Monday, May 5, 2008

Big finish

Yesterday afternoon I put the final stitches into my Sylvia's Bridal Sampler! This is how it turned out (the picture is clickable):


This quilt was begun on the 4th of November 2006, the first two blocks was the Shoo Fly and the Lemoyne Star. Nine months later - on the 4th of August 2007 I made my last two blocks, the Mariner's Compass and the Oklahoma Dogwood. It took me another nine months to actually finish the quilt.

Working on this quilt has been a fantastic learning experience! I can see how my skill have improved while stitching the blocks, the latter ones are lots more accurate than the first ones. I have had the opportunity to try different ways of appliqué, paper foundation piecing, english paper piecing, hand piecing and machine piecing, Y-seam construction, curved seams and other challenging ways of setting pieces together.

I have added three blocks to the back of the quilt - the extra Chinese Coin block (some might remember I made it when I thought I had lost my original one), a cream and green Friendship star on which I have written the dates for when I worked on the different stages of the quilt; and a Square in a square block with the text: "'Sylvia's Bridal Sampler', Pattern by Jennifer Chiaverini, Pieced and quilted by Anne Ida Røkeness, 2006-2008".


Happy quilting, everyone!
Sincerely, Anne Ida

64 comments:

Little Mysteries said...

Your quilt looks stunning. It is truly amazing.

Rose said...

Sweetie, you know how proud I am of you and how much I love this quilt!!!! You have done an amazing job!!
I remember reading your blog those first few times and loving the SBS blocks and really having no idea what they were. But then I did and you inspired me to start one of my own and a friendship blossomed cause I had no idea what I was doing....but you inspired me and helped me!!
It is stunning!!! It will inspire others for sure!!! I love, love, love it!!!
Take a well deserved bow sweetie!!!
Hugs xxx

May Britt said...

Congratulations on finishing it. And it's BEAUTIFUL!!!! YOu done a great job. And what's the next big project now??? LOL

pamina said...

Congratulations for this amazing quilt !!!

Helen said...

This is one amazing quilt. I'm really jealous, you've done a great job. Maybe one day I'll find the time to make one just like yours.

dot said...

What a great quilt. It is just stunning. I love the colors, the lay out, and all I can say is WOW!!!

Kieny said...

It looks absolutely wonderful!

Annelies said...

It is very, very beautiful !! You must be very proud.
I have finished mine a few weeks ago and I still know the feeling.

lappquri said...

Gosh for ett flott teppe du kan være kjempe stolt:-)
Ha ei kreativ uke:-)

Tracey in CT said...

Wow! This is stunning. Simply gorgeous. You should be very proud of yourself, Anne Ida.

Catherine said...

Congratulations! It looks fabulous! What a great quilt!

ELIN - "The quilt maiden" said...

Congratulations! I take Roses' words for mine. Wonderful. And thank you for all the help and inspiration so far!!!

Elaine Adair said...

A SPECTACULAR finish. Your border takes it up yet another notch! what a beautiful accomplishment. I take my hat off to you, dear girl!

Karol-Ann said...

Wow!!!! Well done, it's gorgeous!!!

CONNIE W said...

FANTASTIC - It is absolutely wonderful! Congratulations on a very well done undertaking.

Tiriltunge said...

Gratulerer med et kjempeflott teppe. Jeg må bare beundre motet ditt. Jeg er akkurat i startgropa for DBJ. Skal prøve meg på noen blokker, så får jeg se hvordan det går. ha ei fin uke. :-)

Yvonne aka sommeke said...

Congratulations on the finish of your beauty!

Julie said...

You are amazing, my friend! Thanks to you and a few of the old time regulars, it keeps me plugging along. I can only hope that my finished quilts look half as good as your beauty! Julie

Nicki said...

Anne Ida, your quilt is just stunning. I'm looking forward to the day I am able to finish mine. I'm about half way done with the blocks.

Nadine said...

Heartful congratulations, dear friend ! The quilt is awesome and you must feel so happy. You really can be proud of yourself, that's a wonderful achievement !

Hugs & smiles to you, dear !
NADINE

natderueil said...

Your quilt looks greatttttttt! Congrats! you must be very happy!
Nat (from SBS)

paula, the quilter said...

Well done! Long term projects are great skill builders. Now what are you going to work on?

Litamora's Patchwork and Quilting said...

Wow! Graturlerer med et supert resultat. For en jobb!!

Guðrún said...

Congratulations, this is a big milestone. It is beautiful.

Chookyblue...... said...

you should be very proud of yourself.....it is a very special treasure......

Kim said...

Very beautiful finish to a HUGE project! Congratulations!

Lynne in Hawaii said...

It is absolutely stunning! Nothing more satisfying than a job well done. It is great to have the learning experience too. Well done!

