It’s Done!

quilts, Red & Green Traditional Applique

The Red and Green Traditional Applique is done!!!!  I am bringing it to the quilt group this morning and will lay it out to get a full photo of it – can’t get the whole thing in decently here at home and too wet outside to try Smile  No bleed in the quilt!

I made the quilt – needle turn applique – in 2010 and 2011 the blocks were completed.  Then it sat aside for awhile while I was quilting other things patiently waiting it’s turn.  Then in 2012 I decided I wanted to make it bigger to fit the bed and I added the applique border to it.  I designed the border myself by using a few photos of other quilts to get inspiration.  Total time making the top was estimated at 250 hours.  I put it on the hand quilting frame in June of 2013 and finished by the end of the year, it took 200 hours to hand quilt.  The first week of 2014 was spent adding the binding – total time on this quilt – 450 hours estimated give or take an hour here or there.  Here it is out of the dryer.  All nice and crinkly and shrunk up a little bit.  I didn’t take a final measurement but I will when I put it on the bed.  I wanted to take it to quilting today first though and I will take more photos there and then on the bed.  It should be close to 100 x 100 inches.  I used a variegated Red and Green King Tut thread to quilt.


I must have washed the red fabric more than I remembered.  The bleed wasn’t bad at all.  I soaked it in the tub first in hot water and detergent and the color catchers on the left – not bad – after awhile I moved it to the washing machine – first time through the color catchers in the middle a second wash and the color catchers on the right.


The big middle block














The patterns came from these two books.  Most of them from Jeana Kimball’s book.  I decided I wanted some wreath blocks and I like the ones in Marsha Radtke’s book so used 4 patterns from that book.


Part of the back.  The grid is three quarter inch.


The photos were taken late in the day I will try to get better close ups in better light soon.


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29 comments… add one
  • Donna T Jan 10, 2014

    Beautiful Karen! Lots of hours of work in this beauty but worth it! There is nothing like hand appliqué and hand quilting!!!!

  • Miriam Jan 10, 2014

    Congratulations Karen! Its beautiful.

    Its always amazing to find out how many hours it takes to create a quilt from start to finish.
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  • Sarah in UpstateNY Jan 10, 2014

    Congratulations! Your first finish of 2014. :c) It looks absolutely stunning!
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  • Sharon S Jan 10, 2014

    It is gorgeous!!!! Congratulations on another finish…..what a great way to start the New Year.

  • Sartenada Jan 10, 2014

    It is gorgeous! You have eye for the beauty and skill to do what You want. I admire the result.
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  • Liz Jan 10, 2014

    AWESOME!!!!!!! I have the same books and am working on the Baltimore album quilt. I probably have four blocks done and a few prepped. I can’t work on them right now cause my fingers split and bleed in the cold winter ugh.

    BTW If you ever get tired of your quilt I will volunteer to host it lol!
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  • Teri Dingler Jan 10, 2014

    Beautiful! And love the back as much! I must take your initiative of logging how long it takes from start to finish – I just make them and never log – must remember to do this!
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  • Joan good Jan 10, 2014

    Woohoo! This looks just wonderful. Congratulations on your first finish of 2014. Once again you inspire us all.

  • kaholly Jan 10, 2014

    Yay!! It’s absolutely gorgeous!! As always, you are such an inspiration!! Have a great day and a wonderful weekend.
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  • Nedran Jan 10, 2014

    Oh MY! It’s fabulous Karen! You really put your heart into this one, and it shows. Have fun with Show and Tell with your group today.
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  • Chris Jan 10, 2014

    Yes, congratulations . . . you inspire us with your work and your sharing.

  • Carla Jan 10, 2014

    It is absolutely lovely! Wasn’t throwing it in the wash a bit scary. All those hours of work, and for me it was my first large applique project. I am sure your quilt group will be enjoying seeing it in person.
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  • Emily Breclaw Jan 10, 2014

    Oh, Karen, that is outstanding!!!! What a way to start the new year. Simply stunning!! Have you thought about entering it in a show?

  • Debbie in Alaska Jan 10, 2014

    Wow…somewhere along the way I forgot how big this quilt was. It is an amazing finish!
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  • Thimbleanna Jan 10, 2014

    Wow Karen. What an AWESOME achievement. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations!!!!

  • melanie goad Jan 10, 2014

    It’s beautiful, Mom! I think this is one of my favorites. 🙂
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  • audrey Jan 10, 2014

    Absolutely gorgeous finish! Yay for a fabulous finish so early in the year! Love the texture from stitching esp. Very inspirational!

  • Mary LeClerc Jan 10, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful. You have produced so many heirloom quilts. Congrats on another!
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  • Celia Jan 10, 2014

    Absolutely lovely, Karen! Congratulations on finishing this beauty, both your applique and the hand quilting look fantastic. Celia in England

  • Pip Jan 10, 2014

    It’s a beautiful quilt Karen, well done,
    Vicki Welsh wrote an interesting post on fabric bleeding and how to combat it late last year.
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  • CJ Jan 10, 2014

    Stunningly beautiful Karen, you’ve created another masterpiece. Over 400 hours! Yeah, put that baby up for sale! LOL
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  • Vicki W Jan 10, 2014

    Congratulations it’s beautiful! Becky says hello!
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  • Vivian Jan 10, 2014

    I’ve been waiting for this one. Just beautiful. Love the crispness of the white fabric and colors. I would have to hang it just so I could look at it for awhile. But then, you may be tired of looking at it. I noticed Melanie said it was one of her favorites. Do you think maybe she is hinting? 🙂
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  • Cathi Jan 10, 2014

    Congratulations! It is absolutely stunning.
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  • Byrd Jan 10, 2014

    Brava! You deserve a standing ovation for this beautiful work. You must be so happy with the result. Thank you for showing your progress, and thank you for sharing your time recording technique. Take care, Byrd
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  • Kathi Jan 11, 2014

    So happy you got this washed, dried and ready to show off.. to your friends then on your bed… can’t wait to see all those pics too! What an accomplishment!!! How do you track your time??? I get easily sidetracked and find it hard to time myself on the time I actually put into each quilt. Love the Craftsy class you linked at the bottom of your post… have watched 2012 and watching 2013 while I quilt my current project! Loving them 🙂 Kathi
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  • Archiethewonderdog Jan 11, 2014

    Absolutely stunning – you should be rightly proud of this quilt!
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