Monday, February 7, 2011

That new car smell..."All Around the Town" top is finished!

Adding the cars to "All Around the Town" is the final step to making this quilt top...and now I am there.  It was fun to finally get to choose the colors and placement.  I ended up adding a few extra ones.  And now the top is done!

I finished last night while watching "Masterpiece Theater" on PBS.  Now I will always associate this top with "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (in addition to "American Pickers" on the History Channel).

I was lucky to have a piece large enough for the outer border in my stash.  The top is slightly under 60 x 60 (which assures I can enter it as a wall hanging rather than a bed quilt in the upcoming Sauder Village Quilt Show).



The quilt isn't as dark looking as the pictures above...the close-ups below turned out a little brighter and the colors look more true.



I think this will fun to hand quilt!  I can't wait to get it layered and basted!

I'm sure a lot of sewing was done yesterday and last night during the Super Bowl...can't wait to see everyone's blogged progress!

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)






46 comments:

  1. Excellent, I love your quilt top! BTW, my TJ Lane silver thimble is being delivered today!

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  2. T., I enlarged the quilt on my browser so I could travel through th whole town...it's just the coolest thing!!! I love it! I wanna go to the quilt show, and fish, and take pictures of the pelicans and drive in the little cars and pet the sheep and put on the bra...well, maybe not THAT... lol -- but it's whimsical and entertaining and gorgeous! You've outdone yourself (and that's saying something! :-D). Can't wait to see it quilted! Whatever will you use for the backing?? That'll be fun, too, I bet.
    Blessings!
    Mary Lou

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  3. love the little cars!
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  4. congratulations to the finished top!it is gorgeous and so individuell yours,have a nice week,hugs,susi

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  5. it has turned out so cute! I love the little cars, the gnome and the flamingos!! Did you Fuse all that down? You can hand quilt through all those layers? wow... very cool

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  6. Oh gosh I just LOVE this! Is this your own pattern, or one your purchased?

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  7. OMGosh it WONDERFUL!!! If you don't get best in show I will be very surprised!!

    Crispy

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  8. You deserve to win the biggest prize! What a great top. It's been fun to watch your progress on this quilt. You could use this as an "I Spy" quilt with kids! :)

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  9. You have been working on this for awhile..Good job. I want to rotate my computer screen to see it all..Thanks for the closeups..

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  10. What a great finish!! You will knock their socks off at the quilt show.. Good job!!

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  11. Wow!! What a wonderful quilt. It's just gorgeous!!! I'd give you a ribbon for this one for sure. Can't wait to see how you quilt it. Hugs Ariane

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  12. I LOVE the cars, you did a fabulous job! It's beautiful!!

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  13. Love what you've done with the village! So much to look at...

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  14. Such a fun quilt!!!! I LOVE the cars. This will be a great one to hand quilt.

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  15. I love the playfulness of this quilt. Especially the bright colors!

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  16. The cars are a perfect final touch. This is a great quilt!

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  17. I have been following your progress on this quilt for a while and I am in love with it! I think my favorite part are all the little things you add and your reasons why! Thank you for sharing this with blog land. I see a big blue ribbon in your future!

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  18. The little cars quilt is so sweet!!!
    And your town is fabulous!!! Did you design it?? I absolutely love it, and I am going to treat myself to reading a lot of your blogposts. That quilt is just wonderful!!

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  19. Sorry, I forgot to say thank you for leaving such a nice comment on my blog! My hubby beamed (again!).
    Jane

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  20. So cute! and such lovely work. You will enjoy this quilt for a long time. It is very fun!

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  21. That was such a fun journey watching you put this all together. It is awesome!!

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  22. Just collect your first place ribbon now, this turned out great! cw

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  23. Congrats on the finished top! I really like that border fabric -- isn't great when you have just what you need with no emergency trips to the LQS?

    And you're going to hand quilt it?!? Oh, this one will be a ribbon winner for sure! I wish it was possible to display it laying down at the quilt show so people could walk around it. It was fun rotating it when I enlarged the picture!

