Sunday, July 24, 2011

~Made with Love~

 It's "DONE" it's really done, I can't believe it....I sewed and sewed and sewed some more, yes indeed I did, I even hand stitched  40 feet 10 inches of binding.. Can I just tell you (my fingers hurt) LOL.
 Gary and I have a king size bed and as you can see the quilt is over sized. I even have quite a bit folded over by the pillows. (You can click to enlarge any photo if you like)
 The pattern is called the "Double Irish Chain" The quilt is a gift for Gary in celebration of our 35th anniversary we had in February. This is my second quilt I have made and I'm now hooked on quilting..
 There are 100 Seminole's in the boarder and I used five different fabrics to make the quilt.

I made the crocheted afghan years ago and always have it at the foot of the bed. The embroidery my sister made for Gary and I for our 20th anniversary. I recently made into the pillow is in the center of the bed, I think adds a lot of charm and sweetness. 
I still have to make the pillow cases and will start on then next weekend. I have big dreams and  plans for the room, I would love to clad the walls and change the curtains and, and you know how it goes. Actually I'm working on the plans right now..

 The back side of the quilt, I love floral every time I try to move away from it, I always end up with some kind of print it just calls out to me... I almost forgot to tell you, I had the quilter use a light blue thread and  double the stitching thread so that the design would show up better.

I really enjoyed making this quilt and giving it to Gary..He said he Love's it, it made me so happy.
Remember the red, white and blue Ohio Star quilt I showed you, well I finished it and its now at the quilters. Its a lot smaller thank goodness then the Double Irish Chain, I don't think my little tired fingers could take hand stitching another 40 ft 10 in. Teehehe.

A little thought to leave you with this beautiful Monday Day:

Good friends are like Stars
You don't always see them
But you know they are always there!
Today I'm linking up with Susan~Between Naps on the Porch
And Cielo~The House in the Roses
And Kim~ Savvy Southern Style WOW Us Wednesday


Jadehollow said...

Elizabeth .. Your Quilt is STUNNING !! Beautiful colors and craftsmanship. How wonderful it must feel to snuggle up under all that handmade love!

Liebelei said...

It´s so wunderful your handmade with love.

sorry, but my english is not so good.

Jocelyn said...

Wow your quilt is gorgeous! Love it! Visiting from MM.

Jocelyn @

Becky said...

Elizabeth, the quilt is GORGEOUS!!! It looks absolutely beautiful on your bed. Great work, girlie!!

Valeree said...

It is so beautiful! I can't imagine how long that must have taken you. You have a beautiful heirloom that will last for generations. Its so wonderful when something is created with love and is handmade! Great job!

Sandy said...

What a beautiful quilt Elizabeth! You did an outstanding job on it. I love the colors. I've only hand quilted pillows never a bed quilt. And I remember my hands being sore just after doing the small pillow. My hubby's cousin is a fantastic quilter and has entered shows. I love to sew but I'm into my crocheting at this time. I've started my white, lime green and red Christmas throw. But I need to get more red and white yarn. Almost out of it. Have a lovely day.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

It is stunning! Wow, a lot of work! And I like the thicker quilting idea!

Vee said...

It is a masterpiece! Truly outstanding wormanship and beautiful in every detail. I can't believe that this is only your second quilt. I do love the blue threads you requested from the quilter. It looks especially nice and her workmanship is also lovely.

Vee said...

workmanship... some days I can spell...

Karie said...

Oh my goodness! Your quilt is absolutely beyond beautiful. Stitched with a lot of love I am sure. Oh, how lovely. It is truly a beautiful heirloom. I love quilts. And I do some, only I stay with the real simple designs, nothing this gorgeous. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment. I always love hearing from you. Hope you are having a great summer. Hugs to you my friend, Karie

Cindy said...

