Monday, September 5, 2011

A mondo sized finish!

I kind of can't believe I finished this quilt.  It's so large that my husband actually helped me wrangle this quilt while I finished off the binding.  I am so relieved/overjoyed/ecstatic/happy that this quilt is finally finished and that there will at long last be a quilt made by my two hands on my own bed, my fourteenth finished quilt of the year!

Finished warm/cool quilt

I'm really happy with how this turned out, and how I went from making a throw sized warm/cool quilt to a 90" square warm/cool quilt.  It was definitely a lot of work, and working with such a large quilt was definitely challenging, but I'm so happy with the end result that it makes all the headaches along the way disappear.

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After much internal discussion, I did some basic free-motion stippling across the whole thing.  The size of this bad boy really intimidated me, so I thought I ought to play it safe.  I think I'm pretty glad I did - the quilting doesn't distract at all from the awesome design of this quilt, it just gives it some great texture.

Warm/cool quilt - the back

The binding is one of my favorite prints from Simon + Kabuki's Juicy Blossoms line for Timeless Treasures - a small gray pindot called Dots Grey that works great as a neutral for this quilt.  I adore this binding, wish I had yards and yards of this print!

Finished corner of warm/cool quilt

Thank you again, Jeni, for hosting such a great quilt-along, I really enjoyed it.  I've learned so much from you both about fabric and color.  You rock!   :)

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Now, off to make my bed with this fresh from the dryer quilt!!!  Happy Monday everyone and happy Labor Day to you!

Quilt Stats
Name: Warm/Cool Diamonds
Size: 90" square
Fabrics: So many that I couldn't possibly name them all...or could I...hmm...
Quilting: All-over meandering stipple, by me, on my Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 835
Binding: Simon + Kabuki's Dots Grey from their Juicy Blossoms collection
Pattern: Jeni's Warm/Cool quilt along, adapted for size

59 comments:

  1. holy moly this is awesome! did you quilt this on your home machine??? you might be my new hero :)

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  2. This looks amazing! I am in awe of anyone prepared to make a quilt this size. I love the fabrics and the vibrant colours. Congratulations!

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  3. Congratulations on your finish! It's beautiful. The binding fabric was a wonderful choice. I'm really impressed that you quilted this big boy on your sewing machine!

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  4. Beautiful! What a great finish! congratulations!

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  5. Gorgeous quilt!! You did an amazing job! I love all the warm/cool quilts I've seen, I need to get crackin on mine!

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  6. Stunning quilt! Love the back too!

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  7. What a great feeling to finish it off! It turned out wonderful.

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  8. W. O. W. !!! I'm so Impressed! What a huge accomplishment.

    (And I bet you could name most of those prints...)

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  9. The quilt looks great, Elizabeth! Beautifully done!

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  10. Congrats! That will be awesome to have on your bed! and the stippling is great too.

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  11. Holy cow, this is so incredible! I love it, and it's going to be gorgeous on your bed. I'm totally impressed that you fre motioned it, too. I don't have that kind of courage! Fabulous job!!!

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  12. **LOVE**

    It turned out amazing!! Way to go!!!! I just love everything about it!!

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  13. Wow! Oh my goodness this is just stunning! You get super mondo props for props for wrangling a quilt of that size, I can't even imagine. This is seriously so fabulous though and it will be amazing on your bed to enjoy every day!!

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  14. Whoa! That looks great! I can't believe you did all the quilting yourself. Talk about a work out. Looks beautiful.

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  15. Bea-utiful! I know how much work it was to do a baby quilt with the HSTs - I applaud you!!

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  16. That is so awesome! And you quilted that huge thing yourself - even more cool. What a beautiful quilt for your bed!!!

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  17. Gorgeous! That's a lot of triangles :) Enjoy it!

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  18. Yahoo! It turned out SO awesome!! Love it! :)

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  19. Beautiful quilt... really beautiful! You're going to love this for a long, long time!!!

    (If you get tired of it, I would be happy to give it a good home!)

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  20. This is so beautiful! I love the vibrancy. It will certainly brighten up any room during the darker days of winter.

