Monday, April 29, 2019

Folksy Flower Medallion Quilt is a True Blue Finish

This quilt has been finished up for several days now. First it needed to be soaked. Gotta make sure all that red dye doesn't ruin the light colored tulips! Then to find time for pictures. Right on time there was that couple days with the Internet down {how does the equipment degrade that much in five years?}, and then finally...
Folksy Flower Medallion
I paid attention to that niggling little voice inside my head that insisted each of the black petals needed more hand quilting. So that took several long, long hours of filling in. {Ignore the crease in the center of the quilt.  Apparently didn't leave it to dry flat on the floor for quite long enough, and folding it up gave it an attitude.}
Trying to get a decent picture
No hoop because I was worried about popping the previous stitches. Ugghh...  The center of a largish quilt is so very much fun to have to go back and add in stitches. NOT! I'm not sure it made a huge difference in the look of the quilt, but I do feel better about it. Now that it's done and all the grumbling is behind me. Or will be as soon as I quit writing this post....
So happy with the blue triangles poking out into the black border
The only picture which shows the extra stitching on the petals is the very first picture. At that point I was headed into a busy weekend and just wanted to move on dot com. Big plans to post pictures about this brand new finish on Saturday morning before the day started going crazy on me. Alas, our whole town lost power for about half or more of the day. By the time it came on, I was knee deep in a book, and of course that put me way behind schedule for all my other plans. You know the ones. They're obviously way more important than blathering on and on about a wonderful new quilt finish. Well, to the rest of the fam bam maybe. I'm perfectly fine with blathering on about quilts any 'ol day of the week as most of you are so very familiar with...
Still so happy with the center of this quilt.
Then there was today. One of those days where I didn't want to get out of bed. There was one too many phone calls. Lunch seemed like more trouble than it was worth and then.... my husband needed me to run some errands for him. Immediately if that was at all possible? Oh, and bills needed to be paid. Yay. One more reminder that I can't really afford to buy the new roll of batting that I'm sneakily trying to convince my family I would adore getting for mothers day. Okay. Maybe not so sneakily. They've started rolling their eyes at me lately.
My one and only medallion quilt turned 'on point'
Uhuh. Just post a magnet over my head with an arrow for negativity. That is me about right now for sure, but you can be glad I'm leaving out other essential parts of the story line. I'll simply imagine that you're patting me on the back and saying 'there, there' and it'll all be good.

Loving getting this quilt finished up. Truly. It's a real sweatheart of a quilt. But now that the initial euphoria is over, wondering how insane I would be to hang it in the regional quilt show later in the summer? Hmm... It's not exactly square since I cheated at most border ends and wound up with a little wonk. Yeah. Probably be better off as one of those quilts that need to shine brightest from a crumpled ball at the end of a bed, right?

24 comments:

  1. Wow! You're quilt is absolutely stunning. I think that you should definitely enter it into your local show.

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  2. Yep, some days are just overwhelming ~ so take this as a pat on the back "and tomorrow will be a better day"
    Love the quilting in the petals!

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  3. Well it might be wonky but it looks lovely in the pictures and it will look even better in reality. Warm greetings

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  4. love love love this quilt.i too bitch and complain through through the process of making my own designs. BUT look at the results!!sometimes our brains work against us.

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  5. Well now, if you don't enter it in the show, how is it going to win that ribbon it deserves? The first thing I noticed was all that extra quilting you put into those big black petals, so much lovely texture going on! I suspect if anyone measured any of my quilts they would find all kinds of wonk going on, life's too short to worry about such things. Our ancestor quilters certainly didn't and how we treasure those make-do design inspirations they left for us to find. I say go for it!

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  6. I absolutely love this quilt. You give me great inspiration and I thank you for it.

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  7. Such a fun, charming quilt! So joyful and yet a tad mischievous. I too think it should be entered in the show especially since it is wonderfully unique. I believe that people will love looking at this quilt.

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  8. If it was possible for me to pick a "favorite" of yours, this would be it! I love everything about this quilt. Perfection!

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  9. Love everything about this, especially the color combos. I say show it. If it really is wonky ( not that we could see here in the photo btw) it's just part of its charm.

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  10. I love it! It would be great in a show...not a cookie cutter quilt at all!

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  11. like the quilting on those flower petals - I think they were needed as it looks absolutely great!

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  12. At first glance, I thought you were doinbg crochet granny squares or circles. Love, love this design. So unexpected to have the black flower petals but it works.

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  13. This is lovely: so well balanced, and the strip pieced triangles in the corners complement the roundness of the flower centre beautifully. Enter the show! (Unfortunately I'm not one of the judges!)

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  14. It's a beauty. Let it HANG and SHINE!

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  15. I just love how this quilt came out--that little pink with dark squares border is amazing..and those itt-bitty little white tulip-shaped pieces in the center--well, that was so creative...beautiful work hugs, Julierose

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  16. I say show it, it gives people like me hope someday even I could accomplish that. I love this quilt, well done!

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  17. It's a pleasure to look at. I hope your family surprises you with the batting. . .

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  18. Congratulations on your finish!
    I enjoyed reading your process, thanks, I'm encouraged to know there are Quilters who also have to live in the real world. Sometimes I get discouraged when I read other Quilter's reports on how they seem to have limitless time, resources and good attitudes.
    I don't like wallowing in negativity, but once in a while, reading that other Quilters have struggles too is a relief.

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  19. No rolling this quilt into a ball. It's got attitude. I don't remember seeing this one before. The extra quilting in the petals was a good addition. It might look great in the summer show. Go for it.

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  20. So many things to like about this quilt. Using black for the petals is a stunning choice and the extra quilting improves it. All the different borders of your medallion and the final border in pale pink and black. Clever you. It's fabulous.
    I hope you share it at a quilt show somewhere.

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  21. There, there, it will all be fine in the end (really it will). In the meantime you have finished another fine quilt, definitely deserving of a show and not just end of the bed crumpling.

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  22. I would definitely enter it in the show. Think how inspirational it will be to people. I love it. I personally love seeing regular fun quilts. I am really not interested in the over the top show quilts.

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  23. Your Folksy Flower Quilt is beautiful. I love the down to earth quilts that have a lot of heart and soul in them,and yours definitely fits in that category...just as the antique and vintage quilts that hang in museums and galleries. This would be the type of quilt I would enjoy seeing at quilt shows!

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