Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Settler's Trail - It's a Wrap, Finally!!


Settler's Trail is done, and this settler is happy!  

A couple of times, when I was blogging about this project, I would inadvertently type "Settler's Trial", instead of "Settler's Trail", which would always crack me up.  I wouldn't say this project was a trial, it's really very easy piecing, but it was tedious, due to the amount of piecing.

I don't do well with tedium, I'm more of a "let's change things up and do something different" sort of girl, I'm amazed I was able to stick with it!

So here's a good in progress shot.  


Now you can see where all those blocks I kept posting about figured into the scheme of things.  Once the blocks were finished this quilt went together very easily.  There were no seams to line up and match, just one block sewn to another block.

And here it is, all done!


It looks exactly like the pattern cover, I figured it would, but I like it just the same.  And it looks better in person, as most quilts do.  I think it will look even better once it's quilted.

I think this is one of those "right of passage" type of quilts, shouldn't we all make at least one quilt where we piece over 6,200 one inch squares together?  I'm sure glad I've got this quilt on my resume but I'm pretty sure it's not a pattern I'll ever make again.

Although Primitive Gatherings introduced a similar type of quilt at spring market called "9", and I bought the pattern.  It has approximately 10,515 pieces!

This quilt does have at least one mistake that I caught when I was connecting the blocks.  One square some where has the background fabric wrong side out!  I didn't think it was worth the time and effort to fix it once I spotted it, and I've since lost it, but I know it's there.

This is Lifetime Quilt #87.
The pattern is Settler's Trail by Kathy Borgardt for Primitive Gatherings.
This quilt has approximately 6,547 pieces.  ( a new personal record for me!)
It finishes at 50" X 59"
I used 82 different fabric choices.

Next up, something easy, with fewer pieces!

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42 comments:

  1. My little tumbler quilt has 6552 little tumblers, so I think I MUST make this one you're showing!!!
    I'm in LOVE,...
    ;o)

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  2. Oh my...amazing quilt! Love how you embrace quilts with soooo many pieces! It is just so beautiful! I greatly admire your work, but no, I'm not going to make this one...giggle! Congratulations for completion of another work of art!

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  3. Olá,sua colcha está realmente linda,acho que teria coragem de fazer uma.Não tão já,tenho que terminar uma tal de Jane que comecei no final de 2011 e ainda faltam 32 blocos e toda a borda...só de pensar nela me dá preguiça.Vamos ver se eu consigo terminar o que já tenho começado e enfrentar um novo projeto de cada vez,tenho pelo menos 4 em andamento.Um beijo e Deus te abençoe.

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  4. This is a very appealing quilt. I am really drawn to it, but the number of pieces puts me off. Congratulations on your perseverance.

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  5. It looks amazing, I don't think I would have the patient to do it. Don't blame you for wanting to do something easy next. Susie x

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  6. Lovely, Lovely but soooo many pieces!!! So many tiny pieces!!
    I don't think this one or that 9 one will ever be in my to do list. I think the issue for me becomes the excess seams that always, always give me trouble when ironing. I could trim them but then I'm concerned about the small seam allowances. My mind goes blank just thinking about it, LOL! Hats off to you for not letting such thoughts get in your way!

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  7. I love it Thelma! I saw "9" while it was in progress and it is just as wonderful...are you sure you don't want to add it to your list!?

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  8. I understand about putting a new project in with fewer pieces next on the list. You did a beautiful job, as always. You are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.
    cindy

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  9. This quilt is AMAZING!! WOW!! I love it...simple as that!! Awesome!
    P

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  10. It's definitely a labor of love - beautiful, Thelma.

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  11. Very cool! All those pieces yet no seams to match as you sew the blocks together? Must be great instructions. I look forward to what you do next.

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  12. It's so beautiful, but I know I never would have the patience that you had to make one for myself. Good job sticking to it and making a work of art.

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  13. Wow! What an amazing quilt!! It does look like a tedious pattern. It will be beautiful once quilted.

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  14. Wow Wow WOW WOW WOW!!! This looks absolutely AMAZING Thelma!!! I'm VERY impressed!! .. And that "9" quilt pattern - gorgeous!!!

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  15. Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment! I think this would be a "lifetime" quilt for me....meaning it would take me a lifetime to finish!

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  16. It's awesome Thelma. You do such beautiful work. Show another pic when you get it quilted.

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  17. It's so beautiful, and speaks to the traditional quilter in me. I'm anxious to see the quilting.

    I still can't believe you didn't change it up. :) Think of your inside out piece as the little tiny change up for this quilt.

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  18. Whew. Got it done, did you? Yay! This one is going to be spectacular once it is quilted. Beautiful work and amazing perseverance!

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  19. Wow! That's the first word that came into my mind. I love it! You are very diligent to get through that. I made the small version (one of the blocks it looks like)and can't imagine making about 29 more. Awesome quilt.

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  20. It it just lovely. Simple, pure, beautiful.

    Thanks for bringing us along on the journey and to it's completion.

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  21. Amazing! It turned out so nice, I have enjoyed watching it come together on your blog. Well done!

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  22. It's very pretty and will look spectacular once it's quilted!

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  23. All I can say is OMG...that's a lot of pieces! Looks gorgeous though, as usual :) I had to sneak a peek at "9" and I can say is...are they nuts? Wow, I think I'll never complain again about little pieces :) Great job!

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  24. It's beautiful, but no thank you on the 1" square work!

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  25. Settler's Trail is so beautiful Thelma. You can see that you not only poured your heart into this quilt... but also blood sweat and tears! Well, maybe not tears:) I wouldn't even have enough patience to count how many pieces there were in the quilt much less piece them! Bravo!!!

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  26. I went and bought the pattern after your last post.... is yours totally scrappy? I have a bunch of 1.5" squares to use as leader enders and I'm sure I can adapt the pattern to use them... obviously I haven't read the instructions yet since I said 'adapted'.

    Anyway, yours is lovely!! Thanks for sharing!

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  27. It is just fabulous! You made it so quickly, too!

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  28. WOW!! It is just spectacular!! Congrats on persevering through all those little itty bitty pieces. And the piecing is just perfect.

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  29. I can't even imagine!! Since I'm such a beginner I'm amazed by this quilt and so many pieces...I love Primitive Gatherings...but over 10,000 pieces...I'll keep dreaming!! Have a great day!!

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  30. Great quilt Thelma. I may have to put that on my "To Do" list.

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  31. That's a lot of little pieces! It looks great; congrats on the finish.

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  32. It's fabulous - I think I might put this one on my list!

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  33. Amazing! You must be a very patient person to get that quilt done and I know it's perfect - I have witnessed your perfect piecing. Congrats on the beautiful quilt!

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  34. Simply stunning! WOW!! 6200pieces? I just finished the centre of a quilt that has 2800 pieces and l thought l was doing well!!! Not ready to try this one any time in the near future!!!

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  35. Absolutely amazing! I admire your patience with the millions of little pieces! Truly a lifetime achievement!

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  36. Wow Thelma, There is something about this quilt that "speaks to me". I really think it is lovely. Everything about it from design to fabric choices, then of course, the piecing is excellent too. Really, just an all around wonderful quilt. Thanks so much for always sharing your process with us, it is so enjoyable to watch your quilts come to life. Big Hugs...

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