Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Done, Done, Done!!

I finished off my last PhD Challenge with a day to spare! This is probably one of my quilts that I am most thrilled to have finished.

This Bear Paw quilt is 87" square. I used Warm and Natural batting for it and it is all hand quilted. I bought (on sale) 5 meters each of the two fabrics for the top and binding, and I had a little left over.
I started it in January 2007 when we lived in Alberta and my husband had moved back to Manitoba (I stayed behind so the boys could finish the school year) and I felt I needed something to occupy my time.
It is hand quilted because at the time I wasn't doing much machine quilting. It is my fourth large quilt that I have hand quilted (although I did start and finish another hand quilted quilt in 2007 and it has been on my bed ever since), but this one is my last! Machine quilting seems to offer more possibilities for me than hand quilting.
I don't want to think about how many hours of quilting it took - at times it seemed to go on for ever.

The back of the quilt,

and the border - I used a stencil. This took so long to quilt and you can't even see it from the front.

I quilted bears around the edge, and I chose circles to quilt all over it because I thought they contrasted well with all the points.

The instructions for the Bear Paw blocks and the bear design are all from this wonderful Eleanor Burns book.

Thanks Myra for hosting the PhD Challenge - I know I would never have finished this quilt without some incentive.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

16 comments:

Mary L. said...

You should be proud. It's beautiful and the quilting is superb.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Congratulations! It is beautiful! I love your hand quilting. Have a happy day!

Sheila said...

The quilt is beautiful and your hand quilting was worth all that work it looks fantastic ,don't give up on the hand work :-)

YankeeQuilter said...

It looks wonderful...love the handquilting! Bear paw is one of my favorite blocks (and I have that book too...made the quilt on the cover as a wedding gift!)

Janet said...

Your quilt is beautiful and your handquilting is lovely!! You can enjoy that wonderful cable from the back. You must have a lot of determination to handquilt a 87" square quilt with Warm and Natural batting - I find that batting very difficult to needle.

Kathy said...

That turned out beautiful Joanne! I love the bear paw pattern. I have hand quilted 2 bed size and that was enough for me :) Can't go back to that because as you said machine quilting offers so many possibilities. That is so true.

Myra said...

What a great photo shoot set up!!! Love it Joanne!! Your quilt is lovely, and so much time and effort!!! Good for you!! Congrats on your final finish for the PhD Challenge, and thanks for taking part! 8-)

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

It is truly gorgeous! I love the bear paw pattern and made one for DS/DIL and hand quilted it. I think it is about 60" square. I would have to agree with your assessment of machine quilting versus hand quilting. I have improved a lot with machine quilting and thanks to you and others have gotten more confident with the machine quilting that I am not afraid to do it. I think I'll still hand quilt some smaller items just because I enjoy the hand work and you can get it finished in less time.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

It is truly gorgeous! I love the bear paw pattern and made one for DS/DIL and hand quilted it. I think it is about 60" square. I would have to agree with your assessment of machine quilting versus hand quilting. I have improved a lot with machine quilting and thanks to you and others have gotten more confident with the machine quilting that I am not afraid to do it. I think I'll still hand quilt some smaller items just because I enjoy the hand work and you can get it finished in less time.

Pepe said...

Wonderful!You made me fall in love with bear paw, with this quilt! Thank you for the history of this quilt: all quilt should must have one! :)

free indeed said...

Wonderful quilt! Two color quilts can be so beautiful if the right two are chosen...your choice was supurb!

Stray Stitches said...

Congrats on an absolutely gorgeous finish! Your hand quilting is magnificent!!!! I would consider this an heirloom piece :)

Wendy said...

Yay!!! Congrats!

Needled Mom said...

I knew you could do it!!!! It really looks beautiful and your quilting is fabulous. The bears are so perfect for it.

Deanna said...

YAY YOU! Your stitches are lovely.

Raewyn said...

What a superb effort - it is gorgeous!! I can't believe that is hand quilting - your stitches are very even!!