Keep on stitching...

I have a resolution to finish all of my quilts in progress from 2011.  With three current quilting bees and nine old projects to finish, I have my work cut out for me.



I love my Sparkling Pond quilt (top right), but every time I think I'm done with the blocks for this quilt, I end up deciding that I need more blocks to make it a little better. I had twelve blocks from the bee members in It's Sew Easy Bee-ing Green Bee. I made four blocks to add to those. And then 4 more, then 5, and then 11 more.  And now I have finally finished the last 6 blocks of the quilt top. Now it is all put together and has a border.  If I get tempted to make it any bigger, I just won't.  No more string blocks for me for a l-o-n-g time.

Here is a shot of the top folded in fourths.  The snow and mud are not conducive to photographing this enormous beast.  

1/4 of the sparkling pond quilt

It will be nearly queen sized when done.  The top alone weighs nearly 3 pounds.  There are over 8 yards in the top when figured by weight.  String blocks sure do suck up the fabric.

Here is the start of the back of the quilt.

started back of sparkling pond quilt


In the process of finishing the top, making the back, and putting on the borders, I had a lot of extra Nicey Jane fabric plus a ton of pistachio green solid that did not work for the border at all.  I hope to try a new quilting pattern on Sparkling Pond, so I thought I'd make a few baby quilt tops to practice on.

leftover baby quilt top

another leftover baby quilt top

I'm in a straight line piecing phase right now, so it will be some time before I gather the guts to quilt these.  I'll keep you in the loop, though.

(I must also add that this post was brought to you by my most patient husband.  Not many men would be willing to stand out in the cold to photograph a bunch of quilt tops while someone bosses them around to get the best lighting.
I'm glad you weren't late to work, Honey!)

10 comments:

Amy Friend said...

Sounds like you have good guy there :) Your quilt is going to be just beautiful...well, it already is!

I Plead Quilty! said...

Thank goodness for our sentient scaffolds! I love pics with feet and fingers visible. :)

Archie the wonder dog said...

Gorgeous projects!!

Becca said...

It is beautiful!

Sarah said...

Your sparkling pond quilt is gorgeous! I love how it really looks like sun light reflecting off the waters surface. I can't wait to see it when it's completed :)

Cassie said...

Wow, just that quarter looks amazing, I can't even imagine how cool the whole thing looks :) Oh how those pretty greens make me wish it were spring already!

Freddie said...

I love the colours. I made a resolution to finished the projects I started before starting new ones. Sort of works ahem ....

Tania said...

It's fabuloso. And there's definite brownie points for the Mr (if you're anything like me when it comes to bossing about in search of the best light)...

Jennie said...

I feel the same way about my string quilt. It should be done, but at this point, I might as well keep going and make it bed-sized.
Yours is lovely. You did a great job. Can't wait to see it all quilted.

melissa said...

so much beauty in that top photo-collage. you're going to have some amazing fo's when you're done!

and speaking of... goodness me that sparkling pond is just too too gorgeous for words! i love it!

and i love your baby quilts. your generosity is outmatched only by your talent. love you!!

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