Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I'm Not Foolin'

This isn't an April Fool's Joke.
It's the real deal.

You might remember that I had 
rededicated myself to work 
on one of my projects that was
long over due for completion.

It's the wool applique that I had started in 2004.
You can refresh your memory here is you'd like to.
It was a quilt that was a challenge
from the very beginning.

From making the templates,
to appliqueing the wool pieces, the embroidering
and finally the quilting,
it presented challenges and obstacles.

Well, here's the good part.

See I wasn't joking!

It's done!
It's quilted and bound.

An guess what?
I love it!
Quilting the black wool background
was only a daytime chore,
but it went fast with #12 black perel cotton
and big stitches.

The binding is the same as the flannel backing,
but with a narrow faux piping of green.

You can find lots of tutorials online
about how to make this this faux piped binding.
Here's what the binding looked like before I
attached it to the quilt.
I'm definitely going to use this technique again.
It worked perfectly with the scalloped edges.
And there's no hand stitching the binding down. 

I'm just smiling from ear to ear to
finally have this done.
And that's no joke either!

Until Next Time-


  1. Breath taking! I know you are glad to have this finished.

  2. What a stunning finish - cheers for staying on course through all the challenges! And I take heart at seeing your green grass & blue sky.

  3. My, oh my, oh MY! Every single thing about this quilt is spectacular Kyle! The quilting on it just POPS! And that binding is the perfect finish for it! I really want to try quilting with perle cotton and a big stitch some day because I sure do like the effect of it. So glad you were able to finish this one up - it will be so lovely displayed in your home. Congrats!

  4. Congratulations, Kyle! It`s truly gorgeous!

  5. Wow, it is completely wonderful, Kyle! I love the large scale of the motif and all the bright colours. And the quilting...and the piped binding... Congratulations, it was worth the wait!

  6. It looks fantastic!! I am so impressed with the scalloped edge binding with piping - it's the icing on the cake! Your handquilting is wonderful - looks so lovely in your beautiful outdoor pictures. Congratulations! What are you going to work on next?? :0)

  7. Stunning! The color on the black background really shines. The quilting adds a beautiful texture, and that binding is the perfect finishing touch! Congrats on a gorgeous finish!

  8. AMAZING QUILT ! A true work of art !!!!

  9. Congratulations!! This quilt is just so beautiful! It may have been a struggle to complete, but so worth it.

  10. You have good reason to smile! Your quilt looks fabulous! Love all that wonderful texture it has now.:)

  11. Its a beautiful quilt, you are going to be smiling ever time you see this quilt for a long time to come! Its funny how we fall in love again with those quilts that were a struggle...which says a lot about life really!

  12. What an absolutely gorgeous quilt!! And a great lesson to us all that those problem quilts can have happy endings. The shaped edges and binding frame it so beautifully. The touch of green in the binding was a master stroke, it adds a lovely spark of colour.

  13. Wow, beautiful! I bet it feels good to have it finished and come out so well.

  14. This is BEAUTIFUL!! can't believe that you left it for so long. Congratulations for a great finish.

  15. Wow! That's gorgeous ... well worth the wait!

  16. Wow--it's just gorgeous! And how great to have it finished after all this time--well done!

  17. Wow Kyle! No wonder you're smiling from ear to ear, it's fabulous! Congratulations on working through with this quilt, it is SO worth it. A lesson to us all!!

  18. My goodness - that is glorious Kyle! It looks so luxurious in colour and texture - lovely finish ! The quilting suits it perfectly and was worth all the squinting ;)

  19. I remember you and Norma starting that quilt in group. Congrats…it’s beautiful. Something to be proud of for sure!

  20. WOW!! It is stunning. I can see why you would be proud of this beauty. The piped binding is the perfect final detail.

  21. This is one of the most beatiful quilts I've seen! Congrats!