Wednesday, February 21, 2007

By popular request - Here is a close up of one of the blocks. The pattern is called Postage Due by Sue Garman. The pieces are cut at 1" and finish at 1/2" (it's strip pieced, sort of. Each little piece didn't have to be handled or stitched individually.) Each block has 15 fabrics, not including the light or red. The pattern called for 30 fat quarters, and I think I have a few more than that. I just pulled from what I had and not everything was a full fat quarter. It's amazing how the same fabrics can be used over and over and still look so completely different from block to block. It is a VERY heavy quilt - I teased Hubby that is was almost like the lead bib at the dentist. It certainly won't blow away. I used a thin cotton batt to keep it from getting heavier still. I quilted pretty densely with a meander stitch.

*When I click on the picture to enlarge the image, the pieces are just about actual size*

32 comments:

hardenbrookgirl said...

Truly amazing Libby! I'd not thought about it being so heavy, but with all those seams of course it would be!

Susie said...

13,052 pieces??
Wow, I'm so impressed. This is such an accomplishment..Congratulations!!
It's beautiful!
:)

Carol said...

That is truly, truly amazing. I am in awe!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Awesome! Wow, what else can I say... what a accomplishment!! You did a super job and you finished it! That one would have been in my UFO bin forever ... WTG girly!!!!!

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

More - applause, applause, applause! I'm in awe!

Marcie said...

That is truly something to be proud of. It is amazing! Way to go Libby!

jpquilter said...

wow! that is an amazing quilt - congrats! I used to be an online group with Sue Garmen - it was a progressive quilt group and her work was always amazing
Juliann

QuiltingFitzy said...

Thanks for the specs and close-up.

You should be VERY proud!

computerpeach said...

thanks for the closeup - just stunning!

Fiona said...

I just can't believe how tiny those squares are - even with the strip piecing technique, it's not for the faint hearted.

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Quilt Nut said...

wow! that is amazing! absolutely gorgeous!

Jane Weston said...

I said it yesterday and I say it again...WOW!!!!

Forgetmenot said...

Amazing, and very lovely indeed. Cotton batting is just right. You are a very talented lady!...and determined! Thank you for the pic. Elizabeth

Diana said...

Close-up it is an even more amazing job. This will be one you can treasure.

Screen Door said...

My kids pick at me about hanging quilts. I tell them it's how the pioneers kept the cold out of the cabins. With the heavy quilt, next blizzard *VBG*-- you're covered and the house will be warm!!!

Lisa D. said...

Wow Libby, this quilt is incredible!

Eclecticmk - Margie said...

WOW! That is truely increadable! I would have suggested to give a wool batting a try but you are so quick you have already finished it! :-) I like to use wool batting on my heavy quilts made of flannel and ones with lots of fabric. It really gives them a nice light weight and a nice cuddly feel.

Finn said...

Hi Libby, what a great quilt! I loved seeing the close up of it, and recognize many fabrics that also live in my stash...LOL

It's quite an amazing quilt, and you did a great job! I'd be off small pieces for quite a while. Hugs, Finn

qwltnfool said...

Your quilt is phenomenal! My goodness what an accomplishment and a quilt that will be treasured!

Dawn said...

Libby, it really is a wonderful quilt! I have to call on my pattern and see if it is in yet! I can't wait!

Lois R. said...

GORGEOUS! Congratulations on finishing it. I'll bet it feels good to be done.

I laughed out loud when you said that your next quilt was going to be whole cloth! Hee hee!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Yes, it's stunning. It's great to see it from a distance, then see it close up and start to recognise some of the fabrics. No wonder you are going to the extreme with the whole cloth quilt.

gwen said...

Incredible, you did it. I think your husband can be proud to own such a beauty. I wonder why you didn´t quilt it by hand! LOL
Thanks for sharing.

anne bebbington said...

Mindblowing - having finished it you must feel like your right arm's been chopped off - almost like a birth process. It is beautiful and will keep you snuggly and warm for many many generations to come

Judy said...

Think about how this is on the back...you have a double layer of fabric really...one on the front and the seams make a solid layer on the back. With being only an inch wide the front is 1/2 inch and the two seams fold back and meet in the midle to form a solid backing!!SO no wonder it's so heavy! I'd love to eventually make one similar...but with much larger pieces!! 2" maybe so they would finish at 1.5".

OH, I measure my enlarged pic and it's 1/2 inch perfectly on screen!!

Wendy said...

What a treasure...you are amazing to stick with sewing such small pieces.
Thanks for the close up, I'm in awe...

Cynthia said...

thanks for showing a close up of the quilt. I amazed at how tiny the pieces are and it all came from fat quarters.

Nancy in MT said...

Oh Libby, it's stunning!!!!!!!!!!

Sweet P said...

Only 13,052 pieces? LOL! Extraordinary quilt! Fantastic job on finishing it.

Shelina said...

Oh my gosh Libby, this is an amazing quilt. So beautiful and you managed to get it quilted so quickly. Angels definitely did sing and cry. You get a standing ovation from me.

Jeanne said...

I love it! It has a wonderful vintage look and your hubby is one lucky guy to have this quilt. You should be very proud of this one.