Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ginger Belle Quilt



I'm just tickled to have this quilt finished and on the bed! I started it in October of last year. The pattern is Ginger Belle, from Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. It's in this book



this is, hands down, my favorite quilt book. I love everything Carrie Nelson publishes and she's my favorite designer. There are several patterns in it that are on my list to make, but this was at the top of the list:


I cut everything from my stash of Civil War / Thimbleberry type fabrics.


Sometime I wonder why I have so much fabric and question if I really need it all, but I love digging through my stash when I'm beginning a new project and pulling fabrics. It's one of my favorite parts of the quilt making process and this quilt was a long process. I'd stitch a bit here and there and then another project would take precedence.


Ginger Belle is 81 x 81, but I made it bigger. The blocks are big and after only adding another row, it finishes at 114" x 114". I cut 12 strips for the binding and it took me literally weeks to get it bound. I chose this green fabric that is from Moda's Union Blues collection for the binding:


I backed this one with one of my bargain fabrics that I bought for $3.00 at a little quilt shop that was going out of business a few years ago. I didn't quite have enough, but I found more at Whittles for $5.00/yd. I love that shop. I think I heard about it from Jo, over at Jo's Country Junction. 


Jackie quilted it using a pattern called Cafe de Munde, another perfect choice from my superstar quilter:


Photographing a quilt this size is a challenge. While we were all out shooting pistols the other day, it dawned on me that the flat bed trailer would be perfect


 so my champion quilt holders and the canine assistants were called into action:


I adore everything about this quilt. 


Scrappy quilts just tickle me to pieces and this one is a joy to snuggle under. Right now it has a huge pile of laundry on it that needs folding, but that's not even a chore when I get to see this after everything is put away.



18 comments:

Lee said...

What a beautiful quilt! Love the fabrics too.

Kevin the Quilter said...

You're right! This quilt is spectacular! I happen to have this book, and I think it will be good for some reading material before bed tonight! Thanks for sharing!

Tired Teacher said...

It's gorgeous, and I can see why it's your favorite.

Love that you captured Harvey in one shot and Skeet in the other.

Scrap and quilts said...

Congratulations! It is GORGEOUS!!! and HUGE!! You did an excellent job picking the fabric. It is just charming. Mmmm! I want one too. ;^)

Janet O. said...

It is a winner! I love that pattern, too, and your choice of fabrics makes it very cozy-looking!

Pauline said...

OH my! Absolutely stunning! It has everything I love in it....many colors, stars, 4 patch combinations. The pillow combination is the icing on the cake. Yes, Whittles is a great place to buy material, great prices and good service. Congratulations, you did an outstanding job!

Dorian said...

Oh how lovely Karin!! That is a beautiful quilt. Great job. I love looking thru my fabrics for just the right ones too :)

Ruth said...

That is so Beautiful!! I love how the green squares pop out at me (I love green) and I love that half of a dog in the picture! The quilt holders must have really worked to hold it up so nice and high. A very lovely quilt finish!

Carol S. said...

This is absolutely gorgeous and I love how you photographed it with those helpers!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Oh my !!! That is just lovely!!!!

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Wow!!! Spectacular!! Since I'm trying to reduce my stash (it doesn't help that my friend owns the only quilt shop in the county, but I only buy to help her stay in business ..... LOL!!!!!) and this looks like another good choice for reducing said stash. I also have that book and really like the cover quilt.

Margaret said...

That quilt is absolutely spectacular! Enjoy!

Lindah said...

Gorgeous quilt! The colors are wonderful.

Judy said...

It's so pretty, and so big! I love the pattern and your colors are perfect on your bed! You did a wonderful job! I am so happy for you!!

Judy said...

I wanted to add that those colors make a perfect country looking spread and that you have so many fabrics without buying a lot of bundles or precuts. I wish I would do that. I will look for the quilt book.

allthingzsewn said...

It would be my favorite too.

Dar said...

You are right!! It is a perfect quilt and I love the colors you chose. The size is incredible too. I don't think I've ever made a quilt quite that big. Just finished quilting a 104" x 106 tonight and haven't made the binding yet, but if it took you weeks to bind yours, I"m looking at a long time too. I'd better hurry, it's a Christmas present.

Anonymous said...

Spot on! It has everything I like, the fabrics, stars and it's scrappy!!Beautiful! I love to dig through my fabrics too and believe me, after working at quilt shops for 20 years I have PLENTY!

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