Sunday, January 29, 2012

Paula's Quilt - Finished!

Well, it was a long old slog to get here, but Paula's quilt is finally finished!!!


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I started this quilt in.... April? May? Last year, and finished it last week. It took a long time, but I am so so pleased with the finished thing, and Paula is too, which is the main thing :-)


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Paula chose the fabrics. I wasn't entirely sure how well they would work in a quilt to begin with; I didnt think there was enough contrasting values (lights/darks). But now that they are all pieced together I think they look fab!! A shabby-chic kinda thing...






The blocks are all 12" finished, a random assortment of ones I liked while browsing t'interweb. Some are from the Summer Sampler QAL, some from the Bloggers Block-a-Palooza, some from a quilt block app I have on my iPhone, and some from Modify Tradition.


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I sashed with 3" finished white strips, and used one of the aqua fabrics from the top for cornerstones. The cornerstones were definitely a good idea, they give the eye a place to rest, and tie together the whole top.


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Its backed in a plain aqua sheet, and bound with a pink Michael Miller print which I've forgotten the name of... Error...


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Because it was so huge, I decided to do my standard FMQ stipple pattern. I didn't have the energy, or strength, in the end, to do anything different. I'm also pretty good at FMQ now, I've got the hands vs machine speed pretty much down, and don't seem to have many tension issues these days. Also, I didn't want to do anything fancy or new and risk screwing it up!


I think this might be my "best" quilt yet... I'm so pleased with how it turned out, proud even, and I'm so happy that it will be loved for years to come :-)



Quilt Stats
Size: approx  90" x 105" 
Fabric: A selection of Tilda prints
Pattern: Traditional Sampler quilt style
Quilting: Large loopy stippling. 





30 comments:

  1. Laura, it looks totally amazing! good on you for quilting it yourself! that's a mammoth quilt to push through a domestic machine! Lucky Paula!

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  2. Wow Lolly - it's fantastic, very girly and pretty. Lucky Paula xxx

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  3. Jeepers not only is that colossal, it is absolutely stunning and you did an amazing job. Wow. In awe.

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  4. What an amazing quilt - I love it. Well done.

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  5. You are very brave quilting that yourself. I love it!!

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  6. Incredible! Quite a size lady- you know size matters really! A girly beauty!

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  7. You are right to be proud of your fabulous achievement!

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  8. Fantastic! Love it! Love that you tacked such a large quilt, and love that you are so proud, you should be! Lucky Paula!

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  9. Absolutely stunning LJ! What an amazing quilt! You are right to be chuffed to bits with it! Big well done! Jxo

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  10. It looks absolutely fab, no wonder she was thrilled!

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  11. wow, this is lovely: I love those colours

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  12. Wow what undertaking! That is a huge quilt and you've achieved it with brilliance. The colours are wonderful. And the blocks were a perfect choice. Congrats!

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  13. Wow! Laura it's so pretty! Well done!

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  14. wow! It's not only beautiful but huge! How do you FM quilt such a huge quilt at home?

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  15. Lucky recipient!! Gorgeous!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  16. Oh sweetie its turned out really lovely! Quite right that you're proud of it, you should be too :-) Well done!

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  17. so gorgeous! I'm about to post the baby quilt all done and bound, but jeez! This quilt has a way of making it feel inadequate! ;)

    Paula is one lucky recipient!!

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  18. It's fabulous and looks lovely both on the bed and in the garden!!

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  19. Im glad you are proud of it-- it's a wonderful quilt! Great job!

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  20. I love this quilt! I love the shabby chic look, love the cornerstones, and love that you said "long old slog"! :)
    It's beautiful!

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  21. Beautiful! I've developed a love for sampler quilts lately, and yours is at the top of my list!

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  22. 90 x 105?!! that's bloomin' ginormous! it's lovely, well worth the wait :)

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  23. Oh wow it's amazing and so big to do all that FMQing! Was it hard parting with this? I hope you get visiting rights!

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