Thursday, August 02, 2012

The Well-Traveled Quilt


I purchased this pattern at my local quilt shop over 2-1/2 years ago

It is called “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Crab-apple Hill Studio and I thought it would be very fun to make.
It was okay to make and it took a looonnnnggg time to make.  I would work on the embroidery while in the car.  The embroidered sections  have traveled to:
1.  Oklahoma on one of our trips and I got to meet Ruth on that trip. 
2.  Then I worked on it on the way to Colorado
3. Trips to the in-laws in Iowa and other short trips.
4.  Last summer, my quilt went international and it visited the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.  Also, on this trip I met my buddy, Lynne of Wonderfully Made.

After this Canadian trip, the embroidered sections were getting close to completion, so I would work on it while watching television.  This winter I finished the embroidery, hurray, hurray!.  At one of my quilt sewing nights, I set it all together and marked it with a capital D for DONE.

I used half-square triangles for the middle instead of pinwheels, wanted it done quicker and with a bit more color.  It has been back from the longarm quilter for a while but I didn’t have time to bind it.  After a month, I still didn’t have time to bind it, so I asked my mom very nicely to do it for me and she did.  Thanks, Mom.
Here is the finished quilt
Night Before Christmas Embroidery Quilt from Girls in the Garden blog
zoom in for the embroidery and quilting
Close up of Night Before Christmas Embroidery

I do not intend to ever make an embroidery quilt again.  This one was pretty fun but time-intensive. 
Now after saying all this – I have a giveaway.  The pattern for this quilt and all my scraps from the middle of the quilt.  Did I scare you away with the time-intensive talk or are you interested in the give-away?
Just leave a comment on why you would like to have the pattern and I will draw on August 6th (my 29th wedding anniversary).
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Garment sewing is next up but I can’t get myself away from the Olympics to get to the sewing room.

19 comments:

  1. wow, that is an impressive quilt! Very nice! (I would never make this project, so I will leave it to other folks.)

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  2. Beautiful. I love the embroidery (because I love to embroider), the quilting part scares me. You did a wonderful job.

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  3. I would LOVE to make this! Of course, I would continue having Santa travel. I see him in TX, NC (might even visit Teri while there), MA, NH, and a few other destinations as they may happen. Yours is beautiful, and your mom was sweet to help!

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  4. I am waaaaaayyyy too scared of this, but I just wanted to say: WELL DONE :-)

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  5. This is stunning! What a lot of work, too! (don't put me in the contest, I'd never get a project like this finished!)

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  6. This is so beautiful and really unusual! I have never seen a quilt like this before, with all the outline embroidery. I think it would be something lovely to bring out with the Christmas decorations. Well done on finishing it. I'd love to have something I could work on whilst doing other things!
    And happy wedding anniversary for the 6th! Hope you both have a wonderful day x

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  7. I love smocking and other embroidery projects that I can do while my husband and I watch hours of football in the fall. I love a challenge and this one is beautiful. You inspire me. Love your blog. My kids are small so I sew whenever I can.

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  8. Very beautiful quilt! I would love to give it a try.

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  9. Very beautiful quilt! I would love to give it a try.

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  10. Lovely job!! I would love to win!! I enjoy hand sewing at night watching TV. This would keep me busy all fall and winter sitting cozily inside.

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  11. The quilt is beautiful... love the openwork embroidery.

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  12. Beautiful! I love doing embroidery and this one certainly looks like a challenge! Congrats on your anniversary, too.

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  13. Lori, that is AMAZING! I love the combination of piece work and embroidery. Very nice!
    And hey! I didn't get to meet your quilt last summer!

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  14. Lori, that is AMAZING! I love the combination of piece work and embroidery. Very nice!
    And hey! I didn't get to meet your quilt last summer!

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  15. That's a nice quilt story with lots of good memories. I hand-pieced a quilt a long time ago, while sitting with my dad, who was seriously ill. Three months of sitting a piecing, and when he passed away, that top was done. I couldn't bear to look at it afterward, and I wadded it up and threw it in the trash!

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  16. You never fail to inspire me when I check your blog and see what you've been up to. I love to do redwork embroidery and the design on this quilt is amazing. Love the story of the quilts travels, and your craftsmanship is once again amazing!

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  17. Nothing more beautiful than a quilt with embroidery!

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  18. Beautiful, I posted recently on my blog about a quilt I completed and I wrote " quilts tell a story" and how great to read the story of your quilt. Awesome!

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  19. Thank you. Beautiful embroidery designs

    Embroidery Machine

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