It’s Finished!!

Joseph’s Coat

I began Joseph’s Coat the summer of 2011 and finished it last night.  Sixteen months of hand work.  The complete quilt right down to the binding has been done by hand.  The quilt measures 99 x 101 inches finished after a slight shrinkage from washing and drying (well more than slight, I think it had been about 104 x 107 inches – the backing had not been pre-washed and I use cotton batting).  I did not keep track of piecing time but estimate somewhere around 250 hours – I am going by other quilts that I have hand pieced in the past.  It took 111 hours to hand quilt it.  I used the Inklingo method of printing out fabric ironed on to freezer paper for the templates and used freezer paper templates for the background pieces as I wanted to get the most out of the layout for the pieces – odd shape!

Batiks and Moda Marbles had been collected for several years before I felt like I had plenty to work with and still I ended up finding more of certain colors to get my coat of many colors.  I estimate about $290.00 spent on this quilt, this includes all fabric (a lot on sales) batting – Quilters Dream, Select (mid-loft) 100% cotton batting, and the backing fabric purchased on sale.

Now the photos Smile

outside in the sun – I was standing on a ladder looking down trying to get the whole quilt in the photo with Mike below making sure I didn’t topple over.


A few close ups of the colors





On the bed – several angles to get all the colors once again – hard to do, this is not a really large room.



Just noticed off to the side I still had my dirty sheets on the floor – I was changing the sheets out before I put the fresh quilt on the bed.  I’m thinking maybe some black pillow cases to go with this quilt? I don’t do pillow shams – extra work you know when making the bed in the morning.


The backing


The color catchers! good thing most of the fabric was pre-washed – I obviously didn’t get them all.  I had no bleeding into the fabric though so that was good Smile


16 months of work – glad to have it done!!

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53 comments… add one
  • Marie Nov 17, 2012

    I was really looking forward to seeing this one finished!! It’s gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. You inspire me.
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  • Ann-Mari Duffy Nov 17, 2012

    Absolutely fantastic. Congratulation, well done.

  • Peggyinno Nov 17, 2012

    I’ve been keeping an eye on your progress for awhile now and am so thrilled so see your finished quilt! You did a fantastic job!

  • Pat Nov 17, 2012

    This is absolutely gorgeous! And I love your backing fabric – perfect. Hand quilting must go more quickly for you than for me. This would have taken me at least 3 times as many hours.

  • Laura Nov 17, 2012

    I’ve been following progress on this one. It is simply fabulous! You inspired me to purchase the Joseph Coat from Inklingo, but I haven’t done anything with it yet. When I do, it won’t be as large as your’s. LOL!
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  • Emily Breclaw Nov 17, 2012

    WOW! What an exquisite quilt. Love the colors! Congratulations on the finish!!

  • Joann Montgomery Nov 17, 2012

    This is so beautiful. This is (to me) what a quilt should look like! Some people turn out so many quilts, I’m amazed. They must have more time than what I do. I would rather turn out fewer heirlooms, than some that just look the same as every other one. Good job, you should be proud. It’s just lovely.

  • Kate Nov 17, 2012

    I cannot tell you how inspirational you are! I check your blog every day to see your progress, and I am always stunned and impressed. Your Joseph’s Coat quilt is truly a stunner. When I “grow up,” I want to be just like you! 🙂

  • Cathi Nov 17, 2012

    It’s absolutely stunning! Love the colours you used, the quilting, everything! What a masterpiece.
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  • JC is magnificent! I love the way he’s nicely crinkled and wrinkled after washing and drying! Sleep well tonight under your gorgeous quilt!
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  • Vicki W Nov 17, 2012

    I love everything about this quilt!
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  • Lena Karen Nov 17, 2012

    Dear Karen, Your JC quilt is absolutely amazing.
    I love all the colors, and your hand quilting is wonderful.
    I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to follow the project from start to finish.
    Congratulations on a finished quilt.
    Hugs Lena Karen
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  • Maureen Nov 17, 2012

    Stunning! Worth your efforts.

  • regina chronister Nov 17, 2012

    Amazing and perfect

  • Steffi Nov 17, 2012

    Yay!!! Well done! This is such a beautiful quilt, and it was great to follow your progress on your blog.
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  • Vera Nov 17, 2012

    Oh my!!!! How absolutely beautiful, the backing is wonderful, the quilting, everything….Love everything about this quilt.

  • Doreen Nov 17, 2012

    It is as breathtaking as I thought it would be!!! Black pillowcases are an interesting thought!! Probably would be the most stunning! Huge congrats!!! Hugs, D
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  • debbie Nov 17, 2012

    Woohoo! What a great finish. It’s amazing now how quickly the quilt went together…and all by hand. It is beautiful.

  • Kim Nov 17, 2012

    It is just as beautiful as I thought it would be! Congrats on finishing it. Will you be starting something new now?
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  • Gina Nov 17, 2012

    Be very proud! That’s a beautiful quilt ad fine workmanship!

  • Pat Nov 17, 2012

    Beautifically done.

