Monday, September 21, 2009

The last block

I was so happy  when I finished the last of the four blocks in the Princess Feathers quilt, I'm sure I gave myself a headache from being so excited. I  just can't help it, this pattern and these fabrics are just so darn cheerful.

I feel like I've made some real progress after putting together the middle with the sashings.

I need to finish all the circles on the right hand border and now that I've added one corner square, I'll be able to make a start on prepping the applique for it.

I seem to be dividing myself between two projects at once, such contasts in fabrics. I've had a burst on prepping some more Mary Mannakee blocks.

I'm in a rhythym with prepping now, it goes something like this..........
  • Make an overlay.
  • Gather fabrics.
  • Make templates and lay them out on the pattern.
  • Select fabric to match up with templates.
  • Sew.
  • Enjoy.
It all takes time.

68 comments:

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I'm staring at your Princess Feathers quilt in disbelief! It's hard to imagine all the applque' work in that quilt. It's absolutely stunning!

Terry said...

Wow! Those blocks are fabulous! What a beautiful quilt this will be! Well, it already is beautiful! :0)

Fiesta said...

Janet this is stunning, stunning , stunning. Dis I say stunning??

Terrie Sandelin said...

Incredible! So gorgeous. Certainly makes me wish I had the patience for applique (which long experience tells me I do not). Can't wait to see it all finished.

Sue said...

That is just lovely! And to think I didn't used to like bright colors in quilts, ha!

Gwendie said...

Another beautiful quilt - There is just so much going on in this one! You really do amazing work.

I love the idea behind the crib quilt you made. I have that book and it's really inspiring.

luv2quilt2 said...

This is the most beautiful quilt. No wonder you're so excited about it.

Vicki W said...

That's looking amazing!

ranette said...

It may take time Janet and it's well worth the effort.

Your Princess Feathers quilt is fabulous!!! So much time and energy have gone into this quilt...amazing!

Lizzie said...

I am in a state of awe Janet, those feathers are amazing, very cheerful, I think I'de be happy too if they were mine!!
Lizzie
XXX

Kathie said...

oh Janet the quilt just looks beautiful...maybe thats what I should work on this week I need to have it done by JUNE!
and I am still on block one!!!!!

yes I am still thinking about this block and all those leaves :)
Will prep it later in the week
kathie

Quilt Hollow said...

Mouth dropped open gorgeous! OMG you are so flipping talented AND I might add PATIENT!! I don't know that I could possibly have that much patience to applique all those bits! Applause and loudly!!!

wishes, true and kind said...

Oh, Bravo on the Princess Feather. It's gorgeous!

Julia said...

Wow Janet! Those blocks are fabulous! What a beautiful quilt this will be..love it!
My DH said it's amazing!!..
Hugs Julia ♥

Judy said...

I'm not sure I can add anything more to the praise...but WOW! Just fabulous.You are a very talented sewer my dear!

Lurline said...

Janet, your Princess Feathers are breathtaking - what more can I say!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Deb said...

Janet the feather is just divine. I just love those gorgeous colours. And the MM - what can I say. It is also beautiful. Is it a hard one?

Kaaren said...

Every word I wanted to use to describe what I wanted to say has already been said, Janet. My jaw always hits the floor whenever I see another of your creations.

I'm going back to stare at it now. Thanks for sharing.

Amelia said...

wow - the PF is looking great, fabrics and colours like that just can't help but give you warm fuzzies! It really is looking super! And wow look how many pple you have following you now - world famous!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Janet - that princess feather quilt is totally stunning! I want to be you when I grow up!

julieQ said...

I am amazed at your Princes Feather...simply gorgeous! Yes, it all takes time, for sure.

Christine said...

Amazing, love it.

I too am starting the mary Mannakee quilt and have jsut received a wonderful parcel with fabrics for that quilt from the wonderful Kathie.

cheers
Christine

Quilts on Bastings said...

That is absolutely stunning! Love the colours.

Karen said...

Don't let me near the Princess Feather quilt! I would have drool all over it. So many curves in those Princess Feathers.

Janet said...

Wow Janet! Your quilt Feather quilt is amazing so far! I'm looking forward to seeing your next MM block. You sure get a lot of appliqueing done!

Betweens said...

fabulous quilt just love it!! from beginning to end whose pattern is this?? would love to see about getting it

Jackelyne said...

Congratulations!
very very very very beautiful!
Kisses for you!

Marit said...

Just f a n t a s t i c !!!

lyn said...

Absolutely gorgeous work

Miriam said...

Wow!!! Your princess Feathers quilt is wonderful!!!! I love the birds on the border of that quilt too!!!

How many Mary Mannnakee blocks do you have made now?

Shiree said...

oh my Janet, this is so absolutely magnificent, you must be really please with how this has worked out, what a great effort!!!

kmcl said...

