Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Five hundred and seventy-six pieces later...

There are no words to tell you how happy I am that this quilt top is done.  It measures 90" square (which was kind of an accident, but I went with it), and was incredibly difficult to photograph!!  I used my handy-dandy Gorilla Pod for my camera, and my awesome self-timer, but I only get ten seconds to dash to my step-ladder, climb up and attempt to hold up my quilt.  This quilt is so large that none of those photos came out especially well, but here's the best of the bunch.

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Fortunately, my husband sometimes resembles an evil scientist.  After a long day of work, he came home, propped the step-ladder up on the highest part of our yard (given that in Florida there's really no such thing as hills), climbed on top of the step ladder, and held up the quilt. The result?  Infinitely superior photos, although still lacking a little something.

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Then, I got a wild idea to do a stained-glass-inspired shot, with the sun going down behind the quilt, and my husband managed to get the quilt held up partly by the huge tree in our front yard and partly by him.  Then the munchkin had to get in on the action, and it felt like a family photo shoot.

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Stained glass HSTs


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This quilt has been a labor of love.  It's quite possible that I will avoid sewing up HSTs for a very long time, since there are 576 of them in this quilt, but I really love how this top has turned out.  I have no idea what I'm going to do as far as quilting is concerned, but I do know it's going to be some kind of free-motion quilting.  No way am I straight-line quilting this bad boy!

It might be another few weeks before this quilt gets officially finished, but I'm really looking forward to it being done so we can all snuggle under it.  Then again, with the munchkin officially starting preschool tomorrow, it's highly possible that I might finish this one a lot faster than I'm used to, so stay tuned!

75 comments:

  1. wowza! this is totally wonderful - all those HSTs ... zowie!

    It's really beautiful - well done you - love ALL the shots (specially the first one, where I'm imagining you running to the ladder LOL!)

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  2. It's beautiful as a stained glass picture! And, you are so much braver than I! My last two quits, which measured 112 by 100 or so I just lay out on the floor or on my bed. It's a nice thought to the whole quilt hanging up. I do love the picture I see when imagining you running to hang the quilt up for the picture too! Hilarious!

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  3. Congratulations- on the beautiful finished quilt and the lovely photos! The stained glassed effect is really pretty!

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  4. That is just absolutley stunning.! Wow!!

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  5. Well your hard work really paid off! Stunning quilt and that stained glass shot is breath taking! Pinning you on my Pinterest board! Well done!

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  6. Beautiful quilt... The moment I saw your title I knew you had done a large quilt 24 x 24 blocks. I completed a top myself made in much the same way, 576 HSTs. You should really claim 1,152 pieces...Each of those HSTs is two triangles after all.

    Beautiful quilt, I love the colors. And I love the "stained glass" photo as well. Very nice.

    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  7. This is an amazingly beautiful quilt! It has movement and energy, you can look at it for hours!

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  8. wow, that is gorgeous! All those HST's really paid off. You can use that thing on a queen bed can't you!? Fantastic work.

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  9. I LOVE it so much that I want to make one for myself, GORGEOUS! You rock!

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  10. Completely amazing quilt, Elizabeth! Love the diamond design. And the thought of you running around trying to get those pictures is pretty funny, too. Were the neighbors home?

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  11. This is stunning E! Well worth the effort and angst! Gorgeous pics too! Aren't quilts just like works of art! Jxo

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  12. Oh my goodness. Bless you for your patience both in HSTs and photography! Great job! Can't wait to see it complete.

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  13. Wow -amazing finish! I don't know if I would have made it with all those HSTs! It looks so fabulous. And I loved the picture of you setting up the tripod and timer to dash up the ladder. What we quilters do to blog our stuff :)

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  14. Wow... so beautiful... esp love the "stained glass" effect photos with the sun lighting it up like that... congratulations on all those HSTs!

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  15. Wow! It was a long time coming, but it was totally worth all of the effort. This looks fantastic! I especially like the stained glass shot :)

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  16. Wow...it is really beautiful. Very nice job. Hugs

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  17. Absolutely beautiful! The colors are amazing - that stained glass photo is so incredible. Makes me want to do one until I see the count of HSTs! Congrats! :)

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  18. It is beautiful! I love all the colors, and those HSTs! Wow, amazing!

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  19. hehe...you're so funny! I can't imagine trying to run to a step stool in 10 seconds and hold a quilt to take a picture! It's beautiful! I love all the pictures!!!

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  20. wow! That really is a beauty :-)

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  21. Beautiful! and your pictures are great1

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  22. oh wow! the sunshine really adds to your photographs. too pretty, really!

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  23. Just gorgeous! I just finished my HST quilt, so I know what you mean about no more triangles for a while!
    Great stained glass shot! Makes me want to do one like that.

    Where in Florida? I'm in South Fla, Jupiter specifically.

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  24. Woweee that's impressive!! And a great stained glass shot!

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  25. It is a gorgeous quilt! I know what you mean about HSTs, I am working on a BOM with them, but I really want to make a quilt like yours.

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  26. Congrats on a beautiful finish! The 'stained glass' reminds me of lovely Korean Pogaji panels. So pretty :-)

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  27. Nice shot in the sun. Absolutely beauful quilt! Ack, everytime I read your blog I say to myself that quilt goes on my bucket list too.

