Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orca Bay top is finished!! Applique wall quilt top finished!



Donna, you were right! The borders do fit perfectly...and today was the day I took a deep breath, pinned the borders in place and went for it! Whoohoo...I am so glad this is all in one piece! Thank you, Bonnie, for a really fun mystery. I will never, ever again use paper to piece strings...I just do not have the patience to pick it all out...I am afraid there will be little pieces of paper in amongst the batting...sorry all you quilt police! I love the weight visually and physically of the pieced border...love that part the very best, and the movement of the pieces.



If you ever have wanted to try wool applique? This is a very forgiving and fun quilt by Jo Morton...I so enjoyed hand blanket stitching the flowers. And the plaid...of course, I love that! Used what I had on hand...and don't have a piece left for binding! I will have to improvise...





Speaking of wool...I have a shoebox full. That is a lot, truly, although some people have tons more...that amount is all I will need for sure. I used very little in the quilt above, and have this bundle I bought at a quilt show last year. I want someone to have this bundle! Please leave a comment on this post and I will put you in the pot to win this bundle...and send the bundle out on Friday. Good luck to all!!


Have a super great day!

Julie

84 comments:

Tudy said...

I have worked very little with wool but really love the feel of it. I would love to win it.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

I want to work with wool for quite a while. Maybe I will if I win.

Jan said...

The red plaid is just the ticket for this charming top!!

Leeanne said...

Holy sheep! I would love to win this cute wool bundle.I haven't tried using wool, but would like too.My husband gave up a cashmere jacket he no longer wants, I have saved it to felt and try something one day.
Your Orca Bay does look fabulous, I thought the border was the best part too. So are you saying you prefer fabric foundations for your string blocks?

Andrea said...

Your Orca Bay is beautiful - I am kicking myself that I didn't start this now. I followed along with the yahoo group and printed all the clues but just didn't get round to it. I have done 2 of Bonnies mysteries before and they are so lovely - 1 is completely done and the other is resting at border stage - might get to that this year :-) I would love to be in with the chance of the woolly giveaway.. I have never used it although I have 3 fat eighths I bought last year to make an Autumn table topper - maybe this year for that too - lol xx

martha said...

love the lori smith quilt . i really like everything i have seen her do. thanks for the give away! martha from minnesota!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Your Orca Bay is absolutely STUNNING. I love the red. Your wools are pretty, too, but please don't put my name into the drawing... I am still cleaning out and there are many people who would love to win it before I finish my BIG project. Nothing's coming in until the clean-out's complete. You are so kind and thoughtful, Julie.

Monica said...

Both look wonderful Julie! Great job.

Jill said...

Wow! Two finishes! Congrats. I have been looking a some wool applique projects, just something simple to give it a try. Thinking this is the year to try my hand at wool. Would love a chance to win the bundle.

Angie said...

They are both gorgeous, Julie! I especially love the appliqued wall quilt, have had that one dogeared for ages to do :p, and I really like the pieced border on the Orca Bay. Great job, girly! :D

Sandra Kaye said...

WOW!!! You Orca bay is just stunning!!! I am only half way through. Love the applique as well. The wool looks yummy. Put my name in the hat , please!! Have a nice day!! Hugs

Rita said...

Your Orca Bay quilt is wonderful! I also love your Jo Morton quilt. I am a huge Jo Morton fan and have that pattern. Thanks for all the inspiration you give me.

Lori said...

You are an amazing machine!! Your Orca bay quilt is wonderful and when I did the mystery quilt of Bonnie's last year, I couldn't belive how perfect the border went on!! Isn't that great!??!
Love your wool applique quilt! I can't beleive you think you'll have enough....I'd love to take it off your hands. We can't have you having *too* much wool now can we? I need at least 3 bags full!!

Janet O. said...

Your Orca Bay is just as stunning as those with red strings! Gorgeous!
Your wool quilt is very cute. Blanket stitching is one type of handwork I do enjoy, but don't include me in the drawing. For some years now wool makes me itch badly.

Donna K from N.TX aka Quilting Bear Gal said...

