Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Better Late Than Never


I just finished this hand applique wall hanging from Sue Spargo's block of the month for 2009. It took me two years, but never mind. It was my first wool applique project, and I learned a lot. You can find this pattern in her book, Contemporary Folk.



I love the way she combines wool, cotton, velvet and silk, plus special yarns for embellishment. Now to quilt it. Hopefully that won't take a third year to complete!



Meanwhile, I've been working on the eyelashes quilt. Thanks to Victoria's and Buffy's fabric contributions, and Bonnie's consultation, it's well on its way. Only 23 more "eyes" to go!

19 comments:

Philippa said...

2 years is nothing in the life of a quilt! well done on finishing. Amaxing the difference editing the colours has made to the eyes quilt. It look great.

Janet said...

Some projects just have to have a rest and then they seem fresh on their next outing. It's fabulous, love it as much as the eyelashes quilt.

Sujata said...

Stunning! Only word to describe this applique!
The eyelashes are looking great too. Do you need more of any fabric? Let me know!

Ann Marie said...

I'm enjoying the progress on the eyelash quilt. It is a gorgeous one. Love your applique too. My quilts tend to take a couple years or more in their finishing. I'd say that's normal!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

WOW WOW WOW!!!!! your eyelashes are looking Fantastic!!!! The applique was worth the two years! it looks fabulous! I haven't gotten into wool.. I've run out of room storing cottons! lol!

Tonya Ricucci said...

beautiful quilt - congrats. I'd love to see it in person to marvel at all the different fabrics. wheee on the eyelashes!!!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

I love the applique quilt, gorgeous! Your eyelashes look good as well.....how are you quilting the wool? I have never done that.

Nancy said...

Wool quilt is a showstopper for sure. And the eyelashes are coming along beautifully. Two years doesn't sound so bad to me.. great job!

beth said...

oooH! I love them both!

Alexis said...

The applique is jawdropping! WOW! You MADE that? Incredible-- 2 years is worth it! And the eyelashes are looking great too!

Ann Champion said...

Your Sue Spargo quilt is jaw dropping gorgeous! Mixing wools/cottons give such great texture too.

I LOVE the eyelash quilt! You must be thrilled with how well you were able to capture the feel of the antique..and yet it looks modern too?
Both quilts have an ageless beauty. :)

Barb said...

great finish! Love those brights on the brown.
The eyelashes are fab, just fab.

Kathie said...

oh my I just love those eyelashes ....wow I am in awe.
The Sue Spargo quilt is just amazing...what an accomplishment.
Kathie

Karen said...

First time to pop into your blog - you are one talented lady!!! Enjoyed the old posts too - I'll be back.

Patchwork und Vintage said...

These two quilts are so beautiful ! Each of them would took me two years to finish. But I will try wool applique on a smaller Projekt soon, just to find out how it works.
Have a nice sunday, Veronika

Kay H said...

your quilt is stunning!!! Really worth the time! I love all the color and folk art feel, this is on my list of "have to do". BTW really enjoy your blog :)

Jackie said...

Ack!! I just love both! Both the eyelashes quilt is just breathtaking. Looking forward to seeing it complete!

Grazia said...

Two years but what a great result!!! It's too gorgeous, congrats!!!
And teh second one?....fantastic!
Ciao
Grazia ;)

Think Outside the Box said...

If you can get a hold of Material Obsession 2 there is a version of this quilt that involves appliqueing the centre "eye" and the rings onto background squares and then using strips of fabric to fill in the borders. It seems to be a slightly easier version that avoids all the curved piecing. I'm about to get started on this version, will let you know how it goes.