Friday, April 1, 2011

Time for some BLUE and white

I have a finish!! This is the blue and white star quilt I first posted about here, but taken to a whole new level by some outstanding quilting. I can say that without blushing because it isn't my outstanding quilting.

I picked this little (I am considering 35"x 43" to be little) beauty up from Bellwether Dry Goods a week ago and finished the binding over the weekend. When I dropped it off, I was thinking the simple block pattern would make a good utilitarian look but Dick Fries, who does the marking for Bellwether, had a much better vision. He didn't think I should waste the open space in this quilt on anything less than dynamic quilting patterns. He knows I like lots of quilting so he included half-inch spaced lines in the star blocks and outline quilting on all the squares. Dick's choice of quilting design turned a very ordinary top into something very special and this will be a quilt I truly treasure.


I often pick patterned fabrics for my quilt backs but looking at old quilts made me realize that I was missing a wonderful opportunity to showcase the quilting. I almost like the back of this quilt as much as the front. It hangs really straight and I cannot wait to add a sleeve and get this little treasure on my wall.

Disclaimer: I have no commercial relationship with Bellwether besides that of a satisfied customer. I love the work they do and Jean and Dick are really, really nice to work with. For me, the ultimate in quilting is hand quilting. Unfortunately, I don't have the time (and some might say the talent) to do much of it myself. I love being able to work with a service that listens to what I like and translates it into something even better than I imagine.

26 comments:

Karen said...

The quilting is certainly the finishing touch that turned a plainer looking quilt into a spectacular one. Your quilter was so right in the selection of quilting design for this. It does have the look of an antique quilt. A good addition to your collection of quilts.

Béa said...

Wonderful !
I really love.
Hugs from France.

merumo said...

Congrats to your beautiful quilt!!! Your quilting is just amazing! And as seeing the blog posts of Red & White quilts exihibition all over, I'm fully inspired and thinking to make one now. I'm fascinated with such simple beauty. Thanks for a wonderful inspirations!

Aunt 'Reen said...

Your Blue & White quilt is simply STUNNING!

ann hermes said...

Oh the quilting is wonderful. Ohio star is my all-time favorite block.

WhiteStone said...

Well done! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us.

YankeeQuilter said...

I've had them do some quilting for me when I was pressed for time (wedding quilt that would have been ready for their first born's college graduation if I had to quilt it myself!)

Maureen said...

Fabulous quilt! Dick and Jean really know their stuff. They did a trunk show for my guild and showed quilt after beautiful quilt. My head was swimming with ideas for days!

krisgray said...

What a pretty quilt! The quilting is wonderful!

Nicky said...

What a great combination of piecing and quilting - a happy marriage indeed!

Kathie said...

oh the quilt is just beautiful, your right they do amazing work , I have seen a few quilts quilted by their quilters and just beautiful
good for you having yours hand quilted and yes I can see why you would treasure it!
will the next one be red and white?
Kathie

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

I am LOVING the navy and whites I have been seeing lately... I am pulled more to navy/white lately... although that red&white was some fabulous show... ;-)

Teresa said...

This is a beautiful quilt! I have always been drawn to blue and white quilts. I thought the pictures from the Red and White show were fabulous and red and white quilts are so dramatic, but I love the quiet serenity of a blue and white quilt. Thanks for showing Barbara's house quilt in the previous post. I, too, was so taken by that one. I love your new blog heading!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Sherrill said...

The quilt is beautiful. Both your work AND the quilting are fantabulous!!

Michele said...

It's lovely! The blue and white makes such a nice quilt and the quilting really adds to it :-)

Lori said...

That turned out amazing Taryn! Everything about it is perfect!

Me and My Stitches said...

Love your quilt! I am with you - I prefer hand quilting, but never have all the time I would like, but when you see quilting like this, it starts to change your mind about machine quilting!

Cheryl said...

The quilting does enhance the beauty of your exquisite quilt! Great finish!

Radka said...

Your Blue and White looks fantastic!

Appalachian Quilts said...

Tell Dick he did a stunning job on the quilting! It is a beautiful quilt!

Blessings

Meredith said...

I am so glad you are happy with it. I have seen a few quilts they have hand quilted for other quilters I know. I agree a white back makes all the difference with hand quilting. Very pretty quilt. Maybe it will inspire a few other quilters to hand quilt.

Sujata said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the front and the back and have to agree with you on the quilting showing at it's best on solid back.

Jeanne said...

The quilting is amazing and compliments your little quilt perfectly! Nice work all around.

Julia said...

Beautiful quilt, beautiful quilting... I love it!
I'm about to start a blue and white quilt..
Lovely to see yours and get inspired

Barb said...

what a beauty! the quilting is extraordinary. you are so right it elevated it heavenly!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh that quilting is beautiful. It really works well with that quilt! Oh if I only would hand quilt more!

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