Sunday, May 23, 2010

Never has it felt so good to finish!

It's been two years in the making. Drum roll, please...........................................Tristan's Hungry Caterpillar Quilt is finally finished! Woot! (I haven't actually been working on it for two years straight - a baby/non-sleeping toddler kinda got in the way...)
I did a lot of handquilting on this baby - a mixture of quilting and perle thread. The perle was a bugger to quilt with, but I eventually got my needles sorted out and after many evenings of stitching in front of the television, got there in the end. The only downside of using such a thick thread is that it stiffens the quilt - the rest of the quilt is all soft and snuggly. The butterflies are noticeably stiffer - and they warped the 'squareness' of the quilt.
Not that Tristan minds! He just loves it and has spent a good part of today climbing in and out of his bed to go under his new 'covers'. God love him :)And here's a photo of the back - it's cheater flannelette. So warm and snuggly and the perfect colour combination for this quilt. Now I just have to add the label, but since I'm not giving this one away, there's no rush, right?

Since this is such a momentous occasion, Tristan's Hungry Caterpillar Quilt is my entry for this year's Blogger's Quilt Festival



74 comments:

AJ said...

You have done a surperb job with this one Lily!! 2 years is a long time but soooo worth it don't you think!! Mr T wouldn't have appreciated like he does now if he was any younger!!

Entering the Blogger Quilt Festival?? Some good prizes up for grabs!

Joyce said...

Very very cute, both quilt and boy. I think it will soften up with use and washing and it looks like it will get a LOT of use!

Clare said...

This is gorgeous and I love the colours. Tristan looks so happy with it.

The quilt will soften up with washing, which it will probably get a lot of :-).

Marisa Birns said...

Wow! You certainly are very good at this quilting business.

Love how your little boy uses that step to climb into his bed. He's absolutely adorable!

Emma said...

Fantastic work, Lily! You should be very proud of this one!

Emma said...

PS - hurry up and add the label - otherwise it will never happen. I know...

Jessica said...

What a fun and lovely quilt. The butterflies are beautiful!

Kylie said...

Well don - it looks great and how big is he getting! Good lukc in the comp:)

Rebekah said...

it's beautiful! I am such a big Eric Carle fan and this is a great way to display his work

janet said...

Aww, very cute!

Rita E said...

So cute! Enjoyed reading your post ... thanks for sharing!

nicolette said...

That’s some happy quilt to start the week with! Both Mr Tristan and the quilt are adorable!!

Martine said...

original et très coloré parfaite réussite

Susan Michele said...

I bet he really loves it! The back of the quilt is great (the front is too!). Thanks for sharing this with us!

SewCalGal said...

Brilliant quilt. Love the design, fabrics, color. Just delightful.

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Eileen said...

LOVE this!! i've seen the caterpillar before and wanted to make him--how darling and fun your little child loves it so much--just sweet

Michelle said...

Adorable! It's obvious your son totally thinks so. And I'm always glad to know there are other hand-quilters out there. :-)

Dee Soden said...

mmmmmmmm attracted to bright colours.

I love it!

well done

Sandra said...

what a delightful quilt and such a cute model. The cheater flannel on the back is a terrific choice-how cozy.
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Kelly said...

Love it!! and the back is gorgeous!!
The hand quilting looks fantastic too!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Such a bright and festive quilt and your little Tristan is so cute! Ah! sadly, I have so many unfinished quilt parts, pieces, tops! If I had to say how long it took, when I finally do finish one...it would be ridiculous! So 2 years sounds pretty fast compared to where mine are at! :o) I really need to dedicate and set aside a specific time, maybe for a little daily "quilting"...

Blessings & Aloha!
(I finally have some free time so am trying to get to more amazing Quilt Festival posts!... so happy to see yours. I would love to have you pop over to my place. And if you get a chance, please let me know by leaving a comment on my post. :o)

Laurel H. said...

What a wonderful little quilt for your big boy! I peeked at your flickr photostream; great work, especially that Maverick Star quilt!

Polly said...

Lily, I love that he kept climbing in and out of his bed! You did a fantastic job on it, little wonder he loves it. You're status as Quilting Queen remains unchallenged!

patricia belyea said...

This is a quilt your son will always cherish. What a gift of love.

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