Thursday, February 14, 2013

How about a super special red day . . . .

Woo  Hoo, look what's home from the quilter!

It's Door County Cherry Baskets, aka, Done Pickin', Lifetime Quilt Number 75.  The pattern, Door County Cherry Baskets, is in the book Summer Gatherings by Lisa Bongean and Carole Charles.

It's so hard to get a good picture of the quilting on a quilt!


Here's a close up that should help.  The background fabric is heavily quilted and the basket and cherry pieces are outlined so they just pop out of the quilt. 


 Not  only are the basket blocks amazing, there's a beautiful secondary wreath pattern quilted into those quarter square triangles and some wonderfully fluffy feathers in the border.



Here's the back, it gives you a little better idea of the jaw dropping quilting on this top.


This amazing quilt job was done by the talented Linda Hrcka, over at The Quilted Pineapple.  You are probably used to seeing Linda's quilt work on Lisa Bongean, of Primitive Gatherings, projects.  I'm thrilled and very appreciative that Linda was able to squeeze this quilt into her busy schedule.

I loved this quilt when I sent it to Linda to be quilted, but I love it even more now that it's home.  The quilting adds so much to the overall look of the quilt, and the quilt designs are a perfect fit for this style of quilt.

Linda is going to blog about all the details of quilting this top on her blog today, for more detail click here.

For more detail on the specifics of this quilt go to Lifetime Quilt Number 75 on my First 100 Quilts tab or click here.  I went back and read my blog posts where I talked about piecing this quilt and if you're in the mood for a laugh, you've got to read about the day I went crazy trying to come up with the perfect placement of each one of those basket blocks. Even I think I was wound a little tight that particular day.  But the quilt looks great, so maybe I'm crazy like a fox!

My FQS Thelma bundle has still not arrived!  I continue to hear from other folks that they have received their bundles and like it, I'm so relieved, but there's nothing like seeing it myself to totally convince me that the reds are a nice mix.  I did get one comment that said, "I really like the beiges", I'm trying not to let that worry me!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day, and remember, if your Valentine doesn't step up to the plate to make your day special, there's nothing stopping you from  making it special yourself.

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36 comments:

  1. Oh, how lovely. Your quilt, your blog. Happy Valentine's Day. Enjoyed the references between Nicole's blog, yours, as well as Linda's and Lisa's. Fabulous work executing this quilt and the quilting thereon. Just a real red tweak to a day made special by friends sharing their project and anticipations with a joyous quilt resulting. Stephani in N. TX (tomazec@aol.com)

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  2. Wow, gorgeous!!! This pictures on The Quilted Pineapple blog really show the quilting nicely. She did a super job on a gorgeously pieced quilt. Love it.

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  3. This is an absolutely stunning quilt! And the quilting on it is beyond anything I have ever seen. What a treasure you now have! Thanks for sharing it, and all of your lovely quilts!

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  4. Oh my.....this is just one gorgeous quilt Thelma and well worth all the labor and time it took you! Beautiful!!! There is quite a few cherrys in those baskets :)
    Gail

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  5. Thank you, Thelma!!! Seeing your quilt here and At Nicole's...made my whole day!!!! A true pleasure to quilt for you! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  6. This is beyond belief... the combination of your color sense, exact pieceing and her quilting is just stunning.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I loved reading your post while you were making the quilt and now seeing it quilted. It is just gorgeous! Linda is just an amazing quilter, sure she is happy you didn't make all the blocks. LOL:!!! Can't wait to see what Nicole comes up with! Happy Valentine Day!!!

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  8. What a beautiful quilt. The piecing and the quilt are wonderful. What a treasure you have.I am so thankful for all your red posts this week.

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  9. You make me want to quit my job and stay home and quilt all day! I love seeing all of your terrific talents everyday. Beautiful quilt!

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  10. Linda's quilting has taken your quit from marvellous to magnificent - I loved seeing the before and after photos and think you're both wonderfully talented!

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  11. It's truly gorgeous! I just saw the quilting pics on Linda's blog. You do an awesome job of piecing and your work is very inspiring.

    Linda's quilting is always so gorgeous!

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  12. I was just telling Nicole how this quilt pattern has popped up on my radar several times in the last few days. I had forgotten that you made it and when I went back to look at the assembly I had to laugh at the diagrams you made. It looked more like a football field play.
    I think when you were making the quilt i was still scarred from my first basket experience (Carrie's Picnic) so I was determined not to make another basket quilt EVER! That quickly changed. They appear to drop from the sky and I fall in love. So I am bookmarking this one so that I can go back to it.
    The quilting on this one is AMAZING! I can see you falling in love with it all over again. I'm curious how long were you on the waiting list to get this one done? Linda mentioned your patience so I was curious.
    Happy Valentine's Day!!

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  13. It's a gorgeous quilt. I have to laugh at your last line....is that a hint for someone? Happy Valentine's day to you too.

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  14. Wow, super special indeed! I think this is one you should enter in next year's show.

    It does not seem that long ago that you pieced the basket blocks yet it is quilt #75 and you are on #101 now. Where does the time go!!!

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  15. All I can say is WOW! Between your piecing and fabric choices and Linda's quilting - magnificent!!!!! You are certainly making it difficult for me to have a favorite "Thelma Quilt!" Every time I see a new one it's my favorite now.

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  16. Basket block quilt has now been added to my bucket list...

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  17. This quilt is beautiful! Wonderful!! And love all that red!!!

    Gloria
    gyates625@bellsouth.net

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  18. Your quilter did a beautiful job with this piece. And of course, you did well on your part, too! It's the perfect red <3 for Valentine's Day!

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  19. Your quilt is stunning! The quilting Linda did, is so perfect for your quilt! Great job by both of you :-)
    Wish you a great weekend,

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  20. I could definitely live with that quilt! Well done, both!

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  21. Your quilt is gorgeous and the quilting just amazing! Thanks for making me now want a red basket quilt ��

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  22. Your quilt is absolutely drop dead gorgeous! I'm on my way to read about it up close and personal now.
    Happy Valentine's Day to you!

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  23. You take my breath away with this magnificent red quilt of yours. You've really put me in the mood for Valentine's Day, XOXO

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  24. This is just AmaZinG!! When I saw the last picture I was confused. How come I see through? What ?? And then I enlarged the picture and I fell off my chair. Wow, I mean Woooowwwww!!! Linda, you did amazing quilting. But then again, she had a great quilt to begin with. Happy Valentine's Day.

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  25. Your quilt looks FANTASTIC! I think all the time you spent on the arrangement was worth it!

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  26. A fabulous quilt and a wonderful blogpost!

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  27. This is so stunning it is beyond words! I certainly enjoyed Linda's close up pictures too. She does amazing work but so do YOU. You have such a talent. I have started a list of quilts you have done that I want too but doubt that will ever happen :) Thanks so much for sharing.

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  28. Oh my word Thelma!!! This quilt is incredibly beautiful and the quilting is truly stunning. A most excellent 'Red' post. :oD ... Hugs...

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  29. Happy Valentine's Day! I agree that the quilting is beautiful and really enhances the quilt but your perfect piecing and color placement is impeccable and is what really makes the quilt!

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  30. The most amazing red post yet! I really want to make this quilt - baskets, red - you just can't go wrong!

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  31. Thelma...I just want to say I love your DCC quilt!!! Want to trade? Yeah I know the answer to that!!!
    I do however need to scold you for not introducing yourself to me at Road2Cali!!! Please next time do so...

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  32. I saw this over on The Quilted Pineapples's blog and my-oh-my what a stunning masterpiece you have created. Just gorgeous!
    Smiles, DianeM

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