Friday, September 20, 2013

Third of Four 3Q Quilt Finishes

In December 2010, I rather rashly decided to participate in Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt - Roll Roll Cotton Boll. Initially I did so because I wanted to reduce my quantity of traditional fabrics. At that point in my quilting life, I was still sewing with traditional colors, while becoming more aware of modern fabrics. At the forefront of my thinking was to use up any dark-colored prints to make room for bright and cheery modern which I have grown to adore, exclusively!



Since this past February, Roll Roll Cotton Boll has been a pin-basted sandwich, waiting to be quilted.  Today, our niece is getting married in Kansas. Ahh. Talk about motivation - the need for a wedding present!

After many hours of quilting, it's finished, gift-wrapped, and ready to be opened by the bride and groom.

I did not mark any quilting designs, rather, they were all free-hand quilted. I quilted on my Pfaff Grand Quilter.

The backing fabric is a wide-back of sateen purchased from BackSideFabrics. It has a sheen that enhances quilting stitches and is nice to work with.

Or, the quilt may feel so nice because of the wonderful-to-work-with Quilter's Dream Poly batting.

I'll be using that batt again.

My outdoor shot wasn't as revealing nor dramatic as I'd hope. By himself, my son could manage to hold up only one-fourth of the quilt.

At 85" X 98", this is a good-sized cuddle-up quilt for newlyweds. The groom is 6' 7"!

So that's my third of four expected finishes for Leanne's (SheCanQuilt) Third Quarter Finish-A-Long ending October 7. My last Finish-A-Long finish will take longer to accomplish - the Bloggers' BOM quilt - since borders, quilting and binding on a 78" X 78" quilt are needed.

In news I received yesterday via a phone call... a woman from QuiltFest of Jacksonville (FL), told me that "Bloom" won honorable mention. I'm happy about the ribbon, as she also said that "competition was stiff." Though, I couldn't help but notice that if I'd even placed third, I would have won money! My quilt entry fees were $72. Ha! I'll have a $72 ribbon! Still, I am very pleased, and hopeful that Bloom will show well at the Machine Quilter's Expo in Portland, Oregon, October 9-12.

QuiltFest of Jacksonville is September 26-28. At noon on Saturday is a "Meet the Ribbon Winners" event. I will be there! 

Linda

25 comments:

Lorna McMahon said...

Gorgeous finish! Love the colours against the neutrals. And your quilting is beautiful! Great job!

Jackie's Stitches said...

RRCB turned out lovely! The pink really gives this a bright and happy look. Your quilting is exquisite!

Lora Douglas said...

How wonderful on the Honorable Mention ribbon. Congratulations on the win! I am so glad you decided to go Jax Quilt Fest on Saturday so you can participate in the "meet and greet." It will be a fun quilty day for sure.

Carla said...

Another beautiful quilt with gorgeous quilting. Congrats on the ribbon! Well deserved

Debbie Lou said...

I love your RRCB, Linda! I, too, am finally getting mine together. Congrats on your ribbon. I look forward to seeing it in person. Have a great day!

Miriam said...

Congratulations on your ribbon!

What a beautiful quilt. The newlyweds will love it!

Deb said...

The quilt is beautiful, Linda. I love that you are recommending batting that I've been wanting to try. Thanks.

Doris said...

The finishes are all awesome--sorry to hear about your kids moving away---ack! Hopefully it's good for them.

And a MAJOR congrats on your show acceptances and your publicity. I've been away from blog reading (and writing!) can you tell?

Susan said...

Congrats on the ribbon- even if it was expensive! And I hope the newly weds spend many years snuggling under their new quilt! It's great to have another finish!

robin said...

I just love it! The back is as beautiful as the front!That ribbon was well deserved.

Nancy said...

Very beautiful! I've seen three of these completed, and just love the pattern. That's a lot of piecing. Well done and a wonderful gift.

tink's mom said...

Congratulations on the Ribbon. Job well done. The wedding gift is beautiful. Love the quilting.

Julia said...

Congratulations for the Honorable Mention ribbon Linda...it's a beautiful quilt...and your quilting is just gorgeous.

SarahZ said...

What a beautiful gift! Congratulations on your ribbon! It is exciting to be a winner, even if it comes at a cost :)

Lynette said...

Wow! yes - now that's an accomplishment. I love Bonnie's projects. I'm looking forward to seeing what she does for this year!

Oops-Lah said...

Love it! And to me it even has a contemporary feel to is, although you've used traditional fabrics. I'm sure the bride and groom will be over the moon. And it's huge!!! Are you going to the wedding?

Leila said...

What a great finish! Even though there are a lot of traditional fabrics in it the reds and pinks keep it looking fresh. And you were before your time with the low volume string blocks. :) I love the name of the quilt too. My husband did his PhD on cotton.

I had a question about your Periwinkle Star Quilt. I was looking for a downloadable template for this pattern and was tickled when your site came up. But...I can't seem to find a pre-made template for this design anywhere. Did you draft your own templates? Do you remember?

Carla said...

What a treasure your quilt will be, Linda! It is just gorgeous!! And congratulations on the honorable mention ribbon!

Lindi said...

Congratulations on the Honourable Mention. :) Competition must have been very stiff, indeed! :)
Love your RRCB quilt. What a gorgeous gift for the Newlyweds. :)

Carrie P. said...

the quilt is gorgeous.
congrats on the ribbon too. I love that quilt.

sandra said...

Love the quilt and the colors,one day I would love to try one of Bonnie Hunter's quilts. The quilting on it is beautiful.
Even though you didn't get thr ribbon you wanted you got one and think of all the people who got to see Bloom and enjoy. I would love to see it in person.. Blessings Sandra

Kerry said...

Congratulations on winning a ribbon for Bloom, lovely quilting as always on the RRCB gift quilt.

Dar said...

Congratulations on your honorable mention ribbon. It was such a lovely quilt. Also, your wedding gift of the RRCB quilt is amazing. If only they knew how many tiny pieces it took and the hours involved with making it. I hope they treasure it for years to come. It is truly beautiful.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

This is one of my favorite patterns and ! want to make it. Your color selections are really nice!

Karen said...

Not sure how I missed this post, I think I was out of town.First of all, your RRCB is so beautiful, I know they will love it, My SIL is also 6'7". So I know he will love it. Your quilting was perfect. Mine is still waiting.... And congrats on winning the ribbon. Winning anything in that show is great. I know that quilt will continue to do well. Did you have fun?

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