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Topic: Hand Stitched Appliqued Tree - First Quilt  (Read 3173 times)
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rachel.in.rainbows
« on: January 06, 2010 01:25:58 PM »

Hey there!  

This is my first quilt, and I'm pretty proud of it!  It's been a couple years in the making, with *long,* well needed pauses.  (Aka that time that I spent five hours doing the final pinning for the binding only to find that it was slightly off on the back.  There was a nice five or six month gap right there.)  I started stitching as part of a class project in 2007, and finished it a few days ago.  I decided that pigs would probably fly before I would be able to muster up the patience to cut and stitch together a patchwork, so I went for a bit more organic look by appliqueing the beast.  

It's stitched of cotton fabrics, and I used a cotton batting.  It's stitched with cotton coated polyester for strength.  I designed it myself, and used taped together sheets of bristol board to make a template for the tree.  Oh!  And I should also mention that I hand stitched the entire thing-- start to finish.  And what can I say?  I love love love it!!

Without further ado, the pictures!

The front of the quilt.  It actually sits quite square, which this picture doesn't really show.  The fact that it's being suspended in the air is making it sag down.


The back--made of light and dark blue pre-quilted material.  No, I did not do those lines myself. ^_^  Took me a looong time to find the right fabric for this part.  Or at least, the fabric that I wanted.


Close-up on the fabrics used on the front.
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Jenna_Gayle
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2010 01:36:20 PM »

I freaking LOVE this!!!!  You did an excellent job and (50) kudos to you for hand stitching it!!   Grin
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2010 01:43:03 PM »

oh my *-*
all of this is hand-stitched?!?!?!
this is amazing  Grin
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rachel.in.rainbows
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2010 01:47:54 PM »

Thanks to you both!!  I'm so glad you both appreciate the simple fact that it's all been hand stitched!  It's taken me houuuurss!
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010 02:07:30 PM »

I am hitting 'this rocks'!  Great looking tree and the fact that it is entirely hand made is awe-inspiring!  Also great choice of fabrics, they really coordinate well. 
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rachel.in.rainbows
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2010 02:15:14 PM »

I am hitting 'this rocks'!  Great looking tree and the fact that it is entirely hand made is awe-inspiring!  Also great choice of fabrics, they really coordinate well. 

*blush* oh my!!  thank you so much!  I'm glad you like the fabrics!  When I was picking them, the only thing I knew for sure was that I did NOT want brown for the tree! ^.^  And it was pretty remarkable that I picked the one I did for the border!!  It looked horrible on the bolt, it was so overwhelming!!  Fortunately it kind of blends into the back on the actual quilt! Tongue  I'm glad you like it!
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2010 02:29:16 PM »

Thats a BIG quilt to applique.  I am working on an applique that has a large background piece on it so I really appreciate your patience with wrestling with such a large quilt.  Its also nice to see the background fabric in comparison to the tree fabric.  I also really love the back - does the dark back show through to the front of the quilt - I'm just wondering for my own sake.
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2010 02:38:43 PM »

Thats a BIG quilt to applique.  I am working on an applique that has a large background piece on it so I really appreciate your patience with wrestling with such a large quilt.  Its also nice to see the background fabric in comparison to the tree fabric.  I also really love the back - does the dark back show through to the front of the quilt - I'm just wondering for my own sake.

Hey, thanks for the comments!  It certainly was tough to applique!  The hardest part was doing the interior of the curves.  That was a challenge, but it got easier the more I did.  As for the background showing through, it doesn;t.  I didn't really know what I was doing, to be honest, so I stitched the front piece to a sheet of cotton batting.  The backing was pre-quilted, with coloured cotton on both sides of the batting.  I then stitched all the way around the outside to sandwich it all together.  It's all held in place by some small stitches through all layers where each of the squares on the back meet up.  So in short, no it doesn't show through because there's a layer of batting preventing that.  It actually turned out to be a really thick and warm quilt because of the double layer of batting.  Sorry for the longwindedness.  And thanks again. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2010 07:00:02 AM »

Oh.my.word.  This is freakin' awesome.  I love, love, love your tree.  It's beautiful.  And all that hand stitching.  Amazing work!!!
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rachel.in.rainbows
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2010 12:56:17 PM »

Oh.my.word.  This is freakin' awesome.  I love, love, love your tree.  It's beautiful.  And all that hand stitching.  Amazing work!!!

Thank you so much!  I'm so glad you like it!  And I'm so much more flattered for having designed it. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2010 01:13:45 PM »

WOW!! This is incredible Cheesy Even more so that you hand-stitched it, what dedication!!
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rachel.in.rainbows
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2010 02:13:34 PM »

Thank you!  You have THE most adorable username EVER! Cheesy
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TheSleepyKnitter
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2010 04:26:20 PM »

Amazing! The fact that you've hand-stitched it makes it even more special, so unique. I love the "green on green" look.
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rachel.in.rainbows
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2010 06:10:41 AM »

Amazing! The fact that you've hand-stitched it makes it even more special, so unique. I love the "green on green" look.

Thank you!
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AnnieBowser
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2010 11:41:35 AM »

It looks beautiful!

It is to everyone's benefit that you managed to finish this piece after all that time - it's georgous!

Kudos for your talent & tenacity!
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rachel.in.rainbows
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2010 01:29:06 PM »

It looks beautiful!

It is to everyone's benefit that you managed to finish this piece after all that time - it's georgous!

Kudos for your talent & tenacity!

Thank you so much for your kind words!  It's so great to hear that people are appreciating it after all the work that went in!  There were so some ups and downs for sure, but I'm so glad I got to finish!
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« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2010 02:41:57 PM »

This totally inspires me to make a quilt!  Its just really beautiful and the fact that you did it by hand?  Amazing.
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rachel.in.rainbows
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2010 05:23:11 PM »

This totally inspires me to make a quilt!  Its just really beautiful and the fact that you did it by hand?  Amazing.

Oh!!! You should definitely do it!!  Just jump right in!  I was too scared to try and patchwork, so I appliqued, which wsa wonderful!!  you can pretty much go crazy!  AND, for further inspiration, I'm self taught!  I bought one book on basic quilting techniques, and coupled that with my own ideas of what sewing is supposed to be!  If I can do it, anyone can!  Just think of something you want to do, and do it!  (Although, I should give warning against doing too many curves.  I made that mistake... and it looks good, but doing the insides of the curves were soo tricky. Smiley

I'm flattered!
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« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2010 10:12:54 AM »

Thanks for the tips!  I'll have to add a quilt book to the library collection.  :-D
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rachel.in.rainbows
« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2010 10:45:46 AM »

Thanks for the tips!  I'll have to add a quilt book to the library collection.  :-D

In case you're interested, I bought the Better Homes and Garden's Complete Guide to Quilting.  (Refer to image here: http://rgr-static1.tangentlabs.co.uk/images/ar/97806962/9780696218569/0/0/plain/complete-guide-to-quilting.jpg)

I found it was reaaalllllyyy thorough and covered everything from the basics to the complex things.  It even talks about selecting fabrics, thread and needles, which I found really helpful.  I got my copy at Michael's, but I've also seen them at major bookstores like Chapter and Indigo.  Smiley
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