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Monday, May 13, 2013

Jubilee Quilt Update

This quilt has taken me on quite a journey.  Today I finished hand appliqing the last little piece (at least I hope so).  Last year I feel like I spent weeks staring at the borders trying to figure out what to do, I finally made a plan.  A big thank you to Janet from Quiltsalott.  I sent her pictures and asked for her opinions.  What she told me it needed was exactly what I had thought, but I needed someone else to say it.  So thanks Janet.
The first plan was 4 scallops with 9 petals on each scallop.  That grew to 5 scallops on each side with 11 petals.  Then came the flowers, a variation of the the center flowers complete with those fussy little leaves.  Then what to do at the bottom of the stem.  A decision to make 2 berries for each flower - seemed to be perfect........ until I sewed the borders to the center.  I didn't really know what I was doing, so I didn't measure very well.  I ended up needing to rip out 8 of the 20 scallops - 2 of them completely.  Then I had to rip out petals - a total of 56!!!!!  Oh well, live and learn.  But I am proud to say, it is done!!!!
It is so hard to remember a year ago when it started out looking like this.
I found this piece about 6  months ago and knew if was perfect for the back, it is absolutely beautiful.
Thank you Jo :).  So I'm ready to baste and then start the hand quilting.  It needs to be done in time for our quilt show next April.
I sometimes thought this day would never come.  I know it's not done, but it's a whole lot more done than it was 6 months ago.  I'll share quilting updates from time to time.  I still love everything about this quilt :)!
Karen

17 comments:

regan said...

Again, Holy Cow! This is so gorgeous, Karen! Well done! And I remember when you first posted that pic from the beginning.....I thought it was an awesome start....never knowing what you would end up with! This is such a treasure! You should be very very proud! And take your time with the quilting, make it wonderful and a pleasure the whole way, so you can really enjoy every minute of this masterpiece! Yippee! :o)

Carla said...

Oh, my goodness! What a beauty, Karen! I can't even imagine making something so exquisite. I am so very impressed with your workmanship!

Miriam said...

Huge congratulations Karen!! Your quilt is absolutely stunning!!!
The backing fabric you have chosen is gorgeous too!

Ineke van den Akker said...

Beautiful! Well done! Love the fabric.
greetings from Holland!
with love,
Ineke

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Karen, this is unbelievably beautiful; thanks for sharing the progress with us and for allowing us to join you on this Jubilee journey. Incredible workmanship!

Karen said...

Big breath. Now let out a big squeal. Wow! Certainly a beauty. You can be proud of your design work. A wonderful reminder for your Jubilee year. I am glad you are going to hand quilt.

Diane said...

That is a masterpiece.

Angie said...

Beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the quilting!

Maureen said...

So beautiful! Love your design. Happy quilting!

Ruth said...

Measuring can be tricky with fabric. I swear sometimes it is different each time I measure! Your quilt is awesome! It's nice that you have almost a year to get it quilted, so that shouldn't be any problem for you. Can't wait to see how it progresses.

Lori said...

Double Love here, Karen! That backing is really perfect. It was fun to have this journey together!

Karendianne said...

oh you should be proud! What a stunning absolutely breathtaking piece of work. Congratulations and yes… ohhhh lala on the backing. :)

MamaT said...

Wow! That really turned out SUPER NICE!!! And I love the backing you chose. It's perfect! It is a prize winner, for sure! I'm happy for you. Now enjoy the quilting!

Heather said...

Wow, this turned out beautifully. Love the backing fabric and look forward to watching your quilting progress!

audrey said...

Your border is just incredible. Thanks for sharing.

One Minnesota Quilter said...

It's beautiful.

Judy

FlourishingPalms said...

What an accomplishment! I'm so impressed that you could get all this done and live the other parts of your life - family, work, shingles... You almost make me believe that if I applied myself, I might ever finish two hand-appliquéd borders to complete a quilt top! You are amazing, and you do beautiful work!