Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival- Farm Quilt Finale

Finally! The farm quilt is done! Whew, I loved doing it, but it seemed to take forever and life conspired to give me only little bits of time to work on it.

full scene of farm quilt home machine quilted

Binding done and time for a bath. Special note: If you use Fons and Porter's white mechanical pencil on dark fabric and then the fabric gets darker when wet, the white will get very bright and act like it will never go away......But it does. Don't freak out. Ahem.

scrub a dub quilt in tub

Time to assemble the foam board so the quilt can dry flat. This 6ft.x8ft. piece takes up nearly the entire room!



I have been showing shots of this in progress for a while and have been accused of being a tease with it. It's featured in a few of my free motion quilting videos too. It lays so nice and flat, square. It was a challenge to not over quilt this quilt as it was just so fun to do, but it is destined for a bed and no one wants a stiff quilt on their bed.


 I don't have a big enough area to get a good square, full view shot of the quilt without moving my entire bed out of my room. (Doesn't everybody have a huge design wall behind their headboard?) So I took the best pics I could while up on the staircase overlooking the table.


I am super pleased with how this quilt turned out. My friend wanted "something farm themed but not cutesy". I think I will do another quilt in a similar silhouette style someday, but definitely smaller!


 My little sparrow. I quilted bigger swirls around the branches of the tree to give a nod to foliage, not just bare branches.
back right side

Two shots of the back.


Finally, a closer shot of the ruler work. I love how this has turned out! I am so happy to have figured out I could use the ruler toe for use with the Janome 1600P in a frame system could be used on my Janome 6600 for regular sit down free motion quilting on my sewing machine. I am thrilled to be able to share the technique here with so many wonderful quilters! If you're new here, click to find more about using long arm rulers for free motion quilting on a domestic machine.

farm quilt corner, ruler work

Some stats:

  • 72x72 inches.
  • Machine appliqued
  • My own design, but inspired by some illustrations in some of my kids' early reader books.
  • A commissioned quilt so I don't get to keep it.
  • Made and quilted on my Janome 6600.
  • Hobb's 80/20 batting

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To top it off, it's finished just in the nick of time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival where I'm entering it in  the home machine quilted category. Maybe somebody will like it enough to nominate it for a viewer's choice award? Maybe a few votes? Hmmmm...what is the etiquette for these voting things? I dunno. But I do know that if you'd like to see some fabulous quilts, head over to the festival for links to a ton of great quilts and blogs. You might even want to enter one of your own! Plus there's some great giveaways.


35 comments:

  1. Wow! This is beautiful. I especially love your border and the pictures of the back.

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  2. Wahoo! Congrats for getting it finished Amy - it is stunning - i just love how you've quilted it - beyond gorgeous! Must feel so good to have it done!

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  3. Your quilting makes the quilt. Absolutely perfect!l!!

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  4. I like the combo on the border too. Said it before, it's stunning & I'm glad to see it

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  5. Oh my goodness Amy...this is spectacular! Your quilting is gorgeous. I have learned so much from your blog. Thank you!

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  6. This turned out stunningly beautiful-great design and quilting and just so fun!

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  7. Beautiful quilt and gorgeous quilting, as usual :)

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  8. This is just flat out amazing!!!! You did a great job on it!

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  9. Wow! Beautiful quilt and the quilting is just gorgeous! Great job!

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  10. This is just lovely. What a great job. You have plenty of reason to be very proud.

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  11. Your friend will be thrilled with this I am sure! The back is gorgeous and it shows off all your beautiful quilting to its best advantage! Thanks for all the great tutorials along the way! I've entered quilts in the BQF too! It looks to be a great way to go to a quilt show without leaving the comfort of your own home! Good luck to you Amy - I'm more than happy to vote for you and I hope you win!

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  12. It turned out so beautifully Amy! Well done.

    (and not sure if you've noticed or not, but most of the photos of quilts on my blog.....the quilts are on my bed...best place to lay them out for side lighting)

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    1. Thanks Michelle!

      Light from the side sure does show the quilting to the best advantage, doesn’t it?

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  13. You did a fabulous job on this. It is amazing! I love the back pictures as well--they are always just as amazing to see as the front!

    I would have a hard time putting this on my bed--it would have to hang on the wall for all to see! I loved the little teasers that we received along the way.

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  14. I'm speechless....or maybe, wordless, which doesn't happen often. It's outstanding.

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  15. An exquisite piece of work. Truly impressive. And thank-you for taking us on the quilting journey for this quilt.

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  16. This is truly spectacular.........the best I've seen yet in this category.

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  17. Wow! Such encouraging comments! Thanks so much!

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  18. Magic quilt! Beautifully! Original! Great!

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  19. Your quilting is amazing! (And great tip about the marker - haha!)

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  20. What a wonderful, original and personal quilt. It goes without saying that the FMQ is spectacular but the design is fantastic and they compliment each other so well. A truly great design and great execution.

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  21. Wow this is so pretty and the farm scene is so darling - I love this!

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  22. Beautiful in every way! I love the quilting designs. So glad you finished.

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  23. Truly exquisite! It is sure to be loved and treasured for years to come.

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  24. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous.

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  25. Love the borders! I admire such quality and design! As an aspiring beginner I'm looking with big envy, hoping to get there someday.... Maybe 10 years later, LOL Truly fantastic piece!

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  26. What a beautiful quilt; your quilting is such an inspiration to me. Thanks for all your tips and videos - I never seem to get enough of them. :) Have you done a posting regarding the process of blocking of quilts? If yes, can you give me the link. If no, I'd love to see a posting about how you accomplish it. Thanks again, Amy.

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  27. Wow, my friend told me to check this out; she found it in a different category than the two I've entered mine in, and wow, this is beautiful. 6X8 FEET! I LOVE your feathers, love the silhouette effect, love the back. Beautiful job!

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  28. This is such a gorgeous quilt!! The pattern is wonderful and your quilting is amazing!!

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  29. Wow! Amazing lovely quilt - less is definitely more here. I'm voting for it!

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  30. Beautiful quilt, and amazing quilting.

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