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Monday, May 14, 2012

Design Wall Monday – MOONGLOW!!!

Today my design wall is empty!  Why?  Well, because the quilt is finished!!!  Here is Moonglow in all her glory….


Isn’t she just absolutely gorgeous???  That Jenny Beyer knows her stuff for sure! This was my UFO Challenge quilt for April (& May) - it took two months to complete it, but I am so glad I decided to just continue it until I was done.  Whew!!!


It's a good thing I took this picture early Saturday morning, because it started to rain just after and we’ve not seen a dry sky since!  Laying it out on the patio was the only way to get the majority of the quilt in the picture.  At some point I will get some friends to hold it so I can get a picture of it square on. :*)

The borders were actually not as much trouble as I had feared, but they did take a ton of time!  There were seven of them (as I'm sure you remember from my previous whining!), each 1-3/4” wide, starting and ending with the black fabric.  The in-between colors radiate out to echo that “glow” look in the blocks.   



And by the way, my friend Denise at Count It *All* Joy helped me see my "whining" in a whole new light.... " that's not whining; it's running commentary on the whole creative process, good and bad.   It makes for explicit, dramatic, and thorough documentation.  LOL!!!"


Yes!!!  What she said!!!


So, ahem, uh .. to get back to the business at hand.... Each border was cut 3-1/2” longer than the one before it.  Then I sewed them together, staggering the edges in 1-3/4" on each edge.




I also reversed the direction as I sewed the strips together to keep them from curving from the feed dog action.  I learned that little trick while making the Twisted Bargello!  I pressed the seams all toward the inside on two of the borders and toward the outside on the other two, so that I could nest them when I did the mitering.  This helped a ton in getting those seams to meet perfectly!

When the borders were all sewn together as one unit, I marked a quarter inch in on the tips of the corners of the quilt, and began sewing the border units on each of the four sides, stopping and starting at the mark.



Then all that was left was mitering the border corners for a nice finished look!  It was so late when I finished this part that I forgot to take pictures, but here is the finished result.  


Whew!  What a huge job done and off my shoulders!!!  It will need to sit for a while now as I figure out what I want to do for backing fabrics and quilting designs.

Also, it is possible that I may end up adding another border to it!  My husband likes the quilt so much that he wants us to perhaps put it on our bed!!!  He says it is the only quilt I’ve made so far that can rival Bargello :*)  But in order to do that, it needs to be slightly larger as it is only 86” square.  Let’s see, let me think about that…. for a good long while!!!!  Well, at least a few weeks.  I really need to work on something else for a while in order to keep my sanity, if you know what I mean :*)

That’s it for me.  I don’t have anything else on my design wall yet, but next week I’ll start posting process pictures of Vintage Valentine!  




It’s going to be so much fun to do this sweet applique after all the intense piecing of Moonglow!

Have a marvelous week my friends!!!  I'm off now to have a little therapy time with my sewing buddies :*)  The first lady on the left is Linda, and we will be without her for the next 6 months because she goes to Wisconsin for the summers.  Take care Linda and we'll see you in October!!!




You can go HERE to Patchwork Times to see what others have on their design walls! 


Also linking up with What a Hoot for BOM's Away! 




Teresa
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38 comments:

  1. Moonglow is positively spectacular. Beautiful job.

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  2. WooHoo! Congrats, Teresa, on getting that one to flimsy stage--it is awesome!
    Your next quilt is lovely, and so different. I understand the need for change.
    Looks like you have a great sewing group (and someone has a huge dining table). : )

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  3. Love your Moonglow quilt! Stunning!

    Happy sewing!

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  4. Moonglow just "Glows" and will get "glowing" reviews from all who view it!! Well done. It is fun to have sewing buddies!

    Blessings

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  5. It is amazingly beautiful - it's on my bucket list of quilts that I want to do one day. Can't wait to see how you manage to make it larger ! Great job !

