Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Steps" - done

This Rebuilt Log Cabin project is DONE, with the exception of a label.  Saturday is Guild Day and I’ll take this for Show and Tell.  This is about 82" x 104", and quilted on a DSM, no stitch regulator.  It’s difficult to see the border, but it’s all various leaves, a few sprites, scrolls, curliques, a ribbon or two, following an implied vine, serpentining around the border, following the path of dark blue squares.  The quilt finished very square and straight.  Despite looking complicated, this is an easy border, which started with Quiltville.com Scrappy Bargello.  The first border (at the bottom) contained a bright blue that I didn't care for, but left it in - after all - that's how it started, and you never know what it's going to look like until it's done. 

DH was trying to hold it straight, but the deck is still icy and it’s COLD today!  And there is still some fluff, bits of thread to be removed.

I started this in October 2011 end, making the 50 Log Cabin blocks at a 3-day Quilt Retreat.  But then, due to several too-sad, distressing family illnesses and deaths, could not get back “into it.” The sad stress resulted in that our household was not working well, until I realized that “Steps” is what life, and death, and our quilting, are sometimes all about. Some steps are good, some terrible, but we still have that journey to wade through.  So I pulled myself back into this pastime that I love, the one that calms me, gives me inspiration, and exemplifies our lives, and our life returned back to some semblance of quiet order. The border?  Yes, it’s somewhat overwhelming – that’s exactly what it should be – a little overwhelming, to finish THIS quilt, called “Steps

25 comments:

Linda in TX said...

It's really beautiful and you did a wonderful job quilting it - on your DSM no less! I also like the sentiment of the project. Funny what can center us again, huh.

Vivian said...

Every time you make one of these I fall in love all over again with the block design! And with a "Bonnie" border? I'm in heaven!! Another gorgeous one Elaine!

I'm still collecting scraps for the log cabin blocks (filed neatly away with your tutorial on the blocks). And come to think of it, I should get the last bundle of strips collected for Bonnie's "Scrappy Bargello" this year too. Hmmm, maybe an omen that one of these is in my near future? I sure hope so!

Kate said...

it's gorgeous, Elaine!!

Nancy said...

Your quilt is stunning. Great finish.

Carol said...

you have done it again....great job, fantastic quilt and lots of inspiration for others of us. you do amazing work and work full time as well! I am in awe! and even more so with the story behind it. quiltinggranna

Utili said...

Liebe Elaine, wieder so ein wunder,wunderschöner Quilt ist entstanden, mit viel Geschichte und Traurigkeit.
Das quilting ist einzigartig und gibt für uns viele neue Idee und Inspiration.
Liebe Grüße
Uta

Janet O. said...

Very nice, Elaine. I enlarged the photo to see your quilting better. You do a wonderful job on your DSM!

paulette said...

Wow!:~) Well done, Elaine!
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Vic in NH said...

A fabulous finish, Elaine! And your quilting is so beautiful and even that it is hard to believe that you did it on your domestic sewing machine. I think that the electric blue really makes the whole quilt "pop!"

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

Another beautiful quilt. Love the border.

Anonymous said...

I love this pattern, thanks for sharing the tutorial. I am putting this block in my tool box, for swaps and I think I just have to do a small wall hanging to show it off-and I love it with the border-so maybe a mini version of your beautiful quilt.
Idaho

Anonymous said...

I love this pattern, thanks for sharing the tutorial. I am putting this block in my tool box, for swaps and I think I just have to do a small wall hanging to show it off-and I love it with the border-so maybe a mini version of your beautiful quilt.
Idaho

Bonnie said...

and it is absolutely gorgeous and one of many reasons I've started one too. But have had to put it aside for now. Bummer. Hopefully will pull it out soon... at least to get all the blocks done before recutting and sewing.

Lynn said...

Your quilt turned out so beautiful and that was a perfect choice for the border.

Tanya said...

Just beautiful! That sure seems like a short amount of time for such a big and beautiful quilt!

Anonymous said...

I have only 2 words for you. Absolutely Stunning.
Gina @ wvcelt@yahoo.com

Stephanie said...

Nice job, Elaine. The border really dances around the quilt.

Lise said...

amazing..love it ..your work is always beautiful and more.. thank you for sharing....

Helen in the UK said...

Congrats on a great finish :)

Lynn Dykstra said...

Elaine, I have such admiration for your work on a DSM. This quilt is beautiful.

Nines said...

Really pretty. Interesting how our quilts reflect our lives.

Chell said...

I think everyone has said everything that is needed....leaving me to tell you, perfection as always. Chat soon

Purple Pam said...

It is a beautiful quilt. Your finish was worth the work. And your quilting is wonderful. Congratulations!

gh380 said...

Thank you for writing the comments about change. You will never know how much I got from that, I had experienced the same kind of stress sadness. I had not been able to get off high center, still too raw and new. I will take your comments to heart and try to start taking steps.

Saska said...

Tell DH to get off of the porch and go in the house and warm up with it! He deserves it.

Sorry you have to deal with the heartache, but isn't life always full of steps??

Take care...you do a wonderful job with that DSM!