Friday, October 09, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival....my quilt

Even though this quilt isn't finished, it's my very favorite so far. That's really hard to say about just one quilt because every quilt I've ever made has been a learning experience. It's just that I've learned sooooo much making this one.

I admit that I was terrified of paper-piecing before I started to make this quilt. And, not just a little bit. I didn't paper-piece for a number of years after the technique was introduced. That's really not like me so you know how afraid I was. For one thing, my mind doesn't automatically work the way paper-piecing requires, but I've overcome my fear and now find it rather challenging and then rewarding to complete a block/quilt. This will be my first entirely paper-pieced quilt when it is finished.


You'll notice there is a space for another block. I've completed several more blocks than show in this quilt but not the one for this space yet. I'm going to put one more row around the entire thing. I just thought the photo looked better this way for now.

I've also used many of my own hand-dyed fabrics in the making of this quilt. That's another departure for me since I'm not overly fond of "solids" or fabrics that "read" solid.

And, even though the size of this quilt will be manageable for me to quilt if I want to, I've promised it to Jackie. Once I saw the quilting she did on a customer's New York Beauty quilt, I was hooked. The problem is....she may have to wait a while before I get it completed! :)

Thanks for visiting!

35 comments:

Crispy said...

Completed or not, that is such a lovely quilt Terri!!

Crispy - who needs to think of a quilt to put in the show....

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh Terri, this quilt is so fabulous. Can't wait to see if finished!

Mary said...

Beautiful quilt. I keep thinking I will use this pattern, or one like it, but I am afraid it will turn into a UFO! Great colors.

MichelleB said...

I love it! I adore these New York Beauties. I look forward to seeing it finished. You can do it!

Dee said...

Wow..it's inspiring to hear your story of stepping out of your comfort zone...I'm starting a new pieced and curved piece for a swap and you've encouraged me with the beauty of your quilt and your perseverance!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

This is going to be just gorgeous Terri! I love all of the blocks so far and wow, hand dyeing the fabrics too! Can't wait to see it finished and with Jackie's awesome quilting it will be a total work of art!!

Terri Stegmiller said...

Simply gorgeous! I almost shared my New York Beauty as my quilt festival entry too.

Myra said...

Finished or not, it is and going to be awesome! 8-)

Zonnah said...

It is beautiful!

Me aka Supermom said...

Having made a quilt like this earlier this year, I have a ton of respect for those who are nuts enough to do it too! It's lovely.
margaret

Jenny said...

what a gem!

Jean said...

What beautiful blocks. I too am not as fond of PP as I am of piecing and applique, but am enjoying it more and more. I am still using it in small projects, though.
Thanks for sharing!

SewCalGal said...

This is going to be a spectacular quilt. Love the colors, fabric, and, of course, the design. Can't wait to see it finished.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Rashida Khanbhai said...

Its a great quilt. Lovely striking colours. You are lucky to have realised your dream of having a business in quilting and fabrics. Good on you.

Helen said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh! One of my favs from the festival! I so want to do a NYB one day. Inspiring. :)

Diane J. Evans said...

Don't you love paper piecing?! It's so precise and it makes me look like I'm a better piecer than I feel I am. This NYB is really a beauty -- and I can't remember if you sell any of your hand-dyed fabrics -- do you? They're gorgeous, too!

Diane

Cara said...

Beautiful! That makes me want to do one, but I just can't get my nerve up quite yet, and I do paper piece a bit.

Cathi said...

Wow! That is so stunning! I can't wrap my mind around paper piecing at all. But seeing results like yours makes me want to learn it!

Cathy said...

Wow Terri it's beautiful. How wonderful that you have stepped out of your comfort zone. i find that so hard to do. xo

stitchinpenny said...

That is so beautiful. The fabrics are so very special. You did a great job.

Sara said...

That is going to be an awesome quilt. Love the pattern, the colors - just everything about it!

Quilts on Bastings said...

Your quilt is coming along beautifully - I love New York Beauty quilts and yours is going to be stunning!

tooznie said...

You are doing a lovely job, keep up the good work.

Judy Alexander said...

This is a really beautiful quilt. To me this looks really difficult. Color choices are great too.

Rene' said...

Your hand dyed fabrics are gorgeous. Beautiful quilt. I am still terrified of paper piecing. Thanks for sharing.

Rhondi said...

I love paper piecing because you can get such great points. That is great that you hand dye your own fabric

quiltmom said...

Terrie,
I just love this pattern- You have done a great job of color placement - I can hardly wait to see what you choose to put in that space. I am also thrilled to know that there are other people out there who make blocks and audition them in the design and cast them aside because it doesn't fit the look they hoped to create. I am building a pile of orphan blocks that will get used for a "everything but the kitchen sink" kind of quilt design some day.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your visit to the show.
Warmest regards,
Anna

Julie Bagamary said...

This is beautiful!

qusic said...

Hold on and finish it, it is a beauty and will embellish any wall- I am very curious which background colour you will choose for this last block:)

QuiltSue said...

A fabulous quilt with fabulous fabrics.

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful quilt
.Greeting Marika

Jennifer said...

WOW! I'm still working my way through looking at all of the quilts and I must say that this quilt is absolutely breathtaking! Well done!

Sara said...

What a neat quilt! Thanks for sharing.

Behind My Picket Fence said...

Beautiful! I have a friend who made that quilt and I had the fun of helping choose fabrics. Your's are great.

Casey said...

This is gorgeous. I love the pattern and the colors.