Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Double Delight

Taa Daah!!! Its finished.....my version of Bonnies Double Delight!!!!:

Ok, I didnt follow her border options......I really wanted a pieced border!! I spent hours trying to "mathematically" make them fit (Im so bad at Maths....... apparently!!!) so in the end, I just decided to go for it and it worked, only just:

It took a wee bit of persuasion but Im so happy I did it this way!!! The centre reminded me of a mosaic floor and I really wanted to keep this theme for the quilt, so I did some research (and made plans for retiling our front porch lol) and the result was perfect!!!! Then it was time for basting (Maddi and I did this together watching a DVD, "Remember The Titans".......thanks for your help honey, watch those pins though, they are dangerous!!!!)

Around 27+ hours of stippling later, my Double Delight was ready for binding!!! (half way through the quilting, Id really wished Id asked Santa for a long arm lol!!!) Finished, it now resides on our bed in its full glory, which is a little bittersweet:

For 12 years, this quilt (my first EVER full sized quilt) has been our bedroom quilt. This is fully hand pieced and hand quilted and made at a time when I could only cope with 3 colours at once in a design!!! This quilt symbolises many cold nights, fighting for its warmth (it is a little small), lots of afternoon naps, sleeping upright with sick babies ( a few times its been vomited on!!), nights when Les's snoring made me seek the couch (shhhhh lol), games of "hide and seek" (mums quilts make u invisible.....did u know that???), times when us adults have been ill and needed that extra comfort, forts made with this quilt and pillows....... but more importantly, tonnes of times this quilt has been wrapped around all 4 of us........our quilt, our family quilt!!! What memories will this new Double Delight hold for us in the future???

Thanks Bonnie!!!

67 comments:

Martina said...

Wonderful work!!!!
hugs
Martina

Maryjo said...

Rose...your quilt is absolutely stunning!!! Your borders are the finishing touch...thanks so much for sharing!

Mary Jo in Iowa

Leisha Camden said...

Congratulations on finishing, it looks great. :-)

karenfae said...

I really like your version of Bonnie's mystery quilt - I love that pieced border. Know what you mean about math and borders - I always have a hard time with that too - looks like you got it to fit good.
Karen
ladyninian@optusnet.com.au

Elin "The quilt maiden" said...

There is only one word: fantastic! You are indeed clever!!!

dot said...

Just beautiful. You are a genious with the border. I love it.

tami said...

I just love what you did with the borders. The quilt is beautiful.

Isabella said...

OH BOY THAT LOOKS GREAT ROSE

Carole said...

What a lovely quilt! I do like your rendition! Thank you for sharing! Cheers!

Kathie said...

have to say out of all the ones I have seen so far I LOVE yours the best.
the border made the quilt for me
good job!!!!
now it makes me want to make the quilt too and I LOVE your fabric/color choices...
thanks for sharing.
Kathie

Tracey in CT said...

Rose this is absolutely Gorgeous! I love the border! Kudos to you!

Peaceful Piecer said...

I love your borders....this is my favorite double delight so far....anna

Terry said...

Oh Rose...it looks wonderful! And I'm sure it will come to hold as many memories as your old bed quilt does!

Teresa said...

Your quilt is simply wonderful. I think the border really adds a marvelous finishing touch.

Your much loved quilt will continue to be much loved if your family is anything like mine. Matters not how stained or ragged the quilt gets, if it has a "history" that is the one everyone wants.

And a happy belated birthday to COHEN!!!

Gina said...

It's beautiful. I love the border you've made for it.
What a lovely description of your other bed quilt. It's been used exactly as a quilt should be.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Anne Ida said...

Sweetie, it looks fantastic! You really achieved that mosaic floor look! The borders are wonderful! Enjoy your new bed quilt! And I have a feeling your retred quilt will still be loved and see lots more memorable moments :o)

Christine said...

Oh,WOW. Your quilt is stunning. I love the borders you designed ... the research was certainly worth it. It is by far the nicest DD I've seen in my blog travels. Congratulations.
Christine

Tazzie said...

Just gorgeous Rose, it's really amazing. I love the border, it really makes the quilt sing.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Lulu said...

Such a lot of work. And your borders are perfect for the quilt. Definitely worth the extra effort.

Anne said...

Bravo, Rose! What a great way of finishing off the quilt - I was really hoping that someone would come up with a pieced version, and you haven't disappointed. Thanks for sharing your pictures - they look terrific. Beautiful quilting too!

Anne

Vicki W said...

Absolutely beautiful! This is THE best one of these I have seen!

Jules said...

Oh Rose, I can't imagine your bed without that quilt on it. Can't you leave it in there somewhere? Hang it on the quilt ladder. Nice new quilt though. I love it.

Jules

Irene said...

Your version is absolutely gorgeous! I love your pieced borders. I've got the pattern all printed out, but that's as far as I've got. Good for you!

Suzan said...

Gorgeous!!

Andrea said...

It is beautiful and your border is A-mazing. I am hoping to get my blocks together over the weekend and I must say I am leaning towards a pieced border to - not sure yet !

Agneta quilts said...

Oh, what a beautiful result of Bonnie's mystery. The pieced border is really a hit!
I'm also impressed by your handquilted large quilt - it must have taken forever!

hugs
Agneta in SWEDEN
http://agnetaquiltar.zoomin.se/blogg.html

Gena in Dallas said...

I can't believe how GORGEOUS your quilt looks with the pieced border. It makes the center look so different.... and oh so much more elegant! I agree with Maryjo... "absolutely stunning"

Julie said...

Rose,
Your quilt is beautiful - it looks like a woven tapestry! Your borders really add to the quilt. Julie in NH

natderueil said...

