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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Celebrating hand quilting

By Janet Treen
Some of you would already know that I entered my quilt "Rings and Roses" in the Sydney quilt show and won Best of show. It's taken me awhile to come to terms with the awards I received. I only considered entering it recently after the urging of my blog readers.
I'm very proud to have won this gorgeous crystal trophy for excellence in hand quilting. I also picked up ribbons for first traditional, best traditional hand quilting amateur, the hangers prize, a judges choice and 2nd viewers choice. I'm still overwhelmed by all the accolades and ribbons.
I did echo quilting in the borders, roughly 1/4" apart as well as going around every applique shape.
I repeated the echoing in the corner blocks where the applique swept into the rings.
I was originally only going to do the feather quilting in the rings but after using a cotton batting, they didn't show up too well with the grid being small.  That's when I decided it needed to have trapunto and I loved doing it so much, it's sure to be added to future quilts.
I was pleased to see a number of hand quilted beauties at the show. It's still alive and well.
I think every second person asked me how long this quilt took to make. I ahve no idea really, it's been hanging around for years in various stages. I don't record the time spent, do any of you? A very hard question to answer when it's a labour of love.
 

33 comments:

  1. beautiful I am so happy for you! I am very happy to hear that hand quilting is still alive and popping up more in shows lately.
    I agree this quilt was really a labor of love, the quilt is amazing.
    Kathie

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  2. On all of my big quilts that I do on my big hand quilting frame I keep track of time - I keep a notebook at the frame and jot down time when started and stopped. I do this for that very reason - so many people say "how long did it take you to make" and after awhile out of curiosity I wondered exactly that and now it just became a habit to do.
    I love your quilt - so deserving of all those ribbons - I love it the hand quilting is exquisite.
    (ps a plus on keeping track of time is when people ask you if you can make them one just like it you can tell them it took you 300 hours or whatever and they couldn't afford you! that usually puts them off) :)

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    1. I think I'll keep time on the next start just so I can give an answer.

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  3. Congratulations Janet...this is a gorgeous quilt and the accolades are well deserved!

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  4. Your quilting is just beautiful. All the time is certainly worth it in the end. I have a friend who told me once that you can't put too much hand quilting in your quilt. There is always room for more. She won best of show with a quilt that was quilted with 1/8" spacing. I loved it. I appreciate your detailed description of your quilting. It helps me do a better job. Thanks. I continue to read your blog every day.

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  5. Congratulations and ever so well-deserved. Your quilt is amazing and the beauty shows for every hour you stitched.

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  6. Recording the time it takes to stitch a quilt is an interesting thought because most people ask how long did it take. Keep fighting the corner for hand quilting. They look and feel so different to the machine quilted variety. One day I may just come and feel it.

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  7. You quilt is just absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on the awards. Like Karen I have a notepad by my floor frame to keep track of the hours spent there. I also track the amount of quilting thread used. This started mainly because my sister felt that there was no way I could go through a 500 yard spool of thread on the quilt I made for her. Ummmm ..... I used 287 yards and ever since then I have kept track of that too.

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  8. Congratulations, and you deserve it. It's a fabulous quilt.

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  9. I'm so glad your fans encouraged you to enter this beautiful quilt, or I would never have seen it! Congratulations on your ribbons.

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  10. madre mía!!!!!!!!!!!!
    es una joya, felicidades
    saludos

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  11. What a beautiful quilt!! You *should* be proud of the accolades and prizes.

    I'm always encouraged when I see hand quilted quilts at shows or read other quilting bloggers who hand quilt. For a while, I thought I was just about the only one left.

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  12. It's GORGEOUS and deserves the win!!! WOW!!!

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  13. I agree, it is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

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  14. This is a most amazing quilt. You are an expert quilter. Love it.

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  15. I can see why this quilt garnered so many prizes. It's gorgeous! Congratulations.

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  16. a beautiful masterpiece....thanks for showing!

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  17. Congratulations, Janet! Absolutely stunning!!!

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  18. This is just beautiful you deserve this trophy. You should be extremely proud. Not everyone can do this type of work Well done!

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  19. What an absolutely beautiful quilt!

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  20. Thank you for sharing. This quilt is stunningly beautiful!
    congratulations!

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  21. I'm curious as to how the fabric outside the rings (border?) was applied?

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  22. Judi I appliqued the outside rings to the border strips which were mitred.

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  23. OMG,....this is soooo beautiful. Your stitches are perfect, I love the colors. Amazing! Even your applique flowers, I am in total Awww and hope someday to be able to quilt like this.

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  24. So wonderful for you! The quilt is an absolute beauty. Love all the hand work that makes it shine!

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  25. Everytime I see photos of your quilt,I am in awe! It was a labour of love and it shows in every stitch! Just wondering if you feel pressure on what quilt you do next?

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  26. Yeah, Janet! Well deserved! Can't wait to see your next finish!

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  27. I'm with everyone else here, this is just a stunning quilt, I'm just learning to quilt but with a machine. I can't grasp doing this all by hand. I keep coming back to look at your beautiful quilt, it inspires me.

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  28. I was fortunate enough to see this quilt at the show, it is absolutely magnificent. I am on my second quilt which I machine quilted, can't imagine how long it takes to hand quilt one. You deserve all the awards and more for this masterpiece! I would love to have a go at hand quilting, this has inspired me to try.

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  29. This is an amazing quilt with wonderful quilting. Well done.

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  30. A most beautiful quilt! Congratulations! Wonderful job.

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  31. This is my favourite quilt...ever. And hand quilted...bonus!
    I did one for my niece's wedding. I kept track of the time and the # of stitches. I'll never bother tracking one again!

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