Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Long Time Gift




The patterns and colours appealed to me as soon as I saw them. I ordered the fabrics (Poppy by Laura Gunn) from the US but when as they arrived I felt they were perfect for another family.




A strip quilt would bring out the best in these wonderful fabrics. Arranging and rearranging on our dining table, I took photos to better assess each layout and make decisions.







I was very pleased with the finished quilt. Then I just had to wait until the gift could be given.




The wait became longer than anticipated and the quilt became even more appealing.




For the backing I used my favourite fabric in this range - Big Poppy Spice - which is now out of print.




Freshly washed and ready to give, Miss E enjoyed "helping" with the photos. "Poppy Quilt" has now reached its destination and I'm told the new owners like it very much, which makes me happy, for if they didn't, I would have secretly wanted it back.   :)


37 comments:

Joyful said...

It's beautiful and it was so generous and kind of you to gift it. I'm partial to poppies myself so I see how this fabric appealed to you. x

BlueShell said...

Oh...That is so beautiful...and you gave a golden heart. You are a good soul, dear. God bless you
BShell

Pieni Lintu said...

Wow, that's so pretty!

Cinzia said...

Ohhhhhhhh...it's wonderful!!! very beautiful colors!
Cinzia

eileeninmd said...

Wow, it is a beautiful quilt. I love the poppies and the patterns. What a lovely gift. Miss E looks very cute on the last shot, what a great helper. Have a wonderful weekend!

Deanne Langford said...

lovely to see some of your quilting again!

Filip and Kristel said...

It looks very beautiful.

Greetings,
Filip

Ash said...

Well done Karen! It is so beautiful.
You are so creative :)
How long it took you to finish it?

LynCC said...

That *is* a gorgeous quilt. LOVE thast large poppy print. :)

Rena said...

That is such a beautiful quilt and the pattern looks easier than the normal kind. Is it? I bet you don't get it back! ;)

flowersandhome said...

Beautiful! Love that last picture with Miss E peaking from behind the quilt;-) I've quilted a lot when the kids were little. Always used old clothes and sheets because I just couldn't find beautiful fabric suitable for quilting. Maybe I should try the internet and pick up quilting again. Love the fabric you used in this quilt.
Bye,
Marian

Juliana said...

wonderful gift!
a lot of work...
such presents are very valuable!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

Giga said...

Podoba mi się, jest w bardzo ładnych i dość żywych kolorach. Pozdrawiam.
I like it, it is a very nice and quite vibrant colors. Yours.

Beth said...

The quilt is beautiful. The person who received it as a gift is very fortunate.

Evelyn said...

Really beautiful fabrics and a gorgeous quilt ~ you're very talented!

joy said...

Wow! You are very good:)

Jan said...

How do you have the time.... I love the fabric, and especially the actual quilting (squiggly design). Did you do that yourself?
Yes, a lovely thoughtful gift from your heart and hands to accompany your husband and daughter.
Love and Blessings.

Ocean Soul Karen said...

i can't imagine that the lucky receivers of that quilt wouldn't fall in love with it!

Fun60 said...

What a beautiful quilt - how could you give it away. It should have been kept to hand down as a family heirloom. You are too generous.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a phenomenal job you did on the quilt. Those poppies shine like they are supposed to, but the rest of the pattern and colors are beautiful, too!

ally said...

Its utterly fabulous
What an awesome friend you are

Linda said...

That really is wonderful fabric. I love the picture with Miss E. -- so cute!

Meoww said...

Ive always loved quilts but never bought one (or made one for that matter) but this one is just too pretty for words... The lovely designs and different patterns just makes a lovely ensemble.

geanina said...

wow!! so beautiful! very lovely colors....:)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Rena (and others) - yes it is very quick to piece a top this way, once you've worked out your combinations. By keeping the quilt width to the same as the fabric you can make a small bed topper of a comfy lap quilt. I've made three like this where I thought it best suited the prints.
It's an excellent way to learn a few basics of quilting and end up with something pretty in a short amount of time too.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Dear Marian,

There certainly are many lovely fabrics available, most are released as part of a complete range with complimentary patterns and colours (like the quilt I have shown) making it easy to choose fabrics which will work well together. Quilting fabrics are a wonderful quality too, 100% cotton. I have found it much cheaper to buy direct from the US even after adding postage/shipping. You may need to pay some import duties/tax depending on your country's import requirements. We don't have to when ordering from Australia (unless in huge/commercial quantities).

This is a very user friendly site and has a weekly email newsletter to let you know about new fabric ranges.
http://www.hawthornethreads.com

This fabric shop offers half price international shipping and have some good sales. They will fit up to 9 yards of fabric in a postal "envelope" for a shipping cost of only $8.50.
http://www.fabricshack.com/cgi-bin/Store/store.cgi

Karen

Linda R said...

Oh my stars.. This is gorgeous. I just love the colors of the material. Beautiful job my friend.

Hugs~

essi said...

Beautiful quilt!

tabulyogang said...

Oooh fancy! And Ms. E! haha

tinajo said...

Wow, looks gorgeous, such beautiful fabric!

Dave said...

Nice quilt Karen - Dave

Chris Twyman and Angela said...

quilts tell different stories and seem to cross all cultures.yours is a lovely narrative

Liza said...

It's beautiful!

Mine are here and here.

lorik said...

It really is a beautiful quilt.. i agree about the colours and patterns. And you were so generous to give it away. Great photographs of it too.
Thank you for taking part in Mandarin Orange Monday:)

Barb said...

Oh wow! your friend is so lucky - what an amazing gift!

Liz said...

It's gorgeous!! What a wonderful and thoughtful gift! I wish my hands could quilt as I used to... then I could finish the quilt I started 20 years ago!!

thefisherlady said...

This is beautiful and I smiled big at the photo of the little one peering from behind the finished project!

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