I'm with you. Piecing on paper is ok until you have to remove said paper. What a mess. Your Orca Bay project turned out beautiful, despite added paper bits, and your applique project is a so very nice. Love the wool you are giving away so hope it comes to my house.

Libby said...

Love your new top - a great mystery for sure (though I am too chicken to join in *s*) Isn't wool applique just the best?

Sallie said...

Great job on the quilts! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!

Christine M said...

Both of your quilts looks great. You must be so pleased. I've been looking at projects with wool. I haven't tried using wool yet but this could be my chance. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Loris said...

What a beautiful quilt :-)
You are so going to enjoy this treasure. Bonnie really outdid herself with this design!
And your wool quilt is really sweet. Makes me want to dig into some wool. What a generous giveaway of that rich looking wool!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Way to sew! I love your Orca Bay! I need to get back to mine, I am slow. ;-) And the red plaid so complements the flower top. Very cute! I would love to win your wool bundle! I am planning to do the raspberry rabbits bom and I need a lot of colors I don't have~ your bundle would be perfect! Thanks so much for the chance! Have a happy day!

Barb said...

Love your Orca Bay

Jim Robson said...

I love, love, love the quilt in your heading! Congrats on finishing Orca Bay! Your wall quilt is striking.
I have not done any work with wool and would love to give it a try! Thanks for the opportunity and the inspiration that your blog gives me!

Frances

frances@robsonclan.net

Sharon said...

What a generous give away for someone who does this type of work. Please don't include me, I have too much of everything and wouldn't put it to good use.
Do you any any of the corner post fabric left over? That would make a fun binding. Love the pieced border on the mystery quilt, that's a lot of work. I've just started the Carolina xmas one she did in 2009.

James-Linda said...

NEAT GIVEAWAY-LOVE THE RED PLAID!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

Sue K said...

Wow, how incredibly generous of you to share your wool. I am about to start my first penny rug and could sure use some. Your Orca is fantastic!!!

Elyte said...

Your Orca Bay glows and I am in love with your Prairie Flowers. That is definitely the next main project on my list.

kmcallister said...

Would love love love to win the wool.

regan said...

Holy cow, Julie....your Orca Bay is fabulous! And that wool sampler is so sweet! Love it!

I have a tough time with pulling out the papers, too.....they get so static-y, and they stick to everything! I spend more time trying to get them to actually go into the trash than it takes to pull them off the fabric! lol Very frustrating.....but it could be my climate! :o)

What a sweet little bundle of wool....I'd love to win it....I'm hoping to try a little wool quilt this year! I've seen so much woolly fun out there lately.....I want to get in on that fun! lol

Brenda said...

I love your Orca Bay quilt. Very pretty. I printed out all the directions but have not made it. I love the wool bundle. Thanks for the chance to try to win it.

Libby said...

Your Orca Bay is WONDERFUL! and that border is smashing! Love your wool quilt too! Gotta love Jo Morton!

Debi said...

Your two quilts are gorgeous, great job. Please don't enter me in the giveaway, just wanted to tell you how much I love those quilts.

Merilyn said...

Wow! your Orca Bay quilt top looks pretty amazing, in fact absolutely amazing and the border is just so right too!!! I agree the only thing about Foundation paper piecing I loathe is taking out the paper LOL!!!!
I haven't worked with wool at all, but the opportunity to give it a go would be great! Thanks for the chance to win the little bundle!!

Terry said...

Both your quilt tops look fabulous! Congratulations on getting them done! I'd love to win that lovely bundle of wool! I only have a little bit myself and I have a wool project I want to do. I'll have to do it in cotton if I don't win! LOL Thanks for the chance! :0)

Jen said...

Great finishes! The OB is sooo impressive!! Leave me out of the wool giveaway, I'm just here for the eye candy ;)

Nancy said...

I don't want to be in on the giveaway, but I wanted to congratulate you on two beautiful finishes!

dorthac said...

Both of your quilt tops are beautiful. You do such a good job choosing your fabric. I would love to win some wool. I have never made anything with wool but would love to try something. dorthac@aol.com

Kathy said...

