Friday, October 10, 2014

"you can't rush art" quilt top

I'm quite excited that this quilt top is finally finished. I am no where close to running out of solid scraps, but I was growing tired of adding "just one more row". I think that happened about 3-4 times before I felt like it was done. The quilt top measures about 70" x 90". That is one big lap quilt! It makes me wonder if I should trade in my king size design wall for something smaller? Hahaha!
It was definitely a labor of love and perseverance. But totally worth it! (The quilt is sideways in the photo, because my quilt holders are only so tall, (ha!) but you get the idea....)

Did you know? I started Finish it up Friday three years ago this month? It's so crazy to think that we've been at it for that long. I appreciate you being a part of the journey as we work toward our finishes together! SO....thank YOU, as always, for being a part of Finish it up Friday!

52 comments:

Nicole said...

It's beautiful, Amanda Jean! The colors work so well together!

antique quilter said...

beautiful, this is on my bucket list to make a scrappy solid quilt! beautiful
did you have any plan when you chose fabrics or pieces the blocks?
did you stay away from any colors in the scrap basket?
thanks
kathie

Emmajane said...

Three years? Wow! I've only recently started to add to your Finish Up Friday. Thanks for putting this on for so long. I love looking at your and other people's finishes.

Susanhusan said...

What an amazing quilt! It is absolutely beautiful!

Christine Feldstein said...

This is a piece of art! congratulations!

Carla said...

Thank you! It's a lot of work you go through to provide us with such fab finishes and inspiration ; )
Thanks for the link up

Terri said...

Such a gorgeous quilt! I think the title is perfect. I can relate to the thought "just one more row"! Seems like this turned out to be a perfect size.

Diane said...

The quilt top is beautiful! And I love Finish it up Friday! I so enjoy taking an hour or so on a weekend morning browsing through the links. Such inspiration! What a wonderful community. Thank you:)

Lorna McMahon said...

Thank you, Amanda Jean... For being the bestest hostess! Love your great big solids lap quilt. It makes me happy!

Snowcatcher said...

Oh, my goodness, is that ever beautiful! So inspiring!

Thank you for providing the link up every Friday. It's so fun to see what everyone else is doing and to have motivation to keep finishing!

Vera said...

3 years ago? Oh you should do yourself some pretty button we can all share :) Great quilt top!

Patti said...

Fantastic! I love your quilt too. Definitely worth the wait. Thanks for inspiring me. :)

Alycia said...

That is a great quilt. I love how all the solids play together!

Needle and Foot said...

This is just awesome. I don't use solids often enough to have much of a scrap collection but I think it would be fun to start collecting blocks. Sooo lovely!

Needle and Foot said...

one more thing..... thank you so much for hosting this link up each week. I really appreciate it!

SuperMomNoCape said...

Three years already? My goodness I didn't think it had been that long. Thanks so much for hosting Finish it up Friday. It gives me the incentive to get things finished so I can share them.

And your Art quilt is so bright and colorful. It will be something cheerful to snuggle under this winter.

CapitolaQuilter said...

Wow, that is an amazing eye full. So glad you kept going. Thank you so much for the best linky party in the (virtual) world. Much appreciated.

Melissa Corry said...

Love, Love, Love It!!!

hydeeannsews said...

that is one beautiful finish!

and, yes, i know what you mean about your quilt holders being only so high. haha! my daughter wanted to hold her quilt sideways, too, but she's taller than i am so i made her do it properly. =)

Live a Colorful Life said...

I am in love with this quilt. It inspires me to do something with all my solid scraps. I had thought of sending them to you, but maybe I should try something like this myself?

Cheryl Arkison said...

'Finally' finished? You haven't been working on this that long.
Looks great!
(Oh, and I am now obsessed with making quilts at least 80'' wide. Three new double beds in the house and most of my quilts end out about 72''-75'' wide and I wish they were just a bit bigger.)

Michelle@factotum-of-arts.com said...

Amanda Jean that is fantatic use of solids. Love it!!

KateKwiltz said...

Love. This.

Gorgeous!

M.W. said...

It is beautiful. I also wanted to thank you for the free quilt pattern celebrating 250 quilts. I can't wait to get started on it.

Jenny said...

This has to be one of my very favorites of yours. And don't think I don't see those lil filmstrips hidden in there. They are the best part, fun eye treasures.

Karen said...

It goes quite nicely with the Bright Birch Trees on the sidebar!
So bright and happy. Love it.

Susan C. said...

I poo pooed the solid colours as boring when they first came on the quilting scene.....not any more!!!

charlotte said...

I love it Amanda Jean. I especially like the tiny strip blocks. They are the cutest part.

Katherine said...

Beautifully done, Amanda Jean! It's so lovely to look at because you've brilliantly managed to keep a balance with light and dark. I'm in awe!

Wow. Three years? That's amazing!

Kat said...

LOVE it! Gorgeous colors and fun piecing!

Casandra said...

I love your blog and just wanted to say thanks for your dedication and generosity, I hope you can keep making a difference in the quilting world for many more years to come!

JaneB said...

Oh so pretty. I am going yo dig into my solids bin and play for a while. Thanks for the inspiration.

Wendy Blankenship said...

Gorgeous thank you so much for sharing. Also thank you for the pattern from 250th celebration

Marie said...

Great quilt and colours - I have nowhere near that many solids but maybe I need to start adding to my stash... :).

Lesley Gilbert said...

Loving this quilt - well done :)

Anita said...

I love this - what a great way to use up your solids! Reminds me a lot of some of the Gee's Bend quilts (by the way I have one of those to begin and finish!)

Barbara Shier said...

Just lovely! Have been finding myself drawn to solids again, so your quilt is added inspiration.

Svetlana said...

this quilt is just amazing. Everything about it is simply perfect. I'm looking forward to seeing how you quilt it. I'm sure it will be stunning. And thank you for hosting Finish it up Friday.

carolaj3 said...

It is totally awesome!

elizabethdee said...

Love love love your quilt!

mac said...

Beautiful.

Hollie @ Just a Mom who Sews said...

Here is to many more years of finish it Friday! I love the quilt hanging in that direction. Great finish!

Anne said...

I love how this one turned out and am impressed that you kept at it until it was "big" enough. I'm afraid I would have called it done long before it got to the size you ended up with. Great color use.

Love Of Quilts said...

Enjoying your finish it up Fridays.

SeaBreeze Quilts said...

I keep returning to look at this picture - it just draws me in - it's a 3D effect or something - amazing!
Congrats on three years of finish it up Fridays - what a lot of creative achievements over that time!

SeaBreeze Quilts said...

I keep returning to look at this picture - it just draws me in - it's a 3D effect or something - amazing!
Congrats on three years of finish it up Fridays - what a lot of creative achievements over that time!

April said...

This is a beautiful topper! Happy quilting. I am enjoying watching this come together. :)

Martha said...

It is amazing!!! Love the colors. Just love everything about it.

Andrea @ Mouse in My Pocket said...

This came out beautifully. How do you plan to quilt it?

sallgood said...

Love it!!!

Nancy said...

Amanda, This is stunning! Absolutely Stunning~

Huggs, Nancy

Andrea said...

I LOVE that quilt! My solid scrap bin is so boring....