Inger Lise in Norway said...

Wow Anne Ida. This was gorgeous. I'm looking forward to see it in show and tell.Congratulations with a fabulous work !!!!!!

Chocolate Cat said...

WOW!

Valerie said...

Wow, Anne, wow! It looks unbelievable! I absolutely love it! The blocks on the back are a great touch too, it's so beautiful, wow!!!

Gudveig HN said...

Congratulations with the finish job. This quilt is just stunning! I'm looking forward to se it in "show and tell" ;-)

atet said...

That quilt is truly stunning! What a wonderful project to finish!

gwen said...

I want one just like that too!!!
But I guess I will need more than 2 years to finish it. I congratulate you on your wonderful quilt. Take care.

Floss said...

Congratulation, what a beautiful quilt. It would take me a lot longer.

Teresa said...

Wonderful job! Oh how I would love see it in person.

meggie said...

Your quilt is a real work of art! It is just beautiful.

Hanne said...

I am speechless in Lorenskog, Anne Ida...
What a wonderful quilt !
I hope to see it in person some day :-)

celiab said...

A truly stunning quilt. Congratulations. What is coming next?

Judith said...

It is beautifull. Congrats on the beautifull finish.

LC said...

This is a bit like a Dear Jane, but in my humble opinion, more appealing. Maybe it's the colors you selected, or the darker sashing, and certainly the terrific border, but DJ has nothing on you! Way to go!

Andrea said...

Absolutely wonderful - you have made an amazing quilt and should be very proud of yourself. xx

Crazypatch said...

It's gorgeous! i love....
Very wonderful.
I have 42 blocks of this sampler for the moment.

AverettLadyNana said...

What can I say...it's just BEATIFUL! It would take me a lifetime to finish. It is certainly a treasure.

Sweet P said...

Simply exquisite!

Ivory Spring said...

That is absolutely beautiful! I just stumbled across your website, and will be back to visit.

Suzie said...

Absolutely wonderful!!!!
What a stunning quilt you have done!
Congratulations!You area happy quilter!

Odile said...

Very, very beautifull. I liker very well thes colors. I am working to SBS. Congratulations et happy quilting. Odile

Chookyblue...... said...

got it right now.........I LOVE this quilt.....

Pat said...

What a beautiful quilt! You did a great job. Congratulations to you for completing a work of art.

Heather said...

Wow, Anne Ida, when I saw the pictures of this quilt I just gasped, it is amazing! I am in love with it. Congratulations on finishing such a huge project.

Janet said...

It's an amazing quilt- congratulations!!!

Christine said...

Amazing quilt, Anne Ida. You are to be congratulated. I love the 3 blocks on the back - they make your quilt even more special.

Anita said...

Congratulations on finishing your quilt, it is stunning!!

Sonnja said...

The quilt is beautiful!
Kind regards,

Sonnja, from the Netherlands
Beertje Zonn

Patti said...

Absolutely incredible - a true work of art! One would never notice that some blocks aren't as accurate as others. I certainly hope your family realizes what a masterpiece this is so it will be handed down through the generations and treasured the way it should be. Cheers to you!

Solstitches said...

Wow! What an heirloom you have created.
It was interesting to read about how you felt your skills had improved over the time it took to make the quilt.
Your work is always perfection to me.

Jeanne said...

Your Sylvia's Bridal Quilt is so gorgeous! How wonderful you must feel to have it finished. Congrats on a terrific finish.

Rose Marie said...

Stunning ..... truly stunning!

May Kristin said...

Your quilt is amazing!
You must be so proud of what you have done! Enjoy your quilt and your work!

The Chicken Lady said...

The only thing that comes to mind is......WOWWWEEEE!!

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful.
I like the color
Bravo
elisabeth

Geta said...

Your sampler is absolutely gorgeous ! A Masterpiece !
Congratulations from Romania

Anonymous said...

Hi Anne Ida:

I've been working on my SBS and now have all the blocks complete. I love the sashing & border that you chose and would love to do the same on my quilt. I'm having difficulty figuring out what size you've made the border & sashing strips and therefore, the dimensions of your half-Lemoyne star border blocks.. Would you please tell me the measurements and block sizes that you used to make this border? I'd really appreciate it!! Your quilt is beautiful!

Sincerely,

Katie Kraus
katiekraus@live.com
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jane in NC said...

I am just catching up with the Elm Creek Quilters books and wondered if I should get the Bridal Sampler pattern book since I have so many quilting books and probably have all the block instructions already but looked around at images of it and found yours. WOW. It is beautiful! Your color use is what gets me I think. It is absolutely beautiful! I will go ahead and get the book just to have everything in one place and to know which patterns she chose for it. Hats off to you, I am so inspired this your quilt!