Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Did you hear it? The birds sang - angels surely wept - the quilt is done. 13,052 pieces all stitched together. I started this quilt just about 2 years ago. At that time I did all the things that I was competent at -- I bought the fabric, I cut it into strips and started sewing them together. Soon it became abundantly clear that I had no idea what I was doing. I read the pattern, I re-read the pattern, I made a test block, I was confused.
Carefully I tucked everything into a box and put it in the closet. I was sure that I could do it . . . someday. I t has been in the back of my mind all along, but I came across the box when I was reorganizing my supplies. I read the pattern again and decided to give it a new try.I have to say I'm still not sure I understand how to make the it. But the pattern had some very nice diagrams that I was able to follow. Sometimes a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Hubby doesn't often offer many comments on my quilts, but he is quite taken with this one. Now it's his. It's draped over his chair waiting for him to come home from work.
So what's next? Let's just say that I'm off little pieces . . . for now. My next project was my Christmas present from The Princess - a whole cloth quilt.

29 comments:

QuiltingFitzy said...

Details, details!!

What type batting and style of quilting did you do?

This is just stupendous!!!

Bonnie said...

What an accomplishment! Great job, wonderful quilt, and excellent picture setting!

Dawn said...

Libby it is truly outstanding! I just love it! And here I was all ready to start mine as soon as the pattern came until you mentioned how many pieces! YIKES!

Well tomorrow I have another YIKES to share with you.... I"m wondering what has gotten into me lately!

Rani said...

It's incredible! Totally incredible!!!!

kjquilts said...

Oh so vintage! I really love this quilt...lucky husband! What was the pattern you used for this? I love the set around the picture.

May Britt said...

It is outstanding!!!! I never think I would be patient enough to do such a quilt. All those pieces!!!! WOW I think you are doing your happy snoopy dance now.

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

It's beautiful. You should be incredibly proud of yourself, Libby!

Way to go! Applause, applause, applause!

joyce said...

Wow! I can't imagine making something with so many pieces. It looks wonderful. Congratulations on finishing it.

Fiona said...

Just awesome! No wonder your husband has claimed it as his own.

Carol said...

Libby is is absolutely incredible! What an accomplishment. Don't forget all your hints for doing this because when things settle a bit here I AM doing it. I LOVE IT! I am standing up and clapping for you!

Screen Door said...

Libby--- it's goregoues. I see flowers in your picture.

Diana said...

Oh my gosh, what a finish! So many pieces! Beautiful job, Libby. And bravo for finishing!

The Calico Cat said...

YAY! It turned out beautifully! Good for you for persevering!

Cynthia said...

well done Libby on perservering with this quilt. It looks fantastic. Now you can vacuum the floor LOL.

Jane Weston said...

It's absolutely beautiful. Congratulations! The time and patience required is far more than I could show to any project. Fantastic!!!

Patti said...

Well, it was worth every minute and every gray hair it caused you. It is simply spectacular! And the number of pieces just blows my mind. Just like a Dear Jane or a Baltimore Album - this is a one time life time accomplishment. You should be very proud of yourself.

McIrish Annie said...

Libby, Congratulations!! It really is beautiful. I guess now 6 inch blocks will seem ginourmous! and the whole cloth is the other extreme!! LOL

I admire your persistence and dedication to finish it. Lots of us would have just buried it!

Angie said...

Wow, Libby, I'm just speechless---that is a HUGE accomplishment--and gorgeous!!

computerpeach said...

Great job on the finish!!! Could you post a closeup of one of the blocks??

Chris said...

You have inspired me to see how many UFO's I have and finish one of them. But luckily I don't think any of mine have that many pieces!

anne bebbington said...

Oh my word Libby - that is awesome - what size are the little pieces? Isn't it especially nice when someone at home 'wants' a quilt you've put so much effort into - then you get to have it around for ever

Wendy said...

You should be very proud of such a hugh accomplishment. Great job! Good to hear it's staying close to home.

Nadine said...

It's absolutely fabulous, and a real treasure ! Congratulations !

paula, the quilter said...

Oh, Libby, that is fantastic! Good going! I'm with Kim -- how 'bout a closeup?

Forgetmenot said...

It looks so very lovely, you must be thrilled.

I'm with Kim - sometimes seeing a photo just isn't enough... please can you post a close up, in lieu of actually touching your masterpiece?

teodo said...

Your work is incredible. Very very fantastic. ciao ciao

Lucy said...

BEAUTIFUL I am so impressed !!
and it is finished .WOW you are outstanding :-) !!!!

Judy said...

Well you know how proud I am of you for finishing this right? I never had doubts! I've joked, but seriously...this is a great accomplishment that you can think back on for years! It's done and hubby loves it and you can feel fabulous whenever you see him all snuggled up in it sitting right next to you.

lil said...

libby, I have no words, this one is incredible
still speechless