Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Amish Sunflower Revisited

After a quilt show I attended this past fall and made this post, Libby from Paper Napkin Poetry got it in her mind that we should make a version. She hand dyed the fabric and a friend helped me figure out the assembly. I think I did a blog post about that too!
Here is my, close to completion, Amish Sunflower one block quilt. This is my first quilt  done in all solids.
I was wishy washy for quite some time trying to figure out the quilting. I wanted it somewhat similar to the original and wasn't sure about  thread color. It looked like on the original they may have used different colors depending on what fabric they were quilting. I was afraid to use black because my hand quilting is not that good. I have long stitches I have small stitches, crooked stitches, straight stitches......Libby told me something like this, "Lori, hand quilting is like your fingerprint, it is what makes the quilt unique." Something really struck a chord and I dove straight in on the quilting with black thread no less!!
I just started the border last night. I wish I would have made it a little wider, but I'm started now and there's no stopping me!!  Please go check out Libby's blog for her version. She is still being a little secretive.....

The three photos below are from the original quilt.

36 comments:

  1. Wonderful piece, I love the amish quilts.
    I have been collecting fabrics and got a lot from my friend, so one of these days I need to try a small version.

    Debbie

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  2. secretive you say~!?!~ lol

    LOVE what you've created here Lori and your hand quilting is perfection~!

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  3. Beautiful, Lori. I think your hand quilting is wonderful. I love what your friend told you. That's good advice.
    Sometimes I think we are much too hard on ourselves.
    I'm glad you dove right in and quilted it the way you did. It looks perfect:)

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  4. Very nice. Don't you just love finishing a piece!

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  5. Oh wow, how amazing and how wonderful you were able to share this! It's an absolutely divine reproduction of a magnificent quilt. What a complete treat!!!

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  6. You chose fabrics very close in color to the original. You did a nice job of piecing and a wonderful quilting job thus far. A pleasure to view. I purchased some solids but have not done anything with them. I have had a couple things in mind but would have to go back and figure out what it was I wanted to use them for.

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  7. Wonderful quilting motifs, very nice!

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  8. Lori, I so love Amish quilts. This is a lovely piece and your handstitching is perfect!

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  9. Gorgeous! Your hand quilting is always amazing! Love the black thread!!

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  10. Ooo, I love YOUR quilt and I love the original..both beauties. And you are so GOOD to jump right in on that hand quilting. I have the same issues and just don't even do it so you're WAAYY ahead of me!!

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  11. Love the solid colour combo. And your quilting is just fine, you don't want to see mine.

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  12. I love it!! I especially like your quilting. You're so brave to try black thread - it looks great! The original is pretty terrific too...sigh.

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  13. I'm so glad you listened to Libby. Your sunflower is beautiful!

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  14. Love Amish quilts and love solids!!!! Your quilting will improve and become more even the more you do it!!! You're on your way, well done!!! It is a wonderful block, love the original large quilt too, very dramatic!!!

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  15. Lori, your quilting is lovely. And good for you for using black, I've loving contrasting threads and your corner design is great.

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  16. Beautiful. What a good idea to do just one block in the larger size.

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  17. What a wonderful block - your hand quilting looks great and your friend Libby is a treasure!

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  18. I love it, it's very neat Lori. I also love the saying about hand quilting, I guess we all have our own style.

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  19. Thank you again for this beautiful inspiration. Both quilts (you and Libby) are wonderful in their own version.
    Love your words on quilting stitches :)

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  20. It is a lovely block, the colors are beautiful, the sun is really shining! And hurray for just go with the flow and be happy with your own handquilting. It looks great!

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  21. I love the entire thing...your quilting with the black thread is awesome!

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  22. Your work looks wonderful - you have done such a great job!

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  23. Simply fabulous and I love the black quilting thread!

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  24. Your quilt is awesome and the quilting looks great! I love that design. BTW, I might be in OR for the Sisters quilt show this year! I will let you know for sure. We'll be visiting Prineville also and would sure love to get together again.

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  25. This is realy stunning, Lori. And I love Libby's advice regarding hand quilting. I'm going to remember that!

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  26. It is beautiful Lori, The hand quilting looks just perfect.

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  27. OMG, I love this quilt!!! Love the colors, the quilting, everything about it! The orange/cheddar is perfect!

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  28. Lori, I love it! Did you use quilting thread or something else? Your little quilt is beautiful.

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  29. Lori, that little quilt is adorable. You are so creative with your small quilts. Can you tell me where you found the pattern for this?

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  30. Lori what a beautiful quilt. Your quilting is perfect. I love the dark thread that you used. The hand dyed fabric is fantastic. Nice job. Hugs.

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  31. Can't see a crooked one anywhere, very beautiful....
    Don't the Amish not want complete perfection, only God is....

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  32. I love 'channel' quilting and love the detail of it going the other way in the center!! Lovely surprise!!

    doni @ Oregon coast

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  33. Oh Lori! It's gorgeous! and what a wise friend you have: I love that quote... Thanks for sharing, and your quilting adds soooo much to your quilt! Well-done!

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  34. What a wonderful quilt! The hand dyes make it look antique.
    Don't second guess your hand quilting..it's beautiful! :)

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  35. Great quilt. I love your version. The colors are great - bring this with you for show and tell!

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  36. This is an interesting quilt: the fabric colors, one-block style pattern, and the hand-quilting makes it unique. I love to see hand-stitching, as I don't have the patience for it myself!

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