Saturday, September 5, 2015

It's a finish!

Last night I put the final stitches in the rainbow quilt. That was the good thing about a day of rain ... in the end, you get the rainbow. Of course, by that time, there was no sun and I had to wait until today for a photo op.


Here is the front displayed on the park fence. The colors seem a bit washed out but I have better ones on another camera so those I print directly from that camera will go into my paper diary.
I am glad I added the outer light border and also I  am glad the binding covered the short-fall.

Today as I was cutting up the trimmed scraps to go into tins of various sizes, I was even more glad I had found a better solution.


And here is the back. Ben may choose this as the top because it is the purple and lime green he requested. The quilted stitches fall off the grid in a few places (mostly around the edges). I am satisfied though with the results and I hope Ben will be too. Finished size, 74" x 92".

When I made Ben's baby quilt so many years ago, he was just a promise ... a picture of a little baby waiting in Korea for a family to claim him. As I worked on this piece I was thinking of the boy I now know and love so much ... A fellow lefty and in his right mind, a kid who shares my love of woodcarving and can turn a block of wood into a cute owl in an afternoon. I wish I could fly to Oregon and deliver it in person. You can believe my hugs will go into the box with it.

As I was taking these pictures in the park, the window in the upstairs of the house behind slid open and a head came out. This house is actually across the street from where my in-laws used to live and the Obaasan stuck out her head and asked what I was doing.

I called up to her that I was taking a picture of a finished quilt that I planed to send to my grandson. "Oh, I want to see." and the window slid shut. Pretty soon, around the block and through through the park came the elderly lady. She helped me take the quilt down and fold it after examining it in detail.
She said her daughter is a quilter (and actually lives nearby). Maybe a new friend? (she is preparing something for January ... The Tokyo Dome show?) I hope some day I can meet her.

I was hoping by today my laptop would decide to accept my camera in a download. I went through the same steps already tried over and over. When I plugged my camera into the port it went "peep" so I know the camera greeted the computer ... but alas, the computer still could not recognize the camera. The message kept saying the same ... plug in camera, turn on, and click refresh. Nope nothing. I finally had my husband download them to his computer again and mail them to me as last time. Even that adds an hour or so of fiddling before they are accessible for me to use.  Why did something so easy before, become so difficult that now I have to rely on a step I have no control over?
Anyway, enjoy the pictures and celebrate with me the finish!

18 comments:

  1. A beautiful quilt that no words will be enough to tell the love and stitching behind the rainbow. Oregon, so far away, but this will fly over the ocean, and I know will be a treasure always. Superb design, and the backing wonderful too.

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  2. Oh Julie, this is a beautiful quilt with a beautiful story, Ben is going to love it and he will know all the love and hugs it contains in each stitch and each tiny piece of fabric. The promise of the rainbow is such a special theme. How wonderful that your neighbour came to admire it and that you might find a new quilter friend from that connection. Have a great weekend xx

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  3. Who knew when you started putting those wee squares together some time ago that it would end up like this? Lovely result. Unbeleivable number of stitches. I'm sure Ben will appreciate it.

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  4. Julie, your Rainbow quilt is just wonderful : I love all these colors so joyful and you made a nice work on it. congratulations !!!
    Isa

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  5. Awesome!! And ALL by hand!! So much love in each and every stitch - Ben is sure to love it - beautiful finish!! - ;))

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  6. This is just gorgeous!! You did an outstanding job on the stitching and quilting

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  7. How stunning and the hand piecing will give it such a lovely finish and hand quilting likewise. Even before it's reached the young man it's called out your neighbour and perhaps a new quilting friend! - Mary

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  8. I have been so excited to see the final finish of all those beautiful rainbow blocks! It's just as amazing as I thought it would be!

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  9. This is a wonderful finish.It is such a special quilt and so lovely to know the story to go with it and the recipient. Your quilting is wonderful and I think it is so good that both sides will work well.

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  10. That quilt is SO beautiful, both sides but I especially like the rainbow side. WTG!

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  11. so glad you did manage to find a way to share the pictures of your beautiful work x I am sure it will be much loved... just as it was by the lady in the park xx

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  12. Great finish! I know Ben will love it (both sides). Hoping you get a new quilter friend that is close to you.

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  13. Beautiful finish. Love the pieced back too. Congratulations!

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  14. so beautiful, bith top and back, I hope I some day learn to do quilts too.Jaana

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  15. That's a prize winning quilt you have there! You really ought to show it somewhere before you give it to Ben! He might just get a blue ribbon as a quilt accessory!

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  16. Wow! The rainbow quilt is stunning. What an enormous amount of work. It just turned out beautifully, and the border fabric was a lovely choice. Wish we could see it in person.

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  17. Gorgeous! Have you sent it yet?

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