Monday, October 3, 2011

A productive weekend…

In spite of the weather.

It was another rainy weekend here in paradise which put the start of our fall outdoor clean up on hold until the sunny, dry weather returns.  But you don’t hear me complaining now, do you?   *wink*  In actual fact, it was a perfect weekend to stay indoors to put the finishing touches on my Civil War nine patch quilt.

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Remember this?  Just in case you don’t, you may read about it HERE.

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I received a phone call on Thursday evening to say that my quilt was ready to be picked up. 

My original plan was to send my quilt to Mary at Quilt Hollow but plans had to change because the cost of return shipping from Nova Scotia to North Carolina was astronomical.  The gals from my guild recommended Donna, a local gal, who is a professional longarm quilter.  Thanks for the wonderful job, Donna!

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The colors of the quilt are much warmer than they appear and the photos don’t do the quilt justice because today is another day without sunshine.

I had initially planned to do a scallop or wave border but when Mr. Painted Quilt saw it, he asked me to leave it just as it is.  He hardly ever voices or offers an opinion on anything that I make but this quilt really caught his eye and I couldn’t find it in my heart to override his wishes.  So I went with a straight border and I’m not unhappy with the way it looks now that it’s finished.

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I’ve always wanted to make a scrappy nine patch quilt and this one is even more special because each block is made by someone different who took part in the same Civil War nine patch swap that I did.  Thanks again for hosting, Julie!

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To take the photographs, I just laid the quilt down on our bed over our everyday quilt.  When I flipped up a corner in order to show you the backing, this lump appeared.  Any guesses as to what who it is?

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Frankie, of course!

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And just this morning I made and sewed on the label.  The finished quilt measures 91” x 81”.

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Now I can officially call it a FINISH!

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79 comments:

Cattinka said...

The quilt looks beautiful, your husband has good taste in quilts, it looks perfect the way it is, and the quilter did a great job also.
KATRIN W.

Elzaan said...

Well done on the finish! And what a beautiful quilt it is. Feels good, doesn't it, to call it finished. Enjoy your new addition (seems that Frankie already does :) )

Shakerwood said...

It turned out wonderfully! Too bad about the shipping. I think NS is closer to the Carolinas than California is so you would think they could figure out a way to make it cheaper!

Logopaedchen/Kirsten said...

That quilt turned out great and the quilter did a wonderful job. i love the warm colors, very nice. Good taste, that your husband has.

sunny said...

Fantastic finish. I think you made the right decision with the straight border on this one. I often get that very strange lump in my bed, too! Especially as the weather is turning cooler. Sometimes it's even a double lump.

Theresa said...

What a gorgeous quilt!!!!!!! Congratulations on this finish~~~~

Terry said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love the cat hiding under it! :0)

Wonky Girl said...

Love the finished quilt. I have some swapped nine patches to use, hope they turn out as nice as yours.
Hello to your handsome kitty.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh a straight border with a Civil War quilt for sure - good call hubby. Just a wonderfully warm inviting quilt - Frankie knows.

By Hoki Quilts said...

And what a beautiful finish it is too my friend, and the quilting is 'just enough'. Hey, you are sounding pretty chipper - good to here.
hugs - Miche'le

conny's quilts said...

You did a wonderful work at this quilt Kaaren, Lovely!

Mary said...

Pretty an so nice to have a memory quilt from a SWAP. I'd put the Machine Quilter's name on it also. Just in case you forget.

Annelies said...

Wow, what a beautiful quilt Kaaren.

Quilt n Queen said...

Your quilt is awesome.....makes me want to start a 9 patch quilt.... also, great job from your local quilter. I am from Ontario but live in the USA now. My fear of shipping from Canada to the USA or from the USA to Canada is that it would get lost....it's happened twice to me with 'important' mail from the Tresurary Dept and the other from a bank.....they never arrived..... makes for big headaches.....I just don't have any confidence with the USPS. It's good you found someone local.
Have a great day...(o: Pauline

Jeanne said...

Congrats on the finished quilt! It's lovely!

WoolenSails said...

The quilt came out so beautifully and Donna did a beautiful job on the stitching.

Debbie

Donna~~ said...

Gorgeous quilt--looks perfect just the way it is (without the scallops --minus the lump of course) The colors look great together.

Joan said...

