Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Big Push

18 months ago
Sentimental Stitches began a series
 called Just Takes 2,
with quilt blocks to create a
red and white sampler
 to commemorate
the quilt show,
Infinite Variety,
 Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts, March, 2011.

Red and white quilts are so traditional
and beautiful.
I knew I wanted to join in.
So with 7 yards of Kona's Rich Red and
7 yards of Kona Snow,
I started making the blocks each month.
The quilt's 100 blocks fit together like
a puzzle.  Sometimes I was caught up,
but most times I was behind.
Finally, last December came the big push,
and the quilt top was finished within the year.

The second stage was to hand quilt it.

The top measured 79" x 98".
It became my evening entertainment and
the nap time distraction for the next 7 1/2 months.
My goal was to finish the quilt when I
finished my Denver Nana time.

With only weeks left,
came another big push.
Over the weekend
I finished quilting the border,
stitched the binding,
completed the label,
(a hand pieced block that didn't quite turn out the right size)
added a sleeve,
and took a few pictures.

The quilt is ready to be part of the
Colorado Quilting Councils
2013 Capitol Quilt Show
July 29 - October 10.

I was pretty excited about
having finished this extensive project.
Would I make another red and white quilt?
You bet.
There's something beautiful and historical
about this two color scheme.
I have officially moved back home,
my day to day Nana days are over,
at least for the moment.
And Running Man and I
are enjoying watching the
 sunlight dance and sparkle on the water.
Until Next Time-


  1. Absolutely stunning! Where will the quilt show be held?

  2. What a beautiful quilt! Red and white always makes me a nervous that the color will bleed in the wash. I'd be interested to know if you've used any special products or techniques when washing this one.

  3. I'm a stickler for prewashing my fabric. I used a few color catchers as well during that initial washing. I don't wash my quilts very often, but if I ever do, I just wash in cold water, no detergent and keep my eyes open.

  4. Congrats on this beautiful finish! It's absolutely gorgeous! Well done!

  5. Such an accomplishment, Kyle! It is gorgeous!

  6. Maybe we could see this quilt at the next Stash Club? Rinda

  7. just beautiful
    what an amazing quilt, congrats on a fabulous finish, I just Love it!

  8. Simply Stunning! What a special memory of your Nanny time in Denver.
    the quilts turned out beautifully and the quilting is lovely.
    Congrats on creating an heirloom quilt :)

  9. Beautiful finish, Kyle! You stuck with it. Me, I saved the patterns.

    How does it feel to have so much free time now?

  10. Your Red & White quilt is GORGEOUS!
    What a fabulous addition this will be to the quilt show.

  11. Super beautiful! And hand quilted!! Much deserved cheers for you and meeting your goal!

  12. Oh Kyle - your red & white turned out to be absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on completing it - I can only imagine how good that feels! WooHoo! You're my hero! LOL

  13. Congratulations on a stunning finish! It is a beautiful quilt. Extra special with the hand quilting and the memories you have from that time. Wonderful!!

  14. Really wonderful, and hand embroidered & quilted : what a fabulous finish. BRAVO !