Sunday, December 30, 2012

50 hrs of Spinning Wheels

This quilt may look simple in design and construction but spending close to 50 hrs on it doesn't make it simple in my opinion at all!


Let's go back a few years.  I fell in love with a fat quarter bundle at my local quilt shop, all in plaids and strips.  I then came across the perfect pattern for the fabric.  The pattern is called Spinning Wheels.  The pattern gave you the option to piece your curves or applique them.

 The thought of piecing the curves terrified me so I took the easier route and thought I would applique them!  Funny huh!

 Yes, each triangle was prepared with the "freezer paper/spray starch" method...each and every triangle!


Even though this was a few years ago...I vividly remember hours and hours spent with the iron, freezer paper and spray starch!

I then took the blocks with me everywhere, especially to a lot of basketball practices where I hand stitched over and over, triangle after triangle.

...so like many of my quilting projects before the Quick Curve Ruler came along....this one got put away and was still loved but forgotten about.  

...but then I got the light bulb moment this year to give Christmas gifts of quilts I all ready had or needed to finish and thought this would be a perfect one for my Mother-n-law!  It's so her and very much her style!

I pulled out the blocks and had 5 more to applique.  It did feel really weird to work on them again...but felt so good to finally know that this quilt project was going to come to an end.  I knew I didn't want to custom quilt it because of the business of the fabrics, but thought my new favorite "grid" quilting would work well and I think it did just that!

I buckled and used 2 layers of warm and white...but of course love it and I finished putting the binding on at the Family party last night.  I happily gave it to my Mother-n-law and am so glad it's finished and will be for show in her beautiful house!

~Jenny~

39 comments:

Leeanne said...

So much work Jenny, but what a stunning quilt, I would have found it hard to part with.

Trudi said...

It's a real beauty! So soft and pretty :). Happy New Year to you and yours! X

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Hi Jenny
I keep going up and down the page. Can't stop looking at this quilt. It has so much movement in it. Well done you.
And from New Zealand where it's 90 minutes to the new year may I wish you a happy one.

Cheers

Linda

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

Lots of work, but it turned out so beautiful!

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Ethne said...

This is a beautiful quilt Jenny and I'm sure it's loved and treasured now ....
Happy new year to you and you family - when it comes around ;o)

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

FELIZ ANO NOVO!!!FELIZ ANO TODO!!!!

Esther said...

Love this one. Congrats on getting it finished, and what a wonderful gift for your MIL. And the grid quilting works perfectly. Happy New Year

Needled Mom said...

That is really a beautiful quilt. I am sure your MIL loved it too.

Jenny said...

lovely finish.

Judy H in NC said...

Beautiful quilt. And I just 'unearthed' 3 partially finished quilts from about 10-15 years ago and finished them up. Of course, they were nowhere near as detailed as yours.

Sharon S said...

I love this quilt. If you hadn't done this you wouldn't be were you are today. Happy New Year!

Lisa D. said...

It's really beautiful! Funny, isn't it? You wouldn't be at all intimidated by the curves today!

Teresa Silva said...

Beautiful! Funny that now you have a ruler that could make those curves! Love how you quilted it and I'm sure your mother-in-law will really enjoy this one.

Melia Mae Quilting said...

Gorgeous! I love the fabrics you chose as well as the quilting!

Natali said...

I love your quilts - a masterpiece! This work - fantastic! pleasant colors - my in spirit! Cell - just class! Stunning hand applique! Bravo!

Kathy said...

What a wonderful gift for your MIL. Winding Ways is one of my favorite quilts and yours is so pretty.

Barbie Mills said...

I love this pattern, and want to make one of these someday. Beautiful work, Jenny! I'm sure she loves it!

marcella said...

Love your version of winding ways! I've never heard about appliqué to make it, but it turned out beautifully. Bet it will be a favorite and well loved gift.

Leslie's Itchin to be Stitchin said...

It's very very beautiful, I love it!

Sharon T said...

Oh Jenny, it's beautiful! I've been stalking your blog for about a year now, and I l.o.v.e your ideas, your color choices, and your amazing quilting! Happy New Year!

Lynn Douglass said...

It's gorgeous, Jenny! I have a basket of plaids and stripes, but I still don't know what to do with them. Maybe I'll use your ruler and start using them! Love that grid work quilting! I wish my longarm had channel locks!

Lanne C said...

How did you quilt the grid work with your longarm? Channel locks? Horizontally and then turned the quilt? Pantograph? Circle lord? Looks just right on that quilt. Lanne

Holli said...

Wow, that's just beautiful! So much work! Its a beautiful quilt. Happy New Year!

Kristine said...

It's beautiful Jenny. I got all excited there for a minute and thought I might be able to make it with the quick curve ruler.

~Diana said...

Now design this with your ruler! This would push me over the edge to buy one! I do love this quilt a lot...thanks for sharing it.

Kelly Corfe said...

Jenny, This is gorgeous .. and I agree, how can we make this using the QCR ... oh, I was excited to see your ruler and patterns on Checker website ... way to go! Happy New Year to you and your lovely family!

Jackie M said...

Jenny,

What a lovely quilt. I can't stop looking at it.

Jackie

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Your quilt is gorgeous!

CitricSugar said...

Looks like it was worth every minute! Gorgeous. And the fabrics really make this quilt - I can see why you fell in love with them in the first place.

Kelly said...

This is so gorgeous - I can't get over it!

Sandy said...

Beautiful. Winding ways is a quilt on my list. I have the templates and the fabric. And I have a retreat coming up. It is either this or out urban nine patch. ;)

KristaKay said...

I have a new love of your cross hatch quilting and have been trying it myself. I bet it would be easier on the long arm, but still turns out nice on my little machine.
Love your inspirations.

Heather A said...

Inspired and inspiring! I love the effect of the fabrics - busy yet soothing. That takes some skill and a real "eye". This is one of my all-time favourite quilts.

Elizabeth's quarters said...

Your mother in law is a lucky lady, the quilt is beautiful. I love the colours and it looks so well made.

Reunion Committee said...

Who is the pattern by? I see it's called Spinning Wheels but can't find it online. Would you share more details of the pattern? Thanks so much!

Reunion Committee said...

Who is the pattern by? I see it's called Spinning Wheels but can't find it online. Would you share more details of the pattern? Thanks so much!

Mama Pea said...

It's beautiful! I love it. Your applique skills are impeccable! Wow. I have quilts that take me forever, too. But mostly it's because they sit in a box for a long time with no progress. haha!

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful quilt and your selection of fabrics is perfect. Very lucky mother-in-law.