Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Orca Bay, Top Done


I have GOT to find my own "name" for this quilt!  OB just doesn't do it for me!  8-)  Maybe "Stubborn Determination" or "Forever Yours" or "Eternal Deliberation" ... you get my drift.   I am thrilled with the end result and satisfied with my own "stick-to-it-nive-ness."  End size is 82" x 92".  Thank you, Bonnie of http://www.quiltville.com/, for this mystery quilt.  And thanks also to Vic of http://victoria-carroll-parkhill.blogspot.com/ for her kind donations of black and whites when I ran out of my own.  Who knew that "running out" could even be possible?   

One photo looks more blue, the other, more pink.  To me, it appears DONE!

My version looks a lot like other versions.  While I want to see the diagonals more clearly, for now, without any quilting, I see circular images with my bleary eyes.  One of the inside borders is sewn from the wrong side/direction - but I'll leave it as is, to add character - it's not easy to see in these photos.  And there is one pink block, safety pinned for identification, that is tilted the wrong direction, to be fixed.

Has there been any official count of how many of this quilt has been made? 

Next quandry, how to quilt this baby.  I quilt on my own DSM, a Janome 6500.  And I probably won't get to sandwiching it (in the garage) until warmer weather. 

32 comments:

Vic in NH said...

Elaine, it is breathtakingly beautiful! Call it that. And your eyes are NOT just bleary, there actually IS a secondary pattern that is formed by all those tiny white triangles that "reads" as circular. Thanks so much for mentioning my blog here and you are so very welcome! Hugs!

Teresa in Music City said...

That is just gorgeous!!! Each one I see is more beautiful than the last! I wish I had been able to do the Mystery this year.... holding my breath for next year!

julieQ said...

Your version is so beautiful!! I thought it took me a good forever too...but so fun and worth it!!

Kate said...

ELAYNE, it's just gorgeous - congrats!! I'm hoping to finish mine this weekend... and I, also, will quilt it on my home machine... fun! Kate

Janet O. said...

Wonderful quilt! This pattern is so full of diagonal movement--I definitely see it! Beautiful job!

Vicki W said...

It's really beautiful!

Lynn Dykstra said...

beautiful!

Nancy said...

Congratulations on completing the mystery QAL. It is lovely!

Lori said...

Beautifully done!! I see circles too--but I like them.

Laura said...

Looks terrific! I love that you used pink and blue squares in the center of the stars.

I'll be quilting my own on a domestic machine as well...but it'll be a while before I get that far.

Lindah said...

Isn't "done" a wonderful word?! :-) Seriously, it is beautiful! The colors are great. The movement is fascinating; just keeps the eye moving. It really does remind me of moving water; maybe not stormy water, surely "busy" water. I love the border on this one. I see you added an outer black border. I think that really sets off both border and the whole quilt. I plan to do that, too; seeing yours confirms my intention. I set mine aside to finish up the Civil War BOW, but I have my OB borders ready to attach, so it won't be long now.

Good job, Elaine!

Vivian said...

Giving you a big Whoop! Whoop! Elaine!

Great job on getting that baby to the finish line. I don't know how many were made (or started) overall but on Bonnie's Linky there were 110 listed in January and 64 in February (although some may have posted to both per Bonnie's request).

This one really caught everyone's fancy!

Helen in the UK said...

Whoo hoo!!! Done and looking gorgeous! I haven't decided what to quilt on mine yet ... still pondering :)

Angie said...

Man, I stand in awe of you, woman!! It boggles my mind at all of the 'pieces' in this quilt and how they are 'fit' together. You did a FABULOUS job!

grendelskin said...

Wow, gorgeous work, congratulations on a fine finish! How about "Persistence" - that's definitely one of your keywords!

LC said...

Elaine, this is a stunning quilt! Contgrats on your perseverance and talent... you did a terrific job.

Linda said...

It is a great feeling to get to this stage for sure. I like your "pink" one the best. heehee As far as naming it goes....I think 'Blueberry Blush' would fit very nicely. And I also like your wide dark border. Very NICE!!

Gari said...

Absolutly beautiful.

Chell said...

No surprise that it is beautiful...when I saw it complete, this is not your usual and I am thrilled. You are right, OB does not work for a name-Eternal Deliberation works well....

Cassandra said...

It's beautiful! Great job. :)

Anonymous said...

I think it looks great! And for some reason the circular illusion is more visible in yours. I hope it is visible in mine when it is done!

For a name, how about "Nearly 4000"!

Love your blog...

Kerry said...

WOW, your quilt looks wonderful. Good luck with finding another name, that's always hard for me. Can't wait to see how you quilt it, I'm still thinking about how to quilt mine.

Purple Pam said...

Absolutely breathtaking! What a finish! I agree: WHOOHOO! So much sewing. It boggles my mind. Congratulations on sticking to it and finishing it up.

MARCIE said...

Your quilt is beautiful and as usual, your amazing pieced border!

Candace said...

How about "Darkness through the Stained Glass" or "Midnight through the Stained Glass"? That's what it looks like to me, it's beautiful.

Cyn ;-) said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! Wowzer, I really love how yours turned out. Good for you. There IS something to be said about "sticking to it"... hey, there ya go, that's a name! lol

Donna said...

Yours is really beautiful!

Saska said...

Yours is wonderful! I'm still working on putting mine together. Am thinking about naming mine..starlight...or Bonnie's water sunset stars...or Saska's FINISHED black stars!

Lori said...

blue skies and bubble gum fun! When I saw your finish--that is the first thing I thought of!

Lise said...

WOW....absolutly stunning...love it...you worked hard on this and deserve a big *pat**pat**...wow..

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Beautimus...Beautimus indeed! Yes, tons of tiny pieces. I.LIKE.


p.s. when you machine quilt do you use the same quilting thread in the top and bobbin too??? It has been so long since I machine quilted silly me forgot what I did.

Florence said...

breathtaking beautiful,,,,,,,,,,,i agree,,,,,,,,your talent is amazingly gorgeous sweetie,,,,,soon as i feel comfortable to take a task like this,,,i hope its as gorgeous as yours,,,,,,,,,,tks for sharing