Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Holy sheezy! And Ruffled Roses (lots of pictures)

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Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang, y'all!  I am so in awe of all of the comments and emails related to yesterday's post.  And my attention was brought once again to the fact that my head is up my own skirt in my header photo.  :)

I finally got replies sent out to all of you that commented and emailed. At least all of you that I could. There were a couple of no-replies and one even bounced back.

Seriously, thank you all for sharing your stories, experiences, and thoughts on a topic that sits pretty deep with me.  I was laughing and crying with all of you.  So thank you!

But I thought I would lighten the mood a little today with a feakin' uh-may-zing quilt I recently finished for a client.  Sound like fun?  Let's do it.

Lynn friended me on Facebook quite a while ago.  I never really heard from her, until one day she sent me a message that she had been face-stalking my quilting photos and wanted to send me a top.  She said that it was bright colors, and that I could do anything I wanted to it.  Um, hello?  Speakin' my language!
She sent me the top and I did a little happy dance when I took it out of the box.  Probably the most perfectly pieced top I have ever quilted.  It is last year's block of the month for TheQuiltShow, called Ruffled Roses.  Now since I had a pretty big part in the samples for their block of the month for this year, I have seen several versions of the Ruffled Roses quilt.  But I did not recognize Lynn's quilt as Ruffled Roses.  It doesn't even look like the same quilt.  Her fabric selections are perfect and amazing and awesome and suh-weet!!!


See my slippers on the floor?  Have I mentioned I've only worn shoes once in nearly two months?  Anycrap!  See how awesome this quilt is?  See how much work she put into it?  She even pressed all of her seams open!  I was in heaven.  It's no coincidence that I had all the thread colors I would need to quilt it. 
I'm going to try to not talk too much about it.  I'm just going to let the pictures speak for themselves.  This sucker took me nearly two weeks to quilt.  I'm 100% not joking.  I could still do more to it, but I think it's pretty perfect just as it is.  If I ever get to quilt another of these, I already  know some other things I want to try!

All of the white thread stitching in the ditch was done, and I had moved onto curved cross-hatching with framing feathers in the inside of the outer border.

Then I did some feathers in the 1" square-on-point border, and feathers in the white triangle sections of the basket blocks.  I ended up stippling the rest of the background fabric sections of the baskets.  I try to stay away from stippling, but at this point I realized just how long this quilt was going to take, I had no idea how much money she wanted to spend on the quilting, and decided that it would be best to make some sacrifices here and there.


The I did feathers in the yellow and orange triangles around the basket blocks.  My absolute favorite part!




More feathers in the lattice...  Feathers, feathers, feathers!  In that white appliqued border, I really wanted to do what is becoming my trademark:  the triple stitch.  But do you know how long that would've taken?  Do you know what the chances were of me royally screwing it up, having to get it lined up just perfectly on both sides of the applique?  I wasn't going to risk it, so I decided to McLisa (McTavish) it instead.


Now, since I didn't do the triple stitch in the applique border, I decided to do the unexpected.  Those setting triangles around the center medallion?  I really thought about putting some curved frames around them and then triple stitching to the seams, filling the rest of the area with a feather motif.  But I decided not to.  That would be the thing a lot of people would probably do.  So I just triple stitched the whole thing and I love the look of it!


Then I pebbled the purple applique border, pebbled the orange applique corners (with some funky curved frames to the outside), did some funky figure 8-ish thingy in the purple solid border and some spirals in the two skinny teal borders.  All that was left was the multi-colored section of the outside border.  I thought on it the entire time I was quilting this beauty, trying to decide what to do with that part of the quilt.  Could not come up with any sort of motif work that would look good in any single thread, with that many colors.  So, I did something that I think turned out pretty cool.  It's sort of a faux triple stitch, in that I stitched down the ditch, and a line on each side of the ditch.  I have to say, having the ditch there to keep the lines even made it so much easier! And I love the lime green thread.


Last step complete!  Almost.  I still have to put it back on the frame one more time, so that I can stitch in the ditch in the little itty bitty rectangle border toward the center.  Since it's being done in purple I kind of forgot to do that step.  But here are a bunch of pictures of this quilt in all its gorgeousness, off the frame.  <3 !!






To say that I love it would be, um, quite the understatement!

61 comments:

  1. There is definitely a certain satisfaction in finishing a fantastic quilt! Job well done. Don't all good quilters wear slippers to work? I just hide mine from the pictures better :-))

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  2. It is incredibly awesome Lisa ... and don't you love it when you get to what you want? Your quilting is just amazing, girl!

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  3. It certainly is a most beautiful quilt...and you have done it justice...I'm amazed it only took 2 weeks..;)give yaself a pat on the back, girlie..you can be very proud...It's awesome..

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  4. Absolutely fantastic - the two of you make good partners.

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  5. Oh my goodness! That quilt was beautiful to start with and then you put the icing on the cake! Wow, wow, wow! You did an awesome job!

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  6. Oh My Gosh, the quilt, and, Oh My Gosh, the quilting! Wow! Stunning on both accounts. Some quilts are just more fun than other quilts.

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  7. Just WOW! Beautiful quilt made exquisite with the quilting. You have really kicked this one up a couple of notches!

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  8. Wow! That quilt is ah-mazing! And your quilting? Man, if I could afford to send one of my quilts to you I'd do it in a heartbeat. So awesome!

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  9. Great quilt, and your quilting is to die for, Lisa Marie! I forsee a lot of ribbons for this one!

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  10. I just "stumbled" upon this on Pinterest and am completely awestruck with Lynn's quilt and your quilting. Now we know what happens when two world's collide! Brilliant, beautiful, Magnificient! Lynn was truly inspired with the gorgeous colors that she used and she was also truly inspired to give her beauty to you to take it to that "place" where it belongs!

