Friday, July 24, 2015

oh my stars! quilt complete!!!

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
 
Late last Friday night, I put the final stitches in my "oh my stars!" quilt. I still can't believe that I hand pieced an entire quilt....and I can't believe that it is actually DONE! I started the quilt back in April 2011 and it was inspired by Jess' travel quilts. (She has a video tutorial here, that I used to get started.)
This quilt was a labor of love, to say the least! I started by cutting out my own templates (2" 60 degree diamonds) from cardboard. I English paper pieced (hand pieced) the entire top with countless tiny stitches. I drafted my own side templates to fill in the gaps and to make the edges straight. I couldn't bear cutting through any hand stitching! It was worth the extra time and effort to make that happen.
After all that time invested in the top, I had to hand quilt it! I thought it would be a good winter project, but I ended up quilting most of it this spring and early summer. Funny how that happened! I basted it last fall, and I'm quite surprised that I sped through the hand quilting process that quickly.
For the fabric, I used 30's reproduction fabrics and polka dots...and I'm so glad that I made that choice early on. It definitely was the right choice! That pink star is feed sack fabric that came from my grandma's house. I love that there is some of that included in this quilt! I also LOVE that gingham bias binding!
My original plan was to back this quilt with red and white polka dots (always an obvious choice for me) but I had yards and yards of this light orange coral-ish color in my stash. It worked out very well as backing and it felt good to use something I had on hand.
The first time I pieced the back (which I machine stitched) I didn't line up the polka dots, but it felt all choppy, so I cut the pieces apart. On the second attempt, I carefully pieced the repeat so the polka dots lined up. So much better! Can you see the joining seam? I love that it's barely discernable. I guess I'm kind of geeky that way! :)
The quilt looks great draped over a chair....
...and especially pretty at the end of my bed! I'm determined that after all that work, I'm going to actually USE it! The quilt measures 62" x 82".
 
Now it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. Thank you for joining me for finish it up Friday!!!

96 comments:

Bernie Kringel said...

Gorgeous finish! I agree - if I hand quilted something of that size (or any size for that matter!) I would keep it. Well done :)

Carie said...

Oh Amanda it's BEAUTIFUL!! I remember you starting it and it's so lovely to see such a true magnum opus finally finished. It must hold so many memories both in the fabrics and over the course of the last few years. What a treasure- may it keep you warm and snug for many years!

DaisyLiz said...

Oh my goodness. This is so inspiring. It's beautiful, and I'm so encouraged to see something this big hand pieced AND hand quilted. I have epp hexies started and tucked away, but I'll think of this quilt the next time my hands are idle - I would love to inch away at a project and end up with something even half this beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What an heirloom Amanda Jean! Happy that I was able to be inspired by your art all along the way!💕

Colleen Potter said...

heirloom is right ! There have been many quilts you have made that are my favourite but this is my favoritest.

Gina Smith said...

Stunning quilt. There's something so satisfying about hand piecing a quilt

SeeMaryQuilt said...

It's beautiful! I started one at the same time and still have yet to finish it. Maybe someday!

Jill Fisher said...

You've created a beautiful heirloom piece for your family. It is so, so lovely.

Kelly Quillia said...

Such a gorgeous quilt! I really want to completely hand stitch a quilt just haven't found my motivation yet.

Carly R. said...

What a fantastic labor of love! Beautiful quilt and it's wonderful you have some history in it too. I especially loved that you are going to use it. Congrats to you on a wonderful, and useful, work of art.

Carly R. said...

What a fantastic labor of love! Beautiful quilt and it's wonderful you have some history in it too. I especially loved that you are going to use it. Congrats to you on a wonderful, and useful, work of art.

Carly R. said...

What a fantastic labor of love! Beautiful quilt and it's wonderful you have some history in it too. I especially loved that you are going to use it. Congrats to you on a wonderful, and useful, work of art.

Mama Urchin said...

I like the coral dots. It looks almost like a faded red which goes with the 30s reproductions.

gretchenscorner said...

Your stars quilt is beautiful. I've hand pieced one too but haven't got her quilted yet. . . someday it will happen.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

pretty quilt!

Caroline said...

It is a beautiful quilt! I think there's nothing better than a handquilted quilt.

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

What a beautiful finish! Your hand quilting looks so even and makes me think of my grandmother who taught me to quilt. <3

Lorna McMahon said...

Congratulations on this incredible finish! All that work was so worth it. Love the fabrics you chose - especially sweet that you included some from your Gramma. The backing and binding are the perfect fit. And yes, that matched backing had to be!

Anne said...

What a fabulous quilt! I love everything about it.

Dawn said...

Truly a wonderful quilt! I love the 30's fabrics. I have a whole bin that I've not yet decided how to use them. This is inspirational! And, I am looking forward to learning to hand quilt and making such beautiful heirlooms :)

~ cheryl said...

What a beautiful quilt - and inspiring!! I don't have a great desire to hand-finish a quilt, but I am thoroughly impressed at the fortitude it would take to do so. Your quilt is an instant heirloom for your family and lovely to look at!

Laura said...

You got those polka dots just right! I'm seriously amazed.

