Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Grande Finale

I can finally say those words "it is finished". I have been trying to put this on my blog as a finish for the last two weeks. That is how long it has taken me (with a bit of camping in between) to get all the quilting done.

In my blog here - I explain how this was made from 8 businessman shirts all from Op Shops (Charity Shops). Even I doubted what a quilt would look like just from second hand shirts. I am absolutely thrilled.

I have never made a quilt before that is just block colour and I am very taken with it. Two nights ago when I was auditioning fabric for the binding I had patterned greens, multicolour and stripe material. Aaron did not like any of them and pointed out that introducing a pattern when all the rest was plain did not seem right. So I used the trimmings of the 100% cotton sheet from Ezibuy that is the backing, and had just enough to make a good solid binding.

I quilted this using freehand quilting but in straight lines, to give a bit more of an organic look to the quilt, rather than using my walking foot. Each cross is quilted in an appropriate colour quilting thread. Each cross had the quilting in the opposite direction to any crosses surrounding it.

Jakob

Eli
This quilt has been made for Jakob to go with his newly decorated room. It looks amazing in there and is even big enough to fit on the pull out sofa when guests come. It is big enough for my bed and I want it!!!

When taking the photos Eli helped and at the end Jakob told me to take a photo of Eli too so he did not miss out. I love his compassion.

Linking to FNSI - finally!!! and other parties here.

36 comments:

  1. That is an absolutely fabulous quilt! Really beautiful. And REALLY cute boys!

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  2. Wow what a stunning quilt you made! Great models, too!

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  3. I love it Karen, probably one of my favourites that you've done. :) x

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    1. Hi Steff. I really liked the one you are doing - double hourglass too. But I am really tempted to do another one of these. Longer to quilt than to patchwork it.

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  4. What a great quilt. I'm sure it will be well used.

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  5. This is beautiful! What a great idea.

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  6. An excellent idea to repurpose clothing! It turned out great.

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  7. Love it. I also love the quilt in your header picture! It just inspired me for another project I'm doing!

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    1. How fantastic. I find other people's quilts and blogs inspiring, thanks for sharing that I inspired you, what a lovely encouragement.

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  8. Such a gorgeous quilt!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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  9. Beautiful job! A true work of art!

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  10. Beautiful job! A true work of art!

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  11. The quilt looks beautiful and manly all at the same time :) I love it!

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  12. What a handsome quilt! I can't finish a quilt to save my life - I get bored when it comes to all the finishing steps! Great work.

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    1. Hi Jess. I to do procrastinate when it comes to the finishing. I used to have quilts for a year before getting around to the binding!!

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  13. Such a stunningly beautiful quilt!! I'm stopping back from Domesblissity - thanks for visiting my blog.
    Angie
    godsgrowinggarden.com

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  14. Gorgeous quilt and I love that the fabric is repurosed!

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  15. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!
    - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  16. Not only is it beautiful and graphic, it is all the more impressive because you made it with reclaimed shirts. Bravo!

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  17. Wow, this quilt is amazing. I love that it's made from old shirts. Great job!

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  18. Brilliant quilt. That is your son is never going to grow out of. Love that it has been used with re-cycled clothing.

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  19. Oh my! This is beautiful. As a quilter myself I can appreciate the hard work and how long this took you to complete. Congratulations! We would love for you to visit us @ onceuponasewingmachine.com
    Donna

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  20. I have made little outfits for my grandchildren out of no longer used business shirts of my husband's. It is a great way to use the useable material. And thrifty too.

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    1. That sounds fantastic. Do you blog or have pictures?

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  21. Lovely quilt!

    http://carabossesarmoire.blogspot.com/2012/11/fall-in-air.html

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  22. Gorgeous quilt!!!!! I'd love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It's open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you'll stop by!

    T'onna
    http://navywifeypeters.blogspot.com/2012/11/submarine-sunday-5.html

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  23. This is the most gorgeous blanket I have seen in a long time... Thanks for sharing.... You should be proud of yourself....

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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    1. Thanks for such a lovely comment Crystelle. I have enjoyed reading your blog

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  24. That is a gorgeous quilt!! Thank you for sharing at The Weekly Creative link party. I hope you have a great weekend :)

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  25. I'm featuring your quilt today :)
    http://sewingbarefoot.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-weekly-creative-8.html

    Thanks again for linking up!
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  26. It's fantastic! I haven't tried to quilt yet, but it's on my to-do for someday. Thanks for sharing at Repurposed Ideas Weekly.

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