Wednesday, September 5, 2012

the full monty


Enough teaser photos, already! My Scrap Hoover is finally bound and photographed! This quilt is my biggest and most proud finish yet so please bear with me during this heavily-pictured post. And as a side note, if you've never seen the film The Full Monty, you should. Anyways, back to the quilt.

I started this way back when sometime last year after I received my copy of Material Obsession 2. I fell hard straight away for Sarah Fielke's pattern Maple Leaf Rag and knew it would be mandatory for  my overflowing scrap bucket.


This was a very long-term project, but the piecing was so much fun it kept it interesting. Every time I worked on it I loved digging up new combinations. It's essentially a spiderweb pattern with crazy-pieced background pieces as opposed to the usual solid negative space. The beauty of this is that you can use every tiny, weirdly shaped scrap in your bin. Something about finding a home for trash-bin worthy miniscule scrap of a favorite fabric was quite thrilling.


Lucy approves of the quilt too.


I will say that the piecing of this top is most imperfect, but adds to the charm I think. Lots of bulky seams made accuracy difficult so I just had to squelch my inner perfectionist on this one.


The most special thing about this quilt for me is that it has because it's a made from all scraps of previous projects it has become a journal of everything I've done up to this point in my sewing career. I love seeing the bits and bobs left over from Lucy and Olivia's baby quilts, or a small piece of a fabric I no longer have in my stash.


The backing is one of my favorite prints from Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi line called Summer Totem. And that drop-dead gorgeous quilting? I can't take credit for that. This was done by none other than the fabulously-talented Angela Walters. Angela's work is even more stunning in person and makes me aspire to be a better FMQer.


Finally the weather has cooled down enough so I could finish hand-sewing the binding down. This is another AMH print I'd been hoarding from her Chocolate Lollipop range.

So that's it! I hope this quilt will become a family heirloom to be loved by my children and grand-children. 
I hope you all are enjoying these last few days of summer. I'm a little excited for fall and all of the wool sweaters and cozy quilts that come with it :)



78 comments:

  1. Absolutely fabulous. Congratulations, you do indeed have lots to be proud of - it is just gorgeous! I definitely have to get busy with a scrap quilt. I can't close the drawers on my bins anymore.

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  2. Love TheFull Monty almost as much asi love your quilt! Simply beautiful!

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  3. Oh sew beautiful! It is amazing!

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  4. Totally beautiful! I wouldn't be letting anyone near it!!

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  5. gorgeous, amazing, fantastic, incredible!!!!!

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  6. Oh, my, such fun gorgeousness!

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  7. A.Mazing. What an absolutely fabulous quilt! (The backing couldn't be more perfect.) And the sentimental scraps included makes it even better. Congrats on a great finish!!

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  8. It is crazy beautiful! I'm so excited for you!!

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  9. really beautiful!! My scraps are totally overflowing as well. I only hope I will do something this glorious with them.

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  10. You should be beaming. Its beyond beautiful. And I love that it was truly a scrap quilt filled with fabric treasures. I'm always reluctant to start a project of that scope because I know how very very long they take. But its so good to remember that making it a long term goal can just make it more special and filled with scraps from more and more favorites. I just might have to sign up to try something intricate and amazing too :) Thank you for the inspiration!!

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  11. It is very beautiful indeed, love the colors!

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  12. Glorious scrappy deliciousness! And the quilting! And the binding and backing! Ah, perfection. Yay for a HUGE finish!!

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  13. Simply amazing! Kudos to you for finishing such a huge project. What a treasure!!

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  14. Fabulous! I want one!! What a precious quilt :)

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  15. Stunning finish! Very inspirational :) thanks for sharing!

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  16. It's beautiful. What a wonderful way to remember all your projects along the way.

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  17. Megan you've done such a beautiful job! Thanks for the lovely comments on my quilts - it's one of my favourites too.

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  18. Super fantastic Megan!! It will be enjoyed for a long, long time, I'm sure.

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  19. Your quilt is something to be proud of and I love scrappy quilts. I never throw any small pieces of fabric away because I also like and have made miniature quilts. I bet you run and look at it every chance you get, I know I would.
    Susanne :)

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  20. Amazing! Love, love love it! Scrap quilts are so much fun, and a great way to catalog your stash. (redpepperquilts@gmail.com)

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  21. Gorgeous, gorgeous quilt. I love Material Obsession 2 as well - I love how the 2 authors come up with such different quilts from the same brief. And great pictures of your little girl playing on it - that's what quilts are meant for!

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  22. Megan, this is an AMAZING quilt. Wow! How exciting it must be to have made something so cool!

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  23. It's so beautiful!!! I love it and the quilting is just as gorgeous. :)

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  24. It really totally an heirloom!!!! How big is it? Looks huge in the first quilt. Way to stick with it I know this quilt would be a long process.

