Friday, October 7, 2016

Shoot For the Moon

Well this has been a LONG time coming.  Three, maybe four times on goals -alongs, both OMG and the 2016 Finish Along.  She's finally done!  This is the first goal on my Q3FAL List.

It was a hot 80-degree day here in Ohio (yes you read that right)  when I took these photos.
Tish took a bunch too.  Yep you read that right too!

What is going on?

We are here:
At the very first Quilt Bloggers International Retreat in Gnadenhutten Ohio!  It was a wonderful first day. :-)  But that's another post or two.  This one is to show you Dayna's quilt.  Hold onto your Olfa rotary cutters, there's several pics coming up:
Judy at Quilt Paradigm gave me the idea for most of the centres of the stars, a Spirograph type design with such movement! Swoops in the star points, swirls and pebbles and then some dot to dot in the star shadows completed the lightest blocks.

These got a Judi Madsen design in the stars, Matrix by Leah Day and the dot to dot.

More of the spirograph (Angela Walters does a similar one), and dot to dot.  So glad I used Quilter's Dream Wool batting!
The quilt surprised me when I was drawing it out on clear vinyl (at full size), trying out various designs.  It was no surprise to see how much negative space there was to fill; the surprise was realizing the centre was not a square, and it was offset.
It's rectangular! A checkerboard design and dot to dot and feathers designs both of Kathleen Riggins' (Kathleen Quilts) filled in this area
There is quite the story to go with this quilt, but I will write it all another time, when I can devote my all to the telling.  I want to post this by the deadline (tomorrow) for the Q3FAL, and as I will be cruising around Amish country, shopping and lunching and wining and dining and soaking up every fabulous minutes with blogger girlfriends like Tish, Julie, Beth, Jennifer, and don't forget Dave the Quilt Engineer, I won't have time...

I hope to get some better photos (Tish has some with her good camera I'm sure) for that post.  Here are a few more from this afternoon:
The lower left corner so you can see the designs I did in the chevron border and the final two borders, which I treated as one, doing a fancy feather design of Angela's she teaches in her borders class on Craftsy. The brackets border highlighted with matchstick quilting is also Angela's as is the "windy" (my term) swirls border between the star blocks.
The block is designed by Judy Martin but the quilt is my own design.  I may be writing up the pattern...
I got the white wide backing, as well as the medium purple in the second last border, last summer at Zinck's when I was here visiting Julie! You can read about that trip here and here.  Because Dayna said, "You are going to make it bigger right?" when I gave it to her as a flimsy, on her grad in May 2015 from Wayne State University, (and I did make it bigger), I didn't have enough of the backing.  Inspiration struck when I had various pieces left from making the stars, and a strip insert was concocted and inserted.  I love the effect.

Stylized moon in the upper left corner, kind of a henna swirls design - more on that in the full story post
Julie and I held onto the quilt while Tish snapped a few pics from below.  Julie has a great hillside bungalow with a perfect wall from which to hang large quilts such as this one which measures somewhere around 94" square!
We'd stood on a bench in order to reach up and hang onto the quilt, and when Tish joined us up there, she saw a perfect setup for a final shot or two:

I am so happy with how this turned out!

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32 comments:

  1. Oh wow, this is so fabulous! I am about doing a post on a work in progress that has a chevron border similar to yours! And all that detailed quilting!!! well done :)

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  2. Wow, this is beautiful! I'm not usually a big fan of purple, but this may have just converted me. And the quilting is spectacular! So much detail. Truly, a fabulous quilt! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF this week!

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  3. Well, this is just spectacular and I'm sure Dayna thinks it was worth the wait. Congratulations on a beautiful finish.

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  4. Once again Sandra you've done a fantastic job with the quilting. You are just sailing along with quilting ability these days. This quilt is so beautiful. I can see you are having a wonderful time. Please say hi to everyone for me!

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  5. Oh my - that is just quite stunning... that quilting is absolutely fantastci!

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  6. Congratulations on the finish and enjoy your time with friends.

