULAR!!

Carol said...

Every time I visit your blog I'm am in awe of your work. My dream used to be that I could have a quilting machine in my home, but there's just not enough room and I can't afford a machine/frame. So, I look at your blog as a way of getting my quilting fix, especially the beautiful feather work you do. I have to quilt by way of sewing machine, so my work will never be as stunning as yours is.

As for the money you spent on your quilting machine's rotary hook and timing, well look at it this way--it's over and done and you know your machine will work for sure for years to come. Onward and upward!

Mia's Cottage said...

GORGEOUS!!!! absolutely GORGEOUS!!
Donna

Darlene said...

Absolutely awesome! You are so talented!

Sarah Craig said...

Judi, that is amazing! I hope to be able to quilt this well some day - but I'm not holding my breath!! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work!!

Kathleen said...

This quilt is absolutely beautiful...I would keep on looking at it also..you did an amazing job on the quilting...you should be very proud..

The Quiet Quilter said...

I can only say . . . what everyone else has already said. Incredible work, once again.

Vesuviusmama said...

YOU
ARE
AMAZING!!!

Ruth B said...

Wow...you are amazing Judi! What a talent your are and you are so young and will keep getting better. How much better can you get??? Everything looks perfect now!

Alycia said...

Spectacular!!

Leah said...

Absolutely Amazing! One day I hope to be able to do something like that..

Leeanne said...

Just stunning and well worth the wait.Did you use navy thread in the bobbin on the parts you were concerned with tension issues or was that the look you wanted for the back?

Miss 376 said...

stunning

Ethne said...

What a stunning quilt - well worth the wait I'm sure.

Mama Spark said...

I am speechless. This is just stunning! I can't believe it was all free motion quilting too. Just gorgeous!

liberal sprinkles said...

wow its gorgeous. the quilt is beautiful, the quilting is incredible. i love, love, love the back too!

Sherri said...

This is just amazing! I'm wondering if it's going in a competition...it certainly looks like it should be!

LT said...

This is really beautiful and inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful work.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

WOW! Takes my breath away.

quiltercaroline said...

AMAZING!! The quilt is stunning. You have really inspired me to get machine quilting - I know I can't hope to touch your standard but with practise maybe I could do a decent job on a simplier project. Thank you for sharing and inspiring. Caroline

Karen in Tucson said...

What fantastic quilting and the most gorgeous quilt. GreatJob.

Jan Marie said...

Judi, the quilting on that is stunning. the quilt is great but that really puts it over the top.

Vivian said...

Oh my goodness Judi. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous. The quilting definitely makes the quilt. I'm bookmarking this post for quilting inspiration. You have a winner.

Maggie A said...

Just out of this world.....stunning

Szami said...

This is amazing! I still cannnot find words to express my thoughts and feelings. Congratulation! This is one of my favourite technique. Congratulation again! ;o)

Patty said...

Simply beautiful!! You continue to out-do yourself, setting the bar so high for all quilters!!

lil said...

oh gosh, I almost fell off my chair seing this, there are no words to describe this masterwork
living closer I would truly be a client

quilting chick said...

You are truly amazing!!! That quilting is jaw dropping beautiful. There is nothing I would like more then just to be able to watch you quilt. You have brought machine quilting to a whole new level. Where it needs to be to. Hugs to you, Marietta

Raylene Smith said...

stunning work...just love what you have done...

Jan said...

Really, truly, amazingly beautiful!!!

Kayli said...

It turned out way awesome, I knew it would though! Can you tell me where I can find a purple disappearing pen like the one you use? I can see what you mean about the blue, I've been having a hard time with it. BTW, I took your advice and started a quilting blog, its www.quiltli.blogspot.com if you want to follow me, Thanks!

Michele said...

Amazing quilting! Outstanding!

Wendy said...

Oh my goodness!!!!!!this quilt gorgeous

quilts said...

Judi
I saw the quilt when Nan finished it and loved it. Now that you have put the frosting on it is truly delicious! Claudia

Jansie said...

Unbelievably gorgeous. I can't stop looking at it! Amazing job.

Rhonda said...

absolutely love it! the quilting is fantastic!!!
how long did it take you to quilt it?

The Rx quilter said...

Your quilting is exquisite, what more can I say. I love the navy and white and the detailed quilting in the white spaces. So beautiful, you are truly an artist. What brand/type longarm do you use? What recommendations do you have for someone who wants to purchase a longarm...I have been quilting on my Bernina 180 and want to move up to something with more throat space? Awesome! Lisa in Texas

CARIBBEAN QUILTERS 'CAROLYN' said...

Spectacular! I would love to hear your 'free-motion quilting' journey! Your workmanship is lovely..Congrats!

Dorian said...

I love that quilt!! You do beautiful work.

John'aLee said...

Could that be Joe and Nan from Panguitch??
Stunning quilt!! Your work is breath taking!

lovestoquilt said...

What a stunning quilt! I cannot believe any of it is free-motion. You are an awesome quilter. Wish you lived close to me!!

Joan said...

Absolutly stunning. Love your templates. Wow you are some wonderfull quiltier.

Tracy said...

I absolutely love the quilt!! I love black and white.

OT Quilter said...

What incredible work! Is it hard to send the quilts back to their makers when you have finished the quilting?
I became a follower today!

Hasapis Family said...

I love love this quilt!! Is there a pattern for this?

Dawn said...

Extraordinarily stunning!!! Not even sure that covers it. :) Unbelievably gorgeous? Even that doesn't say it all. You never fail to showcase your spectacular talent.