Hi Janet,

How beautiful your PF is looking, love the colours! Congratulations, Kim McLean

sewpam63 said...

This is just SPECTACULAR!!! I LOVE it!!! That applique border adds SO much. Your colors and fabric choices are gorgeous!!! Congratulations to you! ; )

And, I do love that Mary Mannakee project too! It's refreshing to have such contrasts. Keeps you from getting bored, right?!

I am NOT commenting on your give away...it's TOO lovely to give!

PatchworkRose said...

Just love your Princess feathers. Those fabrics are just delicious. This quilt is going to look amazing. Will be watching your Mary Manakee with interest.
What a woman on the go!
Cheers
Lynne

Stephanie said...

Drop dead gorgeous!

Jackie said...

You are just so talented! That is just unbelievably gorgeous!!

MJinMichigan said...

Congartulations on finishing the last block!!! I can't wait to start that quilt but I've decided to make myself finish one of the applique tops I have in progress before I start applique on the PF.
Thanks again for all the inspiration. I love reading each of your entries to see what you are working on.

alobsiger said...

Beautiful progress, Janet! It is VERY exciting to see your Princess Feather coming together!! Thrilling stuff!

ginaquilts said...

Beautiful quilt top! I like to hand applique but this is over my skill level!

Lori said...

Amazing Janet! The blocks are wonderful and that border is really over the top beautiful!!!

Crispy said...

Oh WOW Janet, the feather quilt is such a stunner!! Yep it's a process but your work always results in beautiful work.

Crispy

Jayne said...

I would never start a project like Princess Feather in a gazillion years, but I am so glad you did! This is simply astonishing in its beauty! You deserve so much credit - for starting it and for working so hard to finish it! I just can't imagine how proud you must be of your efforts! Great job!

belinda said...

Well...I've already told you I wanted to quilt like you when I grow up...It truly does look amazing and HARD!! I am so glad you shared the steps on getting started...I have watched some videos on hand applique and I guess I just need to practice huh?

Nedra said...

I think that quilt is absolutely amazing!

Thimbleanna said...

WOW! Janet, it's absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the fabrics. Do you do your applique by machine or hand? Either way -- what a ton of work!!!

shellysquilts said...

This quilt is stunning! Well done!

LizA. said...

Wow! Just beautiful!

Rhondi said...

The feathers quilt looks fabulous. That is such a lot of intricate applique work, but it turned out beautifully. It is a masterpiece.
I love it!!
Hugs, Rhondi

Carrie P. said...

Oh your feather blocks are are really cheerful. They are great.

Stina said...

This is amazing.. all those ins and outs....:o) fantastic!!! :o))

Barb said...

I just absolutely LOVE this quilt and your work! I am in love with this pattern, is it yours or a patterns that can be found to do? Your choice of fabric is just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing.

jean said...

Janet
Stunning stunning stunning. There are just no other words.
I am off to work and I will have that cheerful happiness quilt in my head.
You really are very inspiring.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a cheery quilt...it certainly puts a smile on the face!

ejay said...

Amazing quilt - amazing colours....just gorgeous!

mbroider said...

The feathers are stunning. Yhe fabrics you have chosen make them stand out!!

Deb said...

Gosh Janet, you're a machine, you never ever fail to amaze me with your wonderful work. Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration.

LeKaQuilt said...

WOW...wow....I'll try to find the right word to say but Im speechless. Your quilt is stunning. Love it, love it, love it...and so on.... It's amazing!
And the new block you is prepping, will be fantastic. I'm looking foreward to se more of this. It woud be fun to see this block step by step :o)

Brenda said...

It's looking great.

Four O'Clock Quilt Company said...

It's really, really beautiful. You are nearly done now, then what? I for one, can hardly wait to see what is next for your talented hands.

Jonelle

Cathy said...

Oh Wow Janet, your Princess Feathers is AMAZING! You are an incredible applique-r! Just loving what you do xo

Karen said...

Wow! Very cheerful!!!

Sherrill said...

That is GORGEOUS!! WONDERFUL work!

Vivian said...

Stunning. Gorgeous. Impressive. Beautiful. Bravo!

Jantine said...

Your Princess Feather quilt is awesome. I just sit here and watch and wonder how on earth did you appliqué all those parts. I know you told before, I can't remember, but will look back in your blogs, after I have left this comment.

rainey said...

Your Princess Feathers is so beautiful -- as is your work.

I've just begun Kim McLean's Fabric Basket Medallion quilt also with Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I know it will take me forever but your discipline and skills will be an inspiration.

Rose Marie said...

Awesome applique .... in both the MM blocks and your feathers!

QuiltTenn said...

This is just absolutely joyous! Seeing it has made my day. Thanks so much for sharing your skill and creativity with the rest of us!

Serena said...

OMG Just stunning.....