Saturday, January 28, 2017

My FIRST BIG FINISH!

I am so so sooooo excited to share this finish! I thought I would NEVER be done!  It's the very first large quilt I've pieced and quilted myself on my home sewing machine, a Bernina 440QE.  It measures 86x64.  I finished the binding this morning!  I wish I had a better place to photograph, but the weather right now is not going to permit that.  

I was asked to make this quilt for a grandbaby that was coming.  Needless to say, that baby got here before I finished.  I had no idea how long this was going to take!  The grandmother asked me to make it bigger than baby size so it could be used for many years to come.   The inspiration for the colors came from the baby room.  I finished the piecing in time to share at the baby shower and I think the mom was very pleased!

I visited fabric.com to select fabrics because I like their design wall feature that lets you select thumbnails of the fabric you want to use and put them all together on one page to see how they work together.  I ended up selecting a variety of Kaffe Fasset and Amy Butler fabrics for the hearts and a wild Kaffe Fasset Jungle Green for the back.  The backing wasn't quite large enough so I made an extra chevron strip using heart scraps.







I feel like having a party I'm so excited about this!  Woo hoo!!

Linking to:
Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
Sew Off Saturday at Sew Can She




26 comments:

  1. Such a beutiful quilt and your machine quilting is just amazing - congratulations!!!

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  2. Gorgeous! Your quilting is amazing. Congrats on your finish!

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  3. It's just beautifull-love the colors and fabrics you used-I'm sure Mother and baby will love this for years to come! You're quilting is wonderful, Susan

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  4. You definitely should have a party, Janice! The quilt is beautiful and those Kaffe fabrics are so luscious!! Now kick up your feet and enjoy the knowledge of making a great quilt that will be cherished for ever!

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  5. The colors are so pretty! Beautiful finish.

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  6. I'm doing the happy dance for you, Janice!! Congratulations on finishing your big, beautiful, wonderful quilt! I had no idea it was that large...wow! And to see all the fabrics together with your lovely quilting is such a treat. I love the photo of the binding, what a cool fabric that one is! Gracie is one lucky baby :)

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  7. Gracie is one lucky little girl! I know she will cherish it always! Beautiful quilting, Janice! Just look at those paislies and feathers, you're a pro! So happy for you! Congrats!

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  8. Love the chevrons & hearts mixed together! Your quilting is so beautiful, too. What a lucky little girl to receive this beauty.

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  9. WELL DONE JANICE!!! It's a finish worth shouting about. Its an amazing first full size quilt finish, it may have taken you a bit longer than you anticipated but it was well worth that wait. What have I been telling you? Read your comments, your quilting is amazing, no one realises you are so new to free motion quilting. Quilters who have been practicing FMQ of years can't always so as well and I am rubbish next to you, you inspire me to practice and improve. I am so proud of you.

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  10. Party on my friend! You did a great job, so congrats on that and a finish! Dense quilting does take time but, in my book, it is worth it;)

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  11. Congratulations on your first big finish. It's wonderful and I agree with Kate that your quilting is awesome!

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  12. Congrats on a gorgeous finish!

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  13. I'm in the mood for a party! What a fun quilt, very pretty and great quilting - they'll treasure it for years to come. Now what's your next project???

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  14. Holy Smokes Janice! What a wonderful finish. You should be so proud. The quilting is just absolutely gorgeous. I can't say that enough. Don't you just love the feeling of finishing such a project? Dancing around the room in celebration defines it exactly.

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  15. It looks wonderful. The colors are perfect for the room too. Beautiful quilting.

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  16. You should be happy and proud. It's beautiful. You did an amazing job.

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  17. So colorful! And your feather quilting is amazing!!!

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  18. A wonderful finish and a gift that is sure to be loved!

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  19. Congrats on this finish!!! This is such a beautiful quilt, I'm not sure I could part with it. Those feathers are ROCKIN! And I just learned something because I'm not sure I knew you could group fabrics together like that on fabric.com, I will have to check this out.

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  20. Oh Janice it is fantastic!!! What a great finish for your first big finish. The quilting is great. I am sure that this will be treasured for many years to come.

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  21. The colors are so vibrant! I'm sure this baby will love the quilt for a long time.

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  22. The quilt goes perfectly with the colors in the baby's room. That size should be good for her next bed too. Congratulations on finishing a big one!!

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  23. Definitely you should have a party or a big celebration. Congratulations on finishing a beautiful quilt!

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  24. The flower fabrics you used in the hearts are beautiful -- gorgeous, really. And that backing fabric is perfect. Congratulations on an exciting finish!

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  25. What a beautiful finish! Love the colors you've chosen

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  26. Hello Janice,

    That's an amazing colour scheme with some pretty amazing piecing and quilting to go with it! What a fabulous present - Gracie's mum must have been so thrilled.

    Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

    Love, Muv

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