June 22, 2016

My Magical Magic Vine Quilt Is Done!!


So here's the story of a UFO (UnFinished Object) that on Sunday June 12, 2016, officially became a Finished Object......after about 8 decades!

I bought the 1930s top at an antique store in the 1980s.  It was quite a find!  The applique artistry is amazing, it came packaged with more of the same green fabric that was intended for the back, and green is my favorite color.  I decided to do a bang-up job of quilting to honor the wonderful work of the anonymous woman who started the quilt.  Since the 80s, it has been the quilt I take with me when I demonstrate hand quilting and talk about antique quits. 

So I've worked on it just a few hours at a time, just a few times a year.  In the meantime, I've raised two kids and done tons of other quilting and sewing.  A couple of years ago, I decided it was time to actually put some focused hours into it, quite honestly, so the poor thing wouldn't end up for sale again as a UFO....

I can't tell you the rush of emotion as I spread it out Sunday night, all bound and completed!  I am thrilled!  And I hope the lovely quilter is warmed and happy as well, 80-ish years after she stitched these wonderful flowers!





There's more info in previous posts:

"Magic Vine" - Dec 2012
This post tells the history of the pattern, of this particular quilt, and has photo details of all the flower appliques.  

"Magic Vine - Quilting Progress" - June 2015
This post is an update on the quilting progress as of a year ago. 


2 comments:

  1. Just marvelous. You take the cake for stick to itiveness. (Made up word, but works here.)

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    1. Thanks for loving this quilt, too. The quilting didn't feel especially stick to itive (!) because the appliqué is so lovely to explore close-up, and sitting with the quilt was always like a calm little break from everything else, sitting under a trellis in the garden.

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