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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

good intentions (again)

I'm glad the holiday season is over and life is back to normal again. All the decorations are put away for next december The tree is stripped and put outside where he immediately got re-decorated by mother nature this time in snowy white.

Christmas tree

I had had good intentions (for years) to make my own Christmas cards. Wel..the balance for this year...I made one! Remind me to get an early start next time!

card

Talking about good intentions.. I want to finish of this quilt, deadline: December, 31, 2009. Yes, I know (deep down) deadlines don't work for me but at least I like to think they do!

quilt in box

It's a star sampler quilt. The top is almost finised. I've done the piecing by hand in a time where I didn't need glasses yet. And I can tell you..that's a long while ago!

sterrenquilt in progress

compass ster

Lately I'm more attracted to machine piecing. It sure works a lot faster! look at the back of this compass...all those stitches!

compass back

Only a few triangles have to be sewn on to the border and then the border sewn on to the quilt. I'm thinking of using cotton for the batting.

border for star quilt

But first things first..see if I can find my glasses and start stitching.

38 comments:

Rose Marie said...

What a super quilt and that border is to die for! For me, I actually take off my glasses for fine sewing and I can get really close to my work.

Jackie said...

I love the quilt! Your hand stitching if phenomenal! Cotton batting is a must for this one. I can't wait to see it complete.

Jeni said...

I love the quilt! Your hand stitching.....what can I say... ...I cant hand stitch wish I could... I machine.. my quilts .. just about to dye dollies for a bag I am starting ...cant wait to see your quilt complete.

Rosaline said...

What a beauty. Your fabrics really blend together. And that has to be one of the most interesting borders I've seen. Looks good with all of those stars.

Gillian said...

Wow, fantastic. That quilt is well worth finishing. Forget making Christmas cards! Do the quilt instead!

Karen said...

Your quilt is beautiful, and truly hand made...I agree, cotton batting would be best. Looking forward to seeing you finish this piece of art;)

Moorea said...

Oh Corry! What a lovely quilt! That
border is amazing. The stuff you
have "laying around!" I can only
hope one day I will make something
so beautiful. Ho hum, I quilt
vicariously through you amazingly
skilled needlewomen. Cotton batting would be nice for it, would give it a good drape. I am looking forward to seeing your quilting pattern.

nicolette said...

Handpieced..??? The quilt and stitching looks amazing!!

I love to use cotton batting!

Kathie said...

beautiful quilt
what a treasure this quilt will always be.
Great fabrics...
will you hand quilt it?
Kathie

margie said...

you have snow and in australia we are sweating so much as we are having a very hot summer...i love your quilt top it is fantastic, well done happy new year margie

Lily Boot said...

the card is very sweet but the BORDER on that quilt - oh I'm madly in love. I've never seen it before and it is beautiful! I'll be thinking good finishing thoughts for you :-)

Christy A. said...

Your quilts are simply amazing! I'm so inspired by your art and creativity!

Susan said...

Your quilt is beautiful--gorgeous colors and that border is amazing. What size are the blocks?

trudette, said...

Such a beautiful quilt , and such lovely material you used too.
I always enjoy visiting your Blog.

Idaho Quilter said...

Oh Corry, hopefully you find your glasses this beauty deserves to be completed.

sewkalico said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Oh you must finish it!!!!!! All that work, it's amazing!
ps the card is sooo beautiful too!

Dotty said...

WOW what an amazing quilt, the work in it is beautiful.
You have to finish it, and now you have a deadline, and people who love your work waiting for the completion date :)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Wow- that's stunning...I'm amazed that it all done by hand!! Beautiful!

Tante Tee said...

1 kerstkaartje is niet veel, maar het is wel een héle mooie!!!!!

Andrea said...

Beautiful and will be so wonderful when it's quilted.

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

Your color choices are superb. The sashing pulls everything together...BEAUTIFUL>

LiLi M. said...

Dat wordt prachtig! Ik vind trouwens je doors met de drie engelen ook helemaal geweldig en hij kleurt er zo mooi bij!

Chookyblue...... said...

just love the star quilt.........would love to make something like it........

Tam said...

What a beautiful quilt..truly a treasure...Happy New Year!

sandra said...

It's beautiful! I can't even imagine the hours you already spent on it...

Jessica said...

the box with the angels-- i have a similar one from christmas cards a few years back. I also used it to store hand piecing, now a ufo long forgotten, how funny!

your star quilt is amazing. i'm sure you'll finish it before december and have us all amazed.

méri said...

That quilt is a beauty!
and the snow tree is funny.
I also have "good intentions" to finish some WIPs...let's see, till 31th Dec 2009 we'll have lots of days. Have faith!

Elly said...

Tjeetje wat netjes!!!! Je ziet bijna niet dat het de onderkant is! Wat zal dat een klus geweest zijn! Toch maar even doorzetten, je hebt al zoveel werk er aan gehad, zonde als dat in de doos blijft liggen!

Guðrún said...

This will be a heirloom quilt, all handstitched and so beautiful.

creative breathing said...

Oh Corry you goddess of quilts! Just posting "unfinished" work is truly inspiring! Elizabeth

Jantine said...

Please go and find your glasses ;-). this quilt deserves it to get finished!

Heidi said...

It is a beautiful quilt and I am SURE you will get it finished this year. I set goals to get through some of my UFO mountain last year and it really did help. I am continuing this year. I think setting goals does help.

Your tree looks so pretty in your garden now. In Lage Vuursche, they hung bird feeding balls from the branches of the Christmas trees. That would be cute on your tree and you would be helping the birds.

Hugs en groetjes ~
Heidi

Waltraud said...

A wonderful quilt!!!
Waltraud

Eileen said...

Corry.. I have to say this is absolutely stunning!!! Amazing hand stitching.. and beautiful fabrics and pattern. You will get it done in time.. I just know it!

Deb said...

Hi Corry,
What a beautiful Quilt. I wanted to tell you that I have been visiting your site and enjoying it for some time. Your tea cozies and little dutch girl are adorable. I love your site thanks for sharing it with us.

Janet said...

What a beautiful sampler quilt! I can't believe you pieced it all by hand - I'm impressed! I especially like the triangle border.

Lisa said...

Beautiful beautiful quilt. Good luck with your goal to get it finished this year.

Levin (and Emily) said...

well, that's one less christmas card you have to make this year! i think that if i want to be ready for next christmas, i should start now!
the tree looks gorgeous with all the snow on it.
l
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