12/21/16

OMG: A Finish!

We were home from the grocery store before noon yesterday, and that gave me plenty of time to finish sewing the binding on Gingerbread Square. It sure feels good to have this one finished. It was started December 26, 2014 and finished December 20, 2016, so almost two years in the making. The pattern is Gingerbread Square from Crabapple Hill Studios.


Here's a look at the quilt back.


It's a happy thing to have had enough of this candy cane striped binding.


The blocks are hand embroidered. The design for each block was first traced onto white fabric, then colored with good old Crayola crayons. After the color was applied, the blocks were heat set with an iron and then hand stitched. 


Here's a look at the quilting in the two borders.


This is my project for December's

Elm Street Quilts

so, I'll be linking up next week. (Edited to say the linky party is right here!)

Today I'm getting a haircut and catching up on some housework. There probably won't be much time for sewing. If there is, I'll get a start on paper-piecing the last blocks for Quiltmaker's Garden, another long, long, long-term project.



Happy Winter Solstice, Everybody! 



The days are going to get longer now.

31 comments from clever and witty friends:

Elaine Walker said...

That is a beautiful quilt. I love the quilting you did! You are very talented. Good luck on the paper piecing.

WoolenSails said...

I love how it came out and the binding and backing are perfect, that will be wonderful to display for the holidays.

Debbie

Quilting Tangent said...

Wonderful job! Merry Christmas!

FairviewFarm said...

I can feel your joy for finishing this quilt. Just in time to enjoy it this holiday season.

Doreen Auger said...

The polka dot chain blocks are incredibly perfect for the sweet "candy" feel of this one. How good it must feel to have this one completed!!!!! A "show piece" for sure!!!!!

Lana Ku said...

Congratulations! I am in awe of your quilt. Love the bubble snow quilting effect in each block. Not to mention all the beautiful embroidery work on this adorable pattern. And the polka dot diamond sashing was a perfect complement to the blocks. I'm sure you're elated and very proud of this finish. Just in time for Christmas. 🎄 Many blessings to you & your family (including Smitty and Sadie😻).

Dogwood Lane Rambles said...

A wonderful, fabulous finish! Merry Christmas indeed.

Marlene said...

LOVE. What a fabulous finish Barbara. The quilting is great and really makes the stitching pop. Merry Christmas to you and Mike and of course Smitty and Sadie

Marlene said...

LOVE. What a fabulous finish Barbara. The quilting is great and really makes the stitching pop. Merry Christmas to you and Mike and of course Smitty and Sadie

Kristin in Alaska said...

What a beautiful quilt!

Quilting Babcia said...

That is a gorgeous quilt. A Merry Christmas to yourself having it finished this week. Now you need a few days of r&r!

beaquilter said...

it looks awesome! love the candy cane striped binding! Merry Christmas!

claudia said...

YAY! Congratulations on your finish! I loved watching every post to see the progress, something I will miss now. But I do know that you will have many more posts on your wonderful quilting, baking and kitty shenanigans!

Debbie said...

Beautiful! You put so much thought and love into all the details. And the quilting is awesome. Good job.

crazy quilter said...

Stunning! Love everything about this quilt! Great finish!

Janarama said...

All the hours you put into this quilt really paid off because it's spectacular! Your workmanship is stunning from the embroidery to the quilting.

Ariane said...

Your quilt finished up beautifully!!! I just love it! Congrats on a wonderful finish!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations on such a stunning quilt. I agree with Jan - beautiful workmanship from embroideries right to the final quilting.

Dana Gaffney said...

Congrats! It's beautiful and I like the timing. Happy winter solstice to you, I think we can all use longer days.

Carol S. said...

This quilt is gorgeous! So much detail in the quilting...wow!

Wendy Tuma said...

Yay! It's all done! I really like it, and you had the perfect fabric for the backing and binding. We just had a tutorial on using crayons on fabric at our last guild meeting. Your winter solstice photo is amazing. Wendy at piecefulthoughts@gmail.com

Auntiepatch said...

Looks beautiful but where are the inspectpurrs?

Brown Family said...

I know the days will get longer very slowly, but maybe you will get a little more sunshine!

Motherdragon's Musings said...

Wow! So beautiful. Love the backing and binding. The quilt has come together so purr-fectly. The blocks as supurrb.
Happy Christmas and heres to a creative and safe 2017.

Kate said...

Congrats on a gorgeous finish! Have a very Merry Christmas!

quiltzyx said...

Merry Christmas Eve and congrats on the completion!!!
Wishing all y'all a very Happy Christmas day too!

Patty D from NC said...

Congrats on your One Monthly Goal finish. What a unique quilt - the blocks are beautiful. Thanks for linking up to Elm Street Quilts.

Michele said...

It really turned out great. I love the fabric that you used for the back and binding. You will cherish it for many years to come.

Karen's Korner said...

WOW - what can I say - just beautiful.

mary lynn kebler said...

I love Crabapple Hill patterns. This reminds me I need to finish my Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage. That will have to make it to the OMG queue. You did a wonderful job.

mary lynn kebler said...

Thanks for the quilting close ups. Wonderful!!