Friday, 9 December 2011

It's Leaving, On a Jet Plane

Etchings is officially in the postal system and is no longer a member of this household. With the finish I also regained my love of this quilt. I do hope that the recipients love it too.

This is so completely different than any of my other quilts.
I have to admit I do like the back - imperfections and all.
The binding is in the blues and greys because that was all that was left from the jelly roll.
Funny how it took finishing to make me like it again.
No finished quilt photo shoot would be complete without one of it rolled up.

So now I am free to turn my hand to other projects with equally pressing deadlines. In pursuit of this I went by the quilt shop today to pick up some more wadding. I also had a £20 gift token for fabric. (Achieved from spending £200, but we won't talk about that!) I had a good look around and decided on this heavier weight to make a tote bag for John's sister.


And then I bought one wee FQ all for myself. Just because I have been so very, very good about my fabric buying for a very long time now. So it was a small treat, and the gift voucher covered most of the cost of the fabric. So that made it okay, right?!



Right then, I have a quilt to finish hand quilting, a tote bag to make, a cushion or two to construct, some small gifts to make, oh, and another quilt to get to the basting stage at the very least. Suppose I had better get away from the computer and get on with it then.

Susan

29 comments:

  1. It looks FAB finished! I really like the straight-line quilting and it makes a really great pattern on the back. Nice work!
    PS I never like my projects until I'm finished them!
    PPS I LOVE that bird cages fabric and I think I might have bought that recently for myself too. Well if I didn't then it definitely got put in a shopping cart during a virtual shopping trip with the intent of buying some soon.

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  2. It looks wonderful, Susan! I always like my projects more once they are done, too. Can't wait to see the bag you make from those fabrics!

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  3. Susan, I've been eagerly following you making this quilt and it really came out fabulous! Its stunning and you should be proud! The creator always has the imperfections stand out to them, but its stunning!!

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  4. It's fabulous! I love the back (and the front, obviously!) and I'm sure it will be treasured (and snuggled under!) for years!

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  5. Good job, great quilt - glad you like it again, I get that too sometimes, a period of not liking quilts I guess because *whisper* i dont really like the quilting part... but all's rosey again when they're done...

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  6. I am glad you like your quilt now it's done. I usually get to a stage when I feel overwhelmed by the make and then it's so wonderful to get to the finish it feels like each quilt is the best I've ever made!

    I am envying your motivation. I have had a bag cut out for over a week now and it's just sat on the ironing board waiting for me to get it finished. I really need to because it's a present for someone and we're exchanging pressies on Sunday when we have a get together!!!

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  7. The quilt is beautiful and the back looks so innocent now having caused you all that bother in the process! No one ever need know LOL! Congrats on a lovely finish.

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  8. Love that fabric that mentioned Montreal! :o) hmmm might have to get some of that!

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  9. Of course you love it and so will your SIL! And what imperfections exactly? The in the ditch quilting worked great BTW!

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  10. the quilt looks amazing, well done for your perseverance. Your receipient will love it. Love the fabric you have bought

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  11. I think we love our finished projects because we feel a sense of achievement ! And yours is some achievement! And see the new birdcage fabric as your reward for a job well done and a thank you from your SIL! Good luck with the tote bag- it'll be a breeze!

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  12. Oh a lovely finish - smile again :)

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  13. Lovely quilt, Susan! I'm sure it will be loved by it's new owner.

    Good luck with your sewing list. I've got several things on mine that I need to get finished too. Not enough hours in the day, is there? ;o)

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  14. Jeepers, you're gonna be v.busy! Etchings will be well received, I'm sure of it! Get cracking then! Jxo

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  15. ooooo I love that bird case fabric. That is super yummy...who is the manufacturer/designer?

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  16. I think we all fall in and out of love with our quilts - this is a super one Susan, what a great present.

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  17. I really love this quilt, you have done such a fabulous job with it. I'm glad you like it again. Love how you pieced the back and I can't see one wrinkle in there, and I'm sure the recipient won't either.

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  18. The quilt looks great, the back is gorgeous :-) Your tote fabric is great and I love that FQ. I too am off to the local fabric shop for essential supplies in the morning...unfortunately they are not so progressive with the vouchers!

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  19. I misread your post and thought you were off somewhere! Bye bye beautiful quilt ! You have so much to get through yet and you will do it!

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  20. Ooo Ahhh, so sophisti-ma-cated! It's lovely Susan, well done you...quilt finishes are few and far between in this household! x

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  21. I can't decide if I like the front or the back of the quilt better. Lovely finish

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  22. It is lovely! You have lots to do, hope you have a weekend full of happy sewing!! :)

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  23. Sometimes finishing a quilt and being able to see the whole thing and not just the parts you're working on changes your perspective of it again . I am doing a quilt like that at the moment. Ive always loved the Etchings quilt and I bet the lucky gift getters do too!

    Your new fabric with the birdhouses is very very pretty (and I bought some of the Hometown range myself this week !)

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  24. It is sooooo beautiful Susan!! I love those bits of red through it, a perfect amount. The back is just fantastic too.

    I have just been through a similar journey with a quilt that was for a gift, although mine spent quite a bit of time in the cupboard until I could bring myself to get on with it! It is such a relief when you finish it and step back and realise that you love it after all. I try to convince myself that the tucks of fabric caught on the back are part of what makes it us; because we still offer it up as a token of our love and friendship. Sorry, hope I'm not getting too soppy!!

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  25. I really like the back on this one too (and the front too!)

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  26. Woohoo on the departure of the Etchings to its lucky recipients, it really looks fab.

    Love the fabric you chose too :o)

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  27. Love the straight line quilting - this has turned out beautifully Susan!

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  28. I saw this on Flickr today and just LOVE IT! Can you tell me what pattern you used??

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