April 9, 2013

Treasures In Living Color...

 While Tag's been visiting with the neighbors, I've been at the sewing machine 
at Sandy's Quilt Shop. I actually didn't expect to have my picture taken (Thanks, 
Kathy!), so excuse the messy hair (haircut tomorrow) and overall scruffy appearance.

All the applique' blocks are finished, squared up and in this picture, I was 
occupied with sewing the rows together in the first sewing step toward assembly.
 Nora was busy at the cutting table cutting the scrap fabric left over from creating the
 blocks into pieces to be joined for the "piano key" border. It will be one of the borders
 in the finished quilt. Both Nora and Kathy got all the fabrics cut and sorted for me, so
 I'll sew that border together and attach it today.  I can't wait to show you how it looks!!
 This is the final arrangement for all the blocks. I've already sewn them together
in this image. The four blank blocks (one at each corner) will be filled with custom 
quilting for added interest. Sixteen blocks total and borders make a queen size quilt.

If you're wondering what the objects are projecting into the picture on 
the left side of this picture, it's just a stack of threads from the sewing table.
The blocks were actually hung horizontally (it was the only way I could fit
 the assembled blocks onto the design wall).  I then rotated the photo so that you 
don't have to stand on your head to see all the blocks. Aren't they wonderful???
I consider the women who worked together to create these blocks to
be the "Elite of the elite". I'm in awe of their collective talents!

I'm home all day today and if you're looking for me, I'll be in the studio making 
the piano key border and then finishing the quilt top with the final outside border. 
My plan is to deliver the completed quilt top to our talented, award-winning, 
custom long-arm quilter, Susan Slaton of Wazoo Quilter on Thursday.
Wish me luck!

Please send Handsome and Tag in to check on me from time to time. A 
beverage might be nice, but no coffee or anything else that might stain fabric.
Better safe, than sorry.

13 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Cheryl Goode-MacKinnon said...

Absolutely Breathtaking ~ the talent is amazing, can't wait to see the piano key border.
btw, I love tags new neighbor friend, adorable...

Lesley said...

Your blocks are absolutely stunning! The quilt will be such a treasure. Good luck with getting it ready in time for the longarmer. I'm sure you'll meet your deadline. Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

laurajane said...

My goodness Donna,that quilt is totally magnificent .It takes my breath away.You have a very tallented group of girls.
Can't wait to see it finished.You may think I'm a bit loose in the head,but it actually put a tear in my eye.
By the way girl you look ok to me.
Laura x

Chris said...

Just stunning!

Sharon said...


Again, I am in awe of your talent!
You are amazing.

I love Tag's new friend. His posts are so funny,

The corgi girl in my blog post was Hanna. She is 10 years old and my first corgi. (You asked in your comment).

Lorraine said...

Sounds like a great day! This is a true masterpiece.

Shirley said...

Good Morning Donna, The quilt is going to be awesome. You all are so talented and I can't wait to see it finished. I really enjoyed tag's post about his new friend. I needed a chuckle. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Createology said...

The amount of love and labor and sewing expertise put into this quilt is beyond amazing. The blocks are stunning. Your dedication is a rare gift my friend. Susan should be threading her machine now in order to be ready for your delivery. ;0)
Tag and Handsome will be great support. Rest those eyes and hands every so often and get up to stretch too. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts Dear...

Rettabug said...

It is absolutely GORGEOUS, Donna! What a work of art!

I can't wait to purchase some tickets for a chance to win this.


Laurie said...

WOW! That quilt is amazing! I hope you can post a photo of the finished product!

trisha too said...

absolutely beautiful!


Tina Lou said...

This is so amazing, Donna. A true treasure from the hearts of many.
Thank you so much for your prayers- it meant so much to me.
xo, Tina

Minimiss said...

You and your applique friends are awesomeness personified.


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