Saturday, 26 September 2015

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.....

Well with that gushy title there can only follow a post about one thing.....Sweet William.
Click away now if you feel you cannot handle the barage of photos of my dearest.
 this is the last block that was finished on Wednesday afternoon.
Below the blocks are all trimmed and ready to sew together. Maisie is just doing a last minute scan to make sure it's ok to proceed..
And huge drum roll please...My version of Sweet William by Susan Smith....
I made 18 appliques from the pattern and improvised the other 7 by using designs found on the net and other patterns I had at home.
I picked out the fabric for the alternate blocks Wednesday with some help from Liz (the village quilters) who was up for a visit. I probably wouldn't have bought the fabrics so soon had she not wanted to visit Jemima's. I thought may as well take the blocks with me to get some help with selecting possible colours.
The beautiful apricot colour used for the outer triangles was the first to jump out at me and the yellow was the last. We auditioned about 6 fabrics with Veronica and when these were together it was love at first sight. Absolutely meant to be. Quite by accident as things often are as I couldn't decide between the two fabrics and had to have them both.
Finished size is approxiamately 150 cm square. A little smaller than the  pattern but will be more than big enough for my purposes. I hope to hand quilt this lovely in the future.
 Here is the whole top.
 I couldn't resist this photo of the back in the sunshine.. I love the stained glass effect.
Well that is that. A project that almost wasn't to be, has become a completed top. It was commenced in September 2014 but was restarted in January 2015.
Of course thanks to Elyte for turning on the light bulb, the pattern will be happily going to live at her place whenever she is ready. That's the least I could do.
I'd best leave this post at this stage of the photo overload I am over the moon to have finished this top.
There is some progress on some other projects but they can wait till next post.
you bet I'm happy dancing
Marina

26 comments:

Carm said...

I love it!

Maria said...

No wonder you are doing a happy dance .. Sweet William is amazing and you should be very proud of the beuatiful work you did.love the fabrics you chose to set the blocks...

sunny said...

It's gorgeous!!!! I would certainly be doing a Happy Dance if this was my finish. I keep saying I'm going to learn to do applique properly, but it still hasn't happened. I just joined a small sewing group who meets to do handwork a couple of times a month, so maybe that will be my encouragement.

Jeanette said...

A gorgeous top. Looks like Maisie approved. :) I felt like doing that dance when i finished Natures Journey the other day. :) Hugs,xx

Narelle said...

There's a whole lota dancin goin on ... and well deserved ... gorgeous! :o)

shez said...

wow and double wow Maria,i love this,well done on a beautiful flimsy,its a real credit to you,its stunning my friend xx

elliek said...

Those fabrics look exactly right. The outer apricot just gives it that lovely border and the creamy yellow is so soft. Well done on Sweet William. It is fantastic. Glad I was able to help in the decision by asking for a visit to Jemima's!

Baa. xxx said...

Gorgeous!

Raewyn said...

Wow what a beautiful achievement and well done you!! Aren't you glad you persevered and got that needleturn sussed? I adore it Marina and also think your fabric choices are perfect!

Els koetsier said...

Waauw what a lovely Quilt you have finished. And now starig Quilting of it. How will you quilt it?

kiwikid said...

Well done Marina...wow!!!! The quilt looks amazing...you have done so well to perservere and get it finished, yu have every right to do the happy dance.....want to see that dance when next I see you!!!! Good to see Maisie was on the job too!! You rock!!!!

Nicki said...

It's absolutely stunning! Congratulations!

Ondrea said...

Woohoo! Well done girl! It look absolutely gorgeous.

Melody said...

No wonder you are happy dancing, your quilt is glorious

Susan said...

Stunning! And when you fill those squares with beautiful hand quilting it will be a masterpiece. I'm so glad you persevered with William. Adore the red berries in that first pic.

Lin said...

Beautiful - so glad you gave it that second chance and I too love the stained glass picture!. xx

Fiona said...

Oh my, I would be happy dancing too... it's just fantastic Marina, I love everything about it...
Hugz

Cheryl said...

Marina Sweet William is absolutely stunning. You should be very proud of yourself - an amazing effort. Perfect fabric you picked too to tie it all together

Anthea said...

My goodness Marina, Sweet William is a triumph... I remember some troubles you were having early on, & now WOO HOO look at this!
The colours you chose are just gorgeous & how lovely to spend time with Liz.
I'm so pleased for you!

Janet said...

It is exquisitely beautiful! Such lovely applique! I can't wait to see your handquilting start on it!!

Lynda said...

So fantastic Marina. Wonderful to see it all together.

Marie said...

Luuuuv it! The Happy Dance is pretty good too!:)

Karen S said...

This is a wonderful finish. It is so worth all the work you have put into it. Congratulations on staying with it!
(Apologies for late comment - just back from a break.)

Wendy said...

It's gorgeous, no wonder you are happy! The fabric colours work perfectly.

Jindi's Cottage said...

Happy Dancing time indeed...your version is Gorgeous...big applause...

Josie said...

Are you still dancing? I would be if I were you. Your Sweet William is totally stunning Marina. All of your blocks are just perfect. Love how little Maisie is checking it over for you She obviously takes her work as quality controller very seriously.
I'm really enjoying catching up with your goings on. Don't know what happened to the last couple of months... maybe I was trapped in an alternate reality. Or maybe I was just asleep! My appreciation may be late but it's no less sincere.....xxx
p.s. haven't managed to start my SW yet!!! One day.