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  25. What a spectacular quilt, Megan!! And how much fun you're going to have reminiscing over the fabrics in the years to come.... Congratulations on an absolutely fabulous finish!!!

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  26. I love this! On a scale of 1 to 10, how difficult was it? It is on my quilt "bucket list". Very nice!

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  27. it's absolutely gorgeous! and i love that you used summer totem for the back... it's perfect.

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  28. That is Amazing with a capital A. Wow! I admire you 110%. In other related news, I just posted a tutorial today for a non-foundation pieced spiderweb block, but it does use templates. Still, not even CLOSE to this work of beauty!!

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  29. An absolute stunner! Now I want to try this!!

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  30. What a beautiful quilt and one you should be very, very proud of. Great work.

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  31. Such a beautiful quilt, a feast for the eyes.

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  32. What a fabulous quilt; very beautiful. Congratulations on your achievement.

    Also, I am shocked to see how much Lucy has grown. Time really does fly.

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  33. Oh my gosh, serious quilt porn. Your quilt is GORGEOUS!!! You must be so proud of it and yourself. Really, really pretty. It must be so neat to sit and look at all the different fabrics--I'm sure your girls will love doing that as they grow up. Your quilt model is an adorable cutie patootie, too.

    Congrats!

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  34. This quilt is absolutely adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  35. I can't get over how absolutely beautiful this quilt is! I bet your over the moon with it :)

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  36. Oh, this quilt is truly gorgeous! Congratulations on a lovely finish.

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  37. Holy crap, woman! This quilt is to die for.

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  38. This is so amazing!! I am totally in love! I need to start something like this to manage my scraps too, you've inspired me :)

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  39. I am mesmerized by this quilt! I have overflowing scrap bins and a copy of Material Obsession! This was just the post to get me kickstarted!

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  40. Gorgeous. I love such a random assortment of fabrics

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  41. CRAZYILY BEAUTIFUL...yes am shouting!

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  42. That is really the most gorgeous and amazing quilt I have ever seen. Congratulations!

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  43. Wonderful and magical Megan! It will be such a gorgeous treasure for your girls!

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  44. Gorgeous! You should be so proud! It makes me want to run home after work and sew!

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  45. inspiring! you chose the perfect backing fabric!

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  46. holy crap!!! most amazing quilt i've seen in... like, FORever! seriously fabulous!! ;D

    x, H

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  47. holy crap!!! most amazing quilt i've seen in... like, FORever! seriously fabulous!! ;D

    x, H

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  48. It's absolutely gorgeous darling - you did a fantastic job!! I so wish I could get Angela to longarm something for me (having Mine Shaft done would have been fabulous)!

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  49. Megan, this is just spectacular!

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  50. Hello, first of all, your quilts are awe-inspiring. Truly, they are the most amazing things I've ever seen. I wonder, do you make these for purchase, or do they all stay at home with your family? I tried to find contact info on your site but couldn't, I'm sorry if it's rude to ask this in a comment. Anyway, if you do sell your quilts I'd be VERY interested. Please let me know. Thanks for sharing them with us there, they are truly sights to behold. :P

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  51. I am not a quilter but WOW-this is stunning beyond belief! What a work of art!

    Elizabeth
    (muffinknits on Ravelry...)

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  52. I'm not often speechless - in fact NEVER but I sure am not. This is total gorgeousness of the nth degree. You are amazing.

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  53. I am speechless - incredibly beautiful! Congrats to you on such a wonderful piece!

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  54. This is a really beautiful quilt--what a wonderful way to have memories of other projects.

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  55. I don't quilt, and I don't even know you, but I love this more than I can say! Nice work!

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  56. I so hope you don't mind but I fell in love with your quilt so much that I have put photos of it on my blog and I copied some of what you said so people would know a little about it and I linked everything back to your blog loads of times. If you have a problem with this please let me know and I'll take it down immediately when I wake up tomorrow because it's 00:29a.m here in England.
    Patti xxx
    American by birth and MOUTH
    but British in every other way

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  57. it is AMAZING, megan! i love the idea of a scrap quilt as memory-book, and the thought of everything having a use-- nothing going to waste. it's just stunning and angela's quilting looks wonderful. bravo on this beautiful piece! xo

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  58. this is just stunning! beautiful work

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  59. This quilt is amazing. I hope you can part with it long enough ( a long time) to enter it into an AQS show so that it will go on tour here in the States.

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  60. Fabulous Quilt - you must be thrilled.

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  61. Just wanted to tell you, I finally bought the book "Material Obsession II" and your quilt is what convinced me to buy it!

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  62. I love everything about the Quilt , beautiful work. you much feel great pride with your work

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  63. I know i'm a bit late but WOW this is beautiful!

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  64. I just found your blog.....don't ask me what bunny trail I followed to get here! I think this is the most gorgeous quilt I've ever seen! I'm off to find the book. Oh, and dig in the stash for something to make Swoon. That's gorgeous too!

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