Monday, October 29, 2012

London 2012 - a Finish

I was pretty excited to finish my London 2012 quilt but even more excited when my fabulous machine quilter, Wren Woodland (Sew Small Sitches, contact info at the end of the page), called to tell me my London quilt was ready to pick-up.  Wren did an amazing job.  I can't say enough about how her beautiful quilting enhanced my quilt top.  Her custom artistic long arm skills brought out all aspects of the quilt blocks, to my delight.
I finished hand stitching the binding this weekend.  And all the time while binding, I kept admiring the beautiful stitching.  I love the flowers in the border.  They are upside down in the photo above, but still beautiful.
I really love this quilt.  It is now my favorite, ever.  I'm going to wait until after the holidays to hang it up in my entryway but I simply had to do some on-the-fly photography to show you right now.
I plan on putting a label on this quilt asap so it always tells the story of the summer of 2012 and the happenings in the UK.  I felt so connected to the country of my ancestors through this project.
The vintage fabric from the Queen's coronation was the inspiration for the project.  Look at the movement of the quilting around her.
I hope you can see the pebble quilting (which I love) around the teaset above.  It really makes the objects pop.
I love the attention to detail.  It really makes my quilt an object of art.
This crown is one of my favorite blocks.   Very regal.  The egg cups above is another favorite block.
This Olympic fabric was purchased from Spoonflower.  I had such a fun time searching for and picking out fabric to suit the events. 
You have to use your imagination to see that this is the London Eye.    I pops, too.
I think this block is the most fun.  I belong to Helen's e-zine club at Bustle and Sew.  This corgi is her block pattern.
The stitching detail on the houses is really amazing.  Pebble quilting in the background and then stitching to create the illusion of architectural details.
Every brick is stitched around.  Every single brick.  Truly astounding and time consuming.
It was bath time at my house when I was taking photos.  You can see Allison's wet shiny feet dancing on the quilt.  They were clean, after all.  Why not let her dance on Big Ben and a Double-Decker bus.
My apologies for the photography, but I hope you can appreciate London 2012 somewhat from this vantage point.  I'm tickled with it!

-nanette

44 comments:

Muddling Through said...

Wow. Wow! WOW!!! Nanette, it is AMAZING. You did such a wonderful job, and your quilter made it even better. It truly IS a work of art. Just beautiful!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

This is awesome! It's a true art quilt in every way. Wow. I am just blown away by your talent.

I love this quilt! :)

Mary said...

Your quilt turned out wonderful. Itis spectacular. You have ever reason to love it. Great job.

Annette said...

Oh Nanette, it's absolutely stunning! A beautiful work of art. Congratulations on a wonderful design.

circle r motel said...

You have such an amazing imagination. And so artistic you are!! Beautiful.

mindingmomma said...

its just amazing!

Linda R. said...

I am in awe of this quilt!! The time you put into making the details is what makes this a one of a kind spectacular quilt! Great job!!

Lori Holt said...

i
love
this
quilt.
it's just so amazing nanette...a true work of art!
and i agree...wren's quilting is so fabulous.
i know you are so glad to have it home and finished...a true labor of love.
you are amazing!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Well, I'm tickled that you're tickled!!! It's FABULOUS!!

Ms. C said...

Your quilt is stunning! I love how it came out.

Lynn said...

Gasp!!!
Really an amazing creation!! I looked through your pictures to tell you which block I love the most and I can't pick just one.
Really a work to be proud of.
And I love those little feet dancing on the quilt!

verykerryberry said...

It is such a treat, so much to looks at- an absolute delight!

Aunt Spicy said...

Its genius! Seriously fabulous!

nettie said...

this quilt is pretty awesome Nanette!

•stephanie• said...

such a treasure.
and i've said it before:
i love the london eye block.
{and every other block, too!}

jen duncan said...

Wow! That is a whole lotta FUN right there! GREAT WORK! Congrats on the finish ;-)

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

I am STUNNED by the level of workmanship on this project, both by you and Wren. It is an amazing accomplishment and a forever treasure. GREAT JOB!!

Nedra said...

Sooo amazing! This is the cutest quilt ever! Nice job Nanette, and a true treasure. Have any of the girls claimed it for an inheritance yet?

Jan Marie said...

so fun and unique.

Lurline said...

A delightful treasure, wonderful - and we can tell how happy it makes you!
Hugs - Lurline.

Cynthia said...

Your finished quilt is stunning to say the least! To celebrate, you should have a tea party with some of your favorite people :) your quilt is a work of art, I really love it!

Dispersa Desastre said...

Precioso! I love it!

Dotty Dolly said...

The finished quilt is absolutely fabulous - just as I thought it would be!

Carrie P. said...

Amazing quilt,Nanette! Congrats on your finish.
I love the details in each block.

Pots and Pins said...

I'm am just blown away by your talent! Your quilt is so wonderful - it's whimsical and fun and I love that it tells a story, too! You did a masterful job...what a treasure you have created! Way to go!!
xo, Nan

legato1958 said...

I just love your creation! Unique and beautiful, and it tells a story of what you love and observe! I love all the little vignettes!
Thanks for sharing your work of art!

Susie

pratima said...

Your London quilt is simply stunning in everyway! Beautiful execution of so many fun ideas... I love how you used those big dots on London eye and the crown! Really great interpretation :)
Quilting is stunning... I am amazed at the details!

ashley said...

Nanette,
This quilt is stunning! Every block is so interesting! Love it!
Ashley

Barbara said...

Just wonderful. Every block was my favorite. (But the corgi might be my favorite favorite. Though I do love that crown, too.)

Sinta Renee said...

I love everything about your quilt. The border and each and every block is just fun and wonderful. You did a fantastic job designing this Nanette... you are amazing!

Sandi said...

This is just totally awesome. You deserve to Knighted for your awesome tribute to England!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Nanette -- it's fantastic! I love everything about it -- Congratulations on such a wonderful finish!

AnyoneCanQuilt said...

Nanette, when I scrolled down and saw this quilt my mouth dropped open. It is amazing. I think it's the best quilt ever made ever. I love it so much!! You are my hero. xoxo

Deborah said...

This quilt is such a masterpiece that it leaves me speechless! I'm sure the queen would love to have it hanging in Buckingham Palace!

Kelli said...

It is so gorgeous and fun all at the same time, Nanette. Nothing short of genius!! :) I just love every little thing about it, all of the blocks and details. And that vintage coronation fabric is soo cool. Eliza sure is growing up fast, and soo cute, too. Looks like you had a fun Halloween with your sweet girls. :)

amy smart said...

Isn't it wonderful when the quilting enhances something already so fabulous?! This is still on my "must-see" list. :)

PamKittyMorning said...

OMG is all I can say. It's simply FANTASTIC.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

It's amazing :-) you did a fantastic job and it will be a quilt you'll treasure forever.

Sherri said...

I just love it Nanette! The quilting is beautiful, but your creativity is what makes it so special

PatSloan said...

i am jumping with joy and clapping loudly!! Your quilt turned out so fantastic! Love your creativity and style..Smooch!

Broad Paul said...

I finished hand stitching the binding this weekend. And all the time while binding, I kept admiring the beautiful stitching. I love the flowers in the border. They are upside down in the photo above, but still beautiful. london apartments for rent

fiberchick said...

This quilt is just wonderful in every way!!!

Carol Stearns said...

I love it!

ZimtkÃĪtzchen und Zuckerschnecke said...

Oh WOW!!! It´s soooo beautiful!! I love it! But I miss Sherlock a Little bit ;)
Many greetings from Germany
Dani