Thursday, April 06, 2017

Votes For Women is Finally Finished!

Sometimes I wondered whether this day would ever come and here it is... 
drum roll please...
Votes For Women - outdoor photo

Votes For Women is a finished quilt!

Getting the vote for women, and getting this quilt finished both are testaments to the sticktoitiveness! I probably shouldn't even joke about that, since it's not even in the same league of accomplishments at all.
However, did I mention that it did take me 5 years to finish this quilt!?!?



machine quilting photo

The blocks in this quilt were made during a quiltalong hosted by the incomparable Barbara Brackman and started in 2012. All of the prints in her fabric line called Metropolitan Fair are in this quilt, along with many other reproduction prints. A huge thank you to Barbara for the wonderful patterns and delighful fabrics!






There is a ton of machine quilting in this project, all of which was completed on my 22 year old Brother sewing machine. The blocks are free motion quilted, and the sashing was quilted with the walking foot. And every stitch was made using Aurifil thread.





Here is a photo of the backing, which was pieced from leftover chunks of this project and from Circa 2016. I have no idea why that dark square is pieced right there in the middle like that! Must have seemed/seamed like a good idea at the time! I will attach the label near that square since it draws the eye to look there. I'm working on a photo transfer label for this quilt.



This was the best photo from the indoor photo shoot. My quilt holders are reaching as high as they can and were just able to hold it up off the floor, but only if they held it sideways. Oh well, you can see the whole quilt ... just tilt your head to the right!
Finished size: 61" x 83"

28 comments:

Jo said...

You have done a great job with the quilting. It's finally finished and well worth the wait. Beautiful.

Ariane said...

It's a beautiful quilt!! Congrats on pushing through and getting it done. You should be proud of it!!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Congrats on getting this huge project done! Who gets to sleep under it for the first time?

Linda said...

That's a big accomplishment. The quilting did turn out great. Really pretty

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

That is awesome, Kathy! Congratulations.

Jean Etheridge said...

Love seeing this. Mine is put together but not quilted. If I got it out and pinned, then it would happen. Maybe you have inspired me. We'll see.

Ivani said...

Another beautiful quilt for your collection. You did also a great work with the quilting. Congrats!

Quilting Babcia said...

The ones that take forever to complete are the ones we treasure most. And so it should be with your beautiful quilt!

MissPat said...

Impressive. Glad you stuck with it.
Pat

Needled Mom said...

Way to stick to it. It looks wonderful too.

Mary said...

Congrats on sticking to it! Beautiful quilt from 2012.

Janet O. said...

WooHoo! Doing the Happy Dance here for you (with a bit of a limp--seeing my podiatrist tomorrow).
It looks wonderful, Kathy! Doesn't it feel good to have it completely done?

Barbara said...

What a wonderful and timely quilt. I started this one at the beginning, but quickly gave up on it. Can't remember why...too many projects, I think. Yours turned out great. Love it.

Sewmotion said...

Wow! Your quilt is absolutely amazing! So beautifully made, with well chosen fabrics, and perfect quilting, well done on such a mammoth finish!

AnnieO said...

You did it! Congrats on getting to the finish line at last and getting to enjoy the beautiful quilt you made.

Karen said...

You stuck to it and got to the finish line. Not last place though as I have not even started the quilt blocks and I intended to.

Denise :) said...

Very nicely done, Kathy -- congrats on a lovely finish!!! :)

Laura said...

You did great! This is a wonderful quilt!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Congrats on that great finish.

Robin said...

Fabulous! It is so lovely. I like the way you alternately framed the blocks. Nice touch.

Deanna W said...

A great accomplishment indeed. Now onto a new project!!! haha

Rose Marie said...

Awesome and so worth the wait!

Nell's Quilts said...

Beautiful finish.

Barbara Brackman said...

Congratulations. Five years is nothing compared to the campaign to get the vote. I'll post it sometime.

Miaismine said...

CONGRATULATIONS! Hugs and high fives going your way! Your quilt came out so beautiful! Doesn't it feel so good to finish such an intricate project! You made me smile this morning! So happy for you!

Kate said...

Congratulations on a gorgeous finish!

Angie said...

Exciting news - what a beautiful finish! Kudos for doing all the quilting on your domestic machine - that's a lot of quilting!!

ES said...

Your quilting looks amazing! I have literally only quilted 5.5 quilts, I need to make up some practice pieces (that I can make into zippy pouches or tote bags) and get going! I have had fabric pushing up and getting wonky on my last two. I'm not giving up!!!