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  11. *drool* love the color!

    i also traveled here via pinterest...

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  12. Dear McLisa Tangerine Starfish Whatever: I still wanna be like you when I grow up! Marvelous!

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  13. WOWWWWWW! It's a great quilt, but seriously that amazing quilting you did on it, just pushes that into a whole different league. Amazing!!!

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  14. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! this is amazing!!!! I absolutely love the bright colors. :o) And the quilting is so detailed beautiful.

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  15. This frikkin quilt is OFF THE HOOK!!!! AMAZINGGGGGGGGG and the quilting = spectacular!

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  16. Way to go, Lisa!! That is one version I hadn't seen before, and your quilting is AMAZIN'!

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  17. You are the queen, girl! If she enters into competition, you'll both be winners. There was a recent fb discussion of "quilted to death." (don't know if you saw it... was it Ann Fahl?) This is the example of what a quilt looks like when perfection is in the whole. The quilting TOTALLY enhances the quilt. Elegance and creativity filling the "beauty" void. Makes me smile.
    p.s. I agree, I would never have recognized this quilt from the BOM at The Quilt Show.

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  18. Wow! The quilting is stunning!

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  19. Красота необыкновенная. Очень много впечатлений

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  20. Wow Lisa - your quilting & Lynns quilt are a match made in heaven. In the back of my mind I would love to send you a top to do whatever with - but after I see this quilt - I would be too embarrassed. This is truly a work of art. -- Deb

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  21. Absolutely LOVE this! The colors are amazing. And the quilting...WOW! You both did an oustanding job :)

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  22. I am totally amazed by this quilt. The colors are amazing and the quilting is the most incredible I have ever seen! Absolutely beautiful!

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  23. So Beautiful. I can't even think of more appropriate words to describe it. Her color choice is amazing and the quilting really makes this a priceless treasure! SO AMAZED. Next time I visit your blog, I'll make sure I wear a bib to catch my drool! ;)

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  24. WOW!!!! No english words to express just how I feel about this quilt!!! Wonderful, exciting, beautiful, whimsical, outstanding, makes my heart fill with joy!!! This quilt ought to win many awards....work of art, for sure!

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  25. Absolutely beautiful, I am in awe. Would love to have your insight in where to put what.

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  26. OK, you win, you have the best toys!!!

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  27. So... I THOUGHT I knew how to quilt, at least a very little bit. But nope, I was wrong. I found your blog because someone pinned this post. I just spent three days of my free time reading EVERY SINGLE POST. You are highly amazing. I really want to be you. Like I want to quit my job and quilt all day\night. (we will not discuss the fact that I have never laid a hand on a long-arm) But I could never have pink hair. Purple is much more my color ;P Julie

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  28. I only wish I could make something so beautiful and awe inspiring. I now want to go out and quilt something bright and happy now when I usually work with warm colors.

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  29. I don't even know what to say...this is a jaw-droppingly beautiful quilt!

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  30. I will be hearing that this one won the Best of Show award at Houston International Quilt Show I am sure....if it doesnt happen, it SHOULD! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  31. What a beautiful quilt! The quilting is incredible! You are a talented lady. I would send my quilts to you to quilt!

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  32. A masterpiece, for sure. The color choices, piecing and applique by the maker and the quilting by you have created a festival for the eyes. Great work and congrats to you both!

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  33. To die for - absolutely beautiful....i'm new at machine quilting and this give me great incentive! Thank you for sharing!

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  34. Wow your quilting is awesome, and I just love the colors in that quilt. Can you explain your triple quilting?

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  35. Wow girl! I look at quilts all day long and this one I have been looking at for 3 days. (I did sleep in between lol) It has bright well placed color! The over all design is balanced perfectly and the quilting is the most delicious frosting on the cake! I expect to see this quilt with several blue ribbons...I would like to put one on it now!

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  36. I am doing this quilt, too, but am way, way behind. The top is so beautiful, and your quilting.....well, to say it is perfection is an understatement. Gives me some ideas when I get to the quilting stage. I hope when I grow up I will be as good a quilter as you. Awesome job.

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  37. wow and double wow!!! Both to the quilt and to the quilter!!!

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  38. Jesus Christ, this is a dream!!!!

    Nana

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  39. This is so great, the quilt looks enormous, shat size is it spectacular work.

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  40. Such a beautiful quilt! So impressive!!

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  41. Where can I find this pattern? Love the quilt and the quilting!

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  42. I don't know what's cooler, the quilt or the quilting. You certainly did a beautiful job, highlighting all the aspects of this quilt. Awesome!!

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  43. This is the most beautiful quilt ever. The quilting does make the quilt.

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  44. wow wow wow the best

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  45. Oh... love... I wish I knew where to learn this!!! Heavenly!

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    1. i found this bom on this quilt but the colors are different. i noticed on this site you could buy the pattern though. its alot of detail in the pattern i think and just the pattern details is 64.00. BOM is like 29.95 plus shipping. http://www.honeybeefabrics.com/store/products/details/?product=RuflRsesBM

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    2. read books and take classes!

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  46. This should be shown at the AQS it is stunning absolutely stunning you did a fabulous job on the quilting all even and beautifully designed. I am so flabbergasted

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  47. Just amazing. I so wish you liven in Australia.
    Rgards Coleen

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  48. never have I seen a more gorgeous quilt! The color work is amazing and the quilting is beautiful. Congratulations!!

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  49. WOW... this is the most beautiful quilt I have ever seen. LOVE the colors.. did I say WOW?

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  50. Stunning! Absolutely the best I've ever seen. Have you entered it in any quilt shows? I'm sure it won many awards.Whats your next challange?

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  51. You know when someone says something that isn't edible looks delicious? This is IT!!

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