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  7. It's stunning! Congratulations on your finish, and thank you, on behalf of the 2016 global FAL hosts, for taking part!

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  8. It reminds me of shooting stars! Great job on the quilting! It is a very beautiful finish. And I can't wait to read all about your retreat!

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  9. Fabulous quilt indeed. I just love how you casually write - "I will be cruising around Amish country, shopping and lunching and wining and dining". Have a great time - but then again, I just know you will.

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  10. It's a stunner! Your quilting really brings it to life! I have to ask. Approximately how long did it take you to quilt? Can't wait to hear all about the retreat! XO

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  11. It is incredibly beautiful, Sandra!! LOVE the quilting, specially the fan quilting you did in the squares. An exquisite finish!!

    -Soma

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  12. Amazing!! No wonder it took you so long. The quilting...wow...you did an awesome job. Hope you had a great time at the retreat.

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  13. Well you shot it to the Moon for sure! So much to look at-it's no wonder it took you so long to quilt but I am sure you feel it was all worth it when you see the finish.I am sure Dayna is so happy with it.
    How super exciting to be at the Bloggers retreat. I can only imagine what an amazing time you are having.

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  14. How flipping brilliant...😀 gorgeous quilting, beautiful setting and looks and sounds like you are having a fan dabi dozi time..... lucky Day a . Hugs xx

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  15. How flipping brilliant...😀 gorgeous quilting, beautiful setting and looks and sounds like you are having a fan dabi dozi time..... lucky Day a . Hugs xx

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  16. Great quilt and such intricate quilting . Tell the photographer she's doing a good job , I'd use her again .
    Dayna will love her quilt , it's fantastic

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  18. What a breathtakingly beautiful quilt!!! Your exquisite quilting and attention to detail makes it shine like gemstones sparkling in the sunlight. I have just one question - will you adopt me?
    Lots of Love,
    Preeti.
    P.S. I am with you (Julie and Tish) in spirit at the retreat.

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  19. This is a quilt for royalty. Love the purple and your intense quilting!

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  20. What a properly gorgeous finished quilt - even if it wasn't quite the day to need a quilt! The colours are lovely and the quilting is just stunning!

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  21. Congrats on getting it finished, it is super duper! If your daughter doesn't want it-I LOVE purple, hehe. So I am guessing you had a wonderful fun filled weekend, can't wait to hear all about it.

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  22. A beautiful quilt! The purple in this one sings and the quilting is gorgeous.

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  23. My fingers held this quilt up on the wall, and I will tell you it was gorgeous! Happy dance and a round of applause to you, my dear, for a beautiful job so well done.

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  24. Congratulations on the amazing finish. It is truly a treasure. And yes, I want to see more photos and hear more of the story. You did awesome working your quilting magic on this quilt. Lucky daughter!

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  25. Your quilt is beautiful!!! The quilting is so intricate, I love it!!

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  26. All I can say is, I have SEEN this quilt in PERSON and it is AMAZING!!!!!! You know what?? In Bella's kitty absence, I should have laid down on the quilt and struck a pose. Dang it! I missed my chance :) Apparently I would make a better dog than a cat :/

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  27. Wow, Wow, Wow! What a masterpiece Sandra! The detail and variety in your quilting is astonishing! It all flows together so beautifully. So many fun surprises to be found. Dayna is going to have a ball looking at it through the years!
    From what I read on Tish's post, it was an awesome retreat. So glad you all had such a good time!

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  28. I'm just getting back to catching up on my blog reading and stopped short when I got to this post. This quilt just took my breath away. I bet it took Dayna's away, too. She will treasure it forever. I'm glad the lighting was so perfect for your photo session so we could see all the fine details in your quilting. Congrats on such an awesome finish, Sandra!

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  29. As a friend and writer once said/wrote (maybe a few posts ago) ...
    I. Can't. Even.
    What you say when a whole string of adjectives just is not enough.
    I. Can't. Even.
    H

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  30. This is nothing short of breathtakingly stunning omg!

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