Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Finally Finished Quilt

Today I am sharing a completed quilted wall hanging that I started in the 90's.  One that I actually finished this year - top piecing, quilting, and binding, all done!
Circle star foundation pieced quilt by Jeanne Selep
Foundation pieced circle quilt

Finishing a quilt is kind of a rare thing for me. 

I started the quilt top over 16 years ago, before at least two of my now high school aged children were born.  The quilt top was foundation pieced, based on a pattern from a foundation piecing workshop I took at a quilt show in Minnesota, but with a modified center.  I have no clue who the teacher was anymore.  (I took the workshop last century, ha ha...)   

foundation pieced quilt by Jeanne Selep
Detail of foundation pieced star quilt
I finished the top before the turn of the century, and it sat until last year when I quilted the top using a long arm quilting machine that I rented.  Then it sat until this year, when I actually put binding on it.  It now hangs in the family room above the PC. (Haha - I also completed that difficult step - hanging it!) 

Quilt foundation pieced by Jeanne Selep
Detail of fabrics and quilting on my foundation pieced star quilt
Although fabrics change over time, I feel the quilt doesn't look dated. (I realize that perhaps it doesn't look current, either...) But batiks are still popular, as well as star fabric, so maybe that helps. I also didn't use a "trendy" color scheme. I mixed batiks and non-batik fabric, pretty sophisticated for me.

I learned that binding a circle is a skill I don't quite have yet, so ignore the less then perfect edge shape.  

Recently I have been sharing a Kaleidoscope technique with photography that I have been playing with - with this quilt you can see I have been fascinated with Kaleidoscope like patterns for decades. 

Enjoy the upcoming Holiday season!  I hope that I can inspire you to finish an old project you may have from a long time ago...  even if the project might have to wait one year more until after the Holidays are over.  Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!

Click on the images to see them enlarged. 

I am linking up to these memes:

Connie at Freemotion: Linky Tuesday (Entry 54 of 62.)
Quilt story: Fabric Tuesday (Entry 42 of 53.)
Blossomheart: Sew Cute Tue (Entry 35 of 43.)  
Colorful life: Really random Thur (Entry 7 of 7.)
Pretty bobbins: Thur Quilt linky party (Entry )
Richard/Tanya quilts: Link a Finish Friday 145 (Entry 5 of 23.)

Mollisparkles: Sunday Stash-102 (Entry 10 of 10.)

Lakeshore Drive: Bouquet of talent 117 (Entry 199 of 208.)
Silver pennies: Silver Pennies Sun 97 (Entry 71 of 75.)
Jembellish: A Round Tuit 234 (Entry 207 of 224.)                   Featured here!
* Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues (Entry 75 of 163.)
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 53ish of 201.)


One Wee Bird said...

This is absolutely stunning and still very current ...I it must feel good to get it done!!!

Sally Hurley said...

Huzzah for a finish! I like the quilting.

Marigene said...

What a beautiful piece of handicraft...and congratulations on finishing the project!

miepie said...

This is beautiful!

Schulz Family said...

visiting from the handmade hangout. This is absolutely amazing. I am so with you on the finishing thing, overated, I don't do much of it either!!!

Mary Huey said...

Stunning finish no matter how long it took!!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Better late than never! This is a beautiful work of art that still looks current. Love the colors! I can only imagine all the work you put into it and how proud you must feel now that it's finished. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration party.

Jann Olson said...

It's easy to see that a lot of work and love went into this! Great job of finishing it. I know how hard it is to go back to something that was started years ago. Trust me, I have a few of those. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

It is beautiful ! Congrats on your finish! :) I quilt too and know how long these things take :)

Lady of the Manor said...

Stunning!!! Great job!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a beautiful quilt and a neat pattern! I would never have thought it was started that long ago, the fabrics still look beautiful!

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the cape on the corner said...

that doesn't even look real, it looks like a picture of a stained glass window or something. truly amazing work you did there.

The Charm of Home said...

Such a pretty pattern and even prettier fabric!

Crystelle said...

what a gorgeous quilt! Such a great pattern and such fabulous colors... You've outdone yourself!!
Wishing you a merry Christmas :)
xox, Crystelle

Etcetorize said...

Congratulations on completing your quilt! It was well worth the wait, it turned out beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

Snowcatcher said...

I'm not sure I've ever seen a design quite like that before. I think the mix of fabrics really makes the design pop. What a great feeling it must be to have it done and hanging now!

Lara B. said...

Jeanne - it is fabulous! And it looks very up to date; one would never know how long ago it began. Congratulations on a gret finish!

Renee said...

What a neat quilt! Glad it stood the test of time and was finally finished!

Carie said...

Oh that is incredible! It doesn't look dated at all, just utterly beautiful!

M-R Charbonneau said...

Beautiful! Yes, it doesn't look dated at all. Wow! Great quilting too. I know that pain of trying to bind and hang a circular quilt so extra kudos for that too - lol! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Your quilt looks very current. I work in a fabric store and we have batiks that look very similar to these. Nice job! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a merry Christmas season!

Blessings, Deborah

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is stunning--and looks VERY current! So funny to read about starting something in the last century. I think I have a lot of those projects hanging around too.

Thanks so much for linking up. I'm taking the month of December off, but will be back the beginning of January so I hope you will link up again!

P.S. my husband is from MN--beautiful state!

MoPo said...

Oh my gosh I can't believe you described me exactly! I call it protracted quilting, lol! Too bad we don't live closer to one another, we could help each other procrastinate. Hahaha!
But....your quilt is fabulous, I love it and thanks for sharing.

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liz said...

Just found your blog and am enjoying what I see. I find it remarkable that you started this quilt 16 years ago! I think it looks very current, especially the color choices. Most things were so drab back then!