Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Vintage Sampler Quilt Top Finished

After nearly 2 years I finally finished my vintage sampler top.  All 42 blocks are complete, edge-stitched and sewn together in the order I released the blocks for my 2012-13 Block of the Month.

I don't know why it took me so long to get this done. (Hmm working full time, designing full time, traveling, lecturing, 3 weeks sick with acute bronchitis, grading papers, a new grand baby,  hmmm????) I do know it took forever to blanket stitch all the blocks.  But then I only get to work on it when I go to retreat, so thank God I got to go to several this year so I could get this done.

I dropped it off this morning at Brenda's Quilting, in Ottawa, so she can mull over it for a while as she figures out how to quilt it.  I know better than to tell her what to do.  I just tell her to "have fun" and "do your magic!"  I have never been disappointed with what she comes up with, and her work is fabulous.  I can't wait to see what she does with this.

The only thing left on this is some embellishments I want to add after it is quilting.  There are a number of little things I want to hand embroider on some of the blocks, like french knots and tendrils.  I may add a few leaf veins, and I want to embroider my name and the date completed on the quilt to resemble the signatures which populated the old quilt this was fashioned after.

This is the picture I worked from to re-create this great 1930's signature sampler.  I have to tell you, I loved every minute of it.  I can't wait till I can start the next applique sampler I found.  It will be a Block of the Month on my blog sometime in the next year or two.

Special thanks to all of you who made these blocks and sent me pictures.  If any of you have completed tops or quilts made from these blocks I would love to see it.  I plan to put some of them in the book I will be publishing about this quilt.



  1. Oh congrats, it´s just beautiful Reeze!
    Still working on mine, will Keep in touch, and hugs,

  2. It's absolutely beautiful! I just hope that mine turns out as good.
    Warm hugs,

  3. I Love the quilt and I can understand taking so long to get it finished. I don't know how you have the energy for all of that. I am glad of your patterns as I think they are wonderful. Thank You for them.

  4. Reeze it looks Fantastic. I can't wait to see it all quilted and embellished. I don't know how you find the time to do all you do. You must be very organized. I am retired and have my days to myself and still don't seem to get much done.

  5. Wowee! Your quilt is just stunning :) I feel like a wimp for not having mine finished yet....Thanks for all the great designs you share with us, Reeze.

  6. It is even more beautiful than I expected! I'm am also still working on mine but it is so great to see how pretty it will come out. Makes me want to work on it more now.

  7. It really is beautiful. Will look foreword to the book.

  8. Great job, Reese! It is lovely!
    Thanks once again for sharing. Still work in progress, here...
    Cathy von Jess in MA

  9. I love this quilt. Your version will be stunning with embellishments. I Started it with good intentions. I guess I need to go on a Retreat with you and work on it. LOL

  10. The white background is just perfect with those fresh colors. You did a magnificent job and were so very kind to share it with us. I saved as many of the blocks as possible and it is on the retirement list of things to do.

  11. Love it, so bright and cheery, especially on this cold and nasty MO day.

  12. te quedo precioso, es una maravilla

  13. So beautiful, Reeze! You did a great job on recreating it. I had that 3 week cough/bronchitis - ugh.


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