Your Orca Bay is beautiful! I'll bet it feels good to have it to this stage already! My blocks are all done, and the papers are removed - I didn't like that part either, and it made a huge mess on the floor. I'm hoping to get the blocks together this weekend. Great job!

Michele said...

Both quilts are beautiful. I've never worked with wool. Love to win!

Anonymous said...

First, your Orca Bay quilt is wonderful. I thought about trying it, but I just knew I couldn't find the time. I would love a chance to win your wool bundle. I've looked at them in the quilt stores, but they're a little too spendy for me. Sue H

Becky said...

Two wonderful fishes! Wow! Love your Orca Bay. Your colors work well together. Take care!

Natasha said...

I just love your Orca bay quilt! I will be starting mine this week but don't have any lofty plans as to when I will finish it. I will change the color scheme and the outer border, and I can't wait to see the turnout!

Please put me in your giveaway. Thanks!!!

scottylover said...

Wow what a quilt! I have never tried a Quiltville mystery quilt because there are so many pieces and steps. Yours is so pretty!

I don't have much wool and would love to have some! We are having a wool quilt class in guild on February, so I'd love to have it for that! Thanks for the chance to win!

Sandy A

Sherrill said...

Ooo, I LOVE wool and would love a chance to have YOURS!! LOL Thanks so much for the giveaway.

Robin said...

Your Orca Bay quilt looks wonderful. I didn't do Bonnie's mystery this year but I did Roll Roll Cotton Boll with her last year and the borders fit exactly. She's sure good at what she does. Would love to win the wool.

Cindy said...

I love your Orca Bay quilt! I've not done one of Bonnie's mysteries but I did download all the instructions for future use. Probably silly because I'll be looking for her book. The wool looks fabulous! That is something I'd like to try. Thanks for the opportunity!

Red Heads said...

Your Orca Bay quilt is absolutely stunning. I would love a chance to win your very generous wool treasure. Love, love working with wool. Blessings> Dianne...

Potpourri said...

Your Orca Bay is lovely. I have done the strings and stopped "dead in the water", to return to it sometime within the next month.
I love your wools and would love to be selected as the winner. It is a very generous giveaway

Teresa in Music City said...

Julie, your Orca Bay is amazing! I too am in love with the border treatment Bonnie designed in this one - it's my favorite part of the quilt. I'd be happy to give your wool package a good home!

Quilter Kathy said...

Woohoo...great Orca...love it! I must get to my borders!
Love your wool project too...wish I liked wool but I don't like how it feels on my skin (I'm weird, I know!!)

jmniffer said...

Your Ocra turned out super! I've never used wool but sure would like to give it a try. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

Beth Paulson said...

Julie, loved your Orca Bay Quilt it is gorgeous..and the wool appplique is beautiful. I'd love to win the wool bundle as the colors are neat and I don't have those colors yet. Beth

Cindy N. said...

I will be doing this Jo quilt at my LQS (Jo Morton Club) starting in January. I think its a great idea to use wool, I will definatly suggest that to the ladies in the club. Your Orca Bay turned out beautifully! What a great giveaway :)

Pat said...

Both of your quilts are wonderful and I just wanted to say that. (Don't put my name into the drawing...even though that wool is tempting, I have won a giveaway already from you, so let someone else have a chance this time!)

Deb said...

What a great giveaway. I have been trying to collect wool so I could do some applique. Thanks for the chance to win. Love your Orca Bay.

LornaO said...

I just tried working with wool for the first time and really enjoyed it. I would love to win this as I don't have any wool of my own...I used my friends scraps. :)

Carol said...

Stunning Orca Bay! You deserve great big Kudos for sticking with that one.....so many pieces and seams. Know you are proud of it. Am wanting to make a wool pincushion with a pattern from Painted Quilt. Have never done one but there has to be a first!

AnnieO said...

Gratulations on two wonderful finishes! The paper pieced strings also stop me from these mysteries--the paper removing process just puts me off.

The wools are so pretty! I've done just a bit of wool work and agree it is forgiving.

Jan said...

