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Friday, December 17, 2010

Dutch Gold

Can you believe it?  I'm still here!  I haven't had much to share in recent days (or weeks) but I've been dilgently working to finish Dutch Treat #2..the gold version.  And Tuesday night I finished the quilting.  I would have been done with the binding yesterday except 3/4 of the way through it I decided it really needed to be narrower to look good on the scalloped edge, so I redid it. 

Now it's done, washed and dried and I have a huge sense of accomplishment.  I started this one April 1, spent 5 1/2 months doing the hand reverse applique (196 blocks) and setting the blocks together.  I started hand quilting it Sept 19, so it took a few days shy of  3 months to quilt.   Considering I finished DT#1 Feb 1, I am really proud that I can say I completed two of these in 2010 (even though I started #1 in 2008). 

I think I may take a break before starting #3..if I make one, that is.  I have several other big projects that need  finished..like quilting my Dear Jane for instance.

It's hard to get good pictures inside and without help holding it up. Perhaps I can get better ones later. So without further ado..here is Dutch Gold.
















 Before washing, the quilting perhaps shows a bit better in this picture

19 comments:

Mary Lou Casada said...

WOWOWOWOW! Mary, it is absolutely stunning!! I thought it was gorgeous BEFORE the quilting; now it is to die for!! :-) I just finished my Dear Jane top (although I may yet add the last little border to scallop it like the original), and I'm eager to get quilting on it. If it turns out half as nice as your Dutch Treat, I will have made an amazing heirloom!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! :-D
Blessings,
Mary Lou

Annette said...

Your quilt is amazing! Such a beautiful treasure. Congratulations on a super finish. And happy holidays too.

Sunna Reyr said...

Oh Mary, I have no words. It's absolutely, positively gorgeous and to use the backing fabric for the appliqued border pieces is brilliant. You must be feeling on the top of the world now and you deserve it.

Wish I had your patience and endurance, even just a bit of it.

karenfae said...

Proud of you Mary!! I can't believe you didn't tire of it and kept working so hard on it and actually finished it the same year you started it!! It turned out great.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Cheryl Willis said...

What a beautiful heirloom quilt. I have really enjoyed watching your progress. Job well done!! cw

Yvette said...

That is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Barb said...

Ohhhhhh my goodness!!!! That quilt is absoutely stunning!!! What an awesome job! You sure have the patience of Job to do this quilt....just amazing!

Rose Marie said...

Stunning ..... absolutely stunning. Love, love everything about this quilt and have enjoyed seeing your progress throughout this year.

Teaquilts said...

You are the most dedicated quilter I know. To finish two of these in one year if not a miracle, then just shy of it. It's gorgeous and I admire your work and diligence to get it done.

Linda said...

I totally agree, this is a stunningly beautiful quilt. I like the backing fabric too. Great job! You do such beautiful work...Ho,Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas!

Julia said...

You are amazing Mary...to have two of these big quilts done in one year..so much work!
It is absolutely beautiful..
Merry Christmas to all the family..
Julia ♥

Crispy said...

OMGosh Mary It's AMAZING!!!! I can't believe how quickly you got this done AND that you are contemplating a third one!! The quilting is wonderful too...I can't put into words how wonderful this quilt is :0)

Crispy

Mimi said...

I am speechless - beautiful, exquisite, and magnificent are understatements!

Annelies vdB said...

Wow Mary, it is soo beautiful !!

Sherry said...

WOW! Mary, it is absolutely beautiful!!!!!! You shouls be so very proud of yourself. Doing 2 and this one in soch a short time. GReat job

Anonymous said...

I don't have a blog but stumbled across yours, and I just had to leave a comment. Your quilt is magnificent. I am in awe! Very nicely done!

Denise
Dunbarton, NH

Betweens said...

Mary it is just stunning you are right it is a great accomplishment love your Dutch treat..it really didn`t take you long at all

Lynn said...

Beautiful - I think it turned out great and you made it in pretty short time. It takes me a long time to make even a small quilt. I just can't stick with something that long I guess.

Geta Grama said...

Wow Mary, this quilt is absolutely stunning!!! You did an awesome job in such a short time! And are you already talking about #3? Your perseverance is unbelievable !