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  24. Life your town. It's so cute. Is it needle turned app. Or are the edges turned under and sewed by machine. I've always just done blocks. Your town beautiful.

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  25. those cars are adorable, but seriously....no pink car? waaa waaaa
    congrats on finishing the top. It will be really fun to quilt it!

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  26. p.s. the border fabric frames it beautifully!

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  27. congratulations! It is fabulous. When I saw the whole thing with the cars on it for some reason it reminded of the board game "Life."

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  28. Well done Teresa, love it, but then I adore your applique, I just wish I was as dedicated as you...sigh!
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  29. OMG--those little cars are so cute! My daughter always wanted a VW beetle from the moment she could say the words. Well she finally got one at the age of 29 and I'd love to make a quilt like that for her sometime.

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  30. Oh gosh Teresa...loveeeeeeeeeeeeee the cars..all colors..had me chuckling here..reminds me of our neighborhood...we do have some pretty colorful cars here..mostly seniors who must be color blind lol. we have purple, orange, pink , gold and avocado...on our street lol...

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  31. Teresa, this quilt is just too cute! It turned out so well, all of your little touches just add to the overall charm of this quilt. Have you decided on a name for the quilt yet?
    Happy Quilting,
    Cheri

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  32. after watching all of your steps, I really do love the quilt. the cars just made it. I love bug cars, I want one. LOL

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  33. great quilt I love that you added your own touch to this quilt and that you had so much fun making it.
    my first brand new car was a yellow bug!
    what memories as soon as I saw your your cars glad you added a yellow one!
    Kathie

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  34. What a terrific quilt,,,i have the pattern now to find some time
    Great job
    Judy

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  35. Teresa, I LOVE IT!!! Truly, you are a quilting inspiration!!! My favorite parts are the pumpkins (of course) and all of the little embellishments (clothesline, sheep, knome, etc.). I haven't been to NW Ohio much, I'm closer to Columbus - but I hope to visit those shops up near you someday. My husband and I need to repaint our barns and I'm trying to convince him to let me paint a quilt block on one of them. Have you seen the Ohio barns with quilt blocks on them? They are so beautiful. I quilted ALL day yesterday and I hope to get some pics up tomorrow, see you soon!!! ~ Stephanie

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  36. What a joy it has been to see this hanging come together ....

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  37. Very nice quilt top. It is very bright and cheery. Congratulations on finishing it.

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  38. Just had to stop by to tell you how wonderful this quilt is. A huge project and a fantastic finish!! I agree, it will be fun to hand quilt this one and it's going to be even better once the quilting is complete. Enjoy. :-D

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  39. Oh my goodness Teresa, yours is incredible! (I love it a lot more than mine!). Cute garden gnome. I think that is what is so lovely too, how you have added all your own personal touches. Well done! xo

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  40. Breathtaking! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. What fun! I love your quilt. All the details are extra ordinary!

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  42. What a fabulous quilt! One could spend hours just drinking in all the details! Congratulations!

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  43. OMG, that "Town" quilt is SO cute. I've had that pattern since it first came out, have had it started since I started getting the BOM's (YEARS ago) but in a drawer it sits. LOVE your little creative additions--such a special touch!

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  44. Your additions to this pattern are very creative. By adding to the design, you have made the quilt your own. Love the flamingo!

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  45. I love all of the personal touches you have given this pattern! I'm going to the Sauder show and I'm looking forward to seeing this stunner in person. :)

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  46. Absolutely Beautiful quilt. Love the interesting, creative additions you did. I've been working on this quilt for a while now. Hand quilted the center and now working on the grassy areas. This is my first attempt at hand quilting. BTW, we're neighbors, sort of. I live in Canton, MI. Do most of my shopping in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and, of course, Canton. Also, a member of the GAAQG and visit all the quilt shops in the area. We may have crossed paths.
    Marie

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