Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Beyond the Cherry Trees: a finish!

I still have to mark, baste, and quilt this but the top is complete. 


I cleared the table and chairs out of the dining room for the picture but the piece in the corner was too heavy to move so the top isn't completely flat.  Still, you get the idea.  I wish I had a clothes line, a very tall clothes line, and sun for the picture but don't so this was the next best thing today.  

I called a semi-local shop that does long-arm quilting about basting but I don't really want to wait another month.  I'd like to start the quilting before the weather is too warm.  The top is a bit over eight feet square and I have a work table that's eight feet wide, so I'm going to try it myself.  If it doesn't work easily enough, I'll just wait and have her do it.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

The original quilt has motifs quilted into it just about everywhere but that's not me even though this is a fairly 'folky' quilt.  My plan now is to do diagonals in a chevron.  The points should come together right about the blue bird in the center.

If you'd like a closer look at each of the blocks, they're listed in 'older posts' look at the end of my sidebar (under the blogroll)  under btct,  beyond the cherry trees, and by block (fill in a number).  I'd post the links but there are 20 or so of them.

15 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning. I would so much like to make this quilt, but don't know whether I'll ever get around to it. You certainly do inspire me, so perhaps I will at least start printing off the patterns. That would be the first step! (smile)

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  2. That is a beautiful, gorgeous quilt! You did such lovely work on it and you must feel good to have this accomplishment!

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  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! You did a fantastic job on it, and will enjoy quilting it. How fun!

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  4. I just linked to your blog so I can follow your quilting on this. I like the idea of quilt design, I too, am not doing all the motif fillers, maybe some feathers in spots, but will do some type of grid background. Will you quilt around the applique or go right over the motifs? Just curius.

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  5. You did an amazing job - it's truly an heirloom quilt, and your color choices are fantastic. Thank you for sharing. Ady

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  6. Oh, what a great quilt.
    Have a nice Day
    Diana

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  7. Mary, you did an absolutely beautiful job. Great choice of fabrics and the over all quilt looks like a heirloom.

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  8. Your quilt just looks magnificent! The fabrics are gorgeous, and its so nice to see your finish! Just gorgeous, Mary, and so big!

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  9. Fabulous!!
    I cut out #25 today - finished 24 last night. Traced the funny motifs for quilting on all the other blocks.
    Thank you for motivating me to sew on with this project - yours is fantastic!

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  10. it's so beautiful Mary...congrats on a beautiful finished top

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  11. Mary,
    your quilt is simply stunning. Congratulations on finally finishing the top. Your efforts have trully been rewarded with a beautiful quilt. An heirloom!!

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  12. I've been saving the patterns. Your quilt is very Pretty and the sunlight just makes it show up brighter. Good Luck getting it all done, that is a BIG quilt!

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  13. Mary,
    This is absolutely beautiful!!! I love it! Congrats on the finish!!!
    :)
    B

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  14. What a gorgeous quilt top, this is going to be magnificent! This is certainly an heirloom in the making!!!!

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