Monday, May 25, 2015

"Garnet Hill" is finished!

"Garnet Hill" 68" x 52"

The making of this started over three years ago.  



The inspiration came five years earlier, 
when I tore out a photo of a rug in a Garnet Hill catalogue.




I liked the folk art feel of the rug.



And decided to go with a similar color scheme.




It was fun choosing fabrics for these blocks,



Throwing in some shirt plaids.




                                                         I appliqued the flowers for about a year, off and on.




When quilting time came, I thought I'd do it quickly, just outlining the flower edges,





                And the seams in the log cabin blocks.





I wasn't happy with the outline-only result, so I added many more rows of stitching.




It took a lot longer, 



But I'm very happy with the result!






80 comments:

Jeanie said...

Really, really beautiful!

Quiltdivajulie said...

It was well worth the extra time and effort - stunning and absolutely wonderful!

Christine Feldstein said...

This quilt would deserve a price. It's a real "chef d'oeuvre" LeeAnn, and hand quilted! I have no words to say my admiration, It looks wonderful on you sofa!

Tonya Ricucci said...

gorgeous. that extra quilting makes it. lovely lovely quilt. congrats!

Nancy said...

I love the bright, vibrant colors. They are gorgeous!

I remember that we "discussed" your inspiration for this quilt because I have a small photo of a hooked rug that looked so similar. Surprisingly, it's not the same rug you posted today. The photo I have is of a rug in greys, tans, and neutrals.

I always think it's interesting how inspiration comes to us and how many people can have the same source of inspiration but the results look so very different.

I would feel very pleased with myself if I'd made a quilt as beautiful as this one.

patricia belyea said...

Love seeing the hand-stitching close-up. What a labor of love!

I hope to see this in person sometime soon!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

It's gorgeous!

em's scrapbag said...

Most wonderful!!!! Love the color and all the quilting is spectacular.

Caro said...

Just wonderful!

Jan said...

I've watched as you've shared glimpses of this project and the final result is worth every single stitch you put into it, LeeAnn. It's gorgeous! I loved the rug when my GH catalog arrived and I love your quilt even more.

Donna~~ said...

It's wonderful. And even better than finished is that you took the idea from a photo and made it yours.

Cathy said...

Lovely!

Carol said...

Your quilt is stunning. Thank you for giving us those up close photos! Loved every one of them. Makes me wanna get out a needle and thread and my bins of scraps and get busy. Great travel project.

Mary Keasler said...

And a very fine finish indeed. It is lovely. Congrats!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Brilliant--love how it turned out--very fun!

Julianne said...

WOW! That is gorgeous, a true keepsake, you did a great job!

Anonymous said...

I feel warm just looking at it.

Chris said...

So lovely! I love how you took your time - and ended up with a beauty!

Ann said...

Wonderful adaptation of the rug and a great place to become inspired. Love it!

Nana said...

This is a lovely quilt, the quilting in the darker thread makes it look very warm. You did a great job.

Nana said...

This is a lovely quilt, the quilting in the darker thread makes it look very warm. You did a great job.

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Helen said...

There is so much to love in this quilt. Your black hand quilting is the perfect finish for this folk art work!

smazoochie said...

Your bed rug is a charmer!

trudys_person said...

Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!

audrey said...

I just have to say WOW. Such an amazing quilt. Love it so much!

Monica said...

It's really gorgeous, LeeAnn. I love all that extra texture from the quilting. Worth the wait! Congratulations. :D

the girlfriend gap said...

Absolutely beautiful ! Really wish I could see it close up. Enjoy! It is nice to hear of the journey it takes to become quilt in a world that seems to be cranking out quilts in a month or less. I am not that speedy. Janita

chromatobalomata said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love it! Worth the wait!Anneli

Béa said...

Absolutely wonderful !!!

Ольга Т. said...

Очень красиво!!!!

Quilteuse Forever said...

Absolutely wonderful LeeAnn! I do not know how you manage every time to make from a "country", "relaxed" pattern a quilt which turns out to be so chic! This is the signature of your talent.

Bernapatch said...

Absolument superbe ! Bravo.....

Linda said...

Superb! Love the design, love the bright colours and love the Kantha-style stitching. Can you tell I LOVE your quilt? A work of art!

Shirley said...

That is a WOW quilt. Love it. Will you be doing a pattern?

Victoria said...

Your "Garnet Hill" is spectacular! Love everything about this!!

Ailsa (Cape Pincushion) said...

It is absolutely stunning! The quilting really finishes off the quilt perfectly. Well done!

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Julia Wood said...

