under wraps

This surprise quilt has been a long time in the making. Almost a full year ago, I asked some friends of mine to help me out in making this quilt. They obliged and sent the most amazing, colorful, cheerful blocks and I pieced them all into this quilt. I had meant for this surprise quilt to come together quickly, but between moving, a new puppy and my over ambitious quilting ideas, it's taken me some time.

surprise quilt
I decided to quilt frames around each center block in that open white space. I think when you stand back, the crosses really stand out, so this was a nice way to emphasize the center block and also add dimension to the "boring" white space. But it's taken for. ev. er. Looking back, I should have done qayg on this quilt, but I had it all pieced and basted before I even discovered that technique, so shoving and holding and pushing it went.

I've got it all quilted now, and am working on tacking on the binding by hand since I have been totally hating all my machine binding skills (or lack thereof).

surprise quilt
Fleury will be sad to see this go, but he'll make sure to send lots of dog hair with it!
I can't wait to get it totally finished, wrapped up with a bow and stuck in the mailbox to it's intended recipient. She/he has no idea that it's headed their way, so I'm hoping she/he enjoys it and think it's as charming and pretty as I thought it was frustrating.

The back is also pretty fun (if I do say so myself), but it would totally give away the receiver of this quilt, so I must wait to show you until it's in their hands. So, stay tuned!

I'm linking this post up to Plum & June's Monday Link Up!

12 comments:

  1. Wow! This is so lovely! I am sure the recipient of this quilt will adore it! Dog hair on a quilt is the cherry on top of a loved quilt!

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  2. This is gorgeous with all that white!

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  3. How can they not think think it is charming and pretty?!?!!? It is gorgeous! And from what I can see, that quilting is looking very worth the effort you are putting in.

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  4. Lovely! You did a wonderful job. I think it is the best. If the intended giftee doesn't like it I will be the first in line to take it. Congrats on a job well done!

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope they like it, too. Guess we'll see?!

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  5. It is bright and cheerful, and very summery. Great make!

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  6. It's absolutely beautiful! It might be the perfect pattern for a particular heap of fabric I've been wondering what to do with. I totally get the "was supposed to come together quickly" bit. In the middle of that right now. Glad it finally worked out. :)

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  7. This is great! I have not shared my blog with any of my friends or family as I have mostly made gifts and didn't want people to seem them ahead of time. Can't wait to see the back of your quilt now!

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  8. So beautiful! I love all those bright fabrics, it's just so happy!

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  9. this is absolutely stunning! I can't wait to see this quilt finished! All of these fabrics are so cheery :)

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  10. Very pretty and so cheerful!
    Carol

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