Sunday, February 5, 2017

The deed is done...YAHOO!


"Contentment" is a flimsy!  

Now to sew a seam on the backing and get this thing basted for hand quilting.  I don't see how I can do much more than outline and echo quilt...it is soooo busy already.  I will study it as I baste and see what comes to mind...

It is a hair over 59-inches square, which I hope makes it legally a wall hanging.



In stitches (and doing a happy dance!),
Teresa  :o)

29 comments:

  1. Congratulations from one of your west coast fans. Your Contentment quilt is so beautiful and special and well worth the time, talent and love you poured into it.

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  2. I'd say the deed is done. Wow! I wish I could applique. I'm not worth a flip at it. I know, I know, I know. It takes practice. I'm such a perfectionist that I am not satisfied at all with my work. I just have fits with it. It I have a spot that doesn't suit, I'm done with it. Years and years ago, the first quilt I ever started was a sampler quilt. Everything was done with scissors, rulers, and paper/cardboard templates. Everything was hand sewn and hand quilted. Everything was lap quilted - quilt a block, sew the sashing to it and join it to the next quilted block, quilt the sashing. I was making a king size quilt. I had a block with interlock hearts. At that point, I had never heard of making the block larger to allow for shrinkage of the block due to applique. My then husband was sitting across my rather larger living room and told me the applique hearts were not centered on the block. I said they were and he said they were not. He asked me to get my seam gauge and proved to me they were 1/16" off center. I put the quilt away. Eventually he walked out on me. The quilt sat and sat untouched. I thought the quilt was not good enough for his standards. I sent the quilt to my mother who lived 1000 miles away. She only knew how to quilt in a frame. She sent it back. She has since died. The quilt sits unfinished in the attic. We did not speak for over 15 years after the divorce. We even walked our daughter down the aisle at her wedding - one on one side and one on the other and didn't speak. We sat at separate tables at the reception. Now we can be in the same room and civil. One day I asked him about the quilt. He remember and said he couldn't believe that I could get that applique that close to center by hand. I told him I thought it wasn't good enough just as I thought everything I had done was not good enough for him. It was more was not said that was said. He never heard anything good from his mother and I'm not sure if he heard anything good from his father, either. He didn't know how to compliment anyone. That's not an accuse. It's an explanation. I've had people tell me to get the quilt out and finish it. I've had people tell me that some quilts weren't meant to be finished. Your work is beautiful and I'm in awe that you also design your work. Great, great job!

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    1. Please finish the quilt. It will help you and it sounds wonderful. Or take it apart and make two smaller quilts. Then you can add coping strips on the heart block to make it to your satisfaction. Good luck.....arden

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  3. Gorgeous. The borders alone are just beautiful. Can't wait to see it quilted.
    Congratulations. Thank you so much for sharing this journey.

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  4. Congrats on making it a flimsy. As you baste, it will tell you how to quilt it. Hope it is a legal wall hanging!

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  5. It takes by breath away, Theresa. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  6. This is such a beautiful story told in your quilt. Do you have a location where you will hang the quilt? This quite an accomplishment. Chris

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  7. so much work - you have done a great job, yes echo quilting will probably be what needs to be done! shouldn't take a lot of time either and you will have a finished quilt!

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  8. Congratulations! It's truly a labour of love!
    Enjoy the quilting!

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  9. I am so happy your calculations were right and everything fit. It is truly spectacular!! Anything that can fit on a wall is a wallhanging. I have small ones, medium size and one 72" long on my walls.

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  10. Sensational! I cannot wait to see this one hanging in a show someday!

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  11. congratulations. this is fantastic. what an awesome way to remember special things in our lives. this will be so very pretty and special on your wall.

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  12. Congratulations--it's just so charming!!!

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  13. Congratulations!!! I've followed your progress on this one and know it holds a lot of meaning for you. It's looking fantastic already, but will be gorgeous once quilted.

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  14. It is wonderful and you better be entering it in all the shows where it will win tons of ribbons, before you hang it up at home. I LOVE IT! I'm so impressed by your creativity and drawing ability. Congrats!

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  15. VERY NICE AND EXTREMELY SPECIAL! I think you hand quilt most your quilts? This one is heavily appliqued so I know what you mean when you say just outline and echo. My stuff is also heavily appliqued and tho I machine quilt, it is still the same issue-how to make the quilting interesting but not overshadow the main event-the applique.

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  16. Congratulations on another project well done! Just beautiful, Teresa.

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  17. gorgeous finish....always in awe of excellent applique

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  18. Woohoo! Dancing with you in tropical far north Queensland. xo

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  19. congratulations - wow! it is a masterpiece.

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  20. Absolutely wonderful! You are just amazing. I love the flower that goes from yellow to orange to red. So clever.

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  21. Wowsers!! What a gorgeous creation It has been so much fun to watch the progress

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  22. Congrats ..... this is unbelievable! The work, the detail, the little itty bitty pieces.

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  23. Lot of hours and hard work in this quilt! Very Very nice!

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