2011 QNL Mystery Qt-Garden Delight-Expanded

posted by Amy Hanson
Sun, Nov 6 2011


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This is my version of Quilters Newsletters 2011 Mystery Quilt , Garden Delight, designed by Nancy Mahoney.  The original planned size was 74 X74, so I planned immediately, that when the mystery was revealed, I would find a way to enlarge it to a queen sized rectangular bed quilt.  So I drafted and added the outer borders to enlarge it.  Mine turned out 84" X 103" - not quite as wide as I would have liked.  Ther orginal was made with "feed sack" or vintage looking fabrics.  I opted for jewel tones.  I am so pleased with the results I plan to use it on my own bed after the next local quilt show - hoping for a ribbon, though my quilts are never perfect.    I quilted it myself on my Bernina.  I kept track of my time-92 1/2 hours  from Nov 2010 till Nov 2011 and about $150 in fabrics, batting and thread.  I've gotten into backing "piecedbacks" using the leftovers from the front, but  I will want to make coordinated runners and curtain valance and decided this quilt deserved a beautiful back, so I splurged ona Phillip Jacobs large scale floral that I love.  Spent more for the backing than the front.

Comments

MNnancy wrote re: 2011 QNL Mystery Qt-Garden Delight-Expanded
on Sun, Nov 6 2011 10:17 PM

Oh, my.  This looks a bit more challenging than the mystery quilts we've been doing in QCA.  You did a beautiful job!  Which Bernina do you own?  I can't imagine FMQ that on my 440 with a 7.5 inch throat.  The $150 on supplies isn't bad, but imagine what the price would be based on the hours you put in!!!  

Jeanne wrote re: 2011 QNL Mystery Qt-Garden Delight-Expanded
on Sun, Nov 6 2011 10:59 PM

Absolutely beautiful...love the colors!!

Marge (AKA Dimples) wrote re: 2011 QNL Mystery Qt-Garden Delight-Expanded
on Mon, Nov 7 2011 10:15 AM

Beautiful Amy

Barbara wrote re: 2011 QNL Mystery Qt-Garden Delight-Expanded
on Mon, Nov 7 2011 3:54 PM

Amy what a beautiful quilt . and this was a Mystery quilt .WOW Barbara

Amy Hanson wrote re: 2011 QNL Mystery Qt-Garden Delight-Expanded
on Wed, Nov 9 2011 4:32 PM

MY Bernina is a"Virtuoso 155-My Choice" sewing machine.

I have it placed in an old sewing cabinet which gives me a flat working surfce.  Then I position kitchen chairs around the cabinet to keep the quilt from dragging down to the floor.  I stretch the back well on my living room carpet, layer with the batting and top and pin well with safety pins which I remove as I get to them.  I usually stitch in the ditch using my walking foot around he major parts, then fill in with free  hand or decorative designs printed on paper that I stitch through and then remove the paper.  As I said, my quilting isn't perfect.  But my quilts are made entirely by me.

It's really hard on ther arms & shoulders,though, so don't know how much longer I will be able to continue with the quilting.

Sewphia wrote re: 2011 QNL Mystery Qt-Garden Delight-Expanded
on Fri, Dec 9 2011 10:34 AM

When I saw your quilt, I immediatelt felt alert and happy!  I always respond to color and design emotionally.  This is just fantastic.  I love it big-time!  Congrats!

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