Saturday, January 1, 2011

Good bye 2010; Hello 2011


After three months of hand quilting, this quilt inspired by Anna Williams is finished! There was a LOT of stitching going on the last few days of 2010. A photo of the original quilt is published in the book, "Nancy Crow," by Nancy Crow.



Buffy gave me the idea to quilt it in red thread. I used #8 perle cotton and a sashiko needle.



I so enjoy hand-quilting!

Now for a preview of what's coming in 2011.


This is one quarter of the eyelashes quilt, otherwise known as "Pickle Dish" in Kaffe Fassett's book, Quilt Romance.



These are some old blocks, taken from a quilt top I bought at an antique store last summer. I'm thinking of resetting them like this.



And here's my 15 minutes play project, made from my basket full of scraps!

I've been part of blogland for six months now. And can't believe all the wonderful friends I've made! Everyone is so welcoming and supportive. I'm hugely grateful for your generous inspiration, scraps, blocks, advice and encouragement this year. Here's wishing you a very happy, healthy and creative 2011!!

28 comments:

Vicky~ stichr ~ said...

I love quilting with perle cotton! and a big needle. I finally took pictures of my xmas stockings that my grandmother made in the 50's...I blogged them and also tried to search for more info..have you got any more info we could use to track these down a bit more? I am very curious about these now.

Bonnie Hull said...

See you soon and don't forget our usual resolution...HAVE MORE FUN...you're on your way!!! xxoo

beth said...

I absolutely LOVE everything you shared today! Keep up the good work! It's sooo inspiring!

ROZ said...

Happy New Year, to someone who uses such happy colors in her quilts! Keep up the good work in 2011.

Taryn said...

Excellent quilt finish! Love the red stitching.

Alexis said...

Happy New Year! I love the red stitching on your Anna Williams quilt. I'm so looking forward to seeing more of your work in 2011!

Lisa said...

Wow what a great quilt the Anna Williams inspired on in. I love the colours, just stunning.

Janet said...

I love the graphic punch the Anna Williams inspired quilt gives, congratulations on finishing the year with such a big finish. I love the perle quilting very much. I'll be looking forward to coming attractions.

Julie Fukuda said...

Never tried the pearl cotton. I'm afraid I'd have to stab stitch the whole thing. It sure looks great when you do it.

Tonya Ricucci said...

Woohoo, congrats!!!!! your AW quilt is fantastic and the quilting simply amazing. what a bunch of wondrousnous. so happy you started a blog this year! Happy FUN New Year!

Sujata said...

Your quilt looks gorgeous! I love those hand stitches running through the confetti of solid scraps.
Your work is progress is also looking quite beautiful. Keep up the inspirations!
I am happy to have a friend like you in the blog land... I agree with Tonya a 1000%

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

thank you 2010 for bringing LeeAnn into my life!
;-) ALL GOOD THINGS!! your quilts are LOVLEY!!!
Have a super year!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Your Anna Williams quilt is beautiful and your hand quilting is perfect with it. I love all of your red and find you very inspiring!

mary.keasler@gmail.com said...

And I agree with all of the above comments. I can't say enough how impressed that I am with your work. Happy New Year

Nancy said...

Congrats on finishing your hand quilted project! You did a great job. I love hand quilting and perle cotton... it really adds so much to the quilt design. Red was an excellent choice. And the Eyelash quilt... coming along very nicely. I like the setting fabric you chose to work with the vintage blocks. Looks like 2011 will be filled with wonderful quilts!

Kristine said...

I am in love with the first quilt. I wish I could be so bold and clever with colour.

Vesuviusmama said...

I love the red quilting! I just recently bought some quilting thread that wasn't white or neutral or black - all I've ever used. This is the year when I will quilt with another color!

Shev said...

Your Anna Williams quilt is amazing - do you have a pattern, or can you give us tips on how to achieve it? I saw the same quilt in the same book and am yearning for it, without knowing how to make it!

Nifty Quilts said...

For the Anna Williams quilt, I just used scraps, mostly in solids, and tried to think about what Anna would do. No pattern. I just studied her quilt and tried to get in the vibe. Have fun with it!

Kathie said...

beautiful quilt and the quilting is just perfect
I am looking forward to quilting a few quilts with perle cotton this year.
love your 15 mins of play with the tulips
oh my
Kathie

Anonymous said...

I love the Anna Williams quilt. The red hand quilting looks awesome - its great when we quilters make the actual quilting really stand out. I've been trying to build my solid stash to attempt my own later this year.

Barb said...

Congrats on your finish. I love your red stitching!
2011 looks like it will be a great creative year
Happy New Year indeed

Em said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the handquilting, perfect!!! and of course you would quilt with red, I love you! And the projects coming up, going to be a great year together, LeeAnn!

Jennifer D said...

I love that AW quilt. The red stitches are perfect. Hey...Tonya sent me.

QuiltSwissy said...

Oh........lusting once again. I love Nancy Crow. I am so afraid to do anything like this, I might mess it up. I need to resolve in 2011 to just do it....I love your work, girl.

glen

Kathleen C. said...

You've made a stunning quilt, an inspiration to any of us who work without a pattern and are learning to become liberated in style and thought.

VivJM said...

I am so loving your AW quilt. The red thread is absolutely perfect and your hand quilting is beautiful.

Deb Rowden said...

you are awesome - happy 2011!