Hi Elizabeth,
Your quilt is GORGEOUS! And I love the fabrics that you used, they are so lovely and sweet. You must be so happy and proud of it, and you should be. It's a real accomplishment to complete a project like that.
Love and hugs, Cindy

Jenna said...

Elizabeth, the quilt is awesome! :o) I love the colors and the floral side is gorgous to...I always go back to florals as well ;O)
I can't wait to see what other pretties you make for that room. Have a super week! hugs, Jennifer

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi, hopped over from BNOTP. Sure glad I did. I am an addicted quilter and I love this quilt! I have made a Double Irish chain. Thank goodness, mine is not that big. It is out of Aunt Gracies fabrics. I sometimes put it on our King bed with a cream coverlet underneath. I love the color of yours, and oh baby that's alot of fabric. I have only made one King quilt. It is Winter Wonderland. A red work with assorted blocks that I put on for the winter. I am now following you.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

A BIGGG congratulations! What an accomplishment! What an heirloom! What love! You must be so happy and proud to be finished. It's just so very beautiful.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

dear friend, i would NEVER have guessed that this was only your SECOND quilt! it is truely a work of art and such a beautiful way of sharing your love and passion with gary. oh, and happy anniversary! your sewing skills are that of nothing less than perfection - this i know after seeing your work in person.

pat yourself on the back! the quilt is just wonderful - and who could stray away from florals? i think NOT!

you rock!!!!


A Southern Rose said...

So beautiful! I know that he must love it! I love the floral side of it too. This quilt will be cherished for many years.

Hugs to you,
Lee Laurie

Monica said...

My, it's beautiful Elizabeth! I was exactly thinking how to quilt a big blanket like that at home... I had no idea you can bring it to the quilters. Well, of course there's nothing like that over here!
Can't wait to see the other one.
Monica xo

Miss Jean said...

You put those of us that have been quilting for years to shame! What a wonderful quilt!!!!! I would like to get a quilt ladder. Where are you finding them?

NanaNor's said...

Dear Elizabeth, I've been quilting for about 10 yrs now and let me tell you how incredibly beautiful this quilt is-you did a superb job. I love your entire room, the quilt on the wall is beautiful too. Love the sign above your bed that says Gary & Elizabeth. I think you need to give me decorating lessons 8-)
Can't wait to see the other quilt-seriously you might have only made two quilts but you are good.
Have a great week.

Ana said...

Yay! It's done! And it's absolutely beautiful. Love the sweet floral fabric you picked for the back. It was a lot of work, but certainly all worth it. Enjoy your new quilt my dear.

Hugs and Kisses,

Vicki Boster said...

Elizabeth - this qult is absolutely stunning -what a wonderful work of talent and love. Your color choices are fabulous and that quilt looks absolutely beautiful in your gorgeous bedroom. Unbelievable - it is an amazing work!


Cottage Rose said...

OH is just beautiful..... I love all the wonderful fabrics you used... you are a wonder at quilting.... and yes it is huge,, how on earth did you get it through your sewing machine.... hope you had a long table..... rest up those tiny fingers for the next one,,, can't wait to see it all done..... have a great week.


ChaChaneen said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!! Great job - you did yourself proud!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the blue fabric with small flowers that weaves through the quilt! What a masterpiece and something you can enjoy forever! And the backing? I would have to have the top turned down to show the beautiful flowers on the back! Great job, my friend! I'm so proud of you! ♥

Ms. Bake-it said...

OMW!! Your quilt is beautiful Elizabeth! I love the patterns you chose for both sides. You did a fantastic job and have created a fabulous heirloom!


Jane said...

What a beautiful quilt! I know how much work went into that labor of love. You need to meet my friend, Becky. She joins me for Art at Home...showing her beautiful...and unusual...quilted items. You girls could really talk. I am going to give her your link...and maybe she will FINALLY start a blog.
Jane (artfully graced)

nannykim said...