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  6. Teresa, I think it's simply marvelous -- congratulations on a fabulous finish!! It really does glow! Oh, and happy to be an encourager, sweet friend! Enjoy your "therapy" time today!! HUGS! :)

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  7. That, my friend, is THE most beautiful quilt I've ever seen! Excellence in every way! Amazing, and so beautiful - what a beauty. Way to go!!! (I mean - sew!)

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  8. That is one spectacular looking quilt. You did such a superb job on mitering those borders! What a PRO you are. I'd think long and hard about making it bigger too! :) Give yourself a real big good star on the refridge door for a job well done.
    It's beautiful.

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  9. BTW, I forgot to mention that I really like your new background color. It looks real springy. Good choice.

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  10. Oh, my! I want to be just like you when I grow up. You really do set the bar awfully high. This is stunning! Congrats on the finish. Can't wait to see it "in person."

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  11. That is really pretty. Another border would be a great solution to make it queen sized. Or another bed....:)

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  12. Awesome! I have been waiting to see a finishednshot of this one! Lots and lots of hours on it and all completely worth it. Congratulations on the finish.

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  13. That is just so much work, I can't even imagine! It's amazing! Congratulations on sticking with it!

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  14. Well that is just gorgeous! Good work.

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  15. WOW! What a quilt. The color placement is astounding. I can see why your husband would want to look at it OFTEN.

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  16. WELL DONE, your Moonglow is awesome. I put mine away until I feel ready to play again. It has lots of not so good memories attached as I started mine when I owned the patchwork shop. So what my blog in a couple of years, Mine might be finished then.

    Hugs

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  17. Beautiful, beautiful!! Have fun with your quilting group too! Thanks for sharing.
    Quilting at the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  18. Your usual great work! Amazing! I would prefer the romantic hearts one myself! But then I am that way! Moonglow must be some quilt for Don to like it better than Barjello.

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  19. Wow!!!! That is just amazing!! And seriously it really does have a wonderful glow to it. Absolutely stunning!!!!

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  20. Wow, Moonglow is drop-dead gorgeous. It is SO worth all the time it took to get everything just perfect. Congratulations!!!!

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  21. You did a wonderful job on Moonglow Teresa--it is absolutely beautiful!

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  22. Awesome! Great tips too! It is just beyond words-beautiful!

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  23. Oh what a beautiful quilt. I'm working on a Jennie Beyer quilt also, I hope mine turns out as beatiful as yours. I see Mary in your quilting circle, you must live close to me.

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  24. This is BEAUTIFUL! Your colors are spectacular and those mitered corners are perfect. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  25. THat quilt is beautiful. I love the colors in this quilt. Great job.

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  26. Moonglow is absolutely gorgeous!!! My goodness, it must have taken a long time. So beautiful. You did an amazing job in choosing such pretty colors. : )

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  27. Wow, thank you so much for sharing. This quilt is amazing! You have a fantastic eye for color which I think can be the most challenging part of a quilt. The picture of this quilt stood out to me so much off of the "Whoop, Whoop" linky that I had to come and visit! I am jealous that I can't use it on my bed! Your husband is a lucky man.

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  28. Whoop whoop!! I know you are excited to have Moonglow finished - but I bet that empty design wall will take some time to get used to! It is one very gorgeous quilt - congratulations!!

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  29. Um, wow! That is absolutely amazing! Your fabrics are so beautiful and it absolutely does glow! A very well deserved congratulations to you and thanks for linking up!

    xo -E

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  30. Your Moonglow is beautiful.... it will add a bit of grace to any bed...

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  31. Love the Moonglow quilt--and the Vintage Valentine pattern! --Pat

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  32. All that intense work sure paid off big time---it is really gorgeous! The mitering is the bomb!

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  33. An aamzing pattern and great choice of fabric. Well done!

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  34. This quilt is BEAUTIFUL! Congrats on finishing it! All those borders would have pushed me over the edge!

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