Thursday, September 8, 2011

Symmetry Quilt : :

Oh did it ever feel great to finish this quilt. My very first finished quilt. Yippee! I took a hundred photos to celebrate. Wanna see...

Here's a full shot. I used my widest washi tape to hold it to the wall. The I jumped up on my new stool to snap a few shots before the tape gave out. It was really quite funny. Of course I would have preferred to hold it. To take it outside to a beautiful spot to photograph (there's lots of those in Potter County), but it's been pouring rain on and off for at least three days.

Symmetry Quilt

I used a sort of random striping of the fabrics that make up the quilt for the binding. Surprisingly, I absolutely loved making it. Adding it to the quilt, not so much. I turned to Rachel's instructions for help.

my first binding

I used a decorative stitch that my machine offers for the quilting. You can see the stitch clearly here and how I simply followed the seams. Oh, these bright fabrics against the old wood, LOVE.

My Quilt and new stool

It's backed with my favorite, super cuddly Folksy Flannel print. It is the best feeling. Please make yourself a quilt with this flannel, just so you can hug that warm, puckered softness to your chest and feel very accomplished and proud.

Symmetry Quilt

These are the only photos I got of my girl with her new quilt. She wouldn't stand still because she was so happy. I'll take that over a perfect picture any day!

My creation

Finishing a quilt really doesn't feel like anything else, does it? I don't really know how to describe it. It's kind of a major undertaking. I know that, by quilting standards, the quilts I like couldn't be simpler or less sophisticated, but honestly, no matter how you slice it (literally) -- it's a big, BIG project. When I see really fancy quilts on pinterest, flickr, my favorite blogs, or at the quilt shops, I often stare in complete awe, because if you've ever finished one, you know that, well . . . they don't make themselves.

My Quilt and new stool

But it's all so worth it. I know I'll make many more. Can you have too many quilts? I don't think so.

p.s. There's an awesome fabric giveaway (here's a peek) happening here tomorrow, so please do stop back!

23 comments:

  1. Wow, wow, wow! It's gorgeous! You should feel very happy with yourself for such a great job and such a great achievement. Your daughter looks pretty thrilled too.

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  2. Congratulations! It's really beautiful, and no, I don't think you can have too many quilts, either, especially if they are handmade. I would love to take on a project like this someday (and I have a lot of them pinned, too!).

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  3. SO beautiful! There is nothing so satisfying as seeing your child completely enamoured with something you made. :) Great job!

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  4. Congrats! I felt the same way after I finished my very first quilt. There's a huge sense of relief when it's over, too :) I've only made two quilts, but I have a couple more in the works. Your quilt is just beautiful, and you should be very proud of it.

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  5. Bravo Maureen!!! I know exactly what you mean about that feeling when you are done. It turned out beautiful and your daughter will have a treasured keepsake many years from now. Well done!!

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  6. It looks great! I've never made a quilt, but I can imagine how much work goes into it. Nice job!

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  7. Yay! Your first quilt! That's awesome, Maureen. It's beautiful. The colors are fabulous, and that backing is perfect!

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  8. Well done! Good for you! The first one is the most adventurous bc it's all new. You're right, there is no greater feeling than a finish of this magnitude.
    Can't wait to see the next one! :)

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  9. Your first quilt? I'd never have guessed - it is wonderful!!

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  10. it's beautiful! I love to make quilts and...believe me...once you start...you'll can't never stop!!!! LOL!!!

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  11. Looks great! and thanks for the link to the binding tutorial. I'm in the process of hand stitching a binding and it's driving me insane (i'm not much of a hand stitcher!). I'm totally going this route on my next one!

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  12. wow! Your quilt looks amazing! I really love the fabrics you used and how cute is that little girl of yours all cuddly in it? I've never tackled a quilt project but now after seeing yours, I really want to give it a shot :)

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  13. So proud of you! It looks amazing and I can't wait to see the next one. It makes me want to try it :)

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  14. Congratulations! It's lovely! And, it already claimed an owner!

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  15. Fantastic job! I still haven't worked up the courage to start on my first quilt. Hope to have one finished by the end of the year! And that flannel makes me swoon - definitely my favorite print of the Folksy Flannel line! Also, that fabric stack makes me want to have a baby girl and make a quilt for her. Maybe someday! :) Again, great job!

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  16. Gorgeous!

    Congrats! I know the feeling, isn't it wonderful (both feeling and quilt :)

    Your colours are beautiful!

    My kids have taken their quilts with them to college and beyond, they are a comfort and a reminder of home and all things good!

    I bet you will be making more real soon.

    Have a lovely evening, cheers, T. :)

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  17. Wow, congratulations, Maureen! What a fitting name for it too. You can tell from this post and your last that your daughter is just over the moon. I particularly like the quilting. And thanks for linking to my binding tutorial. That was really kind! I am very proud of you and glad that you've got this under your belt. There are many more to come!!!

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  18. Congrats on your first quilt, it is addicting. I made my first qilt over 60 year ago from flower & feed sacks. I've made for all the children & grandchildren now I make for the Linus and other charity project.

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  19. Nothing says loving like a quilt made by grandma

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  20. Very pretty! What batting did you use? I am new to quilting and yours looks more cuddley than mine.

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  21. Where did you find the light blue/white fabric in the middle next to the solid red?

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    1. I believe that's a fabric from Joann Fabrics.

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