Thursday, December 11, 2014

Finished!

Last week I did the last of the hand quilting  . . .


Quilting the last square!


. . . and trimmed around the edges of the quilt in preparation for the binding.

Then came making the binding, machine sewing it around the edges of the quilt, and lastly, folding the binding over the edge and hand sewing it down around the whole quilt.

I finished the hand sewing this week and . . . the quilt is finally finished!


I am so happy to have it completed! It was quite the lengthy and big project . . . and enjoyable, too. :)

This is my seventh quilt to make so far and is the largest of all of them. I first saw the pattern for it in a craft book, and the pattern was taken from an antique quilt, a photo of which was included with the pattern. I instantly liked the look of the antique quilt and knew it was one I wanted to make, but didn't realize how large it was until after it was pieced together (this quilt's completed measurements are between queen and king size.) A quilt of that size takes awhile to quilt for a slow quilter like me!


After quite a few winters of working on this, it is exciting to finally have it finished!

28 comments:

  1. Congratulations on finishing your quilt! It's just beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful job!! I love the pattern and the fabric you chose.

    -Sarah

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  3. You must be thrilled with it Sarah, it is delightful.

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  4. It' looks like it turned out lovely! It always feels so good to get a big project like that accomplished! :)

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  5. It is beautiful Sarah!!!! You did a wonderful job!
    I love quilts.:) I have a bunch of old Quilters Newsletter Magazines (70's through early 2000's) and I love reading them. They are full of interest articles and pictures of beautiful quilts.
    I love looking at all the patterns and trying to decide what one I'd like to make a quilt using. I'm sure it won't be as beauitful as yours though.
    Thanks for sharing a picture of your finished quilt.:)
    Have a blessed day!

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  6. Precious comforter! It is the whole work of art. It is not important the time that you have been late in finishing the important thing is well that you have still had. Happy Christmas and that God blesses them. Mari Carmen

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  7. I am so happy for you!
    Your quilt is just beautiful and a real keepsake. It shows a lot of perseverance!

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  8. Congrats! You did a beautiful job!

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  9. What a lovely heirloom you have created. It is a testament to your patience, perseverance and growing skills. I hope you feel well pleased with the result.

    Congratulations.

    Now what do you plan to do next?

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  10. Congratulations on finishing! It is a beautiful quilt. You did a wonderful job. I'm sure it takes much perseverance and diligence to accomplish a project like that! It must be so gratifying to see and hold the finished product. :) I am considering making a small quilt this winter to try my hand at quilting. Is there a good pattern you would suggest I begin with?

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  11. Thank you, Sarah! When picking out the fabrics, I tried to get as close to the prints/colors that the antique quilt had, and these were the closest I could find. They have a very country and more antique look to them!

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  12. I am, Elizabeth! And thank you. :)

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  13. Thank you, Emily! And yes, it certainly does!

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  14. Thank you, Salinn! How fun to have all of those quilters magazines to look through. It would be neat to see all of the different quilts, and I am sure it is inspiring looking at all of them!

    Well, I am sure that whenever you make your first quilt, it will be beautiful. :) Have fun if/when you do!

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  15. Thank you, Maria, for your kind words!

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  16. Thank you, Suze! Next I am hoping to crochet an afghan . . . crochet is probably my favorite handwork to do, and I have missed it!

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  17. Thank you, Katie! It did take a fair bit of both of those things. :)

    That would be fun for you to make a quilt this winter! I am sure you would enjoy it. I am not very familiar with the different skill levels of different quilt patterns as I typically just see one I like the looks of in a book and then make it. One of the simpler and more basic designs, though, would be a nine patch quilt. You have sewing experience, though, so I am sure you would do well with a more complex quilt, too!

    Quilting really isn’t that much different than sewing . . . you utilize a lot of the same skills just in a bit different way. If you are trying to find a pattern to start with, perhaps you could go to the library and check out some books on quilting? I really like the Thimbleberry quilt books and have made one of their quilts before. Another quilting book that may be helpful as far as learning how to quilt is JoAnn's "Your Guide to Quilting".

    Have fun quilting if/when you do!

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  18. Sarah I love to crochet too. I am now studying full time as well as doing other things. One night I dreamt that I was knitting and I decided no matter how busy I am I must do a little every now and then.

    Best wishes.

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  19. I remember back when you first started this quilt, Sarah--or at least, when it first appeared on your blog.:-) What a wonderful sense of accomplishment to have it completed. It looks so nice--the colors, the pattern, and of course, the skilled handiwork.:-)

    Isn't it fun to have a "Winter Project Finish List" and be able to steadily cross things off?

    ~ Betsy

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  20. This quilt turned out so beautifully, Sarah! Lovely work!
    <3 you :)

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  21. I didn’t realize that you also crocheted, Suze! It is so relaxing to do.

    It sounds like you are busy right now! I am like you in that no matter how busy I am, I like to try to fit in at least a bit of handwork. Enjoy working on your projects, and I hope your studying goes well!

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  22. You have a good memory, Betsy! That was quite a long time ago. :) It does feel so good to have it completed. And thank you for your kind words about it!

    Yes, it certainly is!

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  23. Thank you, Amy! Love you, too (((hugs)))

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  24. It's beautiful, Sarah! I would agree with what some others have already said - the colors and design were a very good choice. I've always dreamed of making a quilt but never have. Maybe someday! :)

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  25. Thank you, Anna! I know you would enjoy making a quilt. :) Maybe someday you'll be able to!

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)