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Friday, April 17, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Amy, over at Park City Girl has organized a Blogger's Quilt Festival this week. What fun! Many of us can't get to the big quilt shows, but we can still enjoy the creativity on display each and every day on the hundreds (?thousands?) of quilt blogs online. Check out her blog and find out how to add your favorite quilt to the show. Then take some time to attend the quilt show..in your jammies if you want!


It's hard to pick my favorite quilt to date but I've decided to show my Diamond Ring. It is a variation of the Double Wedding Ring. In 2006 a group of us that participated in the forum at Blockcentral.com decided to each make this pattern. I hand pieced mine in 17 weeks.


With all that hand work I thought it screamed to be hand quilted and because I am a machine quilter I decided to have my friend, Elaine, hand quilt it for me. She did a fabulous job as you can see.


My only regret is that I didn't add more blocks and make it queen sized.
My first attempt at curved binding. It wasn't nearly as hard as I had expected.



I presented the quilt to my husband on our 20th wedding anniversary. I also told him if he ever decides to divorce me, I get the quilt!
Now get on over to Amy's and join the quilt show

44 comments:

Bunny said...

beautiful quilt!

Crispy said...

Mary that is just beautiful!! I see the nice blue ribbon too. You must have done nothing else in those 17 weeks to get that quilt done and your friend did a beautiful job quilting it.

Crispy

rachel griffith said...

just beautiful.

Barb said...

Love the quilt....

Doris said...

Mary that is just beautiful!

Mary-Kay C. said...

That's a beautiful quilt. I liked your comment about if you get divorced. My brother was recently separated and I told him to get the quilt I had made for them. It stays in the family!

Geta Grama said...

I know this quilt, it is so beautiful ! I can't imagine where you found so much patience to hand piece the entire quilt !

Zonnah said...

Wow you are fast! It is so beautiful.

Melody said...

What a nice gift! He's lucky to have you.

Janet Brady said...

I've never seen this pattern before, it's awesome. Congrats on the blue ribbon!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Oh! It's stunning! A piece of art!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Absolutely beautiful quilt!! And the hand quilting is so well done. I know you enjoy this quilt. The colors go together so well.

Sherry said...

Absolutely beautiful quilt. What else can I say my mouth is still open saying OOOOOOOO my how beautiful.

melissa s. said...

I have so much respect for hand-sewn quilts. This is truly stunning and what a beautiful 20th anniversary gift. If I start now, I may have one ready for my 20th (in 13 years!!!)

Big Sky Paper and Design said...

Very beautiful! A wonderful gift and quilted by hand too! Fabulous :)

Donna said...

I love the quilt and your humor. My husband says if we ever split I get the kids, he keeps the dog. haha. Thanks for sharing, it really is beautiful.

Mary said...

Very pretty and hand done is amazing. My dear sister, who doesn't quilt, wants one in California King size, hand quilted. I tell her dream on...

karenfae said...

lovely work - you have done so many in a short period of time - it is amazing to see all that you finish.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

StegArt said...

wow, a gorgeous quilt Mary! and hand pieced???? You go girl!

onlymehere said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I love the colors and I've always loved the pattern. Some day I hope to be good enough to do something like this!

Dorothy said...

Beautiful quilt Mary. I'm amazed you had it all pieced in only 17 weeks. You must have been driven! lol

jedigirlz said...

haha......I don't think your husband will ever leave you, for fear of losing the quilt.....and, of course his love for you. Beautiful binding. I'll have to try that next.

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I love the diamonds in there - and hand pieced - you are so talented and patient :) Thanks for participating I adore your quilt!

Bethany said...

That is breathtaking! Very beautiful quilt.

Rhonda said...

Wow, what a great quilt. You did an excellent job. I made a wedding ring way back but never got it quilted. One day...take care.

Quilt Rat said...

WOW! hand pieced? Incredible work and the hand quilting is fabulous, the close up photo tells the story.
GREAT JOB

Micki said...

I love to hand piece too, so I do know how much work that quilt was...superb job!
Micki

quiltmom said...

Hi Mary,
What a lovely double wedding pattern you have created. Your friend did a terrific job of hand quilting it too.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt.
Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,
Anna

Coloradolady said...

Stunning! I love the pattern, and hand quilted...so special.

Susan said...

Your quilt is just beautiful, Mary! What a wonderful anniversary gift!

Ariane said...

It's a beautiful quilt. I love that it is hand pieced. You did an amazing job.

Stephanie D. said...

Amazing! I don't blame you for threatening hubby with taking it! And hand-pieced, too! Wow!

kwiltmakr said...

Wow, I don't know what to say. It is truly a beautiful quilt and all hand stitched, that is amazing.

whoopdedoo_5 said...

very very pretty :)

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Stunning! I hope he understands how much love goes into a quilt like that!

Lucky, lucky man to be loved so dearly, and lucky wife to have found the man she loves as much. Blessings on your marriage.

Annika said...

So very nice! A great job done!

Millie said...

This is absolutely stunning. Beautiful work, beautiful quilt!

Mandy said...

What a beautiful quilt. The curved binding is just wonderful.

SewCalGal said...

I love your quilt. You did a fantastic job. Thanks for sharing in this show.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I love everything about your diamond quilt. The colors are perfect and the scalloped border is just what it needed to finish it off. It is a treasure, thank you for sharing.

Belva said...

Beautiful quilt.I love your comment to your husband. We have to keep our boys in line.

Marilyn said...

Beautiful quilt and a great job!

Vivian said...

Handpieced, hand quilted, made in a record time (for the block used) and an anniversary gift!

Can you say "priceless heirloom"? Well done, Mary!

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