Thursday, 15 September 2016

Wheat and Woods quilt finished

I started this one in July last year - all appliqued apart from joining the sections by machine. The aim was to design and stitch a quilt with lots of hand applique but with enough variety in technique to keep it interesting, and then to hand quilt it. 

About 80 inches square (2 m)
There were some challenging moments but I loved the process and the fabrics. I wanted to get some structure in there without actually doing any piecing. The repeated lattice of leaf and squares looks simple enough but required quite a bit of care. I was worried it might look more 'organic' than precise in placement but worked out fine in the end (see posts from August and September last year for more detail). In contrast, the random placement of the broderie perse (or tile applique) in the outer border was great fun to do and much more relaxing. I'd like to do more of that in a future quilt.

The binding is a fabric I've had in the stash - the ombre stripe seemed just right. 
The backing is also an old repro that's been in the stash - a large border stripe. I'd been 'saving' it for a border but not sure that time will ever come. So ...it's now a backing. 






It's been a long while since I updated my progress with my Sarah Fielke BOM (started January). The 12 inch blocks are getting more difficult - as you'd expect with a quilt that is a series of classes in different techniques. That's exactly why I signed up - to get more proficient in areas where I am deficient! While it is not strictly my style of quilt, it is a great source of practice and I am in awe of Sarah's sewing skills. She has stitched three of each block (using different colour ways) and that is quite something, what with the difficulty of some recent blocks. 

The foundation paper piecing has required maximum focus. Sarah was kind enough to provide an applique circle to cover the meeting of 16 points in this block - phew!


Another foundation pieced block

And an applique block - this was more my sort of thing! I used back basting prep and needle turn here. 

And a few made earlier that I've not yet posted ...



There are 24 of the 6" star blocks in the quilt and I've made a point of hand piecing those. That has improved my hand piecing no end. I'm still not able to perfectly 'eye ball' (as Jinny Beyer says) a scant 1/4 inch seam - but am getting there!

Here's my design wall so far - might not be the final layout. Should look better with the wide dog tooth border that goes around the outside - in red on cream?

It was warm enough yesterday to sit for a while and enjoy this little crabapple tree flowering in the garden. Glad I did because today it's blowing a gale and there may be no blossoms left on by tonight!
Hope your week is going well :)

57 comments:

  1. Amazing work Hilda. I really enjoy your blog, it really inspires me

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  2. both quilts are vey beautiful,congratulations,susi

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  3. More beautiful work by the hand of Hilda!

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  4. What a great inspiration. I enjoy your blog very much!

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  5. Wow Hilda that's stunning. And you know where I think it should go! Beautiful work and great foundation piecing too!

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  6. A gorgeous quilt... Congrats and well done.... Pretty garden too.... .

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  7. Just speechless about how your Wheat and Woods quilt turned out... she is sooooo beautiful and amazing!!! You did a great job with this design and I bet a lot of quilters would like to make such a quilt 😉. I also love the colors you used. And what a productive quilter you are, by finishing this one in such a short period of time and at the same time making these beautiful blocks for the Sarah Fielke Bom... I admire you!

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  8. I am behind on my BOM (no surprise there!) really looking forward to trying the paper piecing. I love your Wheat and Woods quilt, congratulations on a stunning finish! One question - how did you stitch your brodere perse? did you needle turn it? It is on my to do list to try :)

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  9. Congratulations Hilda, Wheat and Woods is stunning. Wonderful use of fabrics and technique......very, very inspiring.

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  10. Wow, I love how your Wheat and Woods turned out. I see that you have it hanging up. Is that how you will display it, or will it cover a bed?

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  11. It seems to me as if Wheat and Woods just went into the hoop! What an amazing finish and so quickly. I've loved watching that quilt grow from the minute that you started it :)

    The Sarah F project is just stunning !

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  12. Oh, my goodness! Wheat and Woods is breathtaking! I am always inspired by your creativity and beautiful handwork. Such a pretty color palette in the SF quilt. Glad to see someone else uses a circle to cover up where points come together!

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  13. Wheat and Woods is such a beautiful quilt. I love the colors and the broderie perse has added so much visual interest in the borders. Just beautiful. I love your SF blocks too. That will be a beauty also, when done.

