Sunday, 27 October 2013

Are you ready for this?

January 2012 I started on this very long term project.
No goals as to when it would be finished, just a self imposed condition that it be worked on regularly.
There were times when I had a Dr Phil "what were you thinking?" moments but believe it or not......
Here it is with still a little bit of work to be done but the worst is over.
Be prepared I am going to bore everyone with photos of this for quite awhile. Bare with me I know you all understand

Drum Roll..................


how the border will go around the centre

dollies dancing on the grass
 Just a little more work to do. The thicker border needs to be appliqued around the centre block and the thinner binding along the mitred seams. Four squares to go in the corners and the little yo yo baskets to be added and it will be totally finished.
Didn't make it to Gj's so I decided to use the fabric I had. The thincker panel pattern wasn't quite long enough to fit along one side so I have joined all the panels into one long strip which means there will be joins but if it looks ok I won't replace it.
It's not perfect but with hindsight there are somethings I would have probably done a little more carefully knowing now the consequences of not being as pedantic as I should be.
But it's done now and I can live with it quite happily.
Thanks to everyone who has been supportive and offered encouragement and urged me on when I doubted myself! Thanks to the Academy and my parents and.......... only joking.
I'm off to do some happy dancing!
cheers
Marina

32 comments:

Melody said...

Brilliant

Christine M said...

Yeah Marina! It looks great.

katherine said...

It is looking gorgeous. I think you have taken the right approach as far as not putting deadlines on such a big involved project. SLow and steady always gets us there in the end.

Anthea said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS.!! Marina, I am so very happy for you - this is simply a-mazing... Well Done!
I do love your philosophy of working on it regularly, without a specific deadline. Makes for happy progress, but also takes into account the distractions that can happen too.
I have loved watching this take shape... You Inspire Me... x

Susan said...

It's gorgeous Marina. I'm so happy for you. Long term quilts can be a real drag at times, but such a sense of achievement at the end. I'm sure you will sleep well under it.

Cheryll said...

I think you should give yourself a pat on the back for that effort! It will be simply stunning once it's completed! :)

Jeanette said...

Wow. The quilt looks fabulous. Hugs, xx

Narelle said...

Slow and steady wins the race :o)
So much amazing work in this one ... well done!

Elyte said...

Hooray, celebrations are in order for next time we meet. Next Saturday? Looking forward to seeing the real thing!

Sharyn T said...

Wow, it looks marvellous Marina, well done. Sharyn:)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Congratulations...fantastic...well done!!!!

Maria said...

Well done !!! Your Dancing Dollies look fantastic......
It a very BIG flimsy.....

JulieAnn said...

Wow your Swan Lake looks beautiful. Congratulations.

Mistea said...

Amazing!! This looks fabulous. What a wonderful acheivement, that is huge! Loving the red border bits.
Hope you enjoyed dancing with your dollies.

Wendy said...

So beautiful! A job well done! Will you hand quilt this or machine quilt? This is such a beauty, and you should be very proud of such a wonderful accomplishment.

kiwikid said...

Well done Marina...good on you!!! It looks amazing!
xx

kiwikid said...

Forgot to say I will join you in the happy dance!!!!
xx

Oddbjørg said...

Oh, it looks great! Sure you can do a happy dance!

shez said...

lol i love your sense of humor,Marina it looks absolutely awesome,well done my friend.xx

Nicky said...

Great speech, take a bow Marina and then get back to dancing and stitching!

Fiona said...

OH WOW... thats about all I can say... just amazing.. what a lot of work....and just so beautiful.... you must be thrilled...
Hugz

Cheryl said...

Wow Marina - it's just beautiful

Cheryl said...

It is just amazing Marina

Michelle Ridgway said...

Stunning is a word that comes to mind!!! You clever girl. You have done an amazing job. Well done. Looking forward to seeing the finishing touches. Xx

Lin said...

Lovely Marina - well done!!

Bev said...

Wow! That is a lot of work, Marina. Can't wait to see it quilted!

Lynda said...

WOW WOW and WOW. Definitely worth a drumroll.

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

I found this quote the other day and I think it sums up your quilt.

"There will be obstacles,
There will be doubts,
There will be mistakes,
but if you work hard,
There will be no limit."

I am in total awe at all the work that has gone into this quilt. A true family heirloom.

Happy dancing, you deserve to dance for a week at least.

Happy days.
Bev.

elliek said...

Well worth the drum roll! Looks fantastic.

Karen said...

Congratulations. All that hard work is definitely worth this wonderful end result.
It is beautiful!

Sisbabestitches said...

I am in awe, and so is my Mum (she dropped in while I was looking!). If there aren't small errors over such a long time working on it, how would you know that you have learnt and improved? And honestly if you don't show piles of pics over and over for years to come we would be so disappointed- shout from the rooftops girl!

Tatkis said...

Adorable, beautiful quilt! Congratulations on your finish!

Hugs,
Tatyana