Monday, February 18, 2013

Looking Beautiful




As soon as I laid the quilt top out to complete my quilt sandwich, I stood back in admiration. Yes, I DO love it! It was well worth unpicking the not-quite-white-enough white triangles, replacing them with a just-right-white! Now I love the whole quilt!




Saturday afternoon I sewed the back of the quilt together, cleared our lounge/sitting room floor and secured the quilt back, face side down. After spreading out the batting (middle layer) of thick cotton I them added the quilt top. I've been busy since hand basting with needle and thread to hold the three layers together, ready for quilting.




I love the mix of white, cherry and flying geese blocks, the bright cheery colours and the balance of shapes in the overall design of this "North by North East" quilt design by Sarah Fielke as found in her book Quilting From The Little Things. I made a couple of minor modifications, bringing the measurements of the quilt top to 88" or 225cm square.




I also love that it contains fabrics (and memories) from nearly every quilt and sewing project from the last three years, even the dress I made Miss V which she never wore......




Three quarters of the basting is completed, I hope to finish the rest today so we can use our floor again and I can begin the slow job of quilting. At this stage I plan to hand quilt the middle panel as it's too large to fit into my old faithful Janome sewing machine. I might machine quilt the corners, we'll see how things go. But for now I'm just enjoying seeing it in all it's glory - it looks even better than the photos show.


If you wish you can follow the rather slow ongoing story of this quilt here.


Sharing at WIP Wednesday, Sneak Peek Friday.




50 comments:

Joyful said...

I agree. It's beautiful!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Very, very beautiful. Love it...

Sarah Jane said...

This is absolutely beautiful! You should be so pleased :-)

Sarah xx

Beth said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Ash said...

Ohhh Karen...this is priceless!! It is so beautiful! I can just imagine how it looks through your eyes.
Well done. You are so creative. Can't wait to see it all done :)

Sylvia K said...

It is incredibly beautiful and what a wonderful, fulfilling project!! Thanks for sharing its creation!! Superb!!

geanina said...

It's beautiful! Greetings....

Cinzia said...

Karen...it is wonderful!!! I like it very much! Good work!
Cinzia

marmarel said...

.... This is so beautiful, I like it, the colors, the pattern, everything!!

Nikki said...

Karen, your quilt is amazing. I love the beautiful colours.

s.c said...

Great quilt. How you find the time to do all the things you do with such a great but also lovely family goes beyond me but it always looks good. Have a nice time .

tinajo said...

It´s gorgeous!!

Juliana said...

aww... looks very interesting!

Have a great week!

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

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Such a labor of love. It is very beautiful. :)

LynCC said...

Wowza!! That is gorgeous! I've never seen anything like it, either. Very nice. You must be smiling really big. :D

Giga said...

Śliczna. Uwielbiam wzór z wisienkami. Pozdrawiam.
Pretty. I love the pattern of cherries. Yours.

Renae at simple sequins said...

WOW THAT IS A WORK OF ART!!!

and ...THANK YOU for your nice birthday greeting. Nice to see you are my blog. Come on back anytime.

Filip and Kristel said...

Congratulations, a fantastic piece of work.

Greetings,
Filip

Elise Lea said...

Incredible. I have done a queen sized quilt in all flying geese and i know how much time it can take to make all of those little blocks. You have done a lovely job and the colors and fabrics are laid out beautifully.

Rosemary said...

So much time, design, creativity and love go into the making of a quilt. Yours is so bright, light and cheerful.

flowersandhome said...

It is G O R G E O U S Karen!!!!
Amazing! You must be so proud of it.

Michelle said...

TRULY a piece of art! You are very talented!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

wow. wow, wow, wow. it is gorgeous!!

Jeanne said...

This is a gorgeous, gorgeous quilt! What a great job you have done with this

Susan said...

woh its gorgeous, definetly a labor of love. Whoever is going to use will feel the love.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Thanks Susan, it's for our bed (my husband and I).

Karen

Ocean Soul said...

You have such patience and skill! And what a challenge to turn all those other project leftovers into an entirely different and gorgeous work of art. Hard work and perseverance once again pay off!

Linda R said...

OH my.. Your quilt looks amazing. You did such a great job.. Oh how I would love to do a quilt someday. I have been saying that for years.

Hugs~

Kateri said...

So pretty! Love the bright colors!

Jennie said...

What a beautiful quilt! It's great to have something with so many memories!

Seraphym said...

WOW!!!!

MsMidge said...

That would have to be the most beautiful and "happy" quilts I have ever seen! Fabulous!!

Dee said...

Wow! And I thought I kept a lot of scraps! This is truly amazing!

Mary said...

Marvelous quilt, congratulations!

Domestic Moose said...

That looks amazing. Nice work.

Amy said...

It is beautiful!! What better than having pieces of memories in quilting.

Rachel said...

Wow! That's an impressive number of flying geese. Very pretty.

Abby said...

OH MY HECK! I can't believe how beautiful this quilt is and how many pieces it must have had. Awesome design!

Patchwork and Play said...

What an absolutely stunning quilt! I love the whole overall look AND the beautiful cherry fabric! I must go back and read the complete story!

Marie said...

Your quilt is absolutely stunning! So bright and beautiful! Lots of hard piecing, I am sure! I am so glad you shared it! How funny, I have just been "sandwiching" one of my own quit tops with batting and backing and getting ready to quilt it too!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Oh my goodness - this is a work of art! So many tiny pieces, the finished quilt will be absolutely stunning.

As a complete aside, I'm not sue why it seems I keep missing your posts - I double-checked that you're in my blog list - maybe it's a time zone thing(?) and I'm not scrolling enough.

pattisjarrett said...

It IS beautiful!

Ruth said...

That is so impressive! I came to comment on your amazing toadstools but this quit below caught my attention :)

1 of the Creekside Team said...

absolutely inspirational ... the quilt, your site, your work!

Linda

Sewing Mom said...

It's beautiful...I can totally tell why you love it!

Nice to see you at Sneak Peek today! God bless.

Hilary said...

breathtaking! I usually don't work with light and bright, but I do enjoy seeing what others do with them!

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

WOW! This is absolutely stunning!!! You did a fantastic job. I am in awe...

Leslie McNeil said...

it's quite striking, and i love how you love, that you have pieces of fabrics from other projects, especially the outfit never worn! Sometimes... making something like that is worth it the effort, as you remember it for the time in your life it was!

Nayana Donga said...

Karen....it's amazing. Ohh so beautiful...you have so much patience :)

BedTime Quilting said...

It's one is great! Oh so much work!! That must feel good to have it finished!

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