Monday, December 21, 2009

The Gift of Friendship

This is a very special blog post.  If you're a new reader since February or if you'd like to refresh your memory please read this blog post first and then this one second.  Then come back and continue reading.


Folk Art Wedding was Robyn Pandolph's first fabric line for Moda.  Of course after over 8+ years between the start and finish of this project I didn't have enough fabric to finish the borders, backing, and binding.  I stayed with Moda and found this lovely At Water's Edge that coordinated beautifully.  Vintage buttons from my mom's stash to help hold down the large prairie points.


The pattern is called Cinnamon Stitches by Piece 'o Cake Designs from a BOM in 1998.  It's now available as an epattern here.  I don't like copying exactly a pattern as I then feel it isn't mine.


When deciding the lay-out I wanted it to reflect the fabric colors and prints I chose.  Praire points were very obvious to me.  I did consult with dear Carrie along the path to completion.  Sorry, I was unable to capture a good photo of the entire quilt.


Except for the label which I will do, I now have my very first (and probably last) completed applique quilt.  The quilt has been named--Folk Art Friendship.  It's a collaborative quilt between Carrie and me.  She is also co-owner.  It's a truly special quilt that I will treasure always.  Thank you so very much Carrie.  May I consider this my first finished UFO of 2010, please?
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~Piecefully, Stephanie

58 comments:

sewtakeahike said...

Wow Stephanie! It's totally amazing and I love your story of perserverance. That's an area I need some work, so I might just bookmark this post and come back and read it often!

kaholly said...

Absolutely stunning! I love it when I finish a UFO - such a feeling of accomplishment. The prarie points really frame the quilt nicely. You should be so proud of yourself. Job well done! -karen

Annette said...

Awesome! This quilt is so beautiful. I love the soft colors and the prairie points are the perfect finishing touch.

Kaaren said...

Simply awesome! Now that's the epitome of a "friendship" quilt.

And yes, I thing you may both cinsider this your first UFO finish for 2010. Woo hoo!

Now I have to go back and admire it some more. AAAhhhh...

BUMBLE BEANS said...

Lovely!!!! nice job ladies!

Colleen's Blog Long Island NY said...

Stephanie, that is absolutely gorgeous.

Jackie said...

Just beautiful!! It looks like this collaborative effort paid off. I am sure this is one you will love forever.

Purple Paisley Patch said...

What a beautiful quilt! Lovely applique, exquisite quilting and a wonderful story of friendship. Thanks for sharing your story and the finished quilt. :-)

Messy Karen said...

it's absolutely gorgeous. lovely work including the points and buttons.

Nedra said...

Congratulations on your finish! And what a generous gesture from Carrie. What wonderful memories you tow will share now that you co-own this quilt together.

shellysquilts said...

Simply Beautiful! Well done! Merry quilting!

Shari said...

Congratulations and well done! This is just a lovely, very beautiful quilt! A well-finished UFO! And it sounds good to me to start 2010 on such a high!!

Hugs - Shari

Anna said...

What a great quilt! Thanks for showing the beatiful pictures!

Linda said...

Just gorgeous,love everything about it. A real treasure.

sandra said...

It's so beautiful! A real treasure!

alobsiger said...

GORGEOUS and amazing! What a glorious quilt!! Thanks for sharing its completion and its lovely story with us!!

alda said...

ooooh, what a beauty! These fabric colours...wowowow, wonderful!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

That is stunning!! I love the colors and the buttons what a great idea!
As for the UFO, you go girl!! 2010 is starting with a bang!

em's scrapbag said...

This is absolutely amazing. Very beautiful. You should be so proud.

Sandy said...

What a gorgeous quilt...my colors also!
What a gem to have completed and the help of a friend thrown in! Enjoy looking at this one for years to come.

craft-crazed said...

I think if you wait to tag it until the first then it will absolutely be your first finished for 2010 :)

~candace

Cathy said...

Wow, very impressive! I like what you did with the border, it really sets off the applique blocks.

Purple and Paisley said...

omg, what an absolutely gorgeous quilt! and it means all the more because of the friendship behind it...☺

Melanie said...

Well done Stephanie and Carrie.
I love "At Waters Edge" too. I did "Polka Dot Girls" by Bronwyn Hayes in it- so beautiful and subtle shades with just a hint of antiquity.

Your quilt is utterly fabulous love the colours and the design lay out.

paulette said...

