Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Floral Quilt

First let me say I Did Not Do This Embroidery. I found this completed quilt top in a thrift store in Pennsylvania. I bought it because it was super-cheap and it so reminded me of the top I cross-stitched in college and later quilted with my mother.


This one's fancier though. And that border goes all the way around the quilt, of course.

I quilted it last week, all week. I truly think if my sewing machine had been a car, we would have driven to the moon and back. But it's out of my stash!


Did I mention it's large? Fully queen-sized. I don't know what I was thinking when I brought it home. Now I'm thinking that I'm glad I'm finished!

25 comments:

Chintz22 said...

Stunning! So beautiful--I've never seen a cross stitched quilt top before.

Happymom4 aka Hope Anne said...

Absalutely gorgeous! Where are you going to use it? Your bed, I hope? ;-)

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Alexia said...

Pretty!

Jen said...

*GASP!* It's BE-YEW-TI-FUL.

And I covet.

Shelley said...

That is so incredibly beautiful. It is rather sad that the person who did all that wonderful stitching didn't manage to finish her project and enjoy the fruits -- or should I say flowers -- of her labour. Smart of you to have snatched it up. I must learn to do more patchwork and how to quilt. The little I've done has been so satisfying. Thanks for your inspiration.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

What a great find! You get the best stuff at the thrift shops. You should see what I have available; it's nothing compared to your shop. But I'll continue to search and hope I can find this kind of gem.

Lisateresa said...

Beautiful!!

Kimmie said...

What a beautiful quilt. That was quite the find Anna...and what a lot of work to get it all together ...to the moon and back.

Merry Christmas Anna.

Kimmie
mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

Kathleen Grace said...

A beautiful quilt! You mention quilting it on your sewing machine. I have ust begun to quilt and would love to know how to use the machine to do the quilting. Can you point me to a tutorial? Isn't it very difficult to scrunch a queen size through the arm?

Sarah Jane said...

Oh, GASP, it's GORGEOUS! That is the loveliest thing I have seen in my life. Wow, I wonder how much time went into this quilt altogether, with the embroidery by the Unknown Lady who started it, plus you who finished this lovely piece!

Anonymous said...

That is truly beautiful...something that a whole bedroom could be decorated around a la Sister Parish or Charlotte Moss. What providence for your family (and your readers vicariously)! Priceless!

Val said...

I cannot imagine how long that took you. I'm blessed to have a mother-in-law with a long arm quilter, so thankfully my patience doesn't have to last that long.

kath said...

That is absolutely beautiful!

Tyna said...

Oh, it's lovely! the months it must have taken someone to cross stitch it! A shame to give it to a thrift shop instead of a family member. Good for you though!

Farrah said...

Very lovely!

Lisateresa said...

I'm looking at this again - you're really becoming quite an adept at machine quilting, Anna. Those parts which look like u-turns look so nice and even - if you'd been going in a straight line, you would definitely have ended up at the moon - and where would your family have been at Christmas time without you? :)

Sarah said...

So beautiful! I'm thinking it was worth your time!

Mrs.Rabe said...

That would make a lovely gift for one of your daughters for their 'hope chests.' I know that your mother has purchased china for each of the kids, this would make a lovely wedding gift in the future.

kykathy said...

Ah, beautiful! Put it in your Esty shop and let me buy it!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
When do we get to hear Bella's "Messiah" solo?
Kathy

Sally said...

Just gorgeous! I've always wanted to cross stitch a quilt. What an undertaking! Yours looks AMAZING! Your shoulders must be so done right about now. :-)

Janel said...

Love this! Great job.

Linda said...

That is just beautiful. Congratulations! I can see why you were inspired to quilt to the moon.

denie heppner said...

that is just beee---yoo-teee-fulll! i love it. blessings- i enjoy your blog so much.

Rona's Home Page said...

Beautiful!

Jill said...

I can't believe you found this at the thrift! I bet you just about fell over and died. Just like I did when I found a completed twin size redwork quilt at my Goodwill store. So lovely to take home something to love that you know someone spent HOURS on.

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