Thursday, April 28, 2011

The fat lady has sung! *

The music quilt is finished, and packed up ready to go.  I'll be taking it to the post office tomorrow.
This is one of those projects that I'm glad to see the back of.  Not that I had any real problems with it, just it has taken me so long.  I still like it and I will enjoy seeing it on the wall when I visit my friends, but I'm just so glad it wont be in my sewing room any more.

I had real trouble getting a good photo of this.  Outside on the lawn there was too much glare from the sun.  In the garage on the clothes line the wind picked up ever time I pushed the button.  I think the above comes up better if you click on it and see the original size.

I decided to do stippling quilting in all the applique blocks and I'm glad I did.  It really made the yellow music notes pop out.  Prior to that I'd been a bit disappointed with how those blocks turned out, they looked too busy against the coloured background.

In the border I decided to quilt five lines to represent the music staff, and then quilted in some music notes, which you can see here (again click on the picture for a larger version).
It's supposed to be 'Rock a bye baby' if you start in the top left corner and read around, but the spacing was guessed and a few musical notations (which I'm sure are important) were left out.  Any true musician would probably have trouble reading it as this but *I* know what it is!

For the label on the back, at my husband's suggestion, I attached it upside down to how I normally would.  This way, when the quilt is hanging on the wall and you turn up the bottom corner to see the label, it is right way up.  As you can see I also used music staff to write the label (on printable fabric)

Now that this is complete, today I started cutting out the puppy and dino quilts.  No rest for the wicked?

* This may be referencing the quote 'It ain't over till the fat lady sings' or it might be referring to my singing out with joy when this quilt was finally finished!


  1. Wow, Karen, that is such an amazing creation. Just so lovely! Who gets to have such a personal and unique quilt in their home? Lucky duck!

    And thank you so much for the lovely comment you left on my bloggy birthday post. It means a lot to me to have such support and connection. x

  2. Oh Karen this is just beautiful!!! What a wonderful creation.

  3. I so know what you mean when you have been working on a project that just seems to go on and on!!! You did a nice job, love the border quilting, great idea to tie in the musical notes!!!

  4. Oh, this is soooo amazing! I am super impressed at all that detail - even the treble clef on your back corner ;)

    Someone sure is lucky to be on the receiving end of this!

    And now you're starting another project? You must be very wicked ;)


  5. Wow! this is an amazing quilt. Where did you get the patterns for the instruments? My daughter is a music major and loves this! I would like to incorporate some of the ideas into the quilt I am making for her.

    1. Here is a link to the pattern

      I bought it from an Australian store at a Craft show, but that was nearly 3 years ago now so can't remember which one.



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