Friday, August 31, 2007

Quilters' Hollow Retreat



IT'S DONE! WOOO-HOOO! I don't think I've ever had a quilt take me so long to make. This one has had me quilting on it for close to two months, and that's not two months of a little bit of quilting here and there--it's two months of quilting nearly every day. Why? What took so long? Darned if I can figure it out! Of course, I took a break for a couple weeks when I started having the problem with thread breakage, but I'm happy to say that either putting the thread in the freezer or giving the Juki a much needed break seems to have worked, because when I got back to quilting on this project, it went just fine.

I've decided to call it Quilters' Hollow Retreat because Quilters' Hollow is the name of my online Thimbleberries group and the small house blocks in the center portion and the star blocks in the border were all swapped blocks made by the group. And what retreat would be complete without a LARGE quilt shop placed in a central location?



So it's no longer "the Monster." And I'll get to sleep under it tonight. Maybe. With temps in the 100s and the A/C going, I might just lay under it for a couple minutes and then decide that's enough, although I did use a very light cotton batting.

The "vacation" days of my loooooong weekend are over, and where did they go? Other than my AAA/errand running day, I've hung around the house and quilted, which is just the way I like it! Tomorrow my husband and I will take a drive up to Auburn as I mentioned in an earlier post and visit a quilt shop and stop for a late lunch. I have another little project that I'm hoping to post a photo of sometime tomorrow, so I guess I'd better get going on it.

Happy Friday night, and a happy Labor Day weekend to those of you in the U.S.!

24 comments:

Bren said...

Your Quilter's Hollow Retreat is beautiful. I love how you turned the house into a quilt shop. I do not care how hot it was, I would curl up underneath it anyway!!! Congratulations!!! It looks wonderful!

Vicky said...

Kim, it's lovely! You did a fabulous job on it! Happy dancing!

I'm ready for the long weekend. A lot of doing nothing! So why did I schedule an 8:00 hair cut, you ask? Dumb, dumb, dumb!

Have a great trip!

Eileen said...

Job well done. Perfect for our QH retreat.

On to the next project.

Kairle said...

Hip, hip, hooray!!! It's finally done! It looks wonderful, Kim! You should be proud of yourself.

Enjoy your trip to Auburn tomorrow. That'll be the vacation part of your weekend. I'm going to finish working on my Month by Month quilt tomorrow.

mar said...

WOW! what a fantastic quilt congrats on a major accomplishment. Have fun tomorrow and keep cool!

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Tazzie said...

What a wonderful finish! You must be entirely thrilled, and it looks amazing!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Jane Weston said...

It's absolutely stunning! It won't be long before you'll be able to sleep under it for an entire night.

* * Kristie * * said...

Love how it turned out, Kim! Such creativity! I'm so glad it's not going to be "the monster" any more :)

Leigh said...

A lovely quilt. You did a great job on the quilting.

Darlene said...

And the crowd roared - "yea Kim, way to go"!!!! It's beautiful Kim - what's next?

Enjoy your outing with your hubby.

Judith said...

Just beautifull.

Yvonne said...

Now I'm sorry I didn't wait up for your post. It's just gorgeous....you did a fabulous job all the way around. Yeah Kim!
Have a wonderful outing today.

Kim said...

It's a stunning quilt :)
You should be so proud that it is finally finished.
Have a great weekend - can't wait to see what you start next -

Pat said...

I guess you found your next quilt show entry! Looks great Kim. Even if you can't actually sleep under it yet, you can admire it on your bed every time you walk in the room. ;-)

Are you SURE you're ready to tackle another BIG quilt???

Stay tuned for "Hometown Christmas (aka Monster # 2)" as the saga continues...LOL!

Julia said...

It is gorgeous!!! I love it!! I just finished a new quilt for our bed and despite the warm temps, we slept with it last night too!! Although I do think we both kicked it off sometime in the night, LOL

Knot Garden said...

It looks absolutely wonderful, amazing job!

thequiltedstar said...

Your quilt is beautiful, and it's finished:) Nothing better than sleeping under a quilt you finished.(unless it's 100's)

Angie said...

Yea!!! What an awesome quilt! You've done a wonderful job, and won't you love having it cover you this Winter. :D

Carole said...

Wow, the beast is done! Congrads! I do like the name. Too bad you couldn't keep monster or beast in there! lol It's sweet! I'm happy dancing for for you! Thanks for sharing!

Marcie said...

Wonderful job on your quilt Kim! It is a beauty! I can't even imagine tackling the quilting on a quilt that large. Hope you are having a great weekend!

Michele said...

Looks wonderful Kim. Can't wait to catch up on your blog and get started on my Hometown Christmas!!

Nan said...

I would say you have tamed the "monster" into an absolutely beautiful quilt! Love your name for it, too!

Patti said...

Congratulations on finishing - it turned out beautifully!