Monday, 21 August 2017

Benjamin Biggs completed


It's been a great journey - thanks to Sentimental Stitches Just Takes 2 free block of the month for a lovely pattern generously shared. I reduced my quilt blocks by 75% from the 16 inch ones in the pattern down to 12 inches. I just wanted a smaller quilt finish and have been thankful of that when it came to hand quilting! 
I started the quilt in January 2014 and it measures approx 70 inches square, hand applique and hand quilted. The quilting design was not part of the pattern but I enjoyed throwing in a few scattered motifs amongst the  grid and echo quilting. 




I decided not to add trapunto to the motifs - preferring the softer, more natural look as it is. Thanks for the helpful comments and encouragement last post :) 


It's found a place on a hallway wall where the lighting shows up the myriad of quilting stitches! Despite there being so many stitches it really drapes beautifully thanks to the thin cotton batting (Quilters Dream).



I'm not leaping into hand quilting another just yet...giving the fingers a wee rest . 

63 comments:

  1. Your work is exquisite and the natural light shows off those millions of stitches beautifully. Benjamin looks lovely in your garden. Congratulations on a fabulous finish!

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  2. This is an absolute treasure. You continue to amaze me with your wonderful applique and hand quilting. Keep stitching and please keep sharing your delightful work.

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  3. Such a masterpiece, it looks wonderful! Congratulations!

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  4. Congratulations, your quilt really is beautiful and all your lovely hand quilting finishes it perfectly.

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  5. Another beautiful quilt The quilting is outstanding.

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  6. I can only repeat what everybody said already; stunning quilt, many congratulations.

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  7. Its beautiful, amazing and for some reason I find it soothing. A lovely quilt for sure.

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  8. You can be really proud of yourself, by finishing this beautiful quilt! The handquilting is exquisite and just right for this awesome quilt. The photo in your garden shows off the colors so wonderful, and is magazine-worthy. Congratulations, and enjoy your no-handquilting-time, and the beaufitul quilt ofcourse!

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  9. it is breathtaking. The quilting is stunning and makes it a modern heirloom.

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  10. Gorgeous! Congratulations on a stunning finish, your hand quilting really brings it to life. Can I ask do you hand quilt in a lap hoop or floor frame?

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  11. Fabulous. Looks like it belongs in a museum. So pretty! Congrats!

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  12. Your quilt is absolutely exquisite! Congratulations on this gorgeous finish! Your hand quilting is the perfect finishing touch and so worth the time it has taken to complete.

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  13. So Beautiful!! And so neatly sewn.
    I Love it!
    And again, my to do list becomes longer.....

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  14. your quilt looks fantastic! the fabric you chose to use is perfect for this quilt and your quilting is so good. Love it hanging on the wall.

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  15. So well done! Congrats for a finish. The quilting is outstanding.

    Can you tell us how you hang your quilts on a wall? They look so flat at the top.

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  16. Just when I think you've out done yourself .... you out do yourself. Absolutely gorgeous quilt. Your work is perfection.

    Terry in So. Calif. USA

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  17. Absolutely wonderful! I am in awe at all those tiny stitches. You must quilt for hours each day to complete a quilt like this. I only last about 2 hours at a time and even then my fingers are pretty sore. What a treasure!

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  18. Another excellent reproduction! Your work is so inspiring and a pure joy to look at. Thank you for sharing your accomplishments and talents.

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  19. Your Benjamin is a beautiful quilt. You've done an awesome job. Take time to enjoy the thrill of the finish for awhile.

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  20. Simply breathtaking. Your quilting is spectacular. I do hope you will show this in public and share it close up with others. It is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it here. Gay will be so proud of you as we all are!

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  21. Thank you for sharing. I'd like to jet around the world just to gently stroke the inviting texture.

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  22. It is breathtaking! It could go into any magazine. You're quilting is just stunning! Gorgeous work.

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  23. Such a beautiful quilt! Your quilting is amazing and I love the little motifs scattered throughout :)

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  24. It's stunning, Hilda! Congratulations. Your hand quilting sets it off so well and how lovely to be able to see it all the time!

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  25. Congratulations on this exquisite finish, so worth all of the time and effort you have put into hand sewing and quilting this beauty. I'm so glad you found the perfect home for it so that the hand quilting can be seen. Thank you for another inspirational post.

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  26. Such a beautiful finish. Congratulations.

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  27. Congratulations on yet another beautiful masterpiece ! :)

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  28. Wow Incredible, fantastic. Congrats!

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  29. This is most awesome! Your hand quilting adds so much to the beauty of all the appliqué. I am working on the borders of my BB quilt. Thank you for the inspiration to keep going. B E A U T I F U L W O R K!

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  30. Benjamin is breathtaking and your photos of him are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. What a gorgeous finish! It is so beautifully displayed in your home and in your garden, I love quilter's dream request batting too.

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  32. Wonderful!
    Beautiful!
    Awesome!

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  33. Thank you for sharing! It is beautiful and I love the hand quilting.

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  34. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  35. This is just incredible. So beautiful and such lovely quilting. I know you will enjoy it for years to come. Love seeing the daffodils. Won't be long until our leaves start turning colors.

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  36. Interesting that you reduced the block size. It still made a good size quilt. If it were mine, I would probably fold it and display across the end of a bed. And refold now and then to display different parts. A ribbon winner for sure. Congratulations on a very good finish.

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  37. I'm sorry I'm late !
    Well, after admiring your quilt on the pictures, what can I say ... Gorgeous, stunning, awesome, no...a masterpiece for sure !!
    Congratulations for this wonderful finish Hilda !

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  38. Oh my .... absolutely beautiful!

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  39. I almost can't find words to express how beautiful your quilt is! From the fabric choices to the workmanship - it's stunning! Congratulations on a fantastic finish and thank you so much for stitching along at Sentimental Stitches and Just Takes 2.

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  40. I'm very late in catching up with blogs. It's absolutely stunning ! You must be so very pleased with it. Congratulations on another perfect finish.

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  41. It is beautiful, and hand quilted too! A treasured masterpiece.

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  42. You are an amazing quilter, such preciseness and beautiful hand quilting!!! they are all masterpieces, thank you for sharing them. take care from Iowa

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  43. As always, I am completely gobsmacked by the amazing quilts you produce. And all with the hand stitching and quilting. A true inspiration!

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  44. Hi Hilda
    Beautiful work. you are so good with your lovely applique quilts. Do you still use the back basting method and how do you get on with layers using BB?

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