Debbie said...

beautifully done and love those matched dots! ;-)

dutchcomfort said...

Oh, sigh, I have a soft spot for handpieced quilty goodness!

I’ve made a couple of handpieced and appliquéd quilts now and the feel is so different from machine pieced ones. I wonder if you have experienced that as well?

katybee said...

What a fantastic finish! It looks lovely and oh my alll those tiny hand stitches. Do you keep running into the room to look at it? I would.

Julie Bagamary said...

It is BEAUTIFUL! The hand stitching is perfect!

poppiquilt said...

WOW Amanda! It very nice. Bravissima!

Southern Gal said...

I love everything about this quilt! That it has fabric from your grandmother and is hand stitched is just icing on the cake. Beautiful. Yes, use it and enjoy it!

Maja said...

Stunning!!!
This is a true heirloom!
Love it!

Happy Quilts by Mrs Patch said...

AMAZING & BEAUTIFUL. Wow, great work. Love it.

Julie said...

So pretty! Great finish! We were amazed at the hand stitching. It looks lovely and something I do not have the temperament for.

elizabethdee said...

What an accomplishment! Congratulations! It's beautiful. May you and your family enjoy it for many years to come.

Dolly said...

You are truly a versatile quilter now, with this beauty under your belt......YOU CAN DO ANYTHING !

Seriously, congratulations....you did a wonderful job, and there's nothing like using such a work of beauty and finding yourself in awe as your eye falls upon ALL THOSE STITCHES, and knowing that you put each one in BY HAND ~.~

Now that I'm older and slowing down (or rather speeding up my quilting by doing it by machine), I'm so glad that I had the time to do so many by hand, and still have many of them to enjoy. Now, I'm impatient, afraid I won't finish them if I don't machine-quilt them.

Jennie @ Porch Swing Quilts said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! Methinks I want to start a hand project of my own. You've inspired me! Love the gingham binding, and your polka dots lined up perfectly on the back.

Heide said...

Your star quilt turned out lovely! I so want to make one.

Cathy said...

Congrats on the gorgeous finish. Anything in 30s has my vote!

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is SUCH an amazing quilt! I wish everyone could see it in person.

Carolyn J. said...

OH MY STARS!!! Looks like it came straight from my grandma's house.......LOVE IT! You are amazing!

Terri said...

Wonderful finish! I bet it feels fabulous to finish this project after all those years of hand stitching. Enjoy curling up inside it.

A Nudge said...

A beautiful quilt! And it looks lovely both on the sofa and bed. Glad you're using it. Too many people put their work away.

Emma said...

That is one amazing quilt! I wish I had that patience!

Linda said...

Gorgeous!!! That's certain to become an heirloom. :)

Jenny said...

So pretty - hand pieced and hand quilted too! Congratulations on your hard work and perseverence!

Miss Alissa said...

Wow, so beautiful! That will be such a treasure for years to come. I'm working on an entirely hand pieced, hand quilted quilt too...it's a lot smaller though :)

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

A classic heirloom quilt - what an accomplishment Amandajean! I love how you have pieced and even quilted the edges too. Did you use the same background fabric throughout? It looks like some are cream and some in white in the photos.

Suzy Mac said...

I just adore hit s quilt! I dont blame you for keeping it. and I must say I always admire the way you photograph your work. You're onetalented lady!

Gma La La said...

You are such an inspiration. A weekly inspiration! Your stars are just perfect. The back as well. Thank you.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

I like that, so glad you are actually going to use it! That is what quilts are really for!

Salmagundi said...

What a wonderful 'finish'!! So happy to see someone put the time and effort in to do hand work. Congratulations. BTW, I'm a little weird in that I always match the pattern up on the back. Sally

Lisa H. said...

Wow - beautiful labor of love!

Di~ said...

Wow--wee! It is beautiful! I'm surprised you didn't figure out how many hand stitches you did to piece that top! :)

Kat McPherson said...

beautiful! Question, what type of needle do you use for the hand quilting? I've been hand stitching my binding on but finding that getting my needles to easily pierce the fabric is not going well. Suggestions?

Jen said...

This is a beautiful quilt! I love that you sewed it by hand.

KathyinMN said...

What a sensational finish. And I geeked out a little about your backing. The whole thing is one giant wow.

Pat said...

Wow! Very impressive as well as very beautiful.

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Absolutely Beautiful! All that hard work and patience really paid off in a big way. This is one your kids will fight over!

Jill said...

A great vintage repro quilt. The fabrics match a pattern from that would be from that era. Hand quilting and vintage repro prints compliment each other. Great job on matching points. Special to have fabric from a grandmother.

Sandra W said...

It's lovely. You should be very proud.

SewPsyched! said...

OH MY!!!! I adore hand stitched and pieced quilts. What an heirloom this is:) So happy and summery, like you! XX!

nanajsews said...