Beautiful quilt, Kaaren! I think Frankie will be enjoying it also.

Doniene said...

It's beautiful!!!

Sunnybec said...

Your quilt is lovely, actually they both are!

Sherryl said...

Oh I do love a nine-patch and that really did turn out gorgeous. I hate to say it, but Mr. Painted Quilt was right - keeping the border straight retained the simplicity (and dare I say masculinity) of the project. It's SO beautiful! That's a finish that's gotta feel good. Congratulations.

gracie said...

Just beautiful!

Heartsdesire said...

A wonderful job, Kaaren. I loved this quilt the first time I saw it. Now that it is quilted, it looks fabulous. And I think your husband was right about the borders. Even Frankie is going to enjoy it.

Sheila said...

It is gorgeous Kaaren , I love the nine patch and being scrappy it looks terrific .

KaHolly said...

And a beautiful finish it is!! It goes perfectly with your house. I'm not at all surprised you found postage too expensive back and forth to the states. I cringe when I have to mail anything home, and I keep it small! ~karen

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish!

miek 2 said...

it`s a beautifull quilt, i didn`t know that a 9 patch could look so pretty! well done!

Sheila said...

Your quilt is gorgeous...and your kitty obviously agrees :)

Sandi said...

Kaaren,

Your quilter did a lovely job finishing your quilt. What a lovely memory to enjoy for years to come.

Nice to see it finished and being enjoyed by Frankie!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Gorgeous quilt! Isn't it a great feeling to get things finished!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on the finish! It is just beautiful.

Isabel said...

The quilt as you said is now finished! And it´s perfect with the border!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful nine patch Kaaren. I wish it would rain around here a little more. ;)

Marsha said...

Oh, that is gorgeous! I love the warm colors and the quilting is beautiful! The straight borders look wonderful, too. That is a quilt to treasure.

GerryART said...

Aren't we lucky to have Hubbies who take an interest ! !
hugs
Gerry

Joy said...

Kaaren I think your hubby was right ... the straight edge looks fabulous :o). I love the quilting too, it really looks terrific - even with the Frankie lump underneath lol. What is it with cats and quilts?? Mine can't resist one either - especially a new one ;o)!!
Love n hugs,
Joy :o)

Angie said...

It is GORGEOUS!!

Candace said...

Oh Kaaren, it turned out so beautiful! I think I even see a cool "Maverick" block in there! We have one of those lumps, too, and her name is Sophie! You can always tell when the weather is about to turn colder - the lump appears under the bedclothes - lol!
Cheers!

~Laurie~ said...

And what a beautiful finish it is!! LOVELY!

Sharon said...

The quilt is lovely! I wish it were mine. The cat is quite lovely too!

Sue said...

Well Frankie thinks it's a great quilt too! Well done Kaaren.

Me and My Stitches said...

I'm with Frankie - it's a keeper! Love the hexie quilt under it as well!

Quilt Hollow said...

Absolutely beautiful! I have to tell you...I'd snag Frankie from you in a heartbeat! So darned cute!

Anonymous said...

Your quilt is just beautiful!

Darlis

Colleen said...

Absolutely fantastic. The border is perfect and the quilting is divine! Enjoy it.

Kathryn said...

I am a lover of 9-patches, the scrappier the better. Congratulations on a lovely quilt that has your husband's approval. Great job. Best wishes, Kathie L in Allentown

Sheila said...

Your quilt turned out beautiful. Frankie is such a cute little guy. Hope you have a great week.

Lesley said...

Kaaren, the quilt is absolutely beautiful! And the quilting fits it so well! But that lump...does it show up in all your quilts? Heehee! Take care!

Sandra said...

Frankie, you chose a great quilt to snuggle under.
Mr P.Q, great decision on the edging.
Quilter, great job on the quilting
Kaaren, you've got a great team there!!

Laura said...

Beautifully Done!

paulette said...

Absolutely gorgeous...and so is the hexagon quilt underneath!! Nothing like a finish...Enjoy!
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Susannah said...

What a beauty! I don't know but it seems to just catch my eye, too. Fantastic. I really love it. Marvelous job, Kaaren. Next project?

Susannah

marina said...

your quilt looks fantastic. Well done. shame about the little 'lump' in your quilt!
I so love the flower garden quilt underneath, it is just gorgeous.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your quilt is beautiful!! I love it!

