Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It is finally finished!


It's kind of hard to believe, but I have FINISHED this quilt that originally was two quilts. It has been a long journey getting it to where it is today.


I started piecing the Dear Jane on Sept. 23rd 2007. My goal was to make the full DJ quilt, and have it all pieced and appliqued by hand. For a while I was very eager stitching the blocks, but soon I found other projects more interesting. I did sew some blocks from time to time, but there really wasn't much progress. Most of the time it was stuck in a project bag. By the time I realized this was going to end up as a UFO I had stitched 63 blocks using 868 pieces.


When the LQS presented "Svennebrevet" as their BOM a couple of years ago I was absolutely certain I was never going to make it. The two main reasons was on the one hand that I wasn't very inspired by the first shop sample, and on the second hand that most of quilting Norway does their BOMs and I like to do my own things. But I had a hard time resisting, and when the patchwork school started in "Familien" and my Mum dumped the patterns for the first blocks in my lap it was a sign to start. I'm not going to go into all the hassle with cutting measurements and block size here (click the label below if interested), but with a few modifications I stitched 21 blocks that more or less resembles the blocks in the original quilt.


I did a lot of playing around with both sets of blocks, but I really loved the layout of the original Svennebrevet, and with a little advice from Rose after sending her pictures of layout suggestions, I ended up sewing alternating wide and narrow rows. During a fun sewing day with Yvonne I got the scrappy border sewn on, utilizing a lot of my leftover fabrics and the few spare blocks. The quilting would probably have been finished sooner if Bernie hadn't gotten ill, but I'm thrilled to have it done now :-D


So my long list of work-in-very-slow-progress has with this been reduced with two projects. And I have a goal of reducing the list even more in the weeks to come - a couple of the smaller projects will be top priority, Lucinda's Gift quilt-along will start on July 1st and end with a finished quilt, and then hopefully I can make some progress on the quilts I have ready basted and/or has started to quilt....


Hugs and stitches from Anne Ida

30 comments:

Doniene said...

Way to go!!! Again, you inspire me to get my UFOs done!!!

Blessings

Vicki W said...

I think you made the best of both quilts!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I love it!! the colours the arrangement; everyting about it is beautiful....and a lot of work...congrats to you

May Britt said...

Dette ble RÅSTILIG. Gratulerer med flott teppe.

paulette said...

STUNNING! Love everything about it...now GET IT UP OFF THE FLOOR!! After all it will be an heirloom someday!
Well done!
P

Rhonda said...

I love UFO quilts..... it's amazing what we start, forget, come back to, put away, etc. Your combination of blocks is stunning and very creative!!!!

Elaine Adair said...

You had interruptions, pauses, changes of mind, illnesses, yet this is what you ended up with - WOW!!! It's really wonderful and the columns of wide and narrow was inspirational, and original. It's just lovely!!!

Annelies vdB said...

Very beautiful ! Congratulations.

May Kristin said...

Fantastisk flott, Anne Ida!

Pat from FL and MI said...

What a great idea to combine the two. It is beautiful!

Mary said...

The two quilts made with the same color fabrics worked out well for you. Glad it's finished. I like it very much.

Gudveig said...

Kjempelekkert! Så flink du er....
Når får vi se dine vakre quilter i Norsk Quilteblad...?

Annemariesquilt said...

Nyderlig quilt.....

Rose said...

Well done sweetie, it looks gorgeous and you have combined both quilts so well! Looks so warm and cuddly, sure it will become a favorite!!
Hugs xxx

Mitt lille rosa syrom said...

Kjempelekker!

LeKaQuilt said...

Teppet ditt er bare helt fantastisk nydelig. Godt jobbet! Med ferdig lukkekant og det hele...... det gir en god følelse å sy de siste stingene :o)
Her har du fått ut det beste fra begge prosjektene.
Jeg gir teppet ditt terningkast 6 !

Laila said...

Hei .
Teppet ditt ble helt supert.
Kos deg med vel utført arbeid :-))

Sinta Renee said...

Wow, your "finish" is stunning! Congratulations on a beautiful quilt. I love how it evolved and the two became one!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Ohh Anne Ida! It is fabulous! I love what you did with those 2 UFOs. It is great!

LuAnn said...

I thought I recognized some Jane blocks in there. What a great quilt. I love the layout and the idea of combining two different quilts to make one that is a finish instead of a UFO. Great job!

Rose Marie said...

Instead of two projects languishing on a shelf, you solved your problem and have a beautiful quilt to enjoy! Bravo!

Sølvi's blog said...

Gratulerer med ferdig flott teppe. jempegod ide å slå sammen to ufo'er til ett så mydelig teppe

bodilshobby.blogg.no said...

Gratulerer! Teppet ble virkelig nyyyydelig! Det kan du virkelig være stolt av -også er det jo tom noe som ingen andre har. Ønsker deg en fin syhelg!

Susan said...

Simply stunning....... How wonderful to have another finish from two UFO's

Quilter Kathy said...

What a great idea to solve a UFO problem! And you ended up with a fabulous and unique quilt! I love what you did with the border too.

Guðrún said...

Yessss, great work, the quilt is gorgeous.

Brigitte said...

love the combination! Congratulation - Brigitte

Me aka Supermom said...

It's beautiful in all ways-

Nonnie Quilting Dreams said...

WELL ... THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE BEEN INSPIRED TO STEAL AN IDEA! I have 70 Dear Jane blocks completed and they just languish in a box. I have several other blocks from various BOM clubs I belong to. I am going to try as similar setting style and see what I can come up with....( It wont be exact but you have given me some great ideas.)

Then I have to figure out what to do with all those dang triangles I made. Not enough for a border but not something I want to throw away.

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The Cozy Quilter said...

What a great way to use your DJ blocks ! Beautiful quilt!