  • Mary L Nov 17, 2012

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  • Jen Nov 17, 2012

    Beautiful! Black pillowcases sound nice, but how about red? Maybe the shade that shows in that little lamp over the bed. It comes in as kind of a burgandy red on my screen.

  • Nedra Nov 17, 2012

    Hurrah! It has been delightful to watch your progress over the months. (Yes, I remember when you first began). What a treasure! and it looks wonderful on your bed.
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  • Lorri Nov 17, 2012

    That is one of the most gorgeous quilts I have ever seen. The progression of colors is perfect. Thank you for the effort you put into taking the pictures so we all could see it.

  • Karen Nov 17, 2012

    Congratulations! Your quilt is stunning. It has been fascinating to watch it grow as the months passed. It looks wonderful.
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  • Deanna Neumann Nov 17, 2012

    Beautiful quilt! Wow, do you work well quickly. Thanks for the “ride” it was so enjoyable to watch your progress. One day I really hope to get 1/4th as much done as you do. What a great goal to strive for. Thanks again for the inspiration.

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  • Gari Nov 17, 2012

    This quilt is every bit as beautiful as I anticipated it would be. You do beautiful work and it certainly shows. Congratulations on a great finish.
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  • jojo Nov 17, 2012

    Way to go! It is a masterpiece. I hope you added a label to the back listing all of the info above.

  • glen/quiltSwissy Nov 17, 2012

    I think you deserve the highest quilting prize in the land! Congratulations on a spectacular finish.

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  • Hannele Nov 18, 2012

    Your quilt is marvellous! It was nice to follow your blog posts and how it came together. A masterpiece!
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  • Your quilt is beautiful, and you are an amazing quilter!
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  • Donna Nov 18, 2012

    Karen absolutely beautiful!!!! You are a fast quilter! It would have taken me years! Congratulations on getting it finished!!!!! It is just stunning!!!!

  • kathie Nov 18, 2012

    just BEAUTIFUL you should be so proud of yourself, an heirloom for sure
    worth every minute of 16 months in mho. Look what you made as well during that time

  • Penny Nov 18, 2012

    Oh, Karen, you must be elated at your finish!! It looks fabulous on your bed! Is Mike happy with it? Interesting comment about red pillow cases, maybe could have both and change them out. Sixteen months, wow, it doesn’t seem that long that we have followed your progress, time flies. Just read your previous post also on future projects, and you mentioned Dresdens. I just finished piecing some as leader/enders and put them on the design wall Friday and Saturday night. I am going to enjoy doing this quilt as they make me happy every time I look at them. Would love to make John’aLee’s, (The Scrappy Appleyard), ‘Meet Me In Paris’ Quilt. Congratulations!!

  • Vivian Nov 18, 2012

    Wow! Love, love, love it.
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  • Liz Nov 18, 2012

    OMG. It’s beautiful. I’m ready to send you my address so you can send it to me lol!
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  • Yvette Nov 18, 2012

    I have so enjoyed watching this quilt being made. You did a fabulous job, it is just GORGEOUS!


  • Quilter Kathy Nov 18, 2012

    Wow Karen! Truly amazing! I love every photo of this spectacular quilt!
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  • karen Nov 18, 2012

    I am in awe!!! That is a beautiful quilt

  • *karendianne Nov 18, 2012

    Wonderful. What a stunning quilt! Real artful. Congratulations.
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  • Lisa Mikel Nov 18, 2012

    Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! It will definitely be a family heirloom someday. I love it. Congratulations on its finish. Lisa

  • Mariel Nov 18, 2012

    Very beautiful! Your hand quilting is exquisite! You are a very talented lady. Thanks for sharing with us. A keepsake for sure!!

  • Heather Nov 18, 2012

    WOW just wow! Karen it looks great, so very beautiful and something to hold onto and cherish forever.
    You did a fantastic job, and I can’t believe its all by hand. again just WOW!

    Don’t you just love those color catchers? aren’t the best thing to have around, I just love them.
    keep up the great work and the most inspirational quilts ever!!!

  • Heather Nov 18, 2012

    What an incredible feat! I’ve been watching this come together for so long and I’m so excited for you to have finished it! Good for you! I’m in awe. It’s truly a work of beauty and much labour!
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  • LJB Nov 19, 2012

    Absolutely gorgeous – well done!

  • Carolyn Nov 19, 2012

    It’s just stunning, you did a beautiful job! You must be so proud!
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  • Erlinda Nov 20, 2012

    Oh Wow! It is beautiful. You did a great job.
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  • Megan Nov 20, 2012

    Beautiful! I’ve really enjoyed seeing your progress on this quilt.

  • Nic Dec 8, 2012

    I was watching your journey making this quilt up until June this year, then got behind on my blog reading. What a lovely thing to fast forward to the finished quilt now. It’s beautiful! You must be so pleased with how it turned out
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  • Lea Aug 4, 2013

    What a wonderful quilt! Well worth the time spent! I’m glad I found your link from Modabakeshop, love your blog!

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