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Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Journey

 Celebrating a finish!  Yes, when hand quilting it does take some time to finish a quilt, so it is always exciting when we have a finish to share. This quilt was started in Dec of 2011 as I collected fabrics while on a trip visiting family for Christmas. It turned out to be the last Christmas we would spend with my father in law. The applique was started in March 2012 right after the funeral.  By September I had the top assembled, but it would be put away waiting for it's turn to be quilted.  So in October, "Christmas Journey" was pulled out and the quilting began.  As I quilted my thoughts would return to my father in law and so this quilt is dedicated to his memory. Sometimes quilters are baffled by what design to quilt. This quilt shows that a simple 45 degree crosshatch is effective.   I highlighted the pineapples in the center block by adding a few feathers around them, and then stuffing them. To keep the crosshatching from conflicting with the single pineapple I just changed the grid to a 60 degree on the appliqued pineapple.


Here a few pictures of some of my favorite blocks!

I added a bit of trapunto to the feathers around the pineapples.
 I repeated this current and coxcomb block in each corner.
The bird block is my favorite.
A little trapunto made this simple pineapple come alive.

I am so glad to have this one done to enjoy this Christmas !   It was a joy to stitch and holds so many memories that it will always be special to me!

27 comments:

  1. Your Christmas quilt is exquisite!

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  2. Gorgeous! Pat yourself on that back for that one, wow!

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  3. well done! I will be glad to get mine done in a couple weeks too - it is so nice to see another so similar to the one I am doing :) Love the way you quilted it. You are right after working on a quilt for so long it is a joy to get it done and share it.

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  4. An absolute beauty. I love the simple but outstanding quilting. The feathers in the center is the perfect touch.
    Thanks for sharing this. What an inspiration!

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  5. Just a beautiful quilt and the quilting is perfect.

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  6. A beautiful quilt. Enjoy it!

    If you ever tire of it, let me know lol.

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  7. Exquisite! Love the colors and the blocks. It lays/lies so nice and straight. Ahhh..the look of a hand stitched quilt.

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  8. Depuis le début que je vous regarde piquer cette courtepointe.
    Elle est fantastique. Félicitation.
    Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année
    Gisèle

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  9. What a great finish! So excited about seeing all the close ups and your trapunto work too! Awesome job and what a beauty to behold. :) Kathi

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  10. It's spectacular, Carla! What a beautiful quilt you've created! Each block is stunning on it's own, and together they really are fantastic! I love that border, too! And the added touches of trapunto are perfect! Well done and congratulations!

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  11. OMG .... what a wonderful quilt!!

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  12. Beautiful quilting job, and what a wonderful thing to have such a special meaning.

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  13. It looks FANTASTIC!! Gorgeous, gorgeous quilting! The trapunto is wonderful and so effective for highlighting. Enjoy!

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  14. Absolutely stunning! Your quilt is just gorgeous. Congrats on a great finish.:)

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  15. I really love this quilt Carla. And I appreciate your telling part of the story behind it. Thoughts often turn to people as we hand quilt. This one will always be special for you.

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    1. Thank you Cat Lady! You are so right, it is amazing what we stitch into our quilts.

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  16. Oh what a spectacular quilt. It is so interesting that we can put events in our live along with the making of our quilts. How wonderful you can enjoy this Christmas season.

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  17. Is there a pattern for this gorgeous quilt?

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    1. I used the book Red and Green An Applique Tradition by Jeana Kimball.

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  18. This quilt is absolutely beautiful!

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  19. Your work is amazing. I am a new-bee quilter, but having trouble finding bloggers that quilt by hand. I could never afford one of those huge machines and I do not want to let that limit me as a quilter. In November I went out and repurposed my husbands old saw horses and built my own frame. I refuse to be stopped for lack of funds :) Well, enough about me. Your quilts are fabulous and you are so talented. I hope that you don't mind having this late bloomer tag along on your remarkable and artful journey. I am your new follower. Also, I am celebrating my second year as a blogger, with a give-a-way, so please come put your name in the hat. Some lucky girl is going to win
    Your newest blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. Connnie, I love your attitude when it comes to quilting. I have always loved antique quilts and they are often my inspiration. I learn so much by just looking at them. Just remember a needle thread and some fabric can take you on a marvelous journey.

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  20. That quilt is absolutely beautiful!

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