Friday, May 3, 2013

Scraps + scraps x scraps = quilt

Finally, a photo shoot!

First I had a very hard time finding a fence that was wide enough and tall enough to hang this quilt.

It is 93 x 93 inches in size.
Our local park has sections that are too narrow and the posts are on the inside. I gave up on that idea.

My second  favorite spot is just too low. So... I put my quilt and my step ladder into my back bike basket and set off for the river where there are some parks and ball fields.

I found this sunny spot, but when I hung the quilt up, the ginkgo tree cast a shadow along the top edge. Also the wind kept blowing the quilt out like a tent fly. Kids on bikes were riding underneath. Not so good.

I decided to go farther down the river and see if there might be another fence that would work.


Here is that picture. I think the sun shows off the color better and there is a little competition with a plant on the right but, for the most part, I am satisfied. I am almost tempted to drive out to my old neighborhood where there were many high chain-link fences around several ball fields and I had a choice of sun or shade.

I am pretty sure I will try this pattern again,  making larger blocks and not using sashing. I stopped by the rice store to show the finished quilt to the owner who had so kindly let me use her floor for basting. She was as happy to see the finished quilt as I  was to have it finished.

No excuse now not to begin the baby quilt and get  ready for the Tohoku trip. (Of course I can always begin another star if I need some procrastination).......

35 comments:

  1. Julie, this quilt is truly amazing! I admire that you do all this work by hand. I only use my machine for making quilts. Wonderful quilt!!! Thanks for sharing the completed project. I like the sashing that you put on it.

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  2. omg this quilt is amazing!!!! I love it and am so impressed its all done by hand.
    so fun to look at all the different fabrics.
    so glad you shared this with us.
    thank you!
    Kathie

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  3. Your quilt is just wonderful Julie : many congratulations on such a gorgeous finish :))
    Blessings,
    Isa

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  4. Beautiful, beautiful work. What a sense of accomplishment you must feel to have that large quilt completed!

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  5. Three cheers for the Queen of Quilts!
    Oh, Julie, this is just awesome, the size, the pattern, the multitude of fabric, the evenness, the speed, and I love the sashing, as well as the photo spot.
    Congratulations on completing another great quilt.

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  6. Wow, wow, wow.....
    this quilt is so amazing. So fantastic work.
    Thank you for sharing.

    All your work is wonderful.
    Grit from Germany

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  7. Wonderful quilt. I never though of hanging them on a fence before - great idea!

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  8. I really love this quilt and the fabrics you used, beautiful pattern.
    I never have a place to hang mine, I need to make something on the basement wall for hanging.

    Debbie

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  9. Amazing - simply amazing. Love where you hung the quilt for photographs.

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  10. Wow, superb, and so much work, a real masterpiece. But where is the photo of you, bicycle, ladder and quilt pedalling down the road?? A lovely photo shoot, perfect place to show it so well.Greetings from Jean

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  11. I agree - AWESOME! I love how you are able to hang your quilts on chain-link fences to get a good photo. What a BEAUTIFUL rainbow of colors! And - if I counted correctly - you made 225 blocks - no two alike - BY HAND! I repeat - AWESOME! - ;))

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  12. Wow, to make a quilt that large, that scrappy, all pieced and quilted by hand - mind boggling! It's just beautiful. Show us some detail shots next, and the backing fabric etc (pretty please).

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  13. Beautiful beautiful quilt, but I was fascinated by the story of the neighbour and the little hole...any developments?

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous!....and big! It has a jeweled look or even a bedazzled look to it. I would like to see the next one without sashing. I have to admit that I find the sashing adds a feel of calmness and helps the eye to travel from one block to the other.

    That is always fun trying to find the perfect spot to hold a quilt that is also sunny.

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  15. Wonderful quilt! Congratulations on your finish! I love the scrappiness and also how the brighter yellows jump out here and there. I have always been amazed at how much you accomplish especially knowing you do it all by hand! I love the sashing but am intrigued to see how it would be without it. Can't wait to see your next project!

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  16. I love this quilt! I think I might try sashing for my bigger x and + blocks. I just like how yours looks so much.

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  17. This is just gorgeous! The riot of colors!!! And to think you did it all by hand! You have created an heirloom!

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  18. Knowing this is hand pieced and hand quilted it is extra ordinarily gorgeous. love what you have done with your scraps, the patience of a quilter is beyond the patience of Job...lovely lovely work!! I am sure you now feel empty handed, what is the next adventure.

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  19. This is totally amazing! What a treasure it is. And to have done it all by hand - so incredible! Enjoyed your story of how you found a place to hang it for the photo shoot too.

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  20. Congratulations!! It is a masterpiece. The white sashing really works well.

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  21. Wow, Julie!! It's gorgeous!! I'm so glad you were able to find a spot to photograph it!

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  22. Stunning Julie! really stunning.

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  23. Not only do you create these amazing quilts but you then go to an incredible amount of trouble to find a place to photograph them perfectly. I think I'm too easily satisfied - if I can get an unblurred picture of most of the quilt, that'll do!! Your work deserves this attention to detail, your picture shows it beautifully. Absolutely stunning.

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  24. What a beautiful quilt Julie. I'm making the +X quilt as well but my blocks are much, much bigger than yours (14 inches finished). I'm not going to use sashing when I put it together. Originally I was going to make only 25 blocks but now I'm at 36 and think I'm going to make at least 6 more.

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  25. Beautiful! Simple beautiful quilt!

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  26. I love how that turned out. Wonderful.

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  27. I love this quilt! What size are the blocks?

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  28. Oh MY GOODNESS! What a fantastic quilt! I can't believe all these teeny little squares. I can't stop looking at it! You are truly a CRAZY WOMAN! Crazy GOOD that is!

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  29. It is amazing in and of itself, but when I think that you do it all by hand - WOW!

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  30. Stunning heirloom masterpiece. So very well done! You must be thrilled.

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  31. Can you hear me clapping all the way from my home? Your quilt is beautiful!

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