Monday, January 9, 2012

My Design Wall Today

Well, here it is....


Most of my local support group has seen this in person, so I can now share it with everyone in blogland. You should be able to click on the photo to see a larger version.

This is my completed Jane Stickle quilt top replica...all 169 blocks, 52 outer triangles, and 4 corner pieces. No two are the same. The approximate size is 84 inches on all sides. I've sewn on a straight dark border which will be scalloped (like Jane's original quilt) after I quilt it. It took me 3 years, 7 months, and 9 days to get to this point. I finished the top at 3:04PM EST on December 31, 2011 but waited until today to blog about it because I wanted to show it to my local support group in person first.

Now I need to get my HQ16 mid-arm machine serviced (I want to make sure it's in perfect condition before I attempt to quilt this), buy some MonoPoly thread from Superior Threads, and get to work. My goal is to have it completely finished in time for my guild's September exhibit, but it would be even better if I could finish it in time for my four-year anniversary with this quilt in late May.

A big THANK YOU to all who have supported me and provided advice, in person and in cyberspace, during this journey with Jane. I couldn't have done it without you.

If you're new to my blog and want to see the individual blog posts about my progress with this quilt, just click on the "Dear Jane" label on the right sidebar of my blog.

Go to Judy's blog to see what others have on their design wall today.

53 comments:

Sheila said...

congratulations Anya, a wonderful achievement, I have enjoyed the journey with you but I am a little behind you with my DJ. 3 sides of triangles and the corners to go, I will be very interested to see how you quilt it. I'm going to check out MonyPoly thread

Karen S said...

Wow! This is amazing! I love the bright colors!

Teresa in Music City said...

Wow Anya! That's beautiful!!! I finished my Dear Jane top last year too, and it took me about 4 years as well. I also used brighter colors with a black background like yours. I think that colorway is just stunning! Still waiting to quilt it - I want to be sure to do it justice.

Congratulations - great job!!!

Lori said...

Oh WOW!! Congratulations!

Mary said...

Congratulations! You have done Jane proud.

Sally Hamilton said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!

Michele said...

Bravo! It's absolutely stunning!

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations! This is an amazing life accomplishment! And your colour work on the layout of the blocks is gorgeous!

Sue Daurio said...

Oh that is a masterpiece!!! Congrats on such a fabulous finish. I just ordered the book and like you I expect to take years to finish. Oh that is just drop dead gorgeous!!

Julia said...

What a georgous quilt. The colors sing beautifully to me. I love it.

Vicki said...

Do you hear the round of applause and cheering??? That is awesome and I can't wait to see how your quilt it. I have a Civil War Diary quilt I need to complete before Oct. I have to just assemble, and quilt it. It was a prep quilt before I attempt a Dear Jane, I love long term projects. Congratulations!!

Rene' said...

Congratulations to you Anya!!!! Very well done!!!! What a wonderful feeling of accomplishment! Your quilt looks fabulous in all its glory up on your design wall. I have enjoyed seeing your progress along the way. Such an inspiration! I look forward to pictures of the quilting process.

Lorene said...

Did you hear my jaw drop, when I looked at your quilt? Great job, love the bright colors. My Jan is in batiks and maybe black sashing and triangles would be great. Be proud of this finish, it's fantastic!

karenfae said...

Congratulations!! I think it seems pretty normal for most of us to take about 3 years to get ours finished - I bet you are glad to have it to this point.
Karen

Pat said...

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!! Awesome accomplishment! It is absolutely stunning.

Nann said...

Oh, wow.
Oh, wow.
It is beautiful.
Congratulations!!

Diane said...

That is truly a masterpiece! And all the time invested. I'm speechless, which is huge for me!
Congratulations.

Connie said...

What a stunning quilt! Congrats!

Jo said...

A-MAZING!! what an accomplishment.

Suzan said...

Absolutely magnificent!!

Eden said...

I am thrilled for you that the top is done! Congratulations! I absolutely love it done in these colors, it makes it so alive and vibrant. Good luck with the quilting.

Michelle said...

If only mine will come out that well. I have 60 blocks done and would love to be done. I am teaching a class at the LQS on it and we are doing 10 blocks a month. I'm hoping to finish mine this year but the class won't be done until sometime in 2013. Great job.

Needled Mom said...

It really is gorgeous! What a wonderful job you have done on it.

Vicki W said...

Congratulations! It's spectacular!

The Thompsons said...

This is gorgeous!!!

madttravel said...

Wonderful, Anya! How did you have time to make a quilt for me when you were working so hard on this beautiful masterpiece?

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!! I'm in awe.

Smiles,
Kelly

imquilternity said...

Oh my gosh....it's absolutely gorgeous! And, soooo much work! WOW!

Melinda said...

It is beautiful! How are you planning on quilting it? I will look forward to quilting photos also. You did a great job!

Stevens Family said...

That is amazing. I love it! I look forward to seeing it quilted.

Melinda said...

SPECTACULAR!! What an accomplishment.

Quilty Conscience said...

Such a beauty! Such dedication. Good Job. It is stunning! Toni

grendelskin said...

Wowie-wow-wow, what a gorgeous quilt! It's been a great pleasure following your block progress, congratulations on a truly spectacular finish!

Wendy said...

Your quilt is just stunning!

Kris said...

Your fabrics are gorgeous and it such a fantastic accomplishment. I am about 2/3 of the way thru mine but It may take a lifetime and that's okay. Your quilt is wonderful inspiration.

Madalene Axford Murphy said...

Magnificent! It just glows.

Jackie said...

OMG... I am last to the party here! Your Dear Jane is just absolutely gorgeous! It will be even more gorgeous when you have it quilted and bound! Congrats on a fantastic finish!

Trish said...

Congrats! What a beautiful keepsake! It is spectacular.

Debbie said...

What an incredible quilt...congratulations on your completion! I love your background choice.

Kate said...

Beautifully done. Wonderful color selections. Congratulations!

Vivian said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed every step of your journey, quietly cheering you on each time I saw the next block in all its colorful glory on my monitor.
Well done, Anya, well done. It's a masterpiece and you should be very proud of your accomplishment. So many stop part way and never finish. (but we won't point fingers at ourselves)
IT IS GORGEOUS!

Amy said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the bright colors.

Silvia said...

Congratulations! This is an awesome quilt! I love your choice of colors! You ought to be very proud :)

Shellie said...

I love the colors of your Dear Jane. You did amazing work. Congratulations on the finish!

kutiequilter said...

It is stunning! You did a beautiful job! Can't wait to see it in Sept.!

swooze said...

Beautiful!

Pip said...

Absolutely gorgeous Anya, your quilt just glows, reminds me of a stained glass window. Congratulations.

louise said...

YEAH! I saw the quilt in person and didn't notice the blocks in the center reveal a diamond medalion. Its a beauty!!!

Meg said...

Said it before, but I'll say it again. Anya, you should be so proud of yourself! What a phenomenal accomplishment! Well done, my friend!

Gari said...

Very impressive. I can't imagine doing all that detail work but it sure was worth it.mollerm

Jeanne said...

What an awesome accomplishment! Your quilt is beyond beautiful!

Zoey said...

I knew it would be spectacular and it is! Congratulations!

Karen said...

That is absolutely gorgeous -- almost makes me want to make one with my mountain of batiks in the sewing room. But I long ago decided that my job in life is to admire the Dear Janes that other make. And yours is one of the most striking I've seen.