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  21. Your new quilt is amazing! So beautiful and unique!

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  22. Your quilt is amazing! Such an accomplishment!

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  23. Oh wow! Glad you got it finished with not too many problems, it is an absolute stunner :-)

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  24. Congratulations! Now go cuddle up in it!

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  25. It's perfectly wonderful! Bet you slept like a baby under it's scrumptious goodness and if you woke up you just smiled and cuddled closer to it. So impressed that you quilted it on your machine! I've got one that's 110" x 110" that I am leery of quilting, but you give me hope!

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  26. My first reaction when the first picture came up in my reader was a loud 'oh wow'. What a suberb quilt you've made!

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  27. holy moly I love it! It must feel great to have a finish so big, congrats!

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  28. gorgeous! I love HSTs and I love this setting with the warm/cool! I know all about the struggle of quilting a big quilt on a domestic - working on a big one myself at the moment. You've done an awesome job, and I know you will enjoy snuggling under this one for years to come.

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  29. This is gorgeous! Congratulations on a great finish. This quilt is on my top two quilts to start when I am ready to start a new quilt.

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  30. Yay for you! Nice finish..the quilt is stunning!

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  31. It's wonderful! It will look great on your bed, congratulations on the finish! And stippling is a great choice for it, as then it is quilty and soft but the design still dominates the show.

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  32. I saw your unquilted top on Flickr and it's the one that made me put this QAL on my ToDo list! It turned out fantastic!!

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  33. It's absolutely beautiful, I can't imagine the hours you spent on it. Very brave to quilt it yourself! Eva-Marie

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  34. Congrats on your huge finish and your bed will be sooo happy to have this wonderful quilt on it. Finishing 14 quilts this year, wow. Good for you!

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  35. Completely and utterly spectacular. I absolutely love this quilt, Elizabeth! Brava!

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  36. I'm so very jealous of this quilt! It turned out so incredible! I love it.

    I'm convinced now. Onto fabric shopping for one of my own. ;)

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  37. Absolutely beautiful. The binding is, indeed, fabulous. Congratulations.

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  38. It definitely deserves prime position on your bed.

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  39. That is sooooo fabulously gorgeous! I love absolutely everything about it!!!

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  40. A) That is so absolutely fantastic
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    B) 14?!?! you are a psychopath! (in a good way)

    Awesome finish!!

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  42. You are hard core, my friend! It is ridiculously freaking gorgeous and I'm in awe of it. : )

    I think you and I should have a game-show-style fabric-name-off. A timed showdown - whichever one of us can name the most fabrics in her Warm/Cool Quilt in a certain amount of time wins a fabulous new car. Now we just need to find a sponsor who will donate the car. LOL.

    (Sorry about the deleted comment above. Posted under the wrong account!)

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  43. WOW! Pretty freakin' amazing! What a finish to be especially proud of. Thanks for letting us watch this develop.

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  44. It's massive and beautiful! You can really be proud of this one. :)

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  45. Oh wow, congratulations! it turned out fantastic. And I'm so impressed you quilted this one yourself. That must have been one crazy set up to get that done!
    It's amazingly beautiful, congrats again.

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  46. Amazing and beautiful. Isnt it great to have something you made on your own bed.

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  47. You did it! It's gorgeous. I just love it. yeah!

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  48. So beautiful! Of course, I am a color fiend, so I would love that quilt on my bed too. And I understand how a quilt can just grow and grow-hence my kaleidoscope queen/king sized bed quilt. Nice job.

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  49. It's great - 14th finish of the year? Wow!!

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  50. So amazingly gorgeous! And the best part? You get to keep it! It's about time! :)

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  51. Dude, this quilt ROCKS and YOU rock! :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

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  52. It's beautiful! How the heck did you get that whole thing through your sewing machine? My little Brother's 16cm space means I can't go any bigger than 60"! I think I need to buy your model of sewing machine!

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  53. Absolutely beautiful!! I adore all the bright colours and patterns. I can tell a lot of love and time went into making this giant quilt. It's a beautiful piece of art, and you should be very proud of it!

    Erin @ Daisy Doe
    www.daisydoe.blogspot.com

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