That is a beautiful quilt. I hand-pieced and hand-quilted the first quilt I ever made, about 30 years ago for my oldest daughter. With 4 little children running around, I found it difficult to find time to sit down at a sewing machine so making it by hand just made sense. I could sit in the same room where the children were playing while stitching away. A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of mending, re-backing and re-quilting the quilt with new batting in between (re-done all by hand, of course). It will always be my favorite quilt and to think it lasted 30 years before needing attention! Something about making a quilt all by hand makes it really special. I am sure you will feel the same way about this lovely quilt.

scraphappy said...

Congratulations on a fabulous finish! After all those years of hand stitching, taking the last one must be extremely satisfying.

Lolsews said...

You should be proud of yourself. The quilt is beautiful.

Marie said...

Hand stitching and quilting is such an amazing, soothing process and I'm so glad that you enjoyed yours. It is a reality check for where this craft that so many of us enjoy came from and creates a real affinity for the fabric and your effort. Beautiful job. Looking forward to see what's next on the hand stitching list!

Bobbi D. said...

Wow, So beautiful. :)

Jessie Fincham @ Messy Jesse said...

oh It's absolutely beautiful!!!

Karen said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish! Love the fabrics you chose.

SarahZ said...

Way to go, AmandaJean!!! Now to soak in all that accomplishment!! You've made a marvelous quilt!!

Marla said...

Beautiful I can almost feel the soft texture through the screen. I have a paper pieced star in 30s fabrics that I hand quilted and it remains one of my favorite quilts. Enjoy your finished quilt!

Patti said...

Wow it is beautiful!!

mascanlon said...

Just lovely!! And how nice to use it instead of having it carefully folded away for someone else to enjoy!

GO STARS! said...

Oh my stars! That is one beautiful quilt. Love that you hand stitched and then hand quilted. A True Treasure! And awesome job on matching the dots.

Liz said...

Beautiful!

Jennifer said...

So beautiful! What an accomplishment, I am in awe!

Karen said...

Look at those points! Check out those amazing hand stitches! I don't see a seam! And how about those polka dots all lined up! You are indeed geeky--the best kind of geeky!! What a fantastic quilt and well worth all the time and energy you poured into it!

Quilt Fabric Pizazz said...

I just loooooove this! My first quilt was a small throw size that I hand pieced from beginning to end. I loved the process. I think your quilt is wonderful. Did you use a hoop to tackle the hand quilting? This is what quilting is all about I think. Slapping together a top on your sewing machine and sending it off to the long arm quilter......it is just not the same. Mind you I have done a fair number of those as well, but there isn't the same satisfaction doing it that way. Congratulations on a great finish.

Katherine said...

Wow. Oh, my stars certainly lives up to it's name, Amanda Jean. It's gorgeous! I love how vintage this quilt looks, from those feedsack fabrics to the gingham binding and then your wonderful hand quilting. I would want this quilt on hand to be enjoyed and admired every day of the week, it's that fabulous. Congrats on a much anticipated and beautiful finish, sweet friend.

Suzanne said...

You are a super star. This is heirloom workmanship and I hope you use it until it shows love like the velveteen rabbit.

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Piękna narzuta w gwiazdy!!! Podziwiam!!!

eileen said...

Lovely quilt...a real winner....I have yet to quilt mine, but that will have

to wait for cooler weaather. Love your work, it inspires me alot.

Eileen in Spain

Daytona Damsel said...

Oh how pretty. So happy you decided to hand quilt it after all that hand piecing. Debbie

bloominworkshop said...

What a winner! You did a fabulous job on all the hand work! I have yet to make one quilt all by hand. :P

jmniffer said...

Congrats on the hand quilting finish. I have been following along as the project progressed; I just love it! Is there a template for the diamond? I hand stitch out on the pontoon in the summer and this would be perfect for my next project.

Julie Reuben said...

Amazing, truly amazing!

Di Hunter said...

A beautiful hand-made finish! Dont you love the thought that you have created an heirloom and years down the way your family will still treasure it for its history as well as its beauty. Congratulations! xx

Gemini Jen NZ said...

Hand pieced! Totally deserves a quilting gold medal - you're a champion!

Ellomee said...

Congrats on your beautiful finish! The quilt is absolutely GORGEOUS!

Ellomee said...

Congrats on your beautiful finish! The quilt is absolutely GORGEOUS!

Melissa Corry said...

What an amazing and stunning finish!!! Way to go and Congrats on such a huge finish!!! And I totally agree, looks amazing at the bottom of your bed!

Christine S said...

What an outstanding and inspiring finish. It's just beautiful!!

Quilter Kathy said...

A super special finish... I love it!

Gunilla said...

Beautiful and I just love the you hand quilted it.

Lauren Deel said...

Your quilt makes me smile so much! I've so enjoyed watching the progress via your blog, and now to see the finished product with all that love poured into it! (Not to mention your grandma's authentic feed sack.) This is such a wonderful finish!

Thimbleanna said...

FAAAANNNNNTastic Crazy Mom! It's beautiful and hand-quilting was the ONLY choice. Congratulations on a great finish!

stamperwithdayjob said...

Absolutely amazing and so beautiful. I've been watching you make this little by little. What an inspiration.

Ruthann Grace said...

What a beautiful quilt and such an accomplishment. Just love it.

Rene' said...

Lovely finish!!! So great to see this quilt in person.