How beautiful--this is really a treasure!!! Love the floral on the other side, too!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love it and love the floral side, too. That is a lot of work. I love your bench fabric at the foot of the bed, too.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I love the look of the doubled stitching.

Dana Bishop said...

I'm new to your blog. I am so happy I happened upon it. The quilt is truly a thing of beauty. You should be so proud.


Unknown said...

Oh, my GOSH! It is exquisite. What a magnificent creation Elizabeth. WishI had your talent.

Have a great weekend.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Oh how I wish those colors were available when I made my King size yours, to the floor. I actually lost my eyesight makeing that quilt. I had to wear glasses after that.
Back then "earth tones" were the rage..but even then I loved pretty colors like your quilt. It's lovely...just beautiful.
I had to smile at how much like my bed yours is except for the colors.
You did fantastic on it.

Susan Freeman said...

Beautiful quilt and what a treasure! Stunning!!

Susan and Bentley

Linda said...

What a beautiful did a great job! Your room is so pretty the way it is...I can't wait to see more!!

Beverly said...

Elizabeth, I am in awe. That quilt is beautiful. The size of it is amazing. I was thinking comforter. You did a wonderful job and your quilter capture the beauty with her stitches. Your room is already perfect. Can't wait to see what you want to do.
Your little package will be mailed in the morning. I carried it around all week without finding a place to mail it, so will go to my local PO.
Congrats on getting all the way around that quilt by had sewing the binding. No wonder Gary loved it. You put a lotta love in it. You are officially a quilter.
Have a great weekend.

Buttercup said...

Beautiful! A literal labor of love. Stopped by from Melinda's.

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

I LOVE your quilt. I was so excited to see it because I am doing over my bedroom (in between other projects) and it really motivated me to get going!!! I'm your newest follower. Your blog is so much fun and so inspirational. Just what I needed! I have a new blog, Ric Rac and Polka Dots, and I would love to have you visit. I'm making county fair projects right now, but after summer winds down I am going to finish my quilt for my bed. I can only hope it turns out as well as yours. Great job. Now I am going to hop on over to My Sew Sweet Studio to meet Beverly. Thanks for the link info!

Catherine Holman said...

I've only made one quilt in my life and can't even imagine how long this beauty must have taken you! I'm crocheting a afghan for our bed and have spend months and months working on it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth! Oh, your quilt is so beautiful! I know that was a lot of work as my mother is a quilter! I'm sure your hubby loved it!
Your bed looks so inviting too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your Quilt is so Beautiful with all the lovely colors. I know this was handmade with lots of love!!!
Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my new Tablescape so sweet of you.. I hope you keep cool this week.
XXOO Diane

Mulheres INDO said...



Kim @ Home Is Where The Heart Is said...

Elizabeth, It's so beautiful! Love the colors :)

Thank you so much for always taking the time to visit me...I really appreciate it.

Anne Marie said...

oh my good gravy Elizabeth...that is a beautiful quilt...what a treasure!! seriously the best kind of it!

Ineke Original said...

greetings from Holland,

Ineke Original said...

I've just added you to my favorites!
greetings from Holland,

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

Love it! Beautiful quilt. And love that little red lamp :)

Bunny Jean said...

I love the colors and pattern in that quilt. I have never made one but I can just imagine the time and patience it takes.

I host a party on Wednesdays that is a showcase for bloggers with less than 500 followers.... and I would like to invite you! (the linky is open now)

xoxo BunnyJean @ BunnyJean's Decor and More!

I am # 141 in the Met Monday party.

Our Country Bungalow said...

Beautiful quilt! Well done!
I love quilts and quilting. Don't you just love the way the sight of patchwork just makes you stop and go back and look again? Love it.

sandy said...

I'm salivating big time seeing this gorgeous quilt.

wow wow and wow...


Shirleyanne said...

What an amazing quilt! Really, truly beautiful! You must get so much satisfaction knowing it's something you've created! Just love it! Enjoy your weekend!