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  14. Oh Hilda, this is just stunning. The colors are very subtle & of course, perfect. I wasn't sure where you were going with this. It really is a masterpiece. I am in awe of your talent. It is interesting to see, that you are taking a class. I must go check out Miss Sara, now!! Thanks for posting this finish ( and all the steps leading up to the ending!!)

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  15. Oh, my...the Wheat and Woods is a masterpiece. I can only hope that my skills become good enough one day that I can design something so original and beautiful. You have such vision.

    Your Sarah Fielke blocks are beautiful, too. You really have an eye for choosing the right fabric for the job.

    Thank you again for sharing your work. It's truly inspirational.

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  16. Gorgeous doesn't even begin to describe your completed Wheat & Woods quilt.
    It's truly an exquisite work of Art!
    I have greatly enjoyed following you on this amazing quilt journey, thank you so very much for sharing it with us!

    Your Sarah Fielke BOM is looking quite beautiful.
    I really like the soft mix of colors you've chosen for this.

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  17. I can honestly say that Wheat and Woods is one of my all time favorite quilts. It is simply breathtaking. It has perfect balance and the muted colors are simply beautiful. I certainly hope you share that in a few shows this year. Delicious! I love the Sarah Fielke quilt so far as well. I love your mock up drawing. Mine rarely resemble the finished product! Thanks for sharing your elegant work.

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  18. Wheat & woods is stunning. I am in awe of the detail and color balance. You are the master Hilda!!

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  19. There is so much to admire here, I don't even know where to start! Congratulations on Wheat & Woods, it is really lovely. I am interested that you chose to quilt straight lines over the broderie perse in the border. I never would have thought of that, and I think it is a really good plan. Everything is tied together.

    I love that offset layout with the stars, too. That will be another beauty! Great post, thanks for catching us up!

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  20. Late to the comments, lets just say I ditto everything said above. I might add that your photography is spectacular as well. I love seeing such fine detail of your work. Thank you so much, Hilda, for inviting us into the process of your quiltmaking. I have learned so much. You are truly an inspiration.

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  21. Master pieces! No surprises there. Congratulations as always.

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  22. Your applique quilt is lovely! And I love the BOM with the variety of blocks with the sawtooth stars sprinkled inside. Your garden setting is so special.

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  23. Wheat and Woods is fabulous--what a beautiful finish! I love your use of ombre's--sure adds a lot of interest and movement. I wouldn't be able to resist spending some time in the garden--it's so charming! Thanks, as always, for the inspiration!

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  24. A spectacular finish Hilda!! Such a gorgeous design, beautiful soft palate of fabrics, beautifully executed and marvellously handquilted! I don't know when you find the time to garden but it looks lovely too. The BOM blocks are lovely as well - the fussy cutting in the wreath block is so pretty. I can't wait to see what you make next :0)

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  25. As ever absolutely fantastic ! I always look forward to your inspiring post Hilda and I guess summer is on its way for you now which is something else to look forward too.

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  26. Every time I come here and see what you have made, I am floored. Today was no exceptions! Wheat and Woods is just EPIC! and romantic! I love it, no, I mean, I LOVE IT!! Do I have the patience and talent to do something like that? Not sure. So I'll just sit here and admire it for a little bit longer ... than I'll pin it on my Pinterest page. :^D
    The paper-pieced block are so challenging. Congrats on getting them done. The layout is very beautiful and I can't wait to see more.
    As always, beautiful gorgeous work all over this post. Thanks for sharing. ;^)

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  27. Wheat & woods quilt is increadible! What a talant you are! I bought a book and saw a dutch quilt which inspired you, and I must say that your version is even more sofisticated and elegant than that quilt. Congratulations!! And thank you again for inspiring us all :)

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    1. thanks for the kind words Natalia. I'm not sure which quilt you mean as this one is my own design inspired by the lovely fabric used for the centre broderie perse. I'd love to know if there is something similar out there. Maybe you mean the antique quilt of hexagons in 'Promenade in a Dutch Garden'. It has an intensely appliqued outer border that I love too.

