Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hearts Desire: Quilting Finished


Hearts Desire is quilted!

It’s pouring with rain here so my DD and I waited with baited breath by the window until a few moments of respite opened up. Then we ran out, placed a cloth on the decking, wheeled out the quilt frame and finally got Hearts Desire hanging in just minutes... and starting taking pics straight away.
I didn’t manage to take as many as I’d like because of weather conditions…but I here are a few I did get in before we had to run inside again.The top pic looks a little too yellow, that's down to strange lighting conditions outside.
The quilting is subtle, I wanted to enhance the applique rather than showcase the quilting in this quilt. My initial thought was to quilt less….but I do love really quilting a quilt so that wasn’t really an option. It is heavily quilted – my usual style! That’s just the way I like it.
Hearts Desire is all about sentiment, double meanings and richness of detail. Those of you who are making it yourselves know, just how much time and commitment each block demands.
Much work, much patience, much perseverance.
The motifs used throughout the design are traditional and invoke feelings of nostalgia and beauty. When I first designed Hearts Desire, I spoke of an ‘old town folk’ feel, a traditional, inspiring place.



Abundant foliage symbolizing growth, renewal and perseverance

A bird, symbolizing birdsong, morning and spring

Hearts with open centers symbolizing life’s difficulties and disappointments

Flowers and buds symbolizing starting and blooming

Details such as thorns symbolizing beauty after difficulty

Richness of detail and a delight in fabrics throughout the quilt– symbolizing hope and the need we quilters have to create works of beauty.


Details: The binding is on. The pattern finished at 83 inches for the quilt top and after quilting it went down to 79 inches.


It will be hanging at Victorian Showcase in Melbourne from Thursday to Sunday. I will be there Thurs, Fri, Sat.


35 comments:

CHRIS said...

AMAZING Esther as is your description of the quilt.Enjoy the show ...Chris

Dee said...

I'm amazed at how quickly you quilted this quilt. And 83" is not small. Your quilting is also so gorgeous and a perfect complement to the applique. What did you quilt it on?

jacaranda said...

Congratulations, a truly amazing piece of work. Doing white glove Thursday and Friday, I am looking forward to seeing it.

Mimi said...

It is beautiful. Would love to see it "in person".

Kathleen said...

I wish I could see this work of art in person. Simply wonderful

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Spectacular!

Jenny said...

It is just beautiful, you must be so pleased!

LynCC said...

Esther, this is breathlessly stunning.

Much work, much patience, much perseverance. . . much reward!

Well worth every moment spent in loving labor. I feel sad for quickie quilter who don't understand the depth of accomplishment and fulfillment that such projects bring us.

Lonci said...

Esther, congratulations - amazing work:))

Wendy said...

This is gorgeous Esther! I love it! A job well done!

susis quilts said...

dear esther,what a piece of art,congratulations,susi

Corina said...

It's gorgeous!

foekie's fashion said...

BEAUTIFUL !!!!

Desley said...

Ester it is beautiful. I can't wait to see it on Thursday. You sure worked to a tight deadline.

Ethne said...

Amazing quilting Esther - a super quilt - I look forward to seeing what other quilters are doing with your patterns - there were so many variations on Red Delicious, it's amazing how fabric and colour selection can really 'change' a quilt ;0)

Joke said...

Fabulous!!

Bunny said...

Well this is breathtaking gorgeous. You certainly don't need a long arm to do the beautiful work. I am sure it would be easier for you and I hope someday you will have one. I just hope mine will be as gorgeous. I am pretty sure I will have to have someone do it. unless I practice a lot. LOL. Bravo Esther you are AMAZING. This deserves ribbons for sure.

Glenda said...

Beautiful just beautiful. This quilt is quite magical; it has an old-world charm look to it but also is very modern one. Esther your quilting design is beautiful & has given it a completely different look; I’m all ways surprised how the quilting gives a quilt a new personality. I’m so glad you are able to display it now & share your skills with so many other quilters. Cheers Glenda

Savories of Life said...

I am going to learn to quilt his fall! Yours make ke wish I was already up to that kind. Do come and follow my blog.

Mommarock said...

The pattern in itself is Amazing, but when you quilted it..Wow.. is there a word that is even more amazing than amazing?? LOVE!!

Maree: said...

Beautiful Esther you must be so Pleased with it...the Quilting is Gorgeous..
cheers

Feather on a Wire said...

Fabulous quilting, I'm just amazed at how fast you got this quilted! It's lovely, truly lovely!

Karen said...

Your love of quilting has come shining through in this beautiful quilt. Congratulations!

creativedawn said...

Just STUNNING! Another quilt that will win some major prizes, Esther!!! Thanks for sharing your designs and talent. The comments you made are enormously helpful.

hugz
pam

cottonreel said...

Beautiful Quilt , I particularly like the bird piece , and the feathers

Carol Sanin said...

Wow, amazing not much you can say it's just a wonderful quilt and you have done a wonderful job.

Vireya said...

Esther, it is wonderful! Your quilting is just amazing. Congratulations on meeting the deadline - I will be at the show and will seek out your quilt. It will be fantastic to see it in person.

Ivory Spring said...

What a gorgeous quilt!

Petal49 said...

Absolutely beautiful and inspiration to finish my blocks. Congratulations.

Vicki W said...

It's spectacular!

scg said...

Congratulations Esther on a really terrific quilt. I hope it will be coming to the quilt show in Brisbane later this year! Your quilting is fabulous. It gives me a little hope that with a lot of practise I might one day be able to do even half as well.

Anne Marieke said...

What an amazing quilt! Your quilting is absolutey beautiful.

I hope you get lots of prizes and ribbons!

Thanks for sharing this beautiful design.

Deb said...

Esther that is beyond beautiful, your really are a genius. So so so beautiful.

Rose Marie said...

Like everything else you do ..... absolutely breathtaking!

You are an amazing designer and quilter.

Karen said...

Absolutely stunning!! Love your work! Or maybe I should have said...love your art!

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