Love, love, LOVE! Stunning!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi! Worth of every stitic - this became very Special, gorgeus quilt! Quilting a lot by hand surely fits for the style and reminds your inpiration rag. x Teje

Cathy said...

Wow....this is a very beautiful quilt. The extra quilting is perfect. Hugs, Cathy

JustGail said...

Your quilt is GORGEOUS! The added quilting is well worth the result.

JustGail said...

I forgot to ask about the 2 needlepoint(?) pillows on your couch - did you do those also? If so, were they your own design or kits?

Amy said...

Wow, this quilt is stunning! I saw the top when you first posted it, and wondered how you would quilt it. It's so worth the wait. Thanks for sharing.

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Bridget said...

I remember this rug in the catalogue and also you, saying you were going to make it. I thought it was a neat idea and you have done yourself proud. Thanks for such amazing inspiration.

Karen said...

Wow! Your quilt is so much like the inspiration piece. I love the folk art look of the blocks.

Jodi said...

Absolutely fabulous quilt!

sallgood said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

Sujata Shah said...

Oh pretty! I love all that stitching.. Worth every single stitch!
The leaves grew in bunch of five and six.. Love total randomness of it.

pforgerson said...

I think that this has to be my favorite quilt ever. I even think i pulled out that same page from the catalog. I have love watching you process and the completed quilt is better than i had anticipated. Thank you for sharing your work with us. i love it

MadHappyCrafter said...

It's so beautiful, and so worth the extra time and effort and love and hand stitching it took to make this quilt.

LCP said...

I love this quilt. I recently did a small quilt that I did lots of stitching on and it really does make a difference. Thanks for such an inspiration.

Sharon said...

Hey, I remember seeing that rug too! You did an awesome job of it. Love all the fun colors and fabrics you used, but your quilting just puts this over the top of awesome! I'd love to run my hand over the quilt to feel that lovely texture. Garnet Hill is beautiful!

Rachel said...

This is awesome. Love the intense colors

Rachaeldaisy said...

This is gobsmackingly gorgeous!! The colours, and your stitching are just so Wow! I also love that your quilting has added lovely cosy puffiness to the flowers and the overall quilt. I bet it makes you smile to see it there on your couch.

Barb said...

congratulations on your finish! It looks wonderful!! the stitching gave it such wonderful texture.

Barb said...

p.s. it looks great in your room!!

Karen said...

This is so totally fabulous!!!! You succession every level with this quilt.

Julie Fukuda said...

You put a lot of work into this quilt but it was well worth it. Congratulations on the finish.

Rebecca in AK said...

Wow! This quilt is just fantastic! From the design, to your fabric choices, to the hand quilting, everything is perfection! It looks so wonderful on your sofa too!

Little Island Quilting said...

Unique and stunning

roccagal said...

stunning-no surprise there!

Hilacha (loose strand) said...

Oooooh! this is soooo nifty!
Great source of inspiration too.

Marit said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish. The quilting and texture looks divine. Very inviting to touch!
; )

CACO said...

what a wonderful quilt !! I love it !!

Pam (Isabelle) said...

That's delightful. I hope no one ever leans back on it! I have just started quilting, very simple little things and am in awe of your lovely quilt.

Kathy said...

Smashingly lovely! I think your patience paid off. One cannot hurry a masterpiece!
Love the colors, the textures and the surprise stripes and plaids.

mamifleur said...

Trop beau votre quilt , des tissus très colorés qui donnent de la modernité ! Félicitations Lee Ann .

Fae said...

I absolutely love this quilt..... It's on my list!!

Mcm said...

Another stunner LeeAnn! Thank you for sharing.

Cathy said...

What a fun source of inspiration for a quilt. It looks so warm, happy, inviting and full of smiles. I love everything about it!

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

What a special, beautiful quilt. Just so folky and vibrant. The dense quilting really is perfect for it!

Unknown said...

I love this quilt. You should write and sell the pattern!

Marge said...

O.K., another of your quilts over which I have serious envy. Many thanks for the description and photos. Would you mind if we made our own version? Love it!

Nifty Quilts said...

Marge,

I absolutely don't mind if you make your own version. I'm happy this is an inspiration to you. I would love to see a photo of it when you're finished!

iris said...

It is absolutely stunning and wonderful!

fiberchick said...

Simply phenomenal!!!

Diane said...

I've loved that rug for as long as I can remember. I think I can safely say that I love your quilt version even better!

Judy Martin said...

May i add my congratulations to the many that have come before. This is a beautiful result. Your colour choices and the hand stitching come together so beautifully - a real folk art piece. xo