I just LOVE your DD! The border is so beautiful great job!

Nat, from France

Catherine said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!! Im sure this new quilt will be as treasured as your blue and pink one!! Beautiful Work! Cathyx

Fiona said...

It is just so beautiful - Congratulations. I am sure that it will bring you just as much joy and memories as your older quilt.

Hugs - Fiona

Lady of the Cloth said...

Love your DD and the pieced border. I'm tempted to do one on mine but not brave enough after all of those little pieces we've already stitched. Thanks for sharing.
Carline

anne bebbington said...

Your borders have lifted a very pleasant design into a sublime quilt - you have a terrific eye for design - I hope you have just as many wonderful memories with this quilt (but maybe not so much vomitting) :o)))

Lucy said...

Truly amazing...I thought it was stunning before the borders -- now it's double stunning.

You have such a gift for design. And that stippling -- without a long arm. Wow!

Love the story of your first quilt...thanks for sharing.

Lynda B said...

I LOVE the border treatment!! Well done, I am at a stand still but hopefully not for long. Your finished product has given me hope that it CAN be done.

Pam said...

It is absolutely wonderful Rose!!! Congratulations on finishing it so quickly. I love the borders you added. I bet you will love every minute of it on your bed!

Kathy Wagner said...

Oh your quilt is so beautiful! The border is fantastic...and what a lot of quilting hours!
I really enjoyed reading your post too...very moving...thank you!

May Kristin said...

Your finished quilt is absolutely beautiful!
But it is always sad to say goodbye
to a very dear "friend"!

Shasta said...

Wow this sis so beautiful! I can't wait to make my own!

Butterfly said...

WOW!!!
That quilt is just wonderful.
What a great job :o) it stunning!!!

Hope you day has been great :o)

hugs

Susan In Texas said...

Magnificent job on the Double Delight. It's gorgeous! I especially love the pieced border; it's really special. And now you get to enjoy it forever.

Susan
http://www.susanintexas.blogspot.com

Debby said...

Absolutely Beautiful!! I hardly ever comment on folks' blogs, so you know how impressive your quilt is. Love the pieced borders. Still just starting my DD.
Debby in Missouri, USA

dixie said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the border. You ahve a stunning quilt.

Pat from FL and MI said...

Oh my goodness Rose! It's just stupendous!!! I absolutely LOVE your border.

Congratulations!

Pat

Louise said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!

L. Gray said...

This is beautiful, your borders are artistically exactly what this quilt needs IMHO. I put my DD on the back burner to work on a WIP, and was wavering on whether to proceed with the DD. Your quilt with those gorgeous borders has persuaded me to finish cutting the DD and begin step #1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work of art.

Ingrids strik og patchwork said...

It is such wonderful colors and the borders really fine.
I am impressed that you did the quilting on your sewingmashine ( if I understand right ) it is a huge quilt to sit with,but it was worth the effort.
Best wishes
Ingrid
Denmark

Tricia said...

Absolutley beautiful! Could I talk you into sharing the pattern for your border? I'll check back on your blog to see if you are up to it!

Christine said...

Rosa it is fantastic, love it.

cheers
Christine

knitnoid said...

Wow!

quiltlover said...

I love your quilt! Your maths are a success! Wonderful!
I can't wait to start mine!
Valerie

Elaine Adair said...

Oh, show off, show off show off!!! It's truly spectacular and the border is even MORe spectacular! Oh dear, I might have to step it up a bit on mine after seeing your wonderful border.

Goood job, girl!

Marsha said...

Wow, your quilt is just wonderful and I really like your pieced border. You did a wonderful job.

Lurline said...

I was curious - haven't been doing DD but have done quite a few of Bonnie's Mysteries so follow the chat group - of course, had to see what Rosie's Quilt was all about. How proud you must be of such a stunning quilt and I must say I was thrilled to know you are one of us - an Aussie girl - I'm in Perth and a passionate quilter and blogger, too - I'll start Following you - please pop in for a visit sometime!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Pat H. said...

Beautiful quilt, lovely colors. This quilt will have wonderful memories too. Your first one isn't finished yet. There will be so many more wonderful memories.

JudyL said...

Double Delight looks so good!!

Judy said...

Fabulous, just FAB-U-LOUS!
And a very touching tribute you to your first quilt.

Vicki said...

WOW!!! what a great job. Love it.

bingo~bonnie said...

Wow, I am 1st time visitor of your blog (saw your link posted on quiltillechat group) and WOWOW again!!!

Your DD is BE-YOU-TA-FULL!!! I hope you send Bonnie Hunter a email telling her to swing by your blog. :) She's gonna be so proud of you!

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

janet said...

I agree with all the comments so far, you have done an amazing job on this quilt, it's fantastic.

Alycia said...

That is a stunning quilt. I love how you did the border!!!

5acre Designs said...

Love the quilt but love even more what you did with the border! I don't know how you get so much done so quickly. Mindy from Kansas

Sarah said...

Your quilt is just stunning Rose! LOVE the border you designed, it looks perfect with the top!
x Sarah
PS: I know of a lady here in GT that is selling her quilt frame if you are interested?

Melody said...

Rose, your quilt is stunning! Congratulations on the finish.

Rose Marie said...

I love all the versions of this quilt .... but, my word, yours takes top prize!

Rita E said...

Your DD quilt is absolutely gorgeous! The border just adds so much to the quilt. It's just beautiful. Thanks for sharing the how-to for the border.

Helen in the UK said...

Your quilt is beautiful and the pieced border is a perfect finish! Congrats :)

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