Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Stars Fell on Alabama quilt...FINISHED!!!

It took me a year of ups and downs to finish this quilt for Grandma Hunnybunny, but it's finally done! I really got hung up on the binding, if you remember. And so many of you came to my rescue with great ideas.
Debra had the best idea: sew it on by machine. While I had considered that, I had never done anything like that. I went on Threadbanger.com to see how to do a blind hem. Jackie mentioned how the blue popped against the white,(everything did, I think!) so I took a crack at invisible thread. That stuff was fine as frog hair, as my mama used to say.

I received lots of written advise as well.
It was greatly appreciated. I think I will try another shot at sewing it on by hand, but with a much smaller project.




I'm not sure if it's supposed to look this way, but it looks as close as I can get it.




Hunnybunny did the honors of holding it up while I got a few shots. I love the colors in this and hope she will, too!






Having put it in FedEx this weekend, I spent yesterday and today cutting out the next quilt. This is for the Legal Adult's 24th birthday. I bought the Beatles fabric way back when, and never could really get into using a panel for a medallion type quilt. He waits until I've bought the fabric to inform me he wants a queen-size! Gee, thanks, Son....
To the left is the rough draft placement of fabric. The pattern I'm using calls for some 4-square type diamonds in between.

But the colors and prints are so bold and busy that I decided on a harlequin type look. In between the diamonds, I'm going to attach some black rick rack to give it a stained-glass effect.

Here's the great label that Debra made for me. (I'm not beyond stealing a picture off of her blog. I don't think she'll mind!;) She did a great job, and I believe in the sentiment: "Finished is better than Perfect." Thanks to everyone for all their input and help! I'm sure I'll be asking again as I've not tried a quilt on this scale before. Just one month until his birthday, so I'll do my best not to be a strict perfectionist. But I make no promises.

16 comments:

Deborah said...

It turned out great! Grandma will love it. I love the bright colors against the white.

GARI said...

I love your Alabama quilt, it is so bright and fun. and the binding fabric is just perfect. Good job!

Deb Geyer said...

Wonderful, wonderful!!! I love it!! If Grandma doesn't love it... which I'm sure she will... you can send it my way!! :-)

Katie said...

That's such a striking quilt. I love the bright colors. She'll love it! :-)

Debra said...

Who wouldn't love that quilt? It is just what a person needs for a bright touch of love everyday!

Ya done good!

dhblack said...

I love it!

Kay said...

I think I remember this--it's a beauty.

tooznie said...

What a lovely bright cheerful quilt! Gorgeous!

Rebekah said...

Beautiful! I love the bright colors in this. Lovely job!

SaraRules said...

Such a gorgeous quilt! I love how fun and bright it is!

W. Latane Barton said...

Being originally from Alabama I particularly loved your Stars Fell On Alabama quilt.

Geertrude said...

It's beautiful! I love those vibrant colors.

Rene' said...

This is a beautiful quilt. The colors against the white are stunning. Fabulous pattern. I especially love the label. Thanks for sharing.

ANudge said...

That is a beautiful quilt - the colors are so vibrant. Thanks for sharing!

Leila said...

I love that pattern!

Karen said...

What a fantastic quilt, I love the colours in it and you've put it together beautifully.