Monday, July 04, 2011

Stars & Stripes


Happy Independence Day to those of you in the US! I am thoroughly enjoying my long weekend and look forward to going to see fireworks tonight. In the spirit of the holiday, I thought I'd show you what I've been working on. Remember when I mentioned I was sewing the binding on a quilt? Well, it's finished! And just in time to use on my dining room table.

This quilt was a kit that I bought from my local quilt shop my first year of quilting. I cut and pieced this quilt and finished the top back in October of 2002 (just a few months after purchasing the kit). I've shown this quilt to you before, and every year in July I wish that it was finished. Finally, I decided that this year it was going to be done. I dropped it off with my quilter last month and she actually had it finished the next day! All that time of sitting around being unfinished, and it only took a couple of weeks to have it quilted and sew on the binding.


I am thrilled with the quilting she did. I had asked for something with stars on it, just an all over pattern, and she did a fabulous job. I love the stars and the swirls. And in the middle of each of my pieced stars she quilted a spiral. How fun!


I am so happy that I can finally enjoy this quilt and it makes me so happy every time I pass by the dining room. I have one last quilt that is ready to go to the quilter, and I'm hoping I can do that sometime soon. It would be nice to have it finally quilted as well. Everything else is in need of piecing, so I'm working my way through the list slowly but surely!

In stitching news, I've been working away on Hare Pyns. I've almost got all of my leaves finished and then I'll move onto those two side flowers. It's coming along, just very slowly.


I hope you have a wonderful 4th, whether it's a holiday for you or not. Thanks so much for stopping by!

I am grateful for this country I live in.


Margaret said...

That quilt is soooo pretty, Michelle! I just love it! And the quilting is great too! It's perfect for today too! Love your Hare Pyns -- I know it's been a pain to stitch, but it's going to be so worth it!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

That is a fabulous quilt! Gotta love the red, white, and blue; right? I know you're delighted to have it finished.
Pretty stitching, too. Those colors are devine!
Happy 4th to you and yours!

Giovanna said...

Great progress on your stitching - lovely!

Catherine said...

What a perfect quilt for the holiday! Love the colors in your stitching piece as well!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your quilt and perfect for the July 4th weekend. Your Hare Pyns is gorgeous and I hope you think it's worth the pain of stitching. You'll have a stunning piece to show off and cherish.

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh, Michelle!! I love it. That quilt is FABULOUS! It looks great on your table.

Nice progress on Hare Pyns!

Happy Fourth!

Hazel said...

What a great quilt! Love the swirls and stars on it. Great pic of your stitchy progress too. Good job! x

Littlebit said...

What a beautiful, festive quilt, Michelle! I have that same design quilted in the R/W/B one that Paulette gave me years ago. Have a wonderful 4th!

krayolakris said...

Very nice quilt! Hare Pyns is so gorgeous when finished..lucky you!

merumo said...

What a pretty and fun patriot quilt you made! I was going to finish a couple of my WIPs today, but the time is running out now as it's close to the dinner time :O Stitching is looking nice, too! Happy 4th!

valerie said...

Pretty quilt! The first thing I noticed are the stars and swirls. So much fun! Great progress on Hare Pyns too. :)

Gabi said...

Gorgeous quilt. Love it.
Hare Pyns are awesome. I really adore the look of it.

mdgtjulie said...

Your little quilt looks really good. I love the star swirls too. Awesome! And HP is coming right along. Love the colors in it. They're beautiful!

David said...

Great patriotic quilt. It's really nice. And the stitching on Hare Pyns is beautiful.
The sunflowers made me smile. Near my house in the south of France they are many fields of sunflowers... miles of sunflower rolling hills ;-)

Robert said...

Great start on Hare Pyns Michelle...I just got my kit for Spot in the Mountains so a am looking forward to getting this started since September is just around the corner. Will hopefully get a chance to update my blog this weekend with a pic.

Great quilt and fits right in with this time of year.

Sylvia said...

I love, love, love your patriotic quilt!!! I'm so glad you got it done in time for Independence say.

Your HP is looking wonderful - I wish I was that far with my stitching... I have got one leaf and one flower, my initials and half the background. Sounds like a lot.

Glad you made good use of your long weekend.

Karoline said...

The quilt is gorgeous, congratulations.

Hare Pyns is looking lovely