Monday, October 17, 2011

Quilted and Bound Labor of Love!

From the moment I saw this Winter Wonderland quilt by Crabapple Hill I knew I had to make it!  Two of my favorite things - embroidery and traditional patchwork immediately spoke to me!  I'd never undertaken anything this detailed but knew in my heart I had to try!  Since our old house was on the market and I couldn't mess up my studio at the time, I thought what better than some lap work to make the time pass.  Oh....and we had a lot of time to pass.  In the many months of waiting for a buyer I was able to complete all the stitcheries.  Then we sold the house and moved to the Squash House.  With getting settled and many non-quilt related projects to take care of first, I didn't think I'd ever get to this point!  But, VOILA - here is my beauty all ready to snuggle under for a warm winter's rest!
Mr. Squash is my quilt model here.  I used Quilter's Dream Wool batting (my favorite) which makes it heavy and difficult to hold up for very long.  Great job, Mr. Squash!
Here it is on the bed.  It's not a sunny day here, so the lighting isn't optimal, but feel free to click on any photo for a better look!
I used Isacord on the top and bobbin - I love how it just melds into the batting.  While I would have loved to try some custom quilting on this, I knew it might be another 3 years before I'd finish, so I opted for a panto called Blowin' Wind by Jodi Beamish at Willow Leaf Studio.
Isn't this just the cutest scene?
I learned a lot making all the different blocks on this quilt.  While I've made most of them before, I learned that perfect piecing is the key to making it all come together.  I found myself remaking several of them as I wasn't satisfied with any of them being a tad off here and there!  I remember after sewing each row together I would run upstairs and tell Mr. Squash that each row was sewing together in perfect precision!  I held my breath on the last row and did a happy dance when it all fit perfectly!
Here is a look at the back.  This panto reminds me of pictures of Old Man Winter blowing a cold breath from his snowy face!

 
Just now I'm putting another quilt on Vinnie!  It's a secret for now - a very fun Supreme sewing project.  As soon as the pattern is released I can show it to you!

35 comments:

Jackie said...

Your Winter Wonderland is a stunner! The quilting pattern you chose couldn't be any more perfect. And I love how the quilting thread just disappears and lets the embroidery be the star, just lending those little sworls give the impression of a cold wind blowing through. Gorgeous!

Linda said...

Beautiful, Candace!!! You did such a wonderful job. That was a great quilt design for that quilt!!! Don't you just love Isacord AND wool! Now, you can enjoy! What a fab quilt holder! Pretty sure he could model quilts for extra $$. :-)

Quiliting in Mequon said...

Hi Candace... I did the same quilt in Blue... What a wonderful job you did and I know that quilt was so much fun to make...Beautiful job in quilting... Hugs :)

Kaaren said...

I've wanted to make this beauty ever since I laid eyes on it a couple of years ago. Now, seeing your finished quilt, tells me that I should bite the bullet and order the pattern. I love handwork and can see myself passing the time in the evenings working on the stitched blocks.

Great job, Candace...and the quilting suits it perfectly!

sunny said...

Amazing! What a great project you chose when you needed to do handwork. If that was mine, I'd be praying for a blizzard! I also love the quilt in your header. Is it an original pattern?

Lynn said...

Candace it is gorgeous! Yes, piecing is the key isn't it. Jody has the best pantographs...very elegant. This is an heirloom to cuddle under.

Ulla said...

This is a beautiful quilt, and your quilting looks so professional. You and Vinnie work well together.

Lisa D. said...

Wow - your quilt is beautiful, Candace! I love the quilting on it, too.

karen said...

Oh my it turned out beautifully - and congrats on the finish :). This quilt is also on my "hopeful to do list". Enjoy your beautiful quilt

Hugs - Karen

Karen said...

Wow, Candace, that is GORGEOUS!

cjwalla2 said...

Wow!!! What a beauty! I can't wait to see it in real life...
Your work is just beautiful... your attention to detail really pays off!
Great job!

Marla said...

This is just spectacular Candace! Tell me, as I have never quilted on an embroidery before...can you just quilt right over the redwork? It sure doesn't show so I am guessing it does. I am going to try doing a redwork quilt someday. Glad you and Vinnie are bonding so well.

Sue said...

Just gorgeous! Quite a accomplishment ! The machine quilting you did is just perfect !

Florida Farm Girl said...

That quilt is on my list somewhere!! I'm in the middle of Christmas gifts right now, so I can't be starting anything new. You did a lovely job. And I love the different colors in the blocks. Gives it more character.

Laura said...

The quilt and your handwork is beautiful!

Kathy said...

Beautiful job! I made that quilt also, but mine is still waiting to be quilted. You've inspired me to get it out and try to get at it before this winter is over! Wasn't it fun to do? I made that one, and then Hocus-Pocusville (the Halloween one) and am working on the winter one. I love doing the stitcheries, but drag my feet with the finishing. None of them is finished yet! You did a great job with yours.

Anne said...

Now you've done it....you have made me want to get mine out and get it finished! I have all the stitching done and have to make the outer blocks. Love your quilting. Way to go girl!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Candace,

Fabulous quilt, you will enjoy it to pieces this winter. You did a wonderful job. I love using the wool batting, the quilting always show so nicely.

AnnieO said...

Excellent news, Candace! Hope you are fully stuffed with pride at your very own beautifully machine quilted-by-you treasure. I'm sure the happy scenes will continue to make you smile for many many years to come.

QuiltSue said...

That's beautiful. I love how you joined the redwork blocks together with an embroidery stitch, and I think the quilting design you chose was perfect for it

Me and My Stitches said...

Love it! What a great project and finish. You're quilting looks wonderful. Can't wait to see your next one.

Mary said...

That quilt is beautiful. You did a wonderful job on the quilting also. I can tell that project was a lot of work (fun).

Libby said...

Beautiful!

Stephanie said...

Totally gorgeous. This is such a special quilt for two very special people. Congratulations on your finish.

Carrie P. said...

I have that pattern started. One day!
Great job on the quilting and I think it looks great with a pantagraph pattern.

pratima said...

Candace, every detail of your winter wonderland is delightful and very very cute. It is truly a labor of love. Your quilting is absolutely gorgeous!

Annemariesquilt said...

Wow an amazing quilt!!! Congrats on your finish ;-))
Take care and have more fun ..

Sheila said...

I love your "winter wonderland" quilt. I love the combination of embroidery and quilt blocks and the pattern you used for the quilting. I especially like the fact that you used different white fabrics. It is beautiful. I too would love to someday make this quilt. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

Chris said...

Wow!! So beautiful and beautifully done! I'll bet it's making you smile every time you look at it--and you should!

Congratulations!!!

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Denise :) said...

Hi Candace! I stumbled upon your blog doing a google search for Crazy 8 Strip quilts. I love your little pumpkin piece in your header! And your Winter Wonderland quilt is gorgeous. Looking forward to future posts! :)

Houseelf said...

What a stunning quilt Candace. You must have had a lot of fun making it. The quilting is just right for the snow theme.

Nanette Merrill said...

Complete and utter awe. It is so fantastic and special. It is an heirloom quilt.

Diana Schmitz / Quiltecke said...

Oh, what a beautiful quilt.
Hugs from Germany
Diana

Carole said...

Absolutely stunning! I love it! It is on my "to do" list! I do like Crabapplehill designs! Thank you for sharing! Cheers!