Monday, February 20, 2012

It's a Top!


Did you hear the big whoop and hurrah from Des Moines today!? With the last coping strip (purple) and the last half-square triangle (red and white, and pink and white) border, the Friendship Medallion quilt is now officially a top!

It measures a good-sized 85" X 95-1/2". It was a stinker to photograph.

I wanted to get these photos up so perhaps you-all can help me find a cotton print backing fabric. A busy print, a tone-on-tone, a stripe or an all-over design... I'm not particular. But I want it on sale. Like $4 a yard or less.

I know it's available that cheap because I've seen it for that sale price in on-line shops. I just didn't see any print that would suit this clear, bright quilt. But I'm confident something is out there. So, if you come across any, please let me know. I need about eight yards.

Did you see the final, two-hour episode of "Downton Abbey" last night?! I was glued to the TV for four hours! Our Iowa PBS station re-broadcast last week's two-hour program followed by the final two-hour show. Riveting! The last ten minutes where the actors and actresses as themselves provided commentary on their characters was most interesting. Gosh, do some of them look wildly different in "real life," or what!? And did you realize that this program has introduced us to 33 characters?! If you've been as absorbed by the show as I have been, I bet you can name almost all of them. Season three is now being recorded. I've heard that Shirley McClain will be introduced as Lady Grantham's American mother. Now what do you think of that?

Don't forget to enter my Blogger's Giveaway here. Comments/entries are being accepted, on that post only, until March 1. Linda

27 comments:

  1. Love your quilt top. It's stunning. Hugs,

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  2. Your top looks wonderful! I don't know how I missed Downton Abbey, but I just recently started watching it on Netflix, and I'm hooked! I'm glad to hear that they're working on season 3.

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  3. I couldn't keep myself awake last night - hubby had to poke me so I could watch the last minute! ;) So I'll have to rewatch the episode. And I think I was most surprised to see that Mrs. Patmore isn't nearly as old or dowdy looking in real life!

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  4. Not a fan of Shirley McClain so not keen on that casting. Looking forward to the third season.

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  5. Wow, the top turned out beautiful. I'm sure there's some gorgeous fabric for the back out there on sale somewhere which would fit it perfectly. Hancock has a sale on at the moment.

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  6. As always you did a great job...can't wait to see how you quilt it!!

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  7. Your tipis stunning! Wow and all the work with piecing and now with quilting. Are you doing the quilting befor you move? As back I would take a print but I'm sure it won't beeasy to find one. Hugs Edith

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  8. Oh Linda, your top is wonderful. So colourful. You've done very well to finish such a large quilt. I'm very much in awe!

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  9. I love the bright colors Linda - really striking. blessings, marlene

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  10. i like your quilt....it went straight to my quilt board on pinterst.

    as for your help in backings....i found a nice shirting plaid- $3.95 a yard

    http://www.denverfabrics.com/p/2382/Pink-Purple-Plaid-Shirting

    i've got two or three quilts with plaids on the back...

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  11. Absolutely a stunning quilt!
    I was almost in tears that Downton Abbey is over for the year. So happy for Mary though!

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  12. oh wowser! that quilt top is spectacular!! :)

    Are you talking about DA series 2?? I got it on DVD for Christmas and somehow haven't watched it yet!!

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  13. Holy cow that is one gorgeous quilt top. And yes, I absolutely LOVE Downton Abbey - I'm thrilled there will be another season.

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  14. Your quilt is beautiful...too much work in that to not get a beautiful backing....

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  15. WOW!! Bright! ... and such inspiration for border designs...

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  16. What a gorgeous top - love the colours and patterns. The medallion-and-borders style quilt looks fantastic!

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  17. I heard you way down here!! :-)
    Looks fabulous, and today I'm getting back to mine.
    Gosh these words are hard to figure sometimes?

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  18. Love your quilt top! I would suggest searching on etsy for backing fabric :)

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  19. Your quilt looks fantastic! I would search the sale section on fabric.com for something.

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  20. Congrats! Linda, I thought I heard a yell down in NC. lol It is awesome.

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  21. Nice Quilt, I am inviting you come and be part of my blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/02/stuffed-green-peppers-show-your-stuff.html

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  22. that top is just gorgeous - I'll keep my eye out for some backing fabric :)

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  23. Wow that top is awesome! Good luck on finding backing fabric. You could check out what Connecting Threads has on sale or clearance, it's often $4 a yard or under.

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  24. Wow! This is an amazing piece of work. I can't imagine all that piecing.

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  25. I just keep coming back to looooook at this quilt! It just is so HAPPY! Is it on flickr? I would definitely add it to my "favorites" :) Have a happy weekend!

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