Friday, March 22, 2013

Finish it up Friday - 3/22/2013

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I thought that I would share a quilt today that I had finished a couple months ago.  It is called the Hot Chocolate Club.  I haven't shared this on my blog yet.  I never got around to taking photos because I wanted to take them outside in a snow setting and the timing was never right.  A couple weeks ago, I was rather bummed out because I didn't think I would get another chance.  However, mother nature choose to give us one more really good snowstorm a couple days ago.  My husband was a great help to me and we finally got them done.

I started this quilt about 8 years ago as a block of the month.  I picked it back up in July and worked on it until I got the top done in August.  And there is where the anxiety kicked in.  I have always machine quilted my own quilts.  But this one was super special to me and I was scared I would ruin it because of the amount of custom quilting it was going to need to make it right.  At the time I had a small cheap brother sewing machine that quilted fine but wasn't great for detail work.  So I proceeded to pack up the top deciding to wait until I got a new machine.  It was on my wish list but I thought it was going to be awhile.  However, Christmas time rolled around and my wonderful husband surprised me with a new machine.  He bought me a Husqvarna Viking Tribute 140c.  We ended up getting a great deal on it because it was a special edition and their cycle was over.  I spent about a month practicing all the motifs I wanted to do on this quilt and then started in. 

So here are tons of pictures to share.  In total I think I took almost 40.  Don't worry I won't show you all of them but I do believe they are all on my Flickr.  You can get there by clicking one of these photos. 





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One of my favorite blocks.  I was scared to use the yellow but I really love it. Notice how they are all holding hot chocolate mugs in every block.


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Here is a close up of some of the quilting.

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I tried a swirly design here to look like wind but I think I should have made some of my swirls go in different directions.


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I really love the paisley design I tried out.  I think this is going to be my go to background filler design.

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The old granny couple.  There really isn't a wrinkle in his face.  The quilt wasn't flat.

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The igloo was done all free hand with no marking.  Its my husband's favorite block.

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More yellow quilting.

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Playing with some photo editing software.  :)

Today I am linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts!  I can't see what everyone has this week!

13 comments:

  1. Perfect backdrop for this quilt! I can see why you wanted to wait on the quilting. It looks fantastic! I love how you customized the quilting for each block. Great job!

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  2. Wow! That is beautiful quilting. I think your wind swirls look perfect. I can see why this is so special to you. I hope it has a long a happy life keeping your loved ones warm and cozy!

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  3. What a wonderful quilt you made! It was worth the wait to do the quilting - what you did is just perfect.

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  4. What a "warm" quilt. The quilting is really perfect and it looks amazing. I especially like the detail you added to the igloo. My daughter would love if I made her a quilt that had snowmen drinking hot chocolate:) Great craftsmanship and quilting!

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  5. What an amazing quilt. Your quilting is great and really does enhance it.

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  6. Oh, so nice!
    I love snowmen and some of them are always on display in my house!

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    1. Mine too. I think it drives my husband crazy. LOL

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  7. The snowy background truly was worth waiting for. The background photos are awesome! I love the quilting of the igloo, too. Wonderful quilt!

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  8. The whole quilt is wonderful and your quilting looks amazing. Great finish!

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  9. Is this a Pearl Louise Design? I seem to recall something similar to this hanging in her shop. I love this quilt. It is so much fun. You did a great job on the quilt.

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    1. Yes, it is. I should have put that. I love her designs.

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  10. Awesome. I'm not much into Christmas quilts, but this is inspiring!

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