Monday, February 24, 2014

"Baltimore Rhapsody" - finally, the big reveal...


It is finally done!  (happy dance, happy dance...)


I'm glad I was visiting my parents during the "Girls Gone Wild" southern college road trip...they have the floor space so I could spread it out...I could never do this in my house.


It was the first time I had really seen the whole quilt...I just stood and stared at it for the longest time.


It needs a sleeve, pressing, and folding it properly...I've really been wadding up the borders as I finished hand quilting a couple of blocks in my lap.


I need to get some proper, straight-on pictures, but that won't be easy...it measures 96" x 96".  Once I get some good pictures, I can print the finishing pattern...and start entering this puppy in some big shows.





My daughter and I saw eight colleges...and NO quilt shops, MAJOR sad face (I got to Gastonia, NC AFTER Mary Jo's was closed...next trip for SURE!).  But, colleges were the priority this time...Oberlin, U of NC, Wake Forest, U of NC School of the Arts, Davidson College, U of GA, U of AL, and Vanderbilt...and 2500 miles on the car.  She and I will take off in another direction during spring break...

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)


65 comments:

  1. I think the quilt is just beautiful and I love that you stuck with the grid quilting - waiting to see what prizes you bring home with this beauty

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  2. Beautiful quilt. Glad you got it done. As you get closer sometimes it is a struggle to finish, but well worth it. Chris

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  3. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous!!! I can't even begin to think of the number of stitches you made on that beauty.

    Kudos, Teresa. It's a gorgeous work.

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  4. Your quilt is one of the most beautiful I have had the priveledge of viewing in a long time. truly beautiful.

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  5. congratulations! I've been watching you as you finish the blocks and the wait was certainly worth it.

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  6. just lovely. A job well done. I see lots of awards in your future. :). Good luck to your daughter in her college search. Such an exciting time for all of you!

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  7. It is magnificent!! I'm sure it will win many ribbons at shows in the future.

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  8. I am so happy to see you finished this beautiful quilt. It is so amazing. You are so talented. I know it will impress any show you put it in! I'd love to see it in person!

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  9. Stunning! I am sure it will bring home many ribbons. You must be so proud to have it finished.

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  10. Absolutely beautiful. A show stopper. I hope to see it in person at a show.

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  11. Your quilt is stunning. I'm sure this will be winning many awards. Thank you for taking us along on your journey.

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  12. Awesome and inspiring. Thanks for taking us on this journey with you. (Oh, don't miss Mary Jo's next time you are in NC... it is a fabulous fabric store!)

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  13. Wow Teresa it looks spectacular! Congrats on a huge finish :0)

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  14. breathtaking... Stunning....and Awesome!

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  15. Oh my gosh!! This is just stunning - to finally see it all together, finished and laid out to it's fullest beauty. Yes, it has been such a treasure to follow your journey with this quilt and I wish you all the best in it's entry into the 'show' world.

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  16. One of the most beautiful and original quilts I've seen. I know it will rank high in every show you enter it in. I hope to see it in person so I can take it all in. Thank you for sharing your process with photos, fun and your thoughts while working on it.

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  17. Wow! Make room on your wall for some ribbons honey, because this one will definitely win some! Your really did a lot of wonderful and beautiful work in both designing and making this one. A very big pat on the back to 'ya!

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  18. An award-winning quilt, for sure!!!!!

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  19. Your quilt is gorgeous! I'm so jealous. My Baltimore has only 5 fiished blocks.

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  20. Congratulations! You must be both happy and sad that it's done

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  21. Just beautiful - a real masterpiece and a HUGE finish!

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  22. It is a masterpiece! Congratulations!! I love the colors and the exuberant designs.

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  23. Congratulations, Teresa. This is magnificent. I'm awed by your skill in both appliqué and as a quilter. I see many, many ribbons in Baltimore Rhapsody's future.

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  24. Congratulations on your wonderful finish! It looks fabulous!

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  25. Wonderful! I loved looking at and finding how you used the music symbols.

