Sunday, 22 September 2013

Ginger Jar Quilt - DONE!

Today was the party for my grandparents' 65th wedding anniversary and I finally gifted the Ginger Jar quilt.  It was finished on Thursday ahead of schedule (thanks to a decision to attempt machine stitched binding for the first time).

Luckily my grandparents have a lovely garden in which to take photographs.  I think this will be my new photo shoot location of choice!




 I quilted straight lines across the patterned area of the quilt and stippled the outside.  I had intended to quilt straight lines in both directions, but I completely ran out of time.  Who would have thought the straight lines would take so long?  The stippling took no time at all.  It was so fun, I think this will be the way all my quilts are done from now on.

For the back, I used the one inch leftover strip from each of the blocks and a couple of large pieces of blue fabric.  I have no idea how the backing square ended up so off centre, but at the point at which I knew about it (and now) I didn't care a jot.  I was so elated the whole thing was together!


I am so happy to have made my first big, proper, put-it-on-the-bed, curl-up-on-the-sofa quilt!

Bring on the next one! Well, after a well earned rest for a few days. My machine and I need a breather from one another.....

EDIT: Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day with my September achievement and the Small Blog Meet at Lily's Quilts!

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28 comments:

  1. Looks lovely Jenny. Nice choice of fabric too :-)

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  2. Beautiful work! I love how the blues turned out in this block. I don't often see the TAL with a border, but you made a great choice by adding that navy border. The quilting was a good choice too (funny how necessity truly tends to be the mother of invention when it comes to sewing, eh?)

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  3. Fabulous, I agree the border really makes this, love the way the blues play together.

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  4. It is WONDERFUL! Congratulations on your first ever fully completed quilt! Did they love it? Did you embroider your name, date, etc?

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  5. Extremely well done! It is absolutely gorgeous. They must have been so excited to receive such a personal gift. Yes, they back yard is a great place for a photo shoot!

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  6. Gorgeous! Well done you. Love the border!

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  7. Congratulations on a gorgeous finish, Jenny! Yes, straight lines sure do take a long time. And your stippling looks great, too. Good for you, doing your binding by machine. You sure have a lot to be proud of in this accomplished quilt. I just know your grandparents will be so delighted with this beautiful, handmade with love, gift from the heart!

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  8. Beautiful! Love the colors. I am sure your grandparents will treasure it!

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  9. what a beautiful quilt! I'm sure your grandparents will love it. and I think I'd shoot photos there all the time too. it's a lovely spot!

    Thank you so much for linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  10. Wow! This quilt is absolutely gorgeous ... congratulations on your first "curl-up-on-the-sofa quilt!" - Love that phrase btw!

    Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

    Megan @ Cherry Valley Designs

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  11. Woo hoo! I'm sure your grandparents will love it! Way to go on the quilting too!

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  12. visiting from Crazy mum quilts. This is amazing. Heaps of work in that.

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  13. Really like the wide border - congrats on a beautiful finish.

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  14. I really Really love this quilt. especially the way you quilted it. it looks terrific.
    xo jan @sewandsowfarm

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  15. Congrats on pretty finish. Great photo location for sure!

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  16. The quilt is great! Looks like it's been a long project. I found you via the small blogs link up. This is me http://thejoyofthehousetomyself.wordpress.com/

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  17. Congrats on this finish! It's stunning :)

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  18. ooh lovely. I'm just about to attempt my first machine binding

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  19. That's a lovely quilt!! I am sure your grandparents LOVED it!

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  20. Wowsers!! That is just beautiful, if this is your beginning quilts, just think what you will achieve in the future.
    Love the blog name :)
    Cheers
    Lush
    Worthing, UK

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  21. Wow what a lovely quilt... Thank for stopping by xx

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  22. Beautiful blue & white quilt - my favourite kind :) And I love the name of your blog!

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  23. just visiting, noticed you in the small blog meet in Lily's Quilts. Your blue ginger jar quilt is beautiful, I am sure you parents will be delighted.
    Helen
    x

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