Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ta Da!

Well, I finished my snowball quilt! Sort of-more on that later.


I used time wisely this week and sewed if I had time before work and in the evenings and little by little, row by row it got done.


I have to admit I adore this quilt now, but didn't like the process at times. First of all, so many half square triangles to make-480 of those suckers! And then I did not like most of my red fabrics. I was determined to use what I had and I did but that meant using reds, some pinks, lots of dark reds and maroons, orange reds, reds with large yellow flowers, reds with a lot of white in it, you get the idea. When you're cutting all those out and they're laying there lifeless on the cutting board they do look like they will never work together. But I think it's those very qualities that gives this quilt a lot of movement and makes it interesting to me.

Now the "it's done-sort of" statement. I think I'm going to put a couple of borders on it. I have been auditioning some fabrics and have found a combination that I like so I may go for it this weekend. I like borders on a quilt. I don't like doing them but I think they help some designs and I think this one needs a small border to highlight the middle and then a slightly bigger one. So a second reveal is in the making. I've been seeing some of the other quilts in the challenge and I think everyone did a spectacular job.

28 comments:

  1. Wow! Stunning,Gorgeous! I adore red quilts this one is so pretty!
    Great job :)

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  2. Isn't funny how colors blend together? My sister is always reminding me to "remember you're only going to see this much of the print." And she's right. Your quilt is beautiful,congratulations on sticking to your guns and using up your stash.

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  3. It turned out wonderful. I just finished a red/whte top and so did my friend, I thought her's was nicer, but when I looked at mine, the fabrics also sparkled, just in a different way. Scrappy is great, this is a fantastic quilt!

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  4. I think this quilt is simply PERFECT! Love it!!

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  5. Red is my favorite color and this is one of the most beautiful red and white quilts I have seen. Anxious to see what you do with the borders. Great work.

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  6. I love your new finish!! Well done!!
    Paulette

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  7. It's wonderful. My sister in law is a quilter and her guild had a challenge called "All Reds Go Together". You've proven it in this quilt!! Great job!

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  8. I'm completely in love with this quilt! I have a fondness for snowball blocks. I seem to be drawn to them and to star blocks for seem reason. The reds are simply stunning together. Thanks for sharing it with us. It brought joy to my day!

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  9. Your snowball quilt is beautifully done, and in before the challenge date! It looks just wonderful. Can't wait to see the borders you choose!

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  10. Wow...this quilt sings, it's gorgeous. It was worth all the sweat.

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  11. It is so beautiful..I remember the photo of the fabric cut up and placed in plastic bags..look forward to seeing your choice of border...will look smashing..

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  12. This is a spectacular quilt, and that variety of reds that you mentioned is the reason why -- all the different shades of red, the small prints and the large prints -- that's the beauty of it.
    I admire your persistence working with only HST and squares and the 2 colors. I get frustrated too easily. If I could stick with it, I'd have a beauty like this one.
    Bravo!

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  13. Great job .... and the scrappier the fabrics, the more interesting the quilt is!

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  14. I love your quilt. My eye danced all around trying to find more blocks that had that tiny touch of yellow. Terrific! All those fabrics work beautifully.

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  15. Oh I just LOVE it! Nothing sings like a scrappy two color quilt.

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  16. Great job! I just started mine this past weekend. I got all of the parts done and now just need to put them together. Yours is wonderful! Lizzie

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  17. Your quilt is stunning. I think you are right that the mix of colors gives the quilt movement and vibrancy.

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  18. Bravo - it's absolutely stunning, Chris!!

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  19. I really dislike red, but I made an all red quilt some time ago, & Gom loved it, so it is his now. Like you, I had so many varying reds, and I also love the quilt now. I called it Red Square Dance.Yours is wonderful, and as you say, so full of movement!

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  20. Nice color combination of your quilt! I stopped by because as a cat owner myself I love the name of your blog. How do you keep a cat off a quilt? Mine seem to love the machine quilting process and hang on for dear life.

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  21. I think all those variations in red make this quilt so stunning my friend. This is spectacular! I have a couple of favorites of yours that I really liked but this one has reached the pinnacle in my mind. I agree with your statement on borders. I wont repeat it. I even hate talking about them!!!

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  22. I love your blog, and love quilting! You wanted to see other work spaces, and I have tried to email you and send an attachment, but it wouldn't let me, saying that " the default mail client is not properly installed", whatever that means. Anyway my husband and I have just finished our "Winter project quilt", so I am taking a vacation from quilting for a few weeks and going to paint several oil paintings, which is my other hobby. Keep blogging, and I will keep reading them. We are going to make a "Snowball" quilt next.

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I pray that risen from the dead,
In glory I will stand,
A crown perhaps upon my head,
And a needle in my hand.