Smitten Quilt Update - OMG End-March 2020


Gosh, isn't she pretty? I honestly don't know how many photos I've taken of this quilt. The number is definitely in the hundreds.

At the start of march, my goal was to finish the last few EPP blocks for my Smitten Quilt (the quilt that has been in progress for a thousand years...)




I'm happy to say that not only did I finish those last few blocks, but I hand sewed the quilt top together.
And then sewed together the backing fabric.
And sandwiched my quilt layers. 
And basted the quilt.
And have stitched in the ditch. 
Yipeeeeee!

I am now in the process of adding some big stitch hand quilting embellishment to this quilt. I'll use my Aurifil 12 weight threads in all sorts of colours. This is a fun part of the process and something I can do while I watch telly in the evenings.



Thanks to Elm Street Quilts for hosting the One Monthly Goal (OMG) challenge and keeping us quilters on track with our goals and inspired to keep creating.

Go and check out how everyone else has fared in their OMG March 2020 challenges.

26 comments

  1. Smitten is lovely! Congratulations on reaching your goal, and, and ... ! Well done! Looking forward to seeing how you embellish her!

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    1. Thanks Sharon. I'm pleased that I achieved my OMG for March, but now I'm wondering what I'll try to commit to for April. Take care x

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  2. Congratulations on moving your UFO along to this stage.

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    1. Thanks Karen. It's been a long, slowwwwwww progression.

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  3. Oh well done! Last year I finally finished a huge EPP hexagon quilt that I had been working on and off for about five years, the feeling was amazing. This is wonderful, I hope you get lots of enjoyment from using it. x

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    1. Thanks Kay. It's been very slow going but I am very pleased that I've made it. There are so many beautiful EPP quilts out there and some people (somehow) seem to be very quick at making them. I'll be hand quilting for a while longer, but I'll enjoy it, especially now as the weather is cooling down quickly.

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  4. well done - this is a lovely quilt and you will have fun quilting it!

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    1. Thanks Karen. It’s been a fun quilt to make and I’m pleased that I stuck with it.

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  5. It’s absolutely amazing! I’ve been wanting to try some big stitch quilting! I’ll be anxious to see yours!

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    1. Thank you!! The quilting is quite fun and I'm enjoying the process of deciding how I'll quilt each little section and in which colours. There are some great tutorials on YouTube for big stitch quilting (for when you'd like to have a try).

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  6. Oh it is lovely... the 1000 year quilt! that is a great name too! ha ha!!

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    1. Oh my gosh, that is the perfect name for it! It certainly feels like I've been making and looking at it for 1000 years :)

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  7. Beautiful, amazing, awesome......all that and then some. LOVE IT................

    Wonderful job

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  8. Very lovely and your big quilting will be just perfect to finish it off. What needles do you find best for the thicker thread?
    Hugz

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    1. I generally use embroidery needles for this type of quilting. They're quite strong and the eye is big enough to feed that thread through (well the first few attempts anyways). I bought some "Klasse Gold Eye Hand Needle Sharps" (sz 5-10) from BigW last week and have found these to be really good too. They're long and strong.

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  9. I am smitten with your Smitten! Gorgeous!

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  10. Wow! Your quilt looks amazing. Well done hand piecing it all and I am looking forward to seeing your hand quilting.

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    1. Thanks Ondrea. It's certainly been one of my slowest projects - or maybe I'm just very a very slow EPPer. Hope you're well xx

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  11. I admire your patience! The result is wonderful, so, yes, I admire your quilt too! You have incorporated so many hexagon arrangements that you've lifted this one way off the usual ground of Grandma's garden.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I go through sporadic periods of patience, which could be why this has taken so long thus far. Take Care :)

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  12. you know this is epic beautiful. What a treasure you have created
    I love everything about your quilt!!

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  13. Your quilt is beautiful!! I've got the paper pieces and the pattern for Smitten, but I just never got around to starting. I love that you're hand quilting it too. thank you for linking up to the Peacock Party.

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  14. Gorgeous! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

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  15. What a labour of love this quilt has been. It really is a beauty. I prefer the longer projects too and usually never tire of the hand stitching part. Definitely worthy of a hundred photos! Stay safe now.

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  16. Your Smitten is beautiful! Well done on making such fabulous progress on it this month.

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