Yes, folks! I finally completed the Wisdom House Quilt top! :-)
This finished up at 69" x 89"... I did not realize exactly how big those dimensions actually are... until the blocks started to go together... and the quilt started taking up more and more space on my living room floor... *grin*... yah... pretty much the WHOLE floor! So, I really can't get a good picture of the entire quilt... too large to hang from any of my walls too...
This entire quilt process is new to me. This quilt created a lot of "firsts" for me... this was my first full size quilt... first Block of the Month... first attempt at needleturn applique... and first full size FINISH! :-)
I did have some interesting "opportunities to make-do"... lol! Yes... measure twice and cut once... but, if you cut the same piece twice... you will run short of fabric... see the piece of sashing behind the long stemmed star flower? That's 4 pieces... it should have been one piece... complicated story... but, the lesson to learn was to lay out all your blocks (on the design wall or floor)... so that you can see that some block sections were pieced together a month ago to applique something on the sashing... so those sashing pieces were not needed to be cut at the end... did I explain that right?
The other lesson to learn was... make sure you are reading the measurements to the block you are ready to cut. See the basket block? That was supposed to be the width of the double star block under the house... yep... found another scrap piece of fabric to fit in the hole that mis-cut left... lol!
I think the remainder of the pieces cut and went together ok. I did change the lower right block. The original one that Jan Patek did had her name and county on it. I decided to include a berry basket, my last name and the year.
And, 2013 happens to be about 3 years from the start of this whole process. The price tag on the first block had a date of August 2010. I started stitching on this March of 2011... and here we are November 2013... lol! What a process!
Who wants to quilt it?
Thanks and hugs to everyone for their tips and tricks and for cheering me on!!! You certainly sent me the energy to keep pushing to the finish line!!! :-)
Happy November! And, what better way to start a month... than with a finish! :-)
Here is the Wisdom House Blocks 12 and 12a. The block with the proverb had the option to either embroider or needleturn applique the letters. And, when you take into consideration that this quilt is built around this proverb... I thought it needed some pretty fabrics to make it stand out in the whole quilt design. Since I still wasn't ready to test my patience with needleturn on such thin letters... I brought out the Steam-A-Seam and fused them to the background... then followed with some whip stitches for reinforcement and embellishment...
I've already gone back to Block 1 and started reviewing the blocks to the layout and now it's ready... set... go all the way to the FINISH line!!!! :-)
We had the most Trick Or Treaters last night than we've had in the whole 15 years we lived here. First time ever that we handed out more candy than we had to keep.... and the kids costumes were fabulous! Such a good feeling to enjoy some happy times! :-)
And now... I leave you with a picture of a November day out my side porch window... looks like there is a ghost in the bushes... but, that's just the reflection of my hand holding the camera... BOO!
Until next time... stay healthy and keep on smiling!