Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Finish!

Remember this?

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Well here it is now…a perfect summer quilt for Emily’s room!

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Before moving to Nova Scotia, I belonged to a guild whose members included some very prolific and innovative quilters.  Some of their handwork, including both appliqué and quilting, were second to none.  To add to the mix, we were also fortunate to have Alice as a member, who just happens to be an incredible longarm quilter.

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Just before we moved, Alice announced that she would be taking some time off from quilting for other people as she had a stack of her own flimsies that just never seemed to make it onto her frame.  Thankfully Alice reads my blog and when she agreed to quilt my granny squares flimsy, I was thrilled. 

So I packed up my quilt and shipped it off to Ontario with the instructions to ‘do whatever you want with it whenever you can fit it in’ and when it arrived back here on Monday, I was absolutely over the moon with the artistry that Alice performed on it.

Have a look!

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Here’s a closer look at the free motion quilting.

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Awesome, huh?

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It was my original intention to add prairie points around the perimeter but decided not to because I thought that they would interfere with the flow of the quilted feathers on the outside border.  I finally decided to go with a simple binding using the same red polka dot fabric that appears throughout the quilt.

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Now I’m faced with trying to decide on what to start next.

Decisions, decisions!  If only they were all this difficult.  *wink*

Kaarenheartname

93 comments:

ShirleyC said...

Wow! That is gorgeous! You certainly have a gift for finishing a quilt.

cottonreel said...

Stunning

Deb said...

It's gorgeous! I still want to make one, just haven't gotten around to starting it yet, along with all the others I want to make! I don't like to have more than one project going at a time, so it will have to wait for just a little bit!

B J Elder said...

The quilt is awesome and then you add Alice's superb quilting and, oh my, what a stunning quilt! I'm glad you did the simple binding as it is perfect for this one.

Sheila said...

Stunning , both the quilt and the quilting , absolutely love this quilt . It looks wonderful on your bed and and a perfect color for the summer !

Susannah said...

Oh Kaaren......IT IS SIMPLY BEAUTIOUS!!!!! What a gorgeous quilt. The quilting is fabulous and I love your simple border with it all. I can not wait to see what you do next.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your quilt is awesome! Makes me want to come for a visit and ask to sleep under the beautiful quilt!

The quilting is beautiful!

Decision on the next quilt--I think you already have some ideas in your head.

Beth said...

What a happy quilt. I love the red binding against the white.

WoolenSails said...

I love the quilt, it came out beautifully and beautiful quilting. I like how you draped it over a coverlet, nice look.

Debbie

Sandy said...

Your quilt turned out beautiful--both the top and the quilting!! I, too, think that the red binding pops the quilt.

Marj said...

Beautiful summer quilt and the quilting is really pretty too. Can hardly wait to see what you do next.

Karen said...

Job well done by all - what a pretty, fresh quilt. Love the red!

Ali said...

What a lot of work has gone into your quilt. It's really beautiful.
Ali x

Beverley said...

The quilt is absolutely fantastic.
How are The Girls?

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

It turned out beautifully! and the red binding is perfect! I love this one.....I am still saving up little squares !!

gracie said...

Absolutely beautiful! that is it...beautiful!!!!!

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Excellent quilt and quilting. Love the freshness of the colors on white background with the gorgeous feathers, etc.

Sandra Henderson said...

Just beautiful! Truly a summer quilt, so happy.

Lynn said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the red center blocks and the binding. An inspiration to those of us who've started Granny squares quilts and haven't finished them (well me specifically).

Lee Prairie Designs said...

WOW, Kaaren! Outstanding, looks like a B&B room!

Always good to look forward to a new project in the works...It will be fun to see what you come up with next!

:) Carolyn

Marge said...

That is absolutely beautiful! Glad you decided on the red binding. It's perfect!

Janet O. said...

It is a great summer quilt, and I think it was a good call to let the quilting shine on the border. The polka dot binding is cute.

Cattinka said...

Simply beautiful!
KATRIN W.

KaHolly said...

Oh, Kaaren, it's beautiful!! I wish I had a machine quilting friend! Maybe my tops would get finished a little more quickly! Well done, both of you.

Theresa said...

Wow!!!! This is beautiful!!!!!

Stephanie said...

I love this Grandmother's Pride block and your 30s repro fabrics make it a lovely "replica". Spectacular quilting too. Wonderful job by two very talented ladies.

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

Love your quilt!!

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

Yes Kaaren, it is awesome! Looks great on the bed.

Bonnie said...

That is a beautiful quilt and what an inviting bedroom!

Barb said...

beautiful quilting!!
what a lovley cat too, my parents always had Siamese.

Ginette said...

Gorgeous Kaaren! When mom had it on the machine, I said to her: "Oh, I hope she binds it with that red fabric!!" I am so glad you did! It is just perfect! Inspires me to work on my granny squares so mom can work her magic yet again.

Joan said...

Such a gorgeous quilt and the machine quilting is beautiful! I love everything about it. I wish it was mine.

Darlene said...

Incredible! Beautiful! Stunning!

Quilt Hollow said...

So pretty!!!! I just love seeing that gorgeous top "frosted"

Terry said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love the red squares and the red binding! Well, I love it all actually! LOL

Lesley said...

How beautiful! I think you and Alice have created an heirloom! The quilting is stunning, and your red binding is the perfect choice. It looks so wonderful in Emily's room.

Linda said...

SO GORGEOUS! JUST A BEAUTIFUL QUILT! YOU BOTH DESERVE HONORS! THANKS FOR SHARING!
P.S.LUV U FRANKIE!