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  28. Woo hoo! Congrats dear, it looks awesome! :)

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  29. It looks so great. Way to go in finishing it. Preschool is a beautiful thing. Next year I will have my twins in preschool two mornings a week and my oldest in kindergarten. What will I do with myself? Hehehe!

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  30. It came out beautiful as all your work does! I love the photo with the sun shining through, what a great idea. Yay! for husbands (and boys) who help hold the quilts! :)

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  31. LOVE! I'm doing mine in vintage sheets but it's not going to be nearly as big as I hoped so now I'm debating what to do next.

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  32. great looking quilt woman! I love all the color.

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  33. Wow! wow wow wow!! This is so ridiculously fabulous I don't even know what to say! 576 HSTs?? I can't even fathom that may triangles, but I can certainly see how you've had your fill of HSTs for some time now! Can't wait to see how you quilt this, I'm sure it will be nothing less than fabulous!!

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  34. Holy stink! I think you're a little bit crazy now.

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  35. This looks beautiful! Love it! =)

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  36. so beautiful!! And I love the saga of getting a decent photo! ha...what we do to share our craft! :-)
    Love the sun-shining thru shot, and of course the munchkin. Real life quilting!

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  37. This turned out absolutely gorgeous! And I love the family photo shoot. (It makes me think of the WonderPets theme song: "What's gonna work? Teamwork!") The stained glass shot is really stunning. Woo hoo! Can't wait to see this all finished up, and good luck with preschool tomorrow. I know R will have a blast!

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  38. Very impressive! I just finished up my warm/cool baby sized quilt. I can't imagine doing a queen sized with all those HST!

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  39. Gorgeous! Well worth all those triangles :) Enjoy it!

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  40. Love the image of you setting the self timer and then making a mad dash up the step ladder...glad you are still in one piece and the quilt is stunning!

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  41. though it sounds like a bit f an ordeal, you should be very proud of the finished product- it is gorgeous!

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  42. It is wonderful! I love this pattern with HSTs, I used it for one of my first quilts. I know you will enjoy this one for a long time to come. And thanks for the wonderful pictures.

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  43. Wow! That is gorgeous! And I love, love, love those last shots!

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  44. Elizabeth!!!! I turned out so so so beautiful!! Well done and congrats on getting all those hst's done!! It's incredible!!

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  45. That's such an amazing quilt!
    I can't imagine piecing all those hst's.
    Those pictures make me want to start one of my own!

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  46. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I especially love the stained glass looking photos.

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  47. For all the effort that went into it... you can really see it in the results! It's just a stunning collection of well organized color and really makes you want to keep looking at it!!

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  48. So pretty! Love the stained glass shot!

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  49. Love it!
    Totally know the pain of trying to get good photos of a big quilt. I climbed a tree in a park and tied a giant rope around it to get photos of my halloween quilt!

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  50. This is really beautiful! I wish I could have seen you dashing up the ladder for a good shot ;)

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  51. It is beautiful! Way to go, a mighty finish!

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  52. Wow what a beautiful quilt! Great photos and it will be neat to see it quilted. Great job Betsy!

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  53. Elizabeth this is amazing!! Gorgeous! I do not envy you quilting this bad boy :)

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  54. Amazing, beautiful, adorable ... and really fantastic photos!

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  55. So in love with that one! Maybe I'll get brave and try one-- on a smaller scale, though! ;-)

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  56. It's really a beautiful quilt. And I love the stained glass photography! (Your little munchkin is adorable!)

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  57. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I so need to get working on this one..thanks once again for the inspiration! Way to go!

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  58. Amazing quilt! I love that third picture with the sun streaming through!..gorgeous!

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  59. It's stunning! Such a great inspiration to get out my HST die and cut some!

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  60. just beautiful!! but goodness that is a lot of work!! :) Great photograpy too!

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  61. really really beautiful and I was going to say... It looks like stained glass and then I read your post. : )

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  62. OMG! You are completely insane, and I mean that in the best way possible, of course. : ) It is A. MAZ. ING. Labor of love is right! And your "stained glass" shots are incredible.

    BTW, I installed a retractable clothesline between 2 trees in my yard, for the sole purpose of quilt photography. : ) It works great - here's the one I bought: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009WG6KM

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  63. Beautiful! I know how much work is involved in this - I've been working on my own warm/cool quilt. Great job!

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  64. Pretty amazing! And also PRETTY!

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  65. That is a seriously beautiful quilt with a serious amount of HSTs! Once it is finished you will forget the pain and just appreciate the beauty of it.

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  66. it's absolutely marvelous. What beautiful pictures of it too!

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  67. Amazingly fab! Love that stained glass shot too. So much work but so worth it, well done you!

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  68. Love the stained glass window effect. Would make gorgeous summer curtains...but all that work to hang over a window? No...this should be loved and squished as every quilt should. Thank you for sharing!

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  69. Beautiful - I love the stained glass and the 'dashing up the ladder' photos!

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  70. This is absolutely stunning! I love the idea of the pictures with the light coming in behind it - beautiful. Looking forward to see it finished...at your pace of course :)

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