May 20, 2014

blogger's quilt festival - hand applique


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This is my entry in Amy's Creative Side mega blogger quilt festival!
Thanks Amy for hosting!

This quilt is entered in the Applique Quilt Category. Voting begins May 24!

I am entering this extravaganza of a quilt that I have been working on for three years! It is a pattern from Kim McLean. This is 100% hand applique and hand quilted! All edge-turn applique with giant rick rack around the outside border. The fabrics are mostly Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett.








These are definitely not my best photos! This thing is so huge I just can't figure out how to photograph it properly. Apologies. I hope you can see the amazing color in these fabrics and appreciate the stitching.

Also, I have to add that I think this quilt is the last of its genre for me! I started this several years ago and I love it. For 16 years I worked exclusively by hand. But now I have moved on to machine quilting and MUCH smaller quilts.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. If you'd like to see more of this type of work, there is a wonderful blog called Glorious Applique that Kim McLean contributes to as well an many other quilters who are doing similar patterns.

Please leave me a comment below - it is so fun to hear from people.

28 comments:

  1. Wow, your last photo should be the first one! Amazingly gorgeous with these lush fabrics!

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    1. Thank you so much! I wish I had a huge photo studio to shoot proper photos. :)

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  2. And yet more fabulous gorgeousness! This is my favorite colorway ever (BRIGHT) and once again your handwork looks beautiful. I think my favorite part is the striped cow!

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    1. That striped cow was one of the first applique pieces I made for this quilt. It was just meant to be. It has been a long process - just gotta finish that binding and I will be done. Thanks for your comments and kind words Shannon!

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  3. I love Kim McLeans patterns and admire anyone that takes one on. There is so much work involved, just picking the fabrics let alone appliquing all those little tricky shapes. I love the fun colours you have used and the zig zag border looks wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Rachaeldaisy! You're right - this is a big committment and a big quilt. This is actually my second Kim McLean. Such a happy pattern! Thanks for your encouragement!

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  4. What an absolutely epic achievement! It's wonderful.

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    1. Catherine: many thanks for the comments. Love the word epic - it kinda fits... three years in the making!

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  5. Beautiful applique! I love your fabric choices too!

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    1. Carla: I appreciate your comments. It was way too fun to collect the fabrics for this one!

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  6. That is insane! What a terrific quilt. I can't imagine doing all of that applique.

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    1. Yep... all by hand too! But I had a great time with it. Kinda ready for the journey to end... so close. Thanks for your comments and for stopping by.

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  7. Your quilt is beautiful. I'm working on the same pattern so I can really appreciate all of your hard work. The Roseville Album is definitely an heirloom. Congrats on your finish.

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    1. Hopefully you're seen - or contributed to - the Glorious Applique blog. If not, check it out. This pattern is wonderful... but oh so big! No idea what I will even do with this one now that it is finished!!

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  8. Holy wow - that must have taken you a while! Impressive work.

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    1. You are so kind! Thanks for all the encouragement and for stopping by!

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  9. This is some serious work Teresa...I'm not brave enough, as of yet, to take something like this on. Amazing !

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    1. Thanks Vickie! I enjoyed it... but doubt I will ever do one like this again. I finally figured out how to take a photo of it today and updated my post with a slightly better photo of the whole thing.

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  10. You are a superstar, girl. This is GORGEOUS! I'm inspired just looking at it, I need to get going on one similar. Well done - I hope you enter it all over, it's deserving of being shown off!

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    1. Thanks Joan. I actually had not considered entering it anywhere - maybe I should!! Great idea. I will try to find some places - I was just consumed with getting it done. Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. It is an amazing piece of art work. The choices of color, well designed. Amazing me the most is your fine, well stitched stitching. Nice Work!

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    1. Thanks Ming. I appreciate you taking time to look at these!!

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  12. Beautiful work on this Teresa! I love the happy colours you have used. Good luck!

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    1. Yes - these are very happy colors. Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment!!

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  13. wow! This is just incredible. Such beautiful work! No wonder you won!

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    1. Wendy thanks for the nice comments. i appreciate yor kind words!

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  14. Your Kim Mclean quilt is quite grande!! Happened upon your blog and am catching up on old post. Does this quilt have a label ??? it better and that label better give a few details besides Name, etc. Sorry to hear you are not going to do another glorious quilt. I have a half dozen of her patterns and yards and yards and yards of back ground fabric for when I begin, ha ha. You are to be commented to have finished!!!!!

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    1. Dear Unknown. You are a "no reply" blogger, so I don't know if you will get my reply. Thanks for your comments! You are so right. This one must have a label. I have made a bunch of labels and never got around to attaching them. I will make sure to do this. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments!

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