Sunday, April 19, 2020

Floral Triangles is Finished!

Floral Triangles is completely, 100% finished! The oldest posts for this quilt were posted in January 2016 but I know there have to be older ones somewhere. I appliqued these triangles at the same time as the Pastor's Attic blocks, alternately between the two projects.

The pattern I used for Floral Triangles is Sweet Surrender designed by Sue Cody, this pattern is no longer available for purchase. I changed the name because I didn't like the name Sweet Surrender: my quilt, my name.



A Hobbs wool batting was used as the batting while Floral Triangles was hand quilted using a variety of threads. For stitching in the ditch around the applique, I used YLI hand quilting thread. Cotton Sulky #12 threads were used for the borders and the diamond background. 



I love how the borders look, I am so glad I didn't take the time to applique the borders. I like this so much better than the applique border from the pattern.

I often keep track of the yards of thread used when I hand quilt but I didn't this time. There were so many different threads, I wasn't up to the challenge of keeping track. However I can say with certainly, there is more than 400 yards of the thread used for quilting the diamonds. I finished the first spool of thread when I was quilting row 5. That spool held 400 yards of thread. For a rough estimate I'd say there is over 700 yards of the varying threads, especially since I stitched in the ditch around all the applique.

Floral Triangles was put into the quilting frame last August but I really didn't get going with the quilting until October. There is a lot of outside work in the summer/fall to keep me occupied.

After all these years of making quilts, I'm still amazed how quilting brings the quilt to life.


There was a slight breeze outside but the quilt is heavy enough it didn't blow much.

Floral Triangles measures 90" by 103" but I think I will wash her to remove the light pencil marks used for marking, sometime. She'll probably shrink some.



The back looks pretty interesting too.

Some day this quilt will be gifted to one of my grandchildren but not yet!



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41 comments:

  1. Your Floral Triangles is truly a vision splendid! I too love the borders as you imagined them. They set of your gorgeous applique and quilting perfectly. The binding looks fabulous, too. I must admit I will be sad visiting your lovely place each week and not seeing any progress reports on this beautiful quilt. Love, love, love your Foral Triangles! A most amazing finish, Gretchen!

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    1. There will be another quilt going into the frame soon. I need to finish the redwork embroidery first.

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  2. Floral Triangles was WORTH THE WAIT!!! I love this finish!!!! Thanks for sharing it here today :) Congrats on a well deserved finish of 4 years or MORE! Like a fine wine it needed that time to prepare for all it is today! Kathi

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  3. I have enjoyed seeing your progress as you have been hand quilting this beauty. Well done on such a wonderful finish, it is truly a thing of beauty!

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  4. Wow, it's a beauty, congratulations! It tooks a long time to achieve, but it's beautiful!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful!! Congratulations on a grand finish!!

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  6. Congratulations on a lovely, amazing quilt! I like how you personalized it also, by changing the border from applique to quilting (good call) and giving it a new name. This is how a family heirloom is made!

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  7. This is a Masterpiece. Congratulations! ;^)

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  8. ow wow - what a masterpiece. It is beautiful and so well done.

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  9. lovely! I've enjoyed watching your progress on this quilt. Congratulations on the finish!

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  10. Beautiful! What a treasure you now have!

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  11. beautiful! a lot of work went into this one

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  12. Stupendous quilt! This is truly a life quilt. One you will make just once in your life. Just gorgeous! Congratulations!

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  13. Superlative! Your grandchildren are so fortunate to someday receive such a piece of love and art. :)

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations on an amazing finish... you must be so happy!

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  15. Your quilt is amazing!!!Love the look of hand quilting and it is so satisfying to know that you did all the work yourself. Well done!! Now as all quilters know...that feeling of accomplishment when a quilt is done but the feeling of loneliness, not knowing what to do next!!

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    1. I'm enjoying the 'high' of accomplishment but I already know which project is next in the quilting frame. Hopefully I'll finish the redwork this week then I can put the next project in the frame.

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  16. Sooooo gorgeous! I just love the cheery colors and shapes of this quilt. I have watched you progress week by week. It's definitely a work of art. Beautiful, Gretchen!

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  17. Spectacular finish, Gretchen!!! What an heirloom you've created. It is SEW lovely!

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  18. Oh so pretty and what a work of art! I love that you made it your own, as it should be with quilting. I too am amazed at how the quilting on a quilt brings it to life. Your quilting choices are wonderful and although a heavily quilted quilt takes a lot of hours, it is so worth it and you have proven that!

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  19. Congratulations on finishing these pretty quilt. It's really beautiful. I love the fabrics, the design, and your wonderful hand quilting! :-)

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  20. Gorgeous quilt and quilting! Congratulations on the finish, I just love this quilt!

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  21. Hi,
    Stunning quilt!
    Have a great day!

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  22. So fabulous!! A true treasure. I love my quilts that have wool batting. They form around you to keep you snug. This is so delightful in every way. Wonderful finish~

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  23. What a wonderful accomplishment! I hope you enter it in lots of shows and win lots of ribbons! You will share your beauty with others and be rewarded for your extraordinary talents!

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  24. Absolutely stunning!! Just a wonderful job all around.

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  25. What a beauty. I have been following your hand-quilting as Floral Flowers has grown into a real quilt. I must admit that I'm feeling a bit sad - lonesome - now that it's finished and I'm only the reader. You must have both a feeling of accomplishment as well as "Oh dear, it's done." which means an emptiness.

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  26. This quilt is stunning. I have enjoyed watching its progression. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  27. Your quilting is gorgeous! And the whole quilt came together beautifully. I'm in awe!!

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  28. This is a beautiful quilt! When I saw the full picture of the finished quilt I thought how nice the white border was and how it showcased the floral triangles and the lovely quilting is stunning. Congratulations!

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  29. Absolutely wonderful!!! This quilt is stunning! And the quilting - oh my! Beautiful!

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  30. Oh! She's so beautiful!! What a treat to see the entire quilt finished after watching you work on it. I'm impressed with how quickly you finished the hand quilting. I really love your choice of backing, too. :)

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  31. Amazing and very beautiful! Many happy hours chronicled in your stitching.

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  32. Gretchen, I do agree with you about the borders.....they Lviv the quilt a clean, fresh lookand let you ficus on the beautiful Triangles. The color choices are terrific! It is a gorgeous quilt! Carol in Texas

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  33. I love this quilt sew sew sew much! I am tucking it away with my scrap bin. I absolutely must have one some day!

    Your quilting is GORGEOUS!!!!

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  34. This is so beautiful, Gretchen! I have enjoyed your posts about this quilt over the last few years. And yes, I agree -- your floral quilting in the border adds a lovely touch. There is already plenty of appliqué on the quilt; your version shows off your needlework skills in both appliqué AND hand quilting. Congratulations!

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  35. Stunning! And you hand quilted it? A definite family heirloom!! Make sure you label it before handing it down so all the your hard work can always be attributed to you.

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    1. Don't worry about the label, it's attached. I sew the label into the seam when I attach the binding. If anyone wants to remove the label, they're really going to have to work at it. Thanks for commenting!

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