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« on: April 08, 2008 05:58:25 PM »

Okay, I'm new here and kinda nervous about posting this. I've made a few quilts before, but I've never done applique, so be gentle. It's actually a coverlet, I guess... I made this for my sister, and she absolutely hates to be hot when she's sleeping, so I made the backing and the background for the top out of sheets and didn't use any batting. She's big into Celtic designs and the symbolism of things, so I hand-embroidered the center square--all satin stitch--with a Celtic tree of life (with one silver leaf cluster to represent each member of her family), then machine-appliqued 4 shield knots around it. In the corners of the border are 4 triquetras, which I confess I threw in just because I needed some filler in the corners. Those are made of ribbon, machine-stitched into the shape I wanted. Everything on the quilt is done by machine except the binding--which, btw, took considerably longer to hand-sew than I had anticipated; kudos to those of you who quilt by hand, it's just not for me. Finished size of the center square is 12"x12", overall size of the quilt is about 75" square. I hope she'll like it, even though it's far from perfect.
And since it's my first project post, may I just say a big thanks to Craftster for this rockin' forum.  Grin

Oh, PS: It's not as crooked as it looks in the pictures--I had to hurry and lay it out and take pics before it started raining, then it had to get popped in the mail cause it's already a week late. Oops.  Undecided

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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2008 06:14:42 PM »

Wow... this is BEAUTIFUL!  I cannot imagine why on earth you would be nervous posting this.  You deserve all of the credit and praise in the world -- thank you so much for sharing this amazing piece with us! Smiley
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2008 06:22:40 PM »

Its beautiful.  I love it.

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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2008 06:29:19 PM »

It's gorgeous!! I especially love the center piece. WOW! The whole thing is very impressive -- great job!


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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2008 07:00:49 PM »

Wow... this is BEAUTIFUL!  I cannot imagine why on earth you would be nervous posting this.  You deserve all of the credit and praise in the world -- thank you so much for sharing this amazing piece with us! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2008 07:01:19 PM »

This is absolutely gorgeous!! You have nothing to be worried about...
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2008 07:09:11 PM »

I just wish I was this talented.  It's a wonderful quilt!

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« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2008 07:13:03 PM »

Really and truly beautiful!  I am considering starting into the whole quilting thing, and I love the idea of the celtic theme . . . might have to try it in some form or fashion.

I absolutely love your embroidery in the center - you did that by hand?  Wow - very pretty and looks like it took a whole lot of time. 

Great job, and post more of your finished products - this one is great!
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2008 07:20:18 PM »

The colors are beautiful and the hand embroidery is stunning.  Wow!
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2008 07:30:24 PM »

I think it looks great, too.  Some of my favorite colors, and it looks very well done!


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