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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday Finish! - First UFO of 2013 Shot Down!!

Introducing: Heather's "Synergistic Windmills"

77" x 77"
Summer 2009 - Jan 2013

This was started in summer 2009. It's been worked on in fits and spurts when she's been home for college breaks and spent all of last summer stuck in deep storage lacking only its binding. It is Heather's first quilt, but I've helped her a lot because it is NOT a beginner quilt. From the self-taught paper piecing to the fussy-cut and mitered borders and back diamonds to hand stitching black binding onto a black back, this 77-incher was a bit of a bear. But a gorgeous bear!

We cracked down yesterday and today with some movies and worked the binding together.



The pattern is Jinny Beyer's "Synergy". Heather wanted her quilt's name to spotlight the windmills she sees in it.



It was longarm quilted by Patty Butcher before we moved away from her in Florida. Lots of ditch work here~!!  Love what she did with the borders:


I let the afternoon light glare on the quilt since you'd not see the quilting otherwise. The blacks in this are pitch. Nothing charcoal about it, front or back.



We made squares out of the border cast-offs from the mitering process and set them into the backing of Kona Black.






So thrilled for Heather that her first quilt is finished! She's got her first solo quilt in the works - a cool depiction of the 12 Dungeons & Dragons dragons in their environments. Entirely her own design and everything. Don't hold your breath, though - she's away at college the vast majority of the time, so nothing's happening with that before Spring Break. 




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31 comments:

Janet said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Yahoo for Heather and her first quilt.

Sharon said...

Pretty great first quilt! Good finish

The Thompsons said...

Congrats on the early 2013 finish. I love the quilting in the borders as well.

Happy Turtle said...

It's lovely! So nice to have a finish so early in the year!
Happy New Year!
Carol

manos de chicureo said...

Very nice. Me too I liked the quilt borders. You look great in a photo stitching a binding.
Happy 2013!!!!
Yasmin

Michèle-Renée Charbonneau said...

Beautiful! That's a fabulous first quilt to have and cherish!

Simply Scaife Family said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Barb said...

What an awesome quilt!!! AND a finish!!!

Barbara said...

Gorgeous! You both look so industrious.

Glinda ♥ said...

WOW! Stunning! I love that you worked on it together, Lyn. Thanks for sharing :)

Linda said...

If that's her first quilt I can't wait to see the second one!

Di said...

How lovely to have that shared experience of stitching the binding on Heather's very first quilt. It's a beauty! The machine quilting really does it justice too. I'll be looking forward to seeing Heather's next creation :-)

Kate said...

Wow, what an amazing first quilt! She's lucky to have an expert around to help out. ;)

sewfrench.com said...

Impressive first quilt, Wow!
It is just gorgeous!
I can't believe it lingered without a binding, but am so happy to see you doing it by hand!
I've never done a paper piecing project and this really makes me want to give it a try!

Linda H. said...

Wow! A finish already, and such a pretty one. I admire you for taking the time to do FPP. I love it, but it can sometimes be fiddly and tedious. It's a big "whew" too that your daughter likes it, isn't it? So, four days into 2013 and you've done this. What will you have to show us January 8?!

Anne Marieke said...

Wow, that's quite something for a first quilt! Great achievement.

Lovely to see that your daughter likes quilting just as much as you do.

Sandra said...

Wow! Very nice finish! How wonderful that your daughter is learning these skills at a young age. I especially like how the feathers in the border frame the modern design in the center of the quilt. Lovely:)

Nat at Made in Home said...

Love the quilt! Well done odour first finish!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Your quilt is stunning. What an awesome finish! Thanks for sharing.

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

Wow, what a beautiful quilt! The quilting is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing a close up of the blocks, the piecing is really impressive. Well done!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm loving that quilt!!

Carrie P. said...

WoHoo! congrats on your first finish of the year! It is a fabulous quilt.

Sarah Craig said...

Lyn and Heather, that is one awesome quilt! Congratulations on a fabulous finish! Whoop whoop!!

Tabatha said...

Gorgeous pattern, I love the movement!

Sharron Keck said...

What a great quilt - I like the turning twisting different colors. The two of you will have wonderful memories!

Gerda said...

Great first quilt, my first quilt isn't looking that good!

Angela Welch said...

Congrats to Heather on her first quilt! I also kept WIP quilts at my mom's house throughout college, and learned so much from her! What great memories for you and your daughter to share.

ratama said...

Wow!!! Where can I find that pattern? The quilt is so stunning!

em's scrapbag said...

This is gorgeous. Love the colors and quilting.

Laura said...

Oooh that's amazing! Love it :)

Richard Healey said...

That is an amazing quilt, Love the quilt block on the front those are just amazing. Thanks for linking up.

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