Your quilt is stunning!! Just lovely but the story behind it is wonderful! Only quilters would understand friendship like that!! Thanks for sharing!
Paulette

maria said...

I'm so pleased that you finished the quilt as you've put so much work into the blocks it would have been such a shame for it to never have been completed. I love how the quilting adds such depth.
Happy Christmas, Maria.

Ulla said...

Well done, both of you! Congratulations on finishing this beautiful quilt. If you make the label in January, it will definitely be your first finished UFO of 2010.

edy said...

WOW...what a beauty and a treasure for both of you!

pratima said...

Congrats, Stepahanie! It looks amazing!! The story is so beautiful and I love your little touches too.

Danielle said...

Stunning. Great job to you and Carrie.

Teodo said...

Stephanie is fantastic.
Merry Christmas.
ciao ciao

Carrie P. said...

Well, you just go right ahead and count it as a UFO finish for 2010. You should be very proud. It is fabulous and I love the border. It is perfect.

mo said...

What a sweet story and the quilt is just absolutely gorgeous!

Gari said...

Beautiful! And in colors that I would not think to use. Beautiful.

Valerie said...

Oh my goodness! This is just great! Beautiful.

Janet said...

What a beautiful quilt and I love it in soft colours. The finishing touches on the borders are fabulous. A first finish for 2010! I wish I were that organised. Merry Christmas.

rachelmp said...

Just stunning Stephanie

Quilt Hollow said...

By all means call this a finish UFO for 2010 and clear that slate now! Hee! This quilt is amazing! It is gorgeous and beyond words incredible. The soft colors....devine. Congrats on your 2010 finish!!

Stina said...

Ofcourse I remember this quilt... and it is soooo pretty... ..I love it to bits..;o) Lucky you to have it!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!!!! Hugs!!

Handmade by Mai said...

What a beautifull quilt. Merry X-mas and a happy, creative 2010

AnyoneCanQuilt said...

This is a truly BEAUTIFUL quilt Stephanie and Carrie!! I love every last bit of it. Well done you two on this very special quilt. xo

Mary Ann said...

Stephanie, what a beautiful quilt and cooperative effort! It's a heart-warming story of friendship and inspiration...very fitting for this time of year! Merry Christmas to you and Carrie!

Sherri said...

It's absolutely beautiful! The quilting is gorgeous. What a wonderful story...I remember the earlier posts as well! Merry Christmas!

Myra said...

The quilt is beautiful Stephanie!!! You finished it off so nicely with that great border fabric and prairie points!! It's done!!! Good for you, and for the help of Carrie... Aren't quilting friends great! 8-)
Have a great Christmas!

Micki said...

The quilt is just stunning, and you did a wonderful job! Merry Christmas!
Micki

XUE said...

Oh my goodness! What a beautiful quilt & such a wonderful story of how it came to be. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Carrie & you! Happy, happy days to both of you!

Carol said...

What an absolutely beautiful quilt! And a wonderful story! What a happy 2010 finish! Happy New Year to You!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Incredibly beautiful - the story AND the quilt!
Merry Christmas dear Stephanie!!!

cathleen said...

A totally exquisite quilt!

ozjane said...

The gift of encouragement is beyond price, as is the gift of true friendship.

Dawn said...

Your quilt is beautiful. It means even more now than it did before. Of course I remember who your little elf was. Friendship is one of the greatest gifts we can share.

Shiree said...

oh my Stephanie, what a stunning quilt, you certainly should accept all possible kudos for that, ... and yes, quilting friends are truly amazing and very supportive indeed!

Simone de Klerk said...

What a wonderful appliqu├ęd quilt!!! I loved to look at the close ups in the other posts. Incredible.
Yes, this is defnitely the first2010 finished UFO. Congratulations!

Rae Ann said...

Absolutely a stunnig quilt! You have done a beautiful job. Hope you will keep up the applique...it is gorgeous!

Cardygirl said...

Gorgeous...we all have those "longterm" projects....congrats to you & ayour very good friend on such a beautiful finish!

Deb said...

Your Quilt is absolutely fabulous and isn't it wonderful to have a friend that will help you finish when you just need that extra Umph along!

Jane Holbrook said...

scrumptious! but, never say never. applique is habit forming. xo

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I just found the photo of the prairie points on pinterest are the buttons sewed through the quilt or just through the points?