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  26. Congratulations on your amazing amazing finish! Wonder where this quilt will travel
    and if it will see as many miles as your car has?!?!

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  27. Teresa, it is stunning in its magnificence! You did such an outstanding job on this - design, execution and quilting. It is simply gorgeous!!!!

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  28. This quilt is beautiful, and to think that you didn't only sew it, you designed it too. You are very clever and I hope you win lots of prizes in shows.

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  29. Gorgeous!!! I can't wait to see how many ribbons and top awards you win with this one!

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  30. When you find out where you are going to show it, please let us know. I would love to see this in person. It's absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  31. A marvelous accomplishment...You should be very proud. It’s just lovely.

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  32. Teresa--this is fabulous!! What a project to have finished and so beautifully, too! Kudos x 100!! hugs, Julierose

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  33. I just love your quilt Teresa, it is absolutely magnificent. Here's to lots of success in quilt shows!
    *hugs*
    Tazzie
    :-)

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  34. I'm in awe!!!! I can't wait to see what prizes you bring home either! You've convinced me to start appliqueing again!!

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  35. Absolutely 100% freaking AWESOME! Totally outstanding. Good luck with the quilt shows but something tells me this quilt won't need much! It's stunning.

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  36. Stunning, stunning!! I bet you are ever so pleased!

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  37. Gobsmackingly gorgeous! No wonder you danced the happy dance.

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  38. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow.
    This is almost enough to motivate me to start baltimore piecing.
    It is stunning Teresa. It looks amazing as a full quilt.
    Well done.

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  39. Absolutely STUNNING AND AMAZING!!! What a beautiful work of art! Congratulations :o)

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  40. Seriously stunning quilt! I can't wait to see how it does at those shows. Grand Rapids?

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  41. What they said, plus: aside from the exquisite stitching and beautiful, original, one-of-a-kind-in-the-universe love-laden, passion-inspired design, what actually struck me first was the perfect balance between the shapes of the various elements, the borders, and the background cream. You have shown us how it can be done. It sings! (Just like a Rhapsody.)

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  42. Absolutely beautiful. You should be happy it's done and I know it will bring in the awards where ever it's shown. Congratulations on a magnificent achievement.

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  43. Your quilt is an amazing work of art. Congratulations!

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  44. Wow!! Absolutely gorgeous!! You have really outdone yourself on this one.

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  45. congratulations! It is absolutely lovely! I really like the borders -
    this should fetch many ribbons!

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  46. Oh my goodness! You are quite a quilting inspiration every time I stop by. Thank you!

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  47. This just took my breath away when I saw it in my mail box! Beautiful work and thanks for taking us on your journey to the end. Learned lots!! Looking forwards to seeing all the awards this deserves.

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  48. This is stunningly beautiful! And a labor of love! It's amazing!

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  49. You have every reason to be extremely proud! It's gorgeous.

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  50. It is a show stopper for sure! Congratulations on your finish and thank you for sharing the preview with the rest of us. And thank you for helping to keep the hand quilted tradition alive! I am in awe of some of today's machine quilter's abilities but I do love to see the hand quilting going strong.

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  51. Lovely finish. Very special. May it tour far and wide.
    Enjoy the college visits, those are special times :-)

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  52. Stunning doesn't even describe how amazing it turned out. What a piece of art.The border is perfecto!

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  53. Oh my gosh! It is absolutely beautiful!

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  54. Just amazing! I've really enjoyed watching it come together. The borders beautifully bring it all together. Thank you so much for sharing your journey.

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  55. What a gorgeous quilt and love your kitty : )

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  57. Stunning. Ab-so-lute-ly stunning! I had goosebumps seeing the final photos and I was keeping my eye on your blog throughout the process. I'm in awe of your patience and your meticulous attention to detail.

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  58. absolutely gorgeous quilt!!!!!!! congrats it's fabulous.

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  59. Oh, my goodness! Teresa, you should be very proud. It is just gorgeous and I would be staring at it for a long time too. Congrats! It is wonderful!

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