Sunday, May 19, 2013

Quilt Top Finished!

I finished the Gettysburg quilt Monday evening, spread it out the next afternoon to take photos.
The light was poor.
I'll take proper photos once it has been quilted and bound.

I can seldom make a quilt without tweeking the pattern as published.
For this one I decided to construct the Log Cabin blocks in matching sets of four and create a mirror  image layout.
Since the blocks are turned differently to create the 'barn raising' diamond effect, the likeness of the blocks is not as noticeable.

The pattern quilt finished at 82 inches square which I felt was an awkward size.
I enlarged the three borders to create a 92 inch square.
Had to order batting online which arrived yesterday, so tomorrow I'll box up the quilt, backing and batting to ship to Knox Hill Quilts in Vermont for Marion to finish with her long-arm machine.
I have two projects in mind to tackle as relief from gardening, but first
my fabric cupboard needs a good sorting!

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    1. Jan; Thank You! I don't know which I enjoy more--the process of making a quilt or the finished product.

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  2. So many beautiful blocks to create this wonderful quilt ...love what you did to enlarge it too.
    I loved the wander round your place ...looks so alive and rich ...the weather here has been so changeable too, from a day of brilliant sun to a night that almost registered zero ...not forgetting rain and even more rain xx

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    1. Angie; The weather here has been an absolute conundrum this spring. When I can't garden in the rain and wind, I go downstairs and make quilts!

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  3. Oh Sharon, what a great job you did on this quilt. I love the cherry red and the sky blue, they really lift the browns.
    You must be very proud :-D

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    1. Kath; The two different block patterns on this went together so neatly--I was surprised how quickly I finished the top. You can likely tell I loved the colorways in these fabric lines, I bought so much. Still some left to work with!

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  4. I love everything about the quilt.
    Lillian

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    1. Lillian; Thank You. I wish I had your courage and confidence to tackle machine quilting. I just know I'd spoil my pretty piecing!

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  5. I've liked every quilt you've made, but this may be my favorite.

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    1. Janet; I keep finding 'new' favorites! I wonder if that happens with Mac's paintings [?]

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  6. I think you have made such a beautiful job of it Sharon you are clever,lovely colours.XX

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I don't know that I'm particularly clever--most often my 'plan' changes as I work on a quilt. The colors in these fabrics are even lovelier in reality.

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  7. Absolutely beautiful. I wish I had your talent!

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    1. Em; As a young girl I so longed for the ability to draw and paint the interesting and beautiful plants and creatures that were all around me. Quilt making can be learned rather than needing an inborn ability, so I have learned to express my love of color and pattern in that way. {I still wish I could draw!}

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  8. Very pretty. I just can't imagine all of the time that goes into each one of your quilts. Your work is lovely.

    FlowerLady

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  9. Lorraine; Thank You. As you well appreciate, creating and crafting are a great way to occupy both hands and mind--sanity savers!

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  10. What a beautiful quilt, and such subtle colour combination. THAT is what I lack (I think!) and so I get a bit daunted, especially when at present my stash is coming from cotton dresses from the car boot sales, so not exactly a colour palate, as a colour riot!

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  11. Jennie; I have seen some interesting quilts made with what might be called a riot of colors. I tend toward a good deal of color planning, but then, I've acquired quite a 'stash' of fabric over the years. You might want to try a string-pieced quilt of many colors such as Briony has made at craftycatcorner.

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