Saturday, December 28, 2013

String Ring Dresden Quilt

I am so happy to reveal the finished String Ring Dresden quilt today!  I received the package in the mail on Thursday from Elizabeth, who had done the wonderful quilting, and on her domestic machine, no less.  The quilting really takes it to a whole 'nother level of awesome!

I spent last evening attaching the binding and label, excited to see it all done.

This is a rather large quilt, and the challenge was going to be how to capture it in photos...with a rather dark house...with small rooms...in the winter...in Wisconsin...by myself with no assistant quilt holder-uppers.  
Fortunately, the weather cooperated with a clear and bright, windless, not-so-cold day.

I thought I might get a better perspective by laying it on the snow outside and shooting it from a higher vantage point, i.e., the upstairs bathroom window.

Well, uh, fail.  Even with zoom, it didn't look right.  Pretty view of the back yard, though.


So I tromped back outside and did the best I could on the level.  Of course, every time I walked near the quilt, I was making eight or ten-inch craters in the snow with my boots.

As I was leaving the back yard, it struck me to toss it up over the deck railing.  Smaller quilts typically slide down on one side or the other, but with this big-un, it actually stayed put.

Elizabeth really knocked it out of the park on the quilting.  I can't thank her enough for everything she did to get the quilting just right.  You can read more about that experience in her blog post here.  Great photos there too.

The label she hand embroidered is so very special.  I think she could have a niche business just hand embroidering quilt labels.  How often do we skip that important step?  Guilty, here.

By the way, the backing fabric is Robert Kaufman, A Pirate's Life for Me Pirate Booty.  Who doesn't love a little pirate booty?  Just adds to the whimsy.

More about the back story of this quilt can be found in these previous posts:

* how the idea came about
* significance of the color scheme
* tutorial for a string table mat (how the string rings are made)
* design decisions
* finished quilt top

Thanks for stopping by, and a very Happy New Year to you!

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20 comments:

Pam said...

Wow! That is an awesome quilt! Love the snowy backdrop, too, but glad it's with you and not here.

Shay said...

OH. MY.GOODNESS. That is amazing. I love everything about that quilt. Even the snowy goodness for the backdrop.

You and E did a fabulous job collaborating on this project.

Michelle said...

Gorgeous! Both the design and the quilting! And the pirate booty backing is a great match with both color and circular motion. I agree with you about the label - fabulous. (I, too, am guilty of neglecting that final touch.)

Sharon said...

What a great finish! That is a cool design, the piecy Dresden.

Mom Wald said...

It is truly a work of art. Kudos to you for accomplishing an excellent photo too! Let me know if you ever need another hand embroidered label, and I will make you one. :)

Elizabeth said...

Squee! It is so fun to see it bound! I love it. And I love your creativity in getting a picture of the whole quilt. It was too big for my usual quilt photograhing fence (this is the biggest quilt I've done) and I didn't want to take it out in the snow here. But I love your photos of it in the snow. The light really shows off the quilting and stepping back to see the bigger picture (instead of having my nose right down in the quilt), I'm very happy with how it turned out.

Hooray for a fabulous (collaborative) finish!

xo -E

Sarah Lizzie said...
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Sarah Lizzie said...

There is altogether so much 'awesomeness' about this quilt; the glorious colours, the design, the fabrics, the wonderful quilting and of course the gorgeous winter wonderland photo shoot!! Quite simply....AWESOME!!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Fantastic quilt! I love it all, the design, pieciness, quilting, and yes, the snowy photo shoot. Bravo!

Lori R. said...

Love the fact that you were tromping around in deep snow to get the best photo!

Impressed with the quilting done on domestic sewing machine! Especially meaningful to me because I MUST start quilting my spiral today - it's due next Saturday!!

Stay warm. It's rainy and icky in NC this morning.

Sara said...

The snow pics are perfect for the colors in your Dresden beauty!! Wish we had a bit of that snow for this rain,but eh....what are you gonna do?!

What kinda pirate booty are you inquiring;)lol

Sorry had to be naughty:):)

Quiltdivajulie said...

Fabulous . . . just fabulous!

Mina said...

Wow this is beautiful and what great wuilting! I have this block on my to-do list.

Thanks so much for the tutorial :)

Sarah Craig said...

It's absolutely gorgeous, P.! And all that pretty snow as a backdrop - perfect!! Whoop whoop!!

Diane said...

Oh my gosh, this is beautiful! Love it! The quilting does set it off nicely without distracting from the beauty!

genie said...

What a wonderful and colorful quilt. It is the kind that puts a big smile on my face it is so appealing. Love the way your friend quilted it for you, and the way she did the label is just precious. I agree with you that she could have a little cottage business creating these sweet labels. genie

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I'm so glad I visited the land of the blogging to catch this beauty! Love it!

Karen said...

Looks amazing! That quilting is perfect as is the backing. Very cool to see it done. Happy 2014!

Andrea said...

I love this quilt! I live the inner border and the black "posts" with the Dresden blocks. It's all so gorgeous. What a great quilt for seeing in 2014. Happy New Year.

Kevin the Quilter said...

See what I miss when I work on the dirty bird for several days????? I am in sensory overload here! Your String Dresden is simply amazing! I! LOVE! IT! I must find a way to keep up with the world while flying!

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