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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Winners and a Finish


I would like to thank everyone
for contributing to the comments on my last post,
"Things My Mother Used to Say".
I got quite a chuckle from some of the responses!

I'd like to add one more from my mom,
something I can hear her telling me several times a day,
"Never leave a room empty handed."
Not being the best housekeeper in the world, 
this little piece of advice keeps me on my toes,
and my house fairly tidy!

The Random Number Generator chose
comment number 37, Lisa Boyer
and comment number 7, Sandi @ Shhh Designs
to each receive 2-20 count Free Spirit Fabrics charm packs.

Congratulations, ladies!
As soon as I receive your addresses, I'll pop them into the mail.

I do have a finish to show you today,
one I am very proud of!

My first real attempt at custom quilting on my Janome Horizon.
I originally blogged about it HERE.



I am going to call this quilt "A Kennebec Wnter".
It is 60" x 60"and took me approximately 30 hours of quilting.

It was a great learning adventure.
I practiced going frontward, sideways, and backwards
and obviously, it's not perfect,
but I gained so much confidence!




Here's a close up.




And a look at it from the back.

I love my Janome and will miss it while I'm away.
I start my annual migration south next Saturday, with my first stop being Boston,
to spend a little time with family and friends,
before making my way to Texas.

Stay safe and warm
as Mother Nature begins to remind us that
yes, it is winter.

~karen

39 comments:

Christine Barnsley said...

Congratulations to the winners! Love your quilting.... it is just beautiful! Have a good trip South! Christine x

Sandi said...

Wow! What a delightful surprise to wake up to, I guess those far away from you are the lucky ones today, I live across the country from you in Brish Columbia, that is until you fly down to Texas! Thank you Karen I'll send you my information.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

have a good trip back to Texas - congrats to your winners and love your quilt you did a realy good job quilting it.

O'faigh said...

Congratulations to th the winners safe travelling Karen love your quilt

Sondra said...

It's gorgeous! I know you're looking forward to your trip...be safe.

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

it's turned out lovely Karen. It may have taken a while to quilt but the results are so worth it. I zoomed right in for a good look, beautiful quilting, you have made such a great job of this. I like the name too, it looks like a winter quilt. Safe journey to your winter home, you remind me of the swallows, that would make a great nickname for you.
Smiles
Kate

Maria said...

Beautiful quilting Karen and have a good trip to TX

Vickie said...

I am super impressed with your quilting Karen !

Karen said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Congrats, those were 30 hours well spent. You're leaving the country just as the fun starts - it snowed here twice this week. Maybe some year you will brave a Cape Breton winter :) Safe travels. xx

Teresa in Music City said...

Wow! You have done such a beautiful quilting job on that Karen!!! You should be very proud of it!
Enjoy your "migration" this year and please travel safely - I'm sending angels to go with you ๐Ÿ˜Š

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Simply gorgeous!

Ellen said...

Your quilt is beautiful as is the quilting! Congrats to the winners!!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

It was fun reading the comment entries. Congrats to the winners too!
xx, Carol

Heidi said...

I really loved your giveaway post! My mom encouraged full hands too:) We used to tell her to kick-back & relax, but she paid no mind, & ahe is atill busy as ever. Perhaps the best advice really is example, did you have the wallhanging, like we did, Children Learn By....

Hmm, I will have to research that one, lol, but maybe you know what I am referring to.

My mother taught independence, and she being single, we were taught to ride Metro. An important piece of advice that I heard a thousand times, & have used all my life, is to never appear lost. Hold yourself with confidence!

sunny said...

Wow - your quilting is amazing! Great job. I'm going back to read the comments from your earlier post, which I apparently missed out on....

FlourishingPalms said...

I'm so happy you shared this beautiful quilt! You did a super job on it, Karen! Scary to keep track of the hours spent quilting, isn't it? I've timed mine only a few times because I really don't want to know. I'm just happy you enjoyed your time at it, and I have no doubt you will have many more happy hours of quilting ahead of you... once you get back to that great machine. You quilt so very well!

Lin said...

Congratulations to Lisa and Sandi!
Wow! What an brilliant finish on your quilt - the quilting is amazing! I love it. xx

Lin said...

Safe travels! xxxxx

Createology said...

Congratulations winners. Your quilting is beautiful. Safe travels to Texas. Our Mother's were wiser than we believed while growing up. <3

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Great job on the quilting. Travel safe. We got a bit of snow today and lots of rain.

Louise said...

Beautiful quilting, Karen! I love how you emphasized the arrow-like shapes. It makes the "plain" white pieces as dynamic and vital as the pieced focus blocks. Great job!!

Needled Mom said...

I think the quilting looks great. Congratulations to the winners.

Have a safe trip South.

desertskyquilts said...

I loved the one about the monsters under the bed! I love your quilt. I can't believe it's your first real machine quilting - so gorgeous. Congratulations on your finish.

Fiona said...

lovely sending out those fabrics.... I love the quilt and the quilting looks amazing. Did you double side it? - the back looks like a quilt too!!
Hugz

Bernie Kringel said...

Oh my gosh, this is stunning. I absolutely love the quilting. You chose wonderful designs to complement the piecing. So, so great!
Safe travels Karen.☺️

I am said...

congrats to the lucky winners and Karen your quilt is amazing.

Abby and Stephanie said...

Congratulations to your winners! Wow, your quilting skills have gone from awesome to amazing in no time. :o) Safe travels to you.

Jo Ferguson said...

Congrats to the winners and I absolutely adore your new quilt. You should be very proud of your quilting.

Cattinka said...

Your new quilt is beautiful from both sides!
And your mother was a wise woman.
KATRIN W.

Sheila said...

Congratulations to the winners and Karen your quilting is simple amazing ! Wow just wow ๐Ÿ˜†

Sheila said...

Oh and for the record I am going to miss you , always ,airs me sad to know you are heading south ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Raewyn said...

I chuckled myself at the latest words of wisdom to appear here on your blog - as that is a mantra I'm trying to drum into myself to assist with my - not so pristine- housekeeping efforts :-) I love your latest quilt, the quilting on it is lovely, sets it off nicely without taking over. Safe travels as you head south, it seems to come around so quickly, I feel like you've only just arrived back home!

Julie said...

Around here we call that, "Touch it once." If it needs moved, take it all the way to putting it away. Not half way or close to where it goes.

I'm really taken with your quilting, and enjoy the fact that you kept track of your hours. It's so often overlooked. The time element is staggering when you consider it, and rarely appreciated for the long hours spent.

Have fun as a snowbird in Texas, and enjoy the light.

Judy said...

Congratulations on a lovely finish!! 30 hours of machine quilting, wow, that's impressive. I wish that I could see this in person.
Have a safe trip,
Judy

Simone de Klerk said...

Amazing, your quilting skill. Looks beautiful!

Barb said...

Have a safe trip, love the quilting you have done.....just fabulous.

Tired Teacher said...

What an attractive quilt. The pattern would be perfect for using orphan blocks (in the stars' centers).

Heidi said...

Oh, I love the quilting! Have a wonderful trip South!

Dar said...

WOW, your quilting skills look great. One would think you had been quilting a long time. Your quilt is awesome. I see that you are heading to Texas. I have relatives in Austin. I spent a few winter weeks there once. Have a good time in the warm climate.