Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Reveal

Well, the final applique stitches were put into Baltimore Garden. What a wonderful  two year long journey. I started this project in April of 2013 and here we are in February 2015.  Come fall, the hand quilting journey will begin.   This quilt measures 91X91 so it is a bit difficult to photograph. I was able to hang it on the moulding on a walk thru from the dining room to the foyer. But with no wall behind it it wanted to ripple a bit.



I thought I would add a few of my favorite blocks from this quilt.   











One of the small flowers on the border!



51 comments:

  1. Oh how beautiful, Carla - a real tribute to your talent and perseverance! It's already a show stopper. Love the blocks you showcased. My favorite is the third one - they're all gorgeous though.

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    1. Thanks! Probably more perseverance than skill. Although, I do think they improved with all the stitches I put in this one! Whew, so glad it is a top!

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  2. Carla,
    It is stunning! I wish I could see it in person and spend time just looking at all the details. How will you quilt it?

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    1. I think I may try to do something similar to the original quilt. Hoping to do a practice piece and see how I feel about it after that!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and your kind words! I am so excited to know I own this Baltimore Garden and I can enjoy it anytime I want!

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  4. Beautiful. When quilted it will definitely be a show stopper. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I sure hope so! I love love hand quilting applique quilts and this one will take some time but I hope to enjoy evvery minute.

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  5. A beautiful finish on the top. I think you made progress on the blocks very quickly. And good colors as I have told you before.

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    1. Thanks Karen! I agree now that I can look back I think I did make good time. But than I did work on it often taking some winter breaks. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment it means so much.

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  6. Its beautiful! I'm looking forward to seeing it quilted.

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    1. Thankfully that is my favorite part of the process. Those magical quilting stitches are always such a game changer. Can't wait to see what they will do to this one.

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  7. What a wonderful accomplishment . It’s just beautiful.

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    1. Someone once said applique is just one stitch at a time. Definitely a good thought to have when making this quilt. Thanks for your kind words. A long journey to this point for sure.

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  8. Oh wow! You did an amazing job and will look forward to see how you hand quilt it!
    Kerry

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  9. Lovely! Can't wait to see how you handquilt it!!

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    1. I can't wait to quilt it either! I love the magical transformation that happens to a top with some wonderful quilting stitches!

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  10. What an achievement Carla - beautiful! I love all the woven baskets and your border finishes it so nicely :)

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    1. Thanks Hilda! I can't believe I did it! So glad I saw it through. Applique really is about one stitch at a time.

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  11. I got so excited when I saw 'The Reveal.' Absolutely Stunning! You did such a great job and have a wonderful top to show for it. Thanks so much for sharing your journey and knowledge with us along the way - I have learned so much from you. Thanks and enjoy that beauty. I can't wait to watch the hand stitching progress this fall.

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    1. Deb thanks so much! You have made my day! I started this blog to journal my quilting journal and hoping that I could encourage others to give hand work a go. But to have fellow quilters say they have been inspired by my work or that they learned something from me is very special.

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  12. What a gorgeous top Carla!! And only 2 years in the making! You will enjoy it all over again while you quilt it. The layered flowers are so pretty. So curious how long you anticipate it will take to handquilt a quilt of this size.

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    1. I have quilted a king size quilt in 4-5 months But I plan to quilt this very similar to the original quilt, so who knows. But I do agree I will enjoy it all over again as I quilt.

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  13. You did an amazing job ! It's wonderful.

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    1. Thanks! It was a skill builder for sure, so many stitches.

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  14. Wow! So much work. I just love all the beautiful applique. Great accomplishment for you!

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    1. Thanks Audry! It really shows that practice does improve those skills and applique is all about one stitch at a time.

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  15. Oh my, it's fabulous, Carla! Simply fabulous! A lot of work went into that and it shows. I can't wait to follow your progress on your hand quilting of the beauty.

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    1. Thanks Kathy, It is really hard to believe that the top it done!

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  16. Utterly gorgeous! What a labor of love, in a day and time when so many projects are rushed and everyone seems to be looking for "finishes." It sounds like you're really enjoying the process and will end up with a stunning product, too!

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    1. Oh yes, I feel sorry for those that are in such a hurry.....................................the best part is the process! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Just wonderful! You have done a wonderful job on this quilt. Can't wait to see how you are going to quilt it!

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    1. I figure the quilting can only enhance it! Looking forward to a lot of relaxing stitches ahead.

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  18. congratulations - it is really stunning! Have you decided how to quilt it?

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    1. I would love to quilt is very similar to the original which is pretty much with stippling and shapes floating in that stippling. I think I will try to a practice block this summer some time before I start to see how it goes before I start. Very time consuming but something I have always wanted to try and I think would do the top justice. Time will tell however!

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  19. Absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderful accomplishment!

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    1. Thanks! As they say with applique, it is just one stitch at a time!

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  20. Congratulations Carla! It's absolutely a jaw dropper! So many stitches in that project... wow!
    Can't wait to watch you quilt it!

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy! You are so right so many stitches.I am really looking forward to the slow stitches that yet need to be made.

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  21. What a wonderful accomplishment--it's gorgeous!!

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    1. Yes it has been a long journey! Hand quilting is will be a joy!

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  22. Beautiful! I like all of the blocks, but particularly love the embroidery touches with the yellow flowers. Hand quilting it will be a joy!

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    1. I love the delicacy of that block also! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words

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  23. I've enjoyed strolling through your breathtaking garden. Glad I stopped to smell the flowers on this cold, snowy, blustery, overcast day.

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  24. Oh!! Well done!! Is it all needleturn, even? I love these long-term projects with so much work in them. They are true glories.

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    1. Yes two years of needleturn! My first attempt at something so intricate. Definitely a learning experience and I am so glad I took on the challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

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