Friday, May 1, 2015

I Made it!

Sorry for the bad photo but I didn't want to wake my husband up this morning to hold it up and I don't have the sleeve on yet.

Nine months to the day ,start to finish, just like a "real" baby. I set this goal because I have such a short attention span that I knew I would never finish it if I couldn't complete it within a year. Debra (Life is a Stitch) asked me how I liked the process and if I would change anything about it? Hmmm... I love the process itself. Fun and portable. I love the way the back comes out with each individual block having its own fabric.


Of course I did change the borders by simply appliqueing circles instead of the pieced borders, but I love how it turned out. I would change the cone shaped border pieces by measuring them separately. I think I may have to fix one or two of them now as I seem to have a slight ripple along two borders. Hopefully it will be an easy fix. As they say... "measure twice, cut once". 

I would also change to all hand quilted. I began machine quilting a few of the ones with really tiny pieces and now I am too lazy to take them out. It is 90 % hand quilted so I'm not going to worry about it, but if I do it again - what???? never mind.
The corner blocks came out just fine - after that measurement disaster. I will put a label on the back with much more detail. I wanted the corner blocks to have simply sayings.




Overall I am very happy with it. I can't thank all of my Blog readers enough for all the supportive comments and encouragement to carry on. You are all the best!! I am so glad I started Blogging. Now I can't wait to start the next potholder. "Dutch Oven". Stay tuned.

37 comments:

CecileD said...

Oh yes !! Congrats for this masterpiece !!! You can be proud of your work ! :)
Bravo !

Lori said...

Very interesting how you put this together. The border is great too with the one dot. Each person makes their Jane so unique!

Debra @ Life is a Stitch said...

Oh, Wendy! Your Baby, Jane is BEAUTIFUL! and in nine months!!
I love everything about it! I don't recall what you used for your background fabric (just that you maybe had a bolt to start)?
I'm going to have to try to adopt your "brooding" time table...
I'm more more on the shark baby plan with my quilts - 3 and a half years! :)
Thanks for sharing your progress, method and great finish!!
PS - I love the sentiments you put on your corner pieces!

Diane said...

Really stunning quilt! Love the way you put it together and the changes you made to the border. WOW.

Karen said...

At least you don't have to change diapers on this baby! The nine months seemed to fly by as I watched your quilt build. A woman with determination. A wonderful finish, Wendy. You made the quilt your own though it is definitely is recognized as a Jane quilt.

Pat said...

It is amazing. Every bit is perfection.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Can't believe I did it and can't wait to start the next one!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

It is amazing how this one quilt inspired so many.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Thanks Debra, I contemplated the corner sentiments for quite a while and decided on simple and to the point with a lengthy label on the back. My background was a 15 yard bolt of P&B solid that I think is not longer available. I will have to double check with Cyndi, but it is one I would definitely use again if I could. It is sort of putty colored. I don't use solids very often but this worked great.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Thanks, I was worried at first about making any changes, ut I do like the end result.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Oh Pat, I don't know about perfection, but I do like the outcome. Thanks for your kind comment.

audrey said...

What a fabulous quilt! Really great progress considering all the details. Amazing.:)

Kyle said...

What an awesome accomplishment. Beautifully done. The back is just as lovely as a coat of many colors.

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

It is just beautiful and the border makes it uniquely yours. Congratulations!

regan said...

Absolutely stunning! Congratulations, Wendy! Well done!

Béa said...

Wonderful work and interesting technique !

Hilda said...

Oh well done! it looks wonderful and so unique made in this way! Love the back too :)

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Wow--what an amazing finish--congratulations!!

Barb said...

Congratulations!!!! wow what a great way to organize it. You must be thrilled and so proud!!

Vic in NH said...

Masterfully crafted and a true work of art! Congratulations of a superb finish!

Cyndi said...

Your writing on the corners is beautiful as are the sentiments! Would like to mention to all that your quilt can be seen up close and personal at Maine Quilts the last weekend of July!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Thanks a million! I really did enjoy this one.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

that is one of the things I like about the potholder method, the back is very unique.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Thanks, I do like the border and I know I would have given up if I had done all those pieced triangles!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Thanks so much Regan. Hope to see you at Maine Quilts this summer!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Thanks! I hope to inspire others to try the potholder method.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Thanks Hilda - I have had so much fun with this. I too like how the back came out.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Thanks Karen! The amazing thing is that it IS finished!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Thanks Barb - and "organize" is not usually in my vocabulary!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Thanks Vic! Now on to the next adventure.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Thanks! I pondered for weeks before deciding which 4 I would use. And thanks for the plug for Maine Quilts. We'll have to post in our blogs in early July.

Ruth said...

I love the way the block colors are on the back. I didn't realize that you were doing that when I first saw your pot holder quilting method. That is so neat!

Unknown said...

Wendy,
I have been working on a Dear Jane quilt since October. Laura, from the NE Quilt Museum, informed me that you were also working on the quilt and that you were doing it in a potholder technique, which I was unfamiliar with and decided to do as well. Since then I signed up for your blog and have enjoyed your process and your beautiful quilt. This weekend I realized that I I have made 19 triangles with the wrong dimensions. I had thought that the base of the triangle was 4.5" but have since found out that it is 5". I have been using the EQ software and it does not automatically put the correct size in for the block size. I got the 8" height correct but did not know that I needed 5" for the base. My question to you is if I do it by the potholder technique, is the base for the triangle 5" finished or 4.5" since I will have the binding around it. I appreciate any help that you can send my way. Thanks. Terry

Shasta Matova said...

Wow this is amazing Wendy. Nine months! THat was actually a brilliant idea. Mine has been languishing for years, but I still consider it a WIP and not a UFO.

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Monica said...

This turned out beautifully, Wendy! Even with the bindings, the points are all so crisp. And the back looks great, too! Your stitches are beautiful - many years of practice, I am sure. Very inspiring, thanks for sharing it all!

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