Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Crazy Eights - The Big Reveal . . . . .

It Wednesday, and you know what that means, it's Thelma's Crazy Eights Big Reveal Day!

Crazy Eights is the pattern I selected for the Fat Quarter Winners book tour.


It won't be the only pattern I make from this book!

Ta Da ! ! !



Sometimes, when I look at this quilt, I'm curious as to what it would look like if I switched the position of the red and black fabrics. Not enough to make another one, but I wonder if the red would be less dominate if I switched them. I like the red, and love the quilt, but am curious just the same.

Why don't you give it a try and let me know how it works out!

One of my favorite things about Monique's Bundles and Bolts Website is the page where she displays quilts made by other quilters, using her patterns and, get this, with their pets!


So here's my attempt to get a good picture of Cooper in front of Crazy Eights, he got bored fairly quickly!

And even took off once. "Cooper, come back here!"


Is that the best smile you have for me, I guess so!

After you look at Monique's Pet Page, check out Twinkling Lights, a new pattern for April, I love it!

So as I went about my normal end of project cleanup, I had these leftover strips.


I'm an over cutter!
What to do with those lovely strips, I just hated for them to go to waste, which is what made me come up with this idea.....


Why not surround that lovely center with my leftover strips!



And made my Crazy Eights even CRAZIER!

I could not be happier with this quilt, believe it or not, it is even lovelier in person, the picture does not do justice to that fabric.

This is Lifetime Quilt #69, the entire time I worked on this quilt I always called it "Monique's Quilt", I think that's the name I'm sticking with.

This quilt finished at 74" x 85" and has approximately 1, 558 pieces.

Now for the winner of Monique's Fat Quarter Winners book and set of rulers . . .


Silly Sally!

I hope you're reading my blog this morning, I don't have your email address, drop me a note with your address and your gifts will be on their way to your door.

I hope you've enjoyed the book tour, I jumped from the Eventide sew along to the book tour with no time to think, what am I gong to do with myself now!!

Monique, congratulations on your first of what I expect to be many books, it's been a pure pleasure and nothing but fun participating in your book tour.

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47 comments:

  1. Thelma I LOVE it...I absolutely LOVE it! I'm nuts about the border! And sweet Cooper did such a good job!

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  2. Thelma, that border is SPLENDIFEROUS!!!! And perhaps Cooper's issue was that he blended into the background too much . . .

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  3. Just love the quilt! But more so love the way that you used the strips to border it... a perfect finish!

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  4. Love the piano key border! Quilt turned out gorgeous!

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  5. It's absolutely beautiful and I believe I like it even better with the darker border you added! Good Job!

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  6. Your border makes the quilt POP! It's the perfect ending of a wonderful quilt journey.

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  7. Love the quilt and love it even better with that piano key border. I especially love the way you finished the corners!

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  8. Adding the border made that quilt drop dead gorgeous! Way to go!
    Marsha

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  9. Love how you added the border. Gorgeous!

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  10. Oh!!!!! Brilliant!!! I love that outer border, and love what it did for the quilt. Way to go!

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  11. I love your last addition to the quilt! That border makes it perfect.

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  12. ALL I can say is WOW. That border really made that quilt top pop. It is perfect for it.

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  13. You did a Good Thing with the leftover strips. That made a lovely border and the whole quilt is stunning. It's a good pattern, but the quilter is the one that makes it outstanding!

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  14. Wonderful, very dramatic with the wide, white border and even better when you added the pieced outer border. Congratulations!

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  15. Love the border you added...it is perfect! Sure got a chuckle from the Cooper photo shoot...what a character!
    I'm guessing you have jumped into Twinkling Lights?!?

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  16. I love the border. It adds some pizazz to it.

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  17. the outer border adds that sumpin sumpin, doesn't it?!? very way cool!

    and i love Cooper's tail - that dog has the CUTEST behind!!!

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  18. Just love the border using your leftover strips ! The border is perfect and finishes the quilt off nicely! I just love the picture of Cooper yawning and looking so border . Just priceless !

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  19. The border just gives it that WOW! factor. Gorgeous!! Such a beautiful quilt.

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  20. The piano key border you added from your leftover strips was the perfect addition to this quilt. Love it!!!

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  21. Liked the finished center but LOVE THE TOP with the border you added. You are right, that did it (and no waste too)!!

    Bet Copper wishes he had stayed to pose with that one!

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  22. You took that wonderful pattern to a new level with your border treatment! It is just fabulous. I love how you tried to capture the "Open Gate" feeling by placing Cooper in front of the quilt for a photo. You just have the best sense of humor Thelma!

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  23. Great idea for the border--really makes the quilt sing!

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  24. That outer border of stripes really makes the quilt! I like how you mitered the corners. Very striking with the stripes making chevrons there.

    Nance

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  25. Payday needs to hurry up so I can get this book!!

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  26. I love that border on the quilt Thelma! It really makes the quilt even better:)

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  27. The pieced border sets the quilt off perfectly. Nice choice.

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  28. Well whaddaya know? I can't believe it! THank you, Thelma! I'm not sure how to drop you a note on e-mail for privacy, so I'll give you my email, ok? choc_chip_sally@live.com

    Again, thank you and I still can't believe it! I never win anything! I guess there's a first for everything. By the way, Cooper looks absolutely adorable in these photos, even the one with his tail as he's making his escape.

    *SillySally*

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  29. Love your quilt! The way the blocks extend to the corners is so cool and the border is great!

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  30. Love it! The border really makes it sizzle.

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  31. I love the quilt, then when I went further and saw the borders I nearly fell over! Fantastic idea, Thelma! Thank you so much for a great book tour and congratulations to the winner! Even Cooper made my day with the beautiful smile!
    Cheers!

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  32. Congrats to the lucky winner!! I love your version, Thelma! The piano key border was genius!! Cooper is a model! :-)

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  33. Great finish! That piano key border makes the quilt POP!

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  34. Love the quilt and that border really gave it a "super wow" factor. Love how you did the corner edge, someone said Chevron? Maybe you can do a tutorial on how you did that, it is such a cool way to finish off the quilt. Amazing!

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  35. Your left-over scrap border is great. Totally makes that quilt shine.

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  36. LOVE it- especially the added border-even prettier than the one in book!
    Lisa

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  37. Your border of leftovers absolutely made that quilt. Don't ya love it when you surprise yourself?

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  38. This is a great quilt, Thelma, and the border really finishes it!

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  39. That border is AMAZING! It totally compliments that quilt! (I thought it was great without the border, but with it - WOW!) Congrats on a great finish!

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  40. Thelma your quilt is beautiful!! I love the extra boarder you added, just the right touch! Thanks for the blog tour , I enjoyed it!!

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  41. Love the quilt! That piano key border makes takes it from really nice to terrific!
    Debbie R.

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  42. Love that quilt and the added strips make it even better!

    Cooper is sure a cutie!

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  43. Thelma love how your quilt turned esp. after you added the border. Wow what a difference it made.
    Hugs
    donna

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  44. Just back from Paducah and your quilt is better than the ones I saw there! Great job! How about taking the leftovers and reversing the colors and making a "small" one to satisfy your curiosity??!! :)

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  45. Love the border that you added to the already lovely quilt. It sets it off just beautifully:)
    Laura T

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  46. Cooper smiling in front of the quilt - the happiest thing I've seen this morning!! LOL!!

    I will join the chorus of oohs and aahs for your border. Lovely.

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