Wednesday, April 10, 2013

From a WIP to a UFO to a WISP back to a UFO and now it's a FINISH !!!

 It started in November 2011 with a bunch of old embroidery transfers I accumulated over the years. 


And now it all has ended in a crazy quilt 55x62. I call it Crazy Basket Case. About 95% of it has been hand stitched. I added the red border (without the trim and rickrack which was stitched on by hand) by machine and I added the binding by machine but stitched it down by hand. 




I stitched a block a month as part of the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2012


Each block included a basket and seam embellishments - all washable since this will be put to use in the winters at our house which is only heated by wood. 


Evidently a quilt by most definitions contains a top, batting and backing stitched together, not tied.  By that definition this is a quilt.   After my top was finished I sort of free motion quilted it to the backing using red perle #8.   See that running stitch up on the white spot? That's what I did all through the quilt but most of the time it is not as visible because I ran it on top of or under some stitches on the blocks. 

 I splurged on the trim in the border and just love, love, love how it looks. 


I crocheted a little basket for each of the four corners. 

I haven't washed it yet. I'm anxious to see how it will hold up. I bought some color catchers to throw in the washer with it since most of the threads and fabrics are red and I don't want to take a chance on them running.  I'm hoping after a wash it will have that crinkly effect I love on quilts. 
The backing is red with baskets.  The red perle #8 I used to do the hand stitched "free motion" quilting blends in perfectly.   I bound it like a sane quilt - the binding is scrappy - different red fabrics. 

Now I just need to add a label and get up the courage to wash it.
It feels so good to be finally finished. 

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17 comments:

sharonb said...

Congrats on your finish- it always feels good and its a really lovely project. It would have been a little sadness to have is languish . Hand stitching takes time but it is worth it

Queeniepatch said...

Well done!
It is a fantastic quilt! You have stuck to two colours and baskets all around. So it is very much a 'sane' crazy quilt. Thank you for sharing all the details. They are awesome.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

What a journey! What a fantastic quilt. Hope all goes well with the washing. I too love the crinkles!

Wendy said...

So glad to see your finish! A job well done! Your quilt has turned out beautiful! Not only will it keep you warm in the winter months but will be a treasure for future generations.

Ellen said...

Congrats on finishing such a wonderful quilt. Fantastic!

Suztats said...

And it's beautiful! Love that lacy edging you splurged on- well worth it I think. It'll be perfect for snuggling under next winter.

Gerry Krueger said...

This is one of my favorites of your projects... The vintage basket concept was an inspiration... Well done and bravo!!! Gerry K.

Fay's Page said...

I love the red and white and what a good idea for all the old transfers. A wonderful hierloom!
Thank you for sharing. Fay South Africa

Sarah Craig said...

Wow, that is a beautiful quilt!!! It definitely gets a WHOOP WHOOP!!

Marjolein said...

Congratulations, it is an absolute beauty!

Renee said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. Have fun with it!
http://monkeyandmutt.blogspot.com/search/label/Awards
Hugs,
Renee

ipatchandquilt said...

What a fun quilt! I just shouts "made with love"!
Esther

Anonymous said...

AWESOME finish, Cathy! Great job! Cris in MT

Kitchener Quilter said...

That is such a lovely quilt, and a great finish. Well done.

Jeni B Quilts said...

WOW!!! You do beautiful handwork, I am so jealous!

Quilting Nonnie said...

What a fantastic quilt! You must still be doing the Happy Dance. And in one year--omigoodness.

I love the Aunt Martha transfers! I've made dishtowels with embroidery from the transfers.

You did such a spectacular job on your quilt. I'm speechless.

littleorphanskein said...

I LOVE the look of this quilt! Wonderful job. Absolutely gorgeous.