Allie said...

That is just gorgeous, Kaaren! It looks so cozy, no wonder Frankie had to get in on the act, lol. I love the border. I never, ever get tired of a 9patch quilt...

Muddling Through said...

What a gorgeous quilt! And apparently it has passed the cat test, too.

taylorsoutback said...

A perfectly lovely finish it is! Your border treatment is very appropriate for a Civil War era quilt too. It looks warm and welcoming and that is what a quilt on the bed should be.

(come see photos from our quilt show if you have a moment - a number of reproduction quilts are included)

Rhonda said...

Beautiful Kaaren!

I actually know, Donna, she does fantastic work.

barcord said...

Your quilt looks gorgeous. The quilter did a great job. Frankie sets it off beautifully. What is it with cats and quilts. Amber loves quilts too.

Jenny's Craft Place said...

The nine patch looks lovely Kaaren :) Does Frankie get to judge all of your quilts...lol... ? Happy crafting, Jenny

Karen said...

Kaaren, It's lovely... the warm colors come through on some of your shots.. and I do believe Mr. Painted Quilt has good taste in borders... the straight edge worked out wonderfully. Now the 9 patch... and the lovely quilt it covers... are on my "must do" list. Thank you !

So nice to focus on sewing and finishing...

Thoughts and love and healing energy still coming your way every day.

{{hugs}}

Karen

Stephanie said...

Beautiful treasure. I secretly liked the straight border on this quilt when you asked. :o) Looks like your new quilt is Frankie approved!

Jackie said...

It's a beautiful quilt and the quilting is gorgeous too! I like the straight edge too - good call by your husband.

lynneUSA said...

looks great - hope you are feeling ok - who quilted the hexie quilt - did they do it by hand or machine - it looks like a huge amount of work

Anonymous said...

It is just beautiful, Kaaren. I love the good old nine patch. My mom is 91 years old and still does baby quilts with little two and one half inch nine patch squares. Great job of quilting too. I will send a photo of my Raggedy and Friends soon, it will be at the quilters this month. Beth in northern Alberta.

Lori said...

It is gorgeous and so special because of the swap. The borders look terrific too.

Sylvie BG said...

What a beautiful quilt, Kaaren ! I love it, really ! :-)

Nanette Merrill said...

I need to photo more of my quilts on a bed. This is lovely. Really really lovely. Nine patch is so classic.

Karen said...

Nicely done, great borders too. Good choice mr painted quilt.
Clearly mr frankie approves.
Always nice to complete a quilt...Karencg

SueB said...

Kaaren Your quilt turned out beautiful. I love the leaves that were quilted on it. Then to have each block from someone else is awesome. Frankie is so cute under the cover.

Quiliting in Mequon said...

Hi Karran... What a lovely quilt... I just love the look of scrappy... The quilting is beautiful and goes well with the quilt... Frankie is so sweet... He should be in more pictures.. Hugs :)

Graziella said...

Karen è stupenda.
Mi scalda il cuore ed è bellissimo anche il giardino della nonne che c'è sotto. Sei bravissima.
Ti leggo sempre e ti scrivo per la prima volta.
Ti mando tanti auguri per la tua salute.
baci

graziella

Elyte said...

Love the nine patches. Great finish.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Kaaren,
Your civil war nine patch quilt turned out amazing..I love the vintage look. You did such a great job!.
I have been looking at the civil war fabric and I love it all. I just have to finish two quilts I have started as Christmas gifts first, before I buy more fabric.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Rhonda said...

Very nice! Love the colors! I think your cat has "claimed" it?

Merilyn said...

What a wonderful quilt Kaaren! The quilting has really set it off beautifully! I love nine-patch quilts too (I have one on my bed as well!), they are so homely! Frankie has become an official quilt inspector too I see LOL!!!!

Ullan tilkut said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! I love that quilt! It's stunning! It's so nice to find other quilters from different countries! :)

Siobhan said...

Wow, that is one fabulous quilt!! Your quilter did a wonderful job with it! I think Mr. PQ made a great choice/suggestion in not adding the scalloped border--it looks wonderful as is.

Kathie said...

the quilt is beautiful
I love nine patches and scrappy, perfect in my book
I like the border glad your DH voiced his opinion and you listened!
sometimes simple is just best.
have a wonderful Sunday.
Kathie