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Oct 24

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry #1 – Hand Quilted

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It’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival time! This year I am posting two quilts in the festival. This one is in the hand quilted category.

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Now, if you are a regular reader of this blog, I’m betting you know what quilt this is. Yes, it is the famous Wedding Quilt, renamed “Spotts Sea of Love” upon completion. There’s an entire category on this blog called Wedding Quilt Progress if you really want to delve into its history, but here’s what we used to call the Reader’s Digest Condensed Version.

Our youngest daughter became engaged in mid-December, 2012 and, of course, asked if I would be making a quilt. Duh! By mid-January, she and her fiancé had chosen the pattern and colors for the quilt (the pattern is Aegean Sea by Judy Martin from the book Stellar Quilts). I asked them if they wanted it machine quilted, in which case they could have it by their wedding day, or hand quilted, in which case I guaranteed it by their first anniversary. They told me to do whichever I preferred so hand quilting won!

Star Blocks for wedding quiltThese are the first units assembled for this quilt, the stars for the centers of the super blocks. They are purples and yellows. All the fabric in this quilt are batiks.

IMG_1239Here are some other building blocks of this quilt.

Grand BlockThis is the first completed Super Block. See the other stars hanging around waiting for their turn.

IMG_1280These are the borders.

IMG_1356And here it is as I worked on it in my first hoop. That hoop was kind of flimsy and this very heavy quilt ended up destroying it so I got a different hoop to finish off the quilt.

IMG_1801This is the quilting in the large areas between the superblocks. Otherwise, the quilting is all stitch in the ditch. I wanted to emphasize the Greek Key kind of designs (or square spirals as my son-in-law calls them), because they were one of the reasons the newlyweds chose this pattern.

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It was hard to get good pictures of this quilt. Here it is on my bed, but still not easy to see.

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Here it is with the new owners as quilt holders in the family room (currently the theater room) of their new house. This was taken before the room was painted red and the furniture moved in. The newlyweds moved into their newly purchased home the week after their first anniversary.

Name: Spotts Sea of Love
Size: 90″ X 90″
Pattern: Aegean Sea by Judy Martin from the book Stellar Quilts
Fabric – batiks
Batting – wool
Quilting: In the ditch and some marked straight line and medallion
Quilt on!

8 comments

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  1. Rachel

    Gorgeous work! Good luck in the festival!

  2. Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow

    It’s stunning …what a wonderful quilt and very much work involved but love in every stitch! 🙂

  3. Marjorie

    wow!! such a unique quilt

  4. Shannon C.

    I love this quilt! I’ve never seen a pattern like this and the square spirals around the star blocks are just fabulous!

  5. Celia

    Very pretty! That design is very unique, and I certainly hope you get an award for your handstitching.

  6. tubakk

    A beautiful quilt! Thanks for showing us.

  7. Kathy

    Well done.

  8. Joanne

    This is a beautiful quilt and I love the way you chose to quilt it. It’s a perfect complement to the pretty piecing.

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