Monday, October 5, 2015

Flags of the American Revolution - finished!


Last night I put the final final stitches into my Flags of the American Revolution quilt (pattern by Jan Patek) -


 ... started back in summer 2014 with this center medallion... I had already bound it and was just working on quilting the border these past weeks.



 Thank you Lori at Humble Quilts for organizing this quilt along!  I can say I wouldn't have stuck with this, without your deadlines and the feeling of community you created around it.



As I examined the whole quilt before truly calling it finished... I discovered two places where I had accidentally caught big tangly loops of quilting thread on the backing.  Errgh.  A little freeform applique to the rescue - hence the random star and moon on the already "make do" backing.


I washed it and threw it into the dryer last night before going to bed...


It shrunk up quite a bit... which is fine with me  - I really like the puckered up look.



This is a quilt truly for our house, which was built around 1750.


 I will keep it on/near the living room couch - for napping!







19 comments:

  1. Sensational! I love the back too. I love the puckered look after washing too. It will be so comforting this winter!

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I'm so glad to have finished it before the cold weather sits in.

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  2. I am in awe of your beautiful quilt!! I have been wanting to make this for a long time. Your finish inspires me to "just do it"! Your hand quilting is perfect on this quilt! Love!

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    1. Thank you LuAnn! Just do it - one block at a time! I'm glad I did hand quilt this - although it took over 6 months of TV time to quilt it!

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  3. Wow! What a beautiful finish! Great quilting and a perfect back :)

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    1. Thank you Barbara - the back was fun to piece. I used some Stars in a Time Warp there too.

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  4. Turned out just perfect. The hand quilting really makes yours special.

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    1. Nancy, thanks. Most quilts, I machine quilt on my home machine, but some I do hand quilt and althought it takes forever, I never regret it.

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  5. It looks amazing! LOVE the texture from the quilting.:)

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    1. Thank you so much Audrey! As much as I love machine quilting on my home machine, there is nothing quite like hand quilting!

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  6. wonderful version - congratulations. I love the black stitching! the back is fun too :)

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  7. Your quilting on it is perfect! I bet it is soft and comfy!! I love seeing the finished project.

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    1. Thank you Lori - yes, comfy - as I write this, David is covered with it on the couch as we watch a little TV! Thanks again for organizing the quilt along and keeping us all on track! I never would have kept on task without that "homework" ;).

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  8. Your quilt is awesome! The colors are perfect and the texture with your quilting is wonderful. I really love the cording around the eagle!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Marcie. The cording (just a simple backstitch with sashiko thread) was a solution to the fact that there was virtually NO value difference between the brown of the eagle and the light blue background...

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  9. I love your eagle! With the hand quilting in that dark thread and the crinkling from your wash it looks like an antique. Marvelous finish!!

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