Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Happy Finish

Happy Flowers is finally a true blue finished quilt! Woohoo! It's only been in the hoop since April.... Um, yeah. A couple other quilts sort of nudged it out of the way.
Happy Flowers
I think maybe because the stitching wasn't going to change the look very much? I just didn't feel pressed to get it done and out of the way. Plus, I worked on this quilt a lot when I helped out with my cousin who had the stroke last winter. It seems to be a happy quilt with a fun vibe. And honestly, it felt good to have this hanging around my lap when I was trying to be cheerful. {In case you didn't realize, cheerful doesn't exactly come natural to me at this point in my life.}
A closer look
I don't know that I will ever use linen to make quilt blocks again though. Love the way the fabric feels and it was a fun experiment. Bottom line? It was way too much work for me, making sure these seams don't fray! And I still don't know for absolute positive that they won't, which of course makes me very nervous. You can be sure that I will be checking on this quilt for a long time.
More Happy Flowers
Chances are this quilt will be given away because I always seem to give away the brighter, happier quilts. It just seems easier to gift people with quilts that say 'snuggle up with me and I'll make you smile'. But then I'm the weirdo who thinks quilts might actually have something to say.*wink
Loving those polka dots
From start to finish, this has been a wonderful quilt to work on. Love that the inspiration is from antique quilts with 'love apple' sort of applique flowers too. I always get my very best inspiration from the old ones! Okay, time to link up to Julie's Binding Blitz! It feels really good to have another finish for this year!

30 comments:

  1. it looks great - I haven't decided if I will use the piece of linen I have with a quilt or something else - I'm contemplating doing pillows with it instead.

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  2. Your comment about being cheerful nearly made me snort my coffee! You are awesome, and so is the quilt! :)

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  3. I absolutely adore this quilt. The flowers make me smile every time I see them, and the border is the perfect frame. Love it.
    (I'm another who has to struggle to be cheerful. It doesn't seem to get any easier with practice, though...)

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  4. It's a beautiful finish Audrey. I hope the linen holds up well to repeated use and washing.

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  5. I just love this! I love the unexpected dark background and the yellow/gold in the border. Just beautiful!

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  6. This quilt indeed says something. It is bold, and subdued, and bright and somber all at once! I think it is very cosy too. It's a beauty.

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  7. I just think this quilt is so lovely! My poms are together but ihave to get them quilted....yours came together sowell...hugs, Julierose

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  8. It is wonderful and I find the old ones the most inspirational too!

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  9. Beautiful! Interesting to hear your take on linen. It is my favorite fiber next to cotton, but it does have its challenges!

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  10. Love Apple is so whimsical and witty and fun! I love how it looks all finished and the red binding is inspired as a final tough!

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  11. It is such a pretty and interesting quilt - congratulations on a beautiful finish!

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  12. Wonderful finish! Love the flowers, love the fabrics and the colors! That green and those pink polkadots! It looks happy, makes me smile. Congratulations!

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  13. Love your finished quilt, congratulations, great project. It looks so perfect and even handquilted. Awesome.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  14. Lovely, it is a very bright and happy quilt. I do admire your skills at putting fabrics together, I always play it too safe.

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  15. Love it! The red binding brings out the red in the flowers; One day when I have more time I would love to make such quilts, happy, bright and snugworthy with lots of handquilting

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  16. There is so much to love about your quilt - you have a great eye for colors. What a fabulous finish!!

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  17. I think it's those pink polka dots that always bring a big ol' smile to my face whenever I see this quilt. Super finish!

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  18. Congrats on another finish...this quilt has always put a smile on my face :)

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  19. A happy quilt with so many lovely details - the colors, the flowers, the border. I'm always impressed when people hand quilt anything and get it done. I'm still working on my last hand quilted project... one stitch a day.

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  20. Congratulations on another beautiful finish! I have loved this quilt from the beginning. I think it would make a great pattern to sell.

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  21. One of my favorites of yours. I LOVE the linen. How can you let this one go? Beautiful work as usual :)

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  22. Well, add me to the list of people that have talks with their quilts!! I do not whisper to them, but they mostly shout out at me. Most, just want to become awesome quilts & I need to work on them!! Almost as bad as the whining dog, who needs food/water/head scratching EVERY day. I think I am just the head ringleader of a dysfunctional circus!! Seriously---your quilt is amazing & done. Love the large polka dots & fun colors. Congrats on keeping at it & finishing the hand quilting!!

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  23. What a great finish. This quilt does have a neat vibe.

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  24. There are happy vibes all over this quilt. It must be coming from the "love apples" or the pink polka dots. Either way, it's an awesome quilt.

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  25. Polka dots do make for a happy look on a quilt. I have enjoyed watching your creative process in making this quilt.

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  26. I'm also in the 'absolutely adore this quilt' camp. Nice to be able to start using it.

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  27. It really is a quilt with a happyt vibe - congratulations on another great finish. Maybe if happy doesn't come easy at the moment you should keep this one for yourself!

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  28. a favorite quilt of mine for sure.i need to go poke around your gallery of quilts more...love your work. and i am hand quilting my first hand pieced quilt...i also used a moda crossweave, which reminds me of the troubles youd have with linen. the thought of washing the quilt when im done is scary.

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  29. Fantastic! It is wonderful and I love the polka dots too!

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  30. Just finished now? Well, it is great to see it again anyway. I looks wonderful draped over your railing there. Right at home...

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