Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bride of Paradise Top - DONE!

When I bought this pattern back in August of 2010 I don't think I knew what I was getting myself into.  Last night I appliqued the last flower bud on and the top is done!  I'm itching to get quilting it but I will stay focused and finish my current handquilting project - my Lily quilt.
 The pattern was by Threadbear - Civil War Bride Quilt.  The original 1860 antique quilt top is in the Museum of American Folk Art - maker unknown.   I made many changes.  The borders are all of my own design as are the blocks including my husband, children, squirrel and church.
This first picture is under the fluorescent lights in my basement.
This picture is with natural light.
What a fantastic time I have had working on this. I know my applique skills were challenged and I grew as a quilter.
It's very large for a wallhanging - I have no idea where I will hang it once it is quilted. My daughters were hassling me last night because the border squirrels and birds could use a stitch or 2 of embroidery - eyes...  Technically its not done :0)  But close enough for me!  It has unfortunaltely already gone into the ufo bin to await quilting.  Hopefully it doesn't have to stay there too long.
And now - what next?!!
Happy Quilting!!

28 comments:

Judith said...

well done, it is gorgeous! love the colours you have been using. at the moment i am busy quilting the irish circles

Every Stitch said...

Just superb Janet! So well done - you must be thrilled! After all the deliberating your borders are magnificent and I do so love the squirrels scampering up the sides!

Cheri said...

Wonderful, Beautiful!

Shirley said...

There is a lot of work in that quilt top and it looks wonderful.

Shirley said...

There is a lot of work in that quilt top and it looks wonderful.

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

Wow this is just beautiful! And very cool that you changed things up and personalized it as no doubt the maker of the original quilt did too! Congratulations.

audrey said...

Such an incredible quilt. Wowsers, what an effort! Love the personal touches so much! Kudo's to you for finishing up the top! I bet you feel sort of lost without it.:)

Kyle said...

Wow! What an awesome finish! Each beautiful block combines to make a one of a kind incredible quilt. Your applique skills are superb!

Phyllis said...

Congratulations! It is gorgeous! So beautiful, such a great job. It is one of the patterns I would love to make once, but am dreading starting such a huge project, don't know if I will ever finish it. I admire your skills and your stamina.

helen said...

This quilt is awesome! Congratulations!
I love it when there are "personal touches" as Audrey says!
I have the pattern but didn't yet start it... think I have to live many lives to make all
the patterns I would like to make - and I think everybody here agrees which is comforting. :)
And I love how you made the border, too!
Best wishes!

Daffycat said...

Magnificent! Congratulations on a spectacular finish!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

What a beautiful masterpiece and I love that you created some blocks of your own and your borders are just magnificent!! Congratulations on this wonderful finish.

Karen said...

Beautiful! So much work involved but oh so worth it. I am not a horse lover but that is one of my favorite parts of your quilt.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

What an accomplishment! It is simply stunning. I would say it was well worth the effort.

Lori said...

Congratulations! It is amazing and such a piece of heirloom art! I have seen the original and it is spectacular, just like yours!

Maker Joy said...

It's so wonderful!

Does that mean there will be embroidery on Friday? :)

Elsie Montgomery said...

Your work on this one is simply stunning. If you can't find a place to hang it, I have this large blank wall... :-)

Colleen said...

Amazingly beautiful!

Lucy said...

It is fantastic! I love it and I love that you personalize it.

Barb said...

OH MY ! YES YES YES
I have enjoyed watching you create this instant heirloom. I love all your touches and fabrics. The pinks just sparkle.
What an accomplishment! Congratulations can't wait to see how you quilt it.

I give you a Standing Ovation!!!

Teresa Rawson said...

I commented on the CWB blog, but I have to say again, this is simply GORGEOUS! I love the changes you made to make it your own, and your border is the nicest design I have seen! Maybe it will be a cozy over-winter quilting project.

Dawn said...

A beautiful finish, I know all the hard work and dedication you put into this. I love that it is personalized for your family - lovely added special meaning. Thank you for sharing your journey.

Jeanna said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! What a work of art, and an heirloom!!

MJ said...

Oh, J, it is fantastic! Great job on design and execution. Hand quilting?

Jocelyn Thurston said...

THis is really a magnificent piece of work. You should feel so proud. A keepsake forever and to pass along. I'm in awe!

Nancy said...

Just Fantastic! What a beautiful finish. I makes me want to pull my pattern out and get started.
I love the squirrels in your border. Don’t leave it in that bin too long.

Susan Watters said...

Janet , I missed this post when I was away on holiday. It's fantastic! Really lovely and a great achievement !

Judy said...

Stunning. I'm a gonner.