Friday, May 27, 2011

Hope Valley quilt top

You all are nice, I like you.  Thanks for your words of encouragement on my last post.  You know, the one where I was complaining about these stinking string blocks?  Yep, that one.  I needed the motivation, and you all gave it to me.  I bit the bullet and sewed up those last 24 blocks(I thought it was 18, but I was wrong).  Like most things, it wasn't so bad once I got back to them. 

My favorite part of making string blocks is tearing off the paper afterwards.  Kinda funny, right? 

Since I had already sewn together the 64 blocks that were already done, it took no time to sew the last three rows together.  I love the finished top.

If it ends up being a rainy weekend, I'll probably try to get this basted and ready to quilt.  I'm still trying to decide on the quilting.  Straight lines like my Single Girl quilt or stippling like in my Habitat one?  Any opinions? 

fun with webcam
And I'll end with some silly pictures we took on the webcam yesterday afternoon.  I literally could turn it on and the boys would play in front of it for an hour.  :)

Happy Friday!
xo A

34 comments:

  1. that is gorgeous (almost as pretty as you are). ;)

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  2. (oh, and I vote stippling for this one)

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  3. oh how I love this quilt. The colors are so beautiful. A string quilt will be my next project!

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  4. O ... my... goodness.... this is beautiful! So glad you went for it and got the beast done! :) Let me know when its done so I can give you my address, I'll give it a really nice home. hehe :-D Seriously tho, its lovely... you scared me away from string blocks last time but this finished top picture is enough to bring it back up on my to-do list :)

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  5. SUCH a beautiful top. I vote for stippling, too.

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  6. I vote straight lines. I think it'll echo the geometric-ness (is that a word?) of the quilt top, plus I worry that stippling is going to be too busy this quilt. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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  7. Ooooh pretty pretty pretty!! Hope Valley is still one of my very favorite fabric lines.

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  8. Gorgeous, gorgeous!!!! I vote for stippling, too. :)

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  9. I believe that your hard work paid off, this one is adorable. I would stipple on because it has so many hard lines in it as it is...I am with you, my favorite part of paper piecing is ripping the paper off :-) Happy Memorial day weekend!

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  10. I am loving those colors more and more! I'd go with something swirly for the quilting. I love string blocks! I use a muslin backing. Will have to try the paper method. Any particular kind of paper? Jenn

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  11. That is a gorgeous quilt top! It makes me want to go do something similar myself. Although I definitely would get bored with doing too many string blocks lol

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  12. love it. i really love the hope valley line and the solid you chose for the focus fabric is perfect. i would go straight lines. i love them the best.

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  13. Beautiful. I vote for straight lines too. I can't wait to see it completed. I never get tired of Hope Valley. And I hardly liked it at all when it first came out!

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  14. So so pretty. I just love it. Good for you for finishing it. I get stalled on quilts too and sometimes I just have to push on through.
    Cute fun pics too!

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  15. Wonderful quilt top. Have enjoyed seeing your progress on this one. Well worth persisting! I vote for straight line as it deserves simplicity.

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  16. eeek, it's so pretty! good for you for completing that top!! i know how much you dislike having lingering WIPs :)

    looks like we will be moving early/mid august now, so there should be plenty of opportunity for us to get together sometime this summer!

    have a great holiday weekend!!

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  17. Absolutely stunning!!! Love the grey strips so much. I would love that quilt. Great job.

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  18. it's so pretty - love the color palette of hope valley
    ; )

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  19. and I hope that you will have the chance to baste and quilt it soon as I'd love to see the finished result. It looks soooooo beautiful. As I'm definitely no pro at quilting I leave the suggestions to those who already know what they're doing :) But nevertheless it will look beautiful.

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  20. ew. pulling the paper off, is my least favorite part. At least, it's gorgeous to look at while your tugging away!!
    Absolutely beautiful!

    I vote straight stitching.

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  21. Really looking gorgeous, great job! Well done for pushing through and getting it put together!

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  22. I love this SO much!! It looks beautiful! My string blocks came out wonky:( Don't know where I went wrong.
    Enjoy your beautiful quilt!

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  23. Beautiful quilt! And you are so beautiful! :)

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  24. Lovely Lovely... Would have to say go for the straight line quilting as everything else is so straight, but thats just my humble opinion :p

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  25. it turned out FABulous!! i love, love, love it!! and i vote for straightline!!... then we can be twinsies with our stringies!! ;)

    ( that was a mouth full! )

    X, H

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  26. Gorgeous Hope Valley!!! Plus inspiration for me on how to use my HV stack! I'm not the one to ask about how to quilt it though. I'm sure you'll do something great!

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  27. What a grand quilt top! Lisanne xx

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  28. Yeah! Congrats, Angela. Good for you! I think straight lines would be lovely.

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  29. I love it! I've never made a string quilt before, but yours kinda makes me want to now. I'm glad you're finishing it; it's too pretty to sit around unfinished. I like the idea of straight lines, kinda to emphasise the 'spikiness' of the quilt blocks.

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  30. love this! i vote straight line :)

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  31. I love this too and I vote straight line. I have only made a string pincushion but I really really really love the look of this quilt. So I could do that too?!?

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  32. Angela, I featured this quilt top on my blog today. I just love it so much!!

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  33. So cute and fun!! :} I love Hope Valley so much and when I see your quilt, I just love it even more! :) You rock, Angela!

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