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Terry@ iluvmybugs said...

What a beautiful quilt..love it and the quilting along with the red binding! It looks so nice on the bed :o)

Mimi said...

It is beautiful and the quilting is perfect!! I love the Granny Square for a quilt and will have to make one too!! Thanks for sharing!!

Kathryn said...

the combination of red centers and red setting blocks and red binding looks great.

Heather said...

Love it and those feathers are super.

tink's mom said...

Your quilt is lovely. Your quilter is phenominally talented.

Sandy said...

I love that pattern and the fabrics and quilting are absolutely gorgeous.

Miriam said...

Beautiful!!!! Congratulations to you and Alice! Stunning quilting and I love the red spot fabric!

lcscottage said...

Love, love, love the quilt!

Pat said...

It's beautiful Kaaren.

Carrie P. said...

It is beautiful. I love the red. It just makes the quilt pop! The red binding is perfect.
Awesome quilting too.

Sherill said...

Beautiful! Your piecing and Alice's quilting! What a combo!

sunny said...

oh my gosh that's gorgeous!!

quiltgrammy said...

Beautiful, and it looks prefect in "Emily's" room. Your friend does some AMAZING quilting.

Mimi said...

What a beautiful quilt and the quilting is beautiful, too.

Connie said...

All i can say it is beautiful and the quilting is beautiful!!!!!!

Janet said...

Absolutely lovely. You both did a great job. Can't wait to see what you do next. How's the chicks?
Janet

Karen said...

This is awesome. I love your piecing and the quilting is stunning. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Nancy said...

I love this and have added it to my must make list. So simple and so pretty!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Emily's room looks just beautiful with the new granny quilt. Love the red border AND wow, that quilting.

Jeanne Gwin said...

Absolutely beautiful quilt and the quilting is outstanding. Emily's room is a granddaughters delight I am sure.

Doniene said...

Stunning!! The red squares and binding are perfect!!! Thanks for sharing!

Blessings

Wilma said...

Beautiful¡¡¡ Congratulations ***

Needled Mom said...

It is just gorgeous! You both did an awesome job on it.

Elzaan said...

Absolutely fabulous! Alice is a true artist. I love the colours you used.
Lovely quilt. Enjoy the comfort it brings.

EllenaElizabeth said...

Stunning piecing and colours and the quilting is superb!

Donna said...

The quilt is absolutely lovely - your fabrics, the blocks and the quilting!

QuiltNut Creations said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the pop from the red binding.

Rebecca said...

It is stunning. I love the red squares. It really make it pop.
The quilted feathers are to die for. I love the feathers. Fantastic.

Vickie said...

Oh my gosh! I love it! It's beautiful! I love everything about your granny square quilt!

Valerie said...

Oh my, you don't need another comment telling you how beautiful this is, but I'll leave one anyway! Gorgeous! (The kitty is just too adorable too!)

Susan said...

Karen.......... It is wonderful... The quilting is exquisite.......

Are the blocks 12 inches... Inquiring minds want to know... And I am looking for a 12 inch block to use in a quilt for my guild challenge.

Colleen said...

She is simply a stunning quilt! Love the quilting on this too.

Karen said...

The quilting is so well suited to the design of your quilt. You are blessed with good friends.

Jane said...

What a beautiful quilt and the quilting is amazing! Looks great in the room!! :)

pinsandneedles said...

The quilting is gorgeous! I love the pop of red throughout the quilt and of coarse the binding! Love it!

Elyte said...

Lovely finish, looks fabulous on the bed.

Lori said...

it is beautiful! The quilting really enhances the lovely quilt top!!

Sandy said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Nanette Merrill said...

It is totally amazing. I love love this.

Candace said...

Now this was a jaw dropping post, Kaaren! It's stunning! I love the red and white polka dot accents and Alice's quilting is absolutely perfect to set off the blocks! Those who stay in Emily's room are in for a real treat!
Cheers!

Wendy said...

Wow, it's incredible! Love the grannies, love the colours, love the quilting, LOVE the binding

Janet said...

Absolutely gorgeous and how fortunate to have a friend that does such beautiful work!

Ronda said...

Kaaren It is beautiful! your friend did an awesome job!

City Krafters said...

Awesome quilt.
Well done Kaaren think your quilt is lovely.

Louise SS said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a stunning version of this quilt. ..and just the inspiration I needed to finish the one I just made :-) I was thinking about using red binding and your version has convinced me :-)

Stephanie Davison said...

Just beautiful! So summery and cheerful.

Katie said...

Isn't that gorgeous. The simplest designs make the best quilts. Lovely! :-)

Muddling Through said...

That is an absolutely gorgeous quilt and the quilting is just icing on the cake - beautiful collaboration!

Tina said...

Love your quilt! It is so cheerful and bright - brings a smile to my face.

Siobhán said...

Oh my gosh!! Alice did an amazing job on your quilt--it is so pretty! Such a fun quilt, too. The room is beautiful as well--it nearly makes me want to go and clean instead of stitch, nearly being the operative word. ;)

trelly said...

Amazing quilt!!!! Congrats Kaaren, hugs from Spain

Amy said...

Oh I LOVE THAT QUILT!!! So pretty!

Trace4J said...

Awesome and beautiful.
Love the red you added to it.
Just makes it pop.
Hugs
Trace


www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

alice chancey said...

I just read all of these wonderful comments on your quilt Kaaren and I just need to thank everyone for the nice things they said about my quilting on your quilt. It was fun to quilt and I love doing feathers so I am happy with the results. Enjoy your quilt Kaaren.

Jantine said...

Incredible quilting!