Saturday, 4 May 2013

May the Fourth ...

.. be with you! 

I know but I couldn't resist!  
seems such a long time ago that I went to see the original film at the Cinema in Oxford, 
way back when .... in 1977!  

so, the fourth was definitely with me because I am so happy to show you in full glory my Brit Bee Quilt (year one!)  ....

Drum roll please ....

Finished!


I kick started it by adding it to my FAL for Qtr 1, 
and a mild boot up the backside from fellow Brit Bee'r


so by the end of the quarter it was indeed a complete top, 
not finished!


so I set to with piecing a back and my sigi blocks ..


loaded it up, but this time I went for some 100% cotton,
I got mine from Justine at Simply Solids 


and played with custom feathers for the first time ...



and after a marathon of quilting last Saturday, 
about 8 hours in all, (in one day wasn't a good idea!)


but oh, how thrilled I was with the results...


a bit of custom swirls and twirls, and a quick spin through the overlocker 


and a scrappy binding from the fabrics left from my FQ stack Of Giddy by Sandy Gervais for Moda


all my Brit Bee Lovelies ... 


and it all worked out so well ...


but, the quilting was quite flat, and I really never wash my quilts after this point,
but, I knew with all that heavy quilting, and the cotton wadding, 
a wash would add instant age and antiquing to this beauty ...


I cannot tell you how stressed this made me ...


but I am so glad I did!



its about 72" x 72"


and I am absolutely in love with it!


It made me so happy to finish this quilt, to have a personal hug from all my Brit Bee Besties,
and the colours so reminded me of this quilt
it made me just a little emotional, 

Thank you so much Brit Bee, you all have a special place in this quilt, I am so grateful for the year(s) of friendship this quilt now represents x

so there you have it, this makes finish number 2 on my FAL Qtr 2 list!



19 comments:

Jess said...

It's stunning Trudi! I've just done free form feathers for the first time too - they are so much fun! Yours look incredible.

Leanne said...

It is beautiful and is a wonderful quilt. For me, the quilt is just not finished until it is washed and dried, I love the difference it makes - always for the better. And a finish too, what a great way to start your weekend.

Catherine said...

Its gorgeous Trudi and the quilting is fabulous. I got the wadding yesterday to start basting my lynnebob bee quilt-can't wait to get quilting

Sarah said...

Another true beauty! Enjoys you buddy hugs!

heart of charnwood said...

Beautiful- another great finish Trudi, and well done for being so brave and washing it! :o)

QuiltSue said...

Trudi that is a stunning quilt. I can quite understand how worried yu were about washing it, but it really made a lot of difference. Beautiful.

Cindy said...

gorgeous! it's incredible, T!

Annabella said...

The girls did good and so did you - it's a fab finish and I know it's going to have a very special place in your home :)

pennydog said...

I love this SO much

Allison Hazel said...

Absolutely stunning! I love it

Katy Cameron said...

It looks absolutely fab, loving the feathers! Speaking of which, backing finally went in the post this morning - I think I might not have needed to piece the back though - doh!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Oh, my! It was well worth the wait: it's stunning! Absolutely stunning!!! Eek!!!!

Carla said...

It is GORGEOUS!

Sarah said...

Woohoo! Bout time missus!!! The first Brit Bee blocks make an awesome awesome quilt :-)

Judith, Belfast said...

Wow! Feeling a little emotional reading this! I want to snuggle up under it! It's absolutely fabulous! Jxo

Sheila said...

It's a lot about the memories, quilting, isn't it.
This is stunning, love the way the small corners float against the white background.

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

Right! That's it! I'm going to finish my first one!
Your quilt is absolutely beautiful. The quilting is just stunning! Well done you!!!

moira said...

love love love the quilting. fab finish!

Lis said...

The force is indeed with you!!