Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Softly Tootin' My Own Horn and Some Other Things

 My mom always told me
never to "toot your own horn".
It was bragging and, besides,
others would see your good work and take notice.

But today
I'm breaking that rule, but 
  I hope I'm not tooting too loudly.
I have completely finished

 Dutch Chintz Medallion
2014- 2015
63" x 63"

It's taken a year and a half,
6 installments of Quiltmania magazine,
a fabulous design by Di Ford,
and perseverance.

It was fabulous to work with the Dutch Chintz

I had never done Broderie Perse applique before
or English Paper pieced hexagons.
The design brought forth new challenges and skills.

I didn't like how these football shapes didn't touch.
So I added some tiny circles to connect
them altogether.

And mitering borders
is always a challenge for me.

Then there was the decision on how to quilt it.
I combined both machine quilting in the ditch and

 hand quilting the open areas.

Today it's done

 and the label sewn on.

Tah Tah Dah!
Last Saturday Running Man drew three names
to win the three fabric baskets I had made 
in conjunction with my birthday celebration 
and my year of fun.
Here are the winners:
Basket #1 - Cathy of Quilting on Main Street
Basket #2 - Sandy L.  
( I still need to hear back from you, Sandy.)

Basket #3 - Julie of JulieKQuilts

Thanks  to everyone who took the time to 
leave a sweet comment.  I appreciate all of you.

The Fourth of July holiday is 
just around the corner here in the States.

Have a wonderful celebration.

Until Next Time-


  1. Wow Kyle - I can't even begin to imagine what a good feeling it must be to have this wonderful quilt completely finished! It's spectacular! A big CONGRATS to you!

  2. OMGosh!! DDG! (drop dead gorgeous!!) Absolutely stunning!! Good for you Kyle! I hope you enter this one in all kinds of Quilt Shows...quilters will want to see it in person, up close and personal! You must be over the moon!! TOOT TOOT!!
    PS Sandy L is a friend of mine so I will email her and send her your way!! She will be thrilled!

  3. Don't just toot your horn--blow long and hard!! This is something to celebrate. I could never fathom doing this. You have impressed me beyond measure, my friend!
    Congrats to your basket winners. : )

  4. What an incredible finish for you! So glad to see it finished and looking so wonderful.:)

  5. Toot all you deserve it. Gorgeous and what an accomplishment!

  6. Hey I won. Thank you so much Kyle. Go ahead and toot all you like as that quilt is gorgeous and I can appreciate all the work that went into it.

  7. What a beautiful quilt, congratulations on your perseverance and learning all those new techniques. I love the holey piece of fabric, LOL what are the next generation going to think about our fabric habits!

  8. Toot away!!! It's magnificent!!! Congratulations on such a wonderful quilt.

  9. What a blue ribbon beauty! Congratulations on a big and challenging quilt!

  10. OMG!!!!! Your Quilt is STUNNING ! I applaud you on a job well done !!

    Congrats to the winners of your give away :-D

  11. Fabulous finish!!! You should use herald trumpets!!! I really like your border too. While the deep red pillar print we got in our kits was wonderful I kind of felt it did not quite fit the entire quilt. Can't put my finger on it as to why. Yours really works well. And I think your little circles that link the melon shapes gives a nice touch to that border.

  12. Such an AMAZING quilt and accomplishment!
    Enjoy your new Masterpiece!

  13. The quilt is beautiful! Tons of hours and work put into that beauty! Congrats a BIG finish!

  14. What a beautiful quilt! I'd be excited too, it is just gorgeous.

  15. Wow, I'm impressed, what a masterpiece!

  16. Kyle I am speechless! Wow - what an exquisite quilt! You do such amazing work - it's wonderful! blessings, marlene

  17. It looks fabulous! Your handquilting adds such gorgeous texture to a beautiful top. A wonderful finish definitely worth tooting about :0)

  18. Awesome! Love your shot of the fabric with holes in it! Great choice for the outer border.

  19. PS: I'm sharing the link to your post on a French quilters' forum. I hope it's OK.

  20. That accomplishment is definitely deserving of tooting your own horn! Fabulous, absolutely fabulous! I just don't have words to describe how much I love this.

  21. That's one mighty big horn. I can see why the lady in the picture is sitting down.
    Your quilt is gorgeous!

  22. Wow - great achievement and you should indeed be proud! I just love the texture you have added with the hand quilting. Your new skills will lead to all sorts of new projects :)

  23. Forget the horn let’s call out the marching band. What a wonderful accomplishment.
    I just love your quilt.

  24. Woo hoo!!! Congratulations, it turned out great. And it looks like you have lots of the Dutch fabric left for another! Broderie perse is getting very high on my list of things to try too. Have a great Fourth!

  25. You deserve to toot your horn! It is stunning! Congratulations on the finish. It is a beauty!

  26. Congratulations! A very pretty finish. I love the combo,of machine and hand quilting.

  27. Wow Kyle! Congratulations!! It's been such fun going on this journey with you and seeing this quilt in all its stages. A wonderful finish and I love your label.

  28. What beautiful finish! I think you were very clever to do the tiny circles over those points--very pretty. Your label is the perfect finishing touch--love it! I never got any further than making templates for the swags in part one, so I really admire your perseverance.

  29. Just glorious! This quilt is really something to be proud of.

  30. Oh, my goodness! That is so awesome! Congratulations on finishing. It is so gorgeous and you must be over the moon. Definitely worth breaking the 'rule' of tooting your own horn!

  31. Such a wonderful finish. Not sure how I missed seeing your finished top but I am so happy to see it today. Love your little dots in the border and your final border print. I too plan to hand quilt mine and seeing your beautiful hand quilting convinces me that it is the right choice. Just lovely!!!

  32. HIP HIP HOORAY for YOU !!
    say it loud and say it proud!! it is an instant heirloom. I hope you'll enter it in shows so I might get to see it.
    Congratulations!!! it is stunning and its been fun to watch you create it!

  33. Absolutely stunning! Congratulations, your stitching is lovely!

  34. Beautiful!! Congratulations Kyle!! This quilt is absolutely stunning! A wonderful finish to your 1 1/2 year journey. I have enjoyed watching your progress on this quilt. Your hand quilting is fabulous!

  35. You obviously didn't toot your own horn very loudly as this is the first that I am seeing of your finish. It is magnificent! Such a lot of work, but so beautifully done.