July 08, 2011

Forever Project Finished!

As a quilter, I assume you have one of those "forever projects". You know the one you drag around to soccer games, husband is still shopping the hardware store--- you've returned to the car, dentist appointments, doctor appointments, watching TV, quilt guild business meetings, coffee clatch. Or just about anywhere you have a few moments to sit and people watch and take a few stitches. "A Patriots Dream" was one of those projects.

I love to do redwork, or any type of embroidery. To be able to incorporate it into a quilt is an added bonus. I'm sure over the years of reading my blog, you have occasionally seen pictures of this ongoing project---always listed as "unfinished". Here are some sections of the quilt. I sat at my sewing machine for most of the quilting as I did a lot of outlining of the various redwork and bluework. I also loaded the partially completed quilt onto the long arm to do some of the background fills in areas like around the cannon, or lines in the drapes surrounding Uncle Sam.

Betsy Ross
Cannon with flowers

I tried to not do too much quilting as I felt that could detract from the embroidery design.

I have been saving this tiny, tiny black buttons just for Uncle Sam's coat!

It doesn't show up in this picture, but I added a bit of blush with a paint stick to Uncle Sam's cheeks. He was looking a bit too serious!

A Patriot's Dream---Finished.
52" x 45"
Wet blocked and drying on the design wall.
Yes, I see that line of stitching is missing. :o)

(This is an Indygo Junction pattern designed by Marge Wooters.)

Sassy helped celebrate my Birthday


Linda in TX said...

Beautiful job, Angie. The red work and the quilting are just spectacular. You must feel so proud to finally have this off the list, huh! We all have one or two forever projects but this one is really great.

Candace said...

What an awesome work of art. Well worth all the time and effort, it's exquisite and can be a favorite all year long, or a treasure to bring out on patriotic holidays.

Candace said...

Happy Birthday! My son's birthday was yesterday.

Purple Pam said...

Oh, Angie! That quilt is awesome. How great that it is now, FINISHED! Congratulations. Happy Belated Birthday.

Unknown said...

Angie, that really is a beautiful quilt. And happy birthday!

Angie said...

Thank You Unknown commenter! I wish I knew who you were---but, that's O.K. too.

Ivory Spring said...

What a beautiful quilt. Those buttons are cute!