Love your Orca bay quilt!! Your wool applique is so nice. I have done several small things with wool and like it.

Jeanne said...

Love your Orca Bay quilt! Congrats on finishing it. Also love your little wall quilt. It's just my style.

Donna said...

Both quilts are lovely. didn't you feel such a sense of accomplishment with orca bay,Julie? I have never made a quilt with this many pieces and units, and it all fit!!!

Michelle said...

First of all...congratulation on finishing the Orca Bay! It's awesome! Second...I love wool and would love to win that yummy little bundle. :)

Robert said...

Love your quilts - was in the process of doing some hand stuff when Bonnie's mystery started so printed off the instructions and put some fabric together for it, but that's as far as it got. Was just at a local quilt shop and picked up 2 bags of Jo Morton scraps - cheap. Wish I had picked up a couple more they were 2 inch strips. Think I would enjoy wool, but just have not started it. Really don't need to start a new hobby. Hope you are staying warm - it's -2 degree right now in northern Iowa -- Robert.

SueB said...

WOW, I love both of your quilts. Please put me in for winning the wool. I have Jo's book and would love to try it in wool. Cant wait to see how you quilt the appliqued flowers with the wool.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

That is one amazing quilt! What a lot of work!
I'm have a fabric party link on my blog so people can giveaway, swap fabric they don't need/want. If you have any more you could join in! :)

Jittina said...

Why oh why didn't I join in with the Orca Bay Mystery? It's just beautiful. Oh well, I can still start, even if it isn't a mystery anymore.
I would love to win your wool bundle. It looks delicious.

Quilt Hollow said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! I love it! I say well done!!!

Mary said...

Oh Julie!!! The Orca Bay is a sight to behold!!! I think it's the most beautiful quilt I've ever seen! I think you should enter it in the Houston Quilt show!!! The applique quilt is fab too! But that Orca Bay is a love! You do such fabulous work! I'm so proud of you!

mtquilter said...

So great that you finished Orca Bay. I've only finished step one but I will get it done. Don't Bonnie's borders fit perfectly! I was so impressed with last year's mystery and how it all went together so well. Love working with wool. I'm putting together a door hanger designed by Lynda Hall of Primitive Pieces by Lynda and I love it...so easy!

Jenni said...

Wow, the Orca Bay quilt is fabulous, and the border looks terrific. Great finish! Where do you find the time?

Loretta said...

Love your Orca Bay! Turned out great!

Caryl W said...

Julie...your Orca Bay quilt is absolutely gorgeous!! AND the wool applique is so cute!!

Jennifer said...

Great job. Love reading your blog.

liz said...

New to your blog Love your quilts : )

liz said...

Well done with that whale of a quilt! I love it. I didn't use paper to piece my strings. No issues pulling it off at the end, but I still didn't enjoy doing it. No entry to the draw, thanks anyway.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

I love wool....your first quilt is just 'awesome'....

lisa said...

I've never commented on your blog before, but I read it all the time. I just *HAD* to tell you how beautiful your Orca Bay is!!!!! you did a really wonderful job on it :-)

Me and My Stitches said...

Your Orca Bay is gorgeous - I wish I could have followed along in the mystery. And your Jo quilt is wonderful. I love wool applique and am not addicted to wool!

Barbara said...

I love working with wool, and your applique quilt is just beautiful!

Nicky said...

Orca Bay is fabulous! And the wool quilt too!

Shelia said...

Julie,
Great work. Looks like you have been very busy. I've never worked with wool yet, but have been thinking about some applique with wool.
Happy quilting,
Shelia

Janet said...

Oh wow, the Orca quilt is stupendous, really lovely. The wool looks luscious.

House of Mouse said...

The Orca quilt is utterly amazing....the patience you have to work with that many pieces. Never in a million years would I attempt that!

Helen in the UK said...

I know I'm way too late for the draw (which is a good thing) as I don't need to start a different type of quilting!!
Still wanted to say how beautiful your Orca Bay top is. Congrats on getting it finished to this stage :)

Jean said...

I like your rendition of Orc bay