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  28. Hilda, your quilts are always a work of art. Gorgeous. Each part is beautiful in its self and then as a whole it's awesome. The broderie perse border looks like a intricate print and so whimsy. I love your quilts!

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  29. Your Wheat and Woods quilt is so fascinating. It is a walk in the woods as my eye goes from broderie perse to the applique lattice to the hand quilting. . . AND I love the fabric you chose for the binding. It is truly wonderful!

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  30. Oh, my! I've been drooling over your Wheat & Woods project for ages. You have found the perfect backing and binding to set it off to perfection.

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  31. Your work is truly magnificent Hilda, and I'm always happy when I see an email from Everystitch come through. Your wheat and woods is FABULOUS!! I dont know what you are worried about with your piecing. They look pretty good to me. :-)I must get some of my blocks posted.

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  32. Oh my ...Hilda, as usual, you've made an incredible work... I have seen your quilt in other posts but, in this one, I can realize your stunning work and the perfect combo you used.... Congratulations ! I hope you will exhibit it in a quilt show !
    Thank you for sharing with us ! :)

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  33. Your quilt is so beautiful and dreamy. I love it!

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  34. Hilda, you are amazing! Wheat and Woods is stunning - congratulations. I think I could look at this quilt and see something new every time.

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  35. It's a beautiful quilt with wonderful workmanship. The blocks are wonderful. I saw the rough drawing but didn't see the finished article.

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  36. Your wheat & woods quilt is...well, I have no words. It's spectacular, amazing, fabulous & lots of other words.

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  37. Wheats and Woods is a work of art. How long did it take for you to make it and quilt it? Sarah Fielke BOM blocks are also beautiful.

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  38. So wonderful, as always, to see your quilts. My Sarah quilt has been on hold til I finished my Flower Garden quilt, which was last week, so time for me to get back at my BOM!

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  39. What a beautiful and intricate quilt. Congratulations of a for sure winner. You are a master.

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  40. It really is a beautiful finish! Nice work ♥

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  41. Thank you for sharing with us your insights and creations. I enjoy the writing of your techniques but even more so your creative and technical process. As a long time quilter myself it is fun to read. Each post is like reading a quilting diary. Where quilts get finished!
    Beautiful palette in your quilt.

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  42. Just love looking at your work, the quilting, your hand quilting! It is so nicely done! LOVE IT

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  43. Your Wheat and Woods is just amazing! Wonderful job! I can't wait to see more of the BOM that you are working on - I must say your work is truly inspiring!!!

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  44. Wow, your Wheat and Woods quilt is just gorgeous! And to think you did it in a year plus the Sarah Fielke BOM!! Your colors are so soothing and beautiful together. What an inspiration!!

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  45. Hilda, I savor your posts. Your applique is just so immaculate and of course your paper piecing would be too! Thank you so much for sharing your work.

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  46. beautiful work...cannot imagine you need more lessons in anything!

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  47. Oh Hilda, What an amazing quilt! W&W is a complete masterpiece! We are on the complete opposite spectrum as mine are humble, very humble.
    The paper pieced blocks are wonderful too! The border you have planned will look great, I have no doubt.

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  48. This is absolutely stunning. It is what we all aspire to do but in my case fall very short. However, I always admire the work of the masters. Thank you for sharing.

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  49. Absolutely stunning! I saw the photo on Instagram but glad I got to see more of it on your blog. I can't even imagine making a quilt so beautiful. Hilda, your work is spectacular! I wish I had you sitting next to me during the design and quilting stages of my quilts!

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  50. Belated congratulations on your very beautiful Wheat and Woods quilt. You and Susan have almost convinced me to give hand quilting another go. I also love your version of Sarah Fielke's BOM, your choice of fabrics is always so unique and inspitational.

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  51. You are such a talented quilt maker! Always a joy to see your work!

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  52. Well, I'm late to see this beautiful quilt finished. I love it. I love both of them. I'm also working on the Sarah Morrell quilt, which is very challenging for me. I have to mark my 1/4 seams on the back of the fabric. No way can I "eyeball" it.

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  53. Thank you for your blog. It inspires me! Gorgeous.

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  54. Wheat and Woods Hilda is stunning as everyone before me has explained I could look at this quilt all day. I wonder what 2017 holds for you and us.

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