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Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Dance... Cactus Rose is a finished top!!

 I'm in celebration mode! Can you hear me cheering?!?!... this quilt is finally finished. I have been working on this pattern, called Cactus Rose, a design from Judy Neimeyer, for at least five years. I first wrote about it on the blog here, back in February of 2010. I would work on it for a while, get overwhelmed and call for the men in the white coats to come and get me, and then put it away for a while. It was on my finish it list for last year, and didn't get touched. I was determined that this was going to be the year, and here it is! Yippee!! Woohoo!! Whoop whoop!!
 Here's a closer view of one of the corners. This whole thing, as in all Judy Neimeyer designs, was paper pieced, and then hand appliqued. The background was done using four of the very light shades of the Fossil Ferns fabrics. I think the original used a batik.







And here's a close up of one of the center blocks.
There has been so much nail biting, smothered bad words, and all kinds of stressful wondering why on earth I ever thought I could do this moments while working on this quilt. And it was all worth it! This one is moving to the very top of my to-be-quilted-next pile. I'm going to link up to some celebratory linky parties with this one. Finish it Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Link a Finish Friday. I'll also link up this post to  The Lovely Year of Finishes Party at the end of the month. I entered this as #75 in the goal setting party. The next time I write about this quilt will be when the quilting is started on the long arm.. I'm so HAPPY!!



20 comments:

  1. LOVELY!!!! I knew you could get this one finished. Not too many could have done it.

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  2. You deserve to be "so happy". The quilt is beyond spectacular. Aside from the fact that the piecing and applique are perfect, the colors are just stunning! You may have to completely redecorate your house around that quilt. Bravo!!

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  3. Your quilt is gorgeous!!! I would be happy too :)

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  4. Congratulations on you finish. Your quilt is fabulous. Thanks for sharing. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

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  5. Congratulations! It really is an amazing quilt and looks even more spectacular in person!!

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  6. Congratulations, your quilt top looks amazing!

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  7. I am in awe! This is definitely in the "jaw dropper" category! I'm super excited for you and getting this top complete and can't wait to see how you quilt it.
    And then you need/have to/must enter it in a show (at least one)!!!

    Happy Easter!!

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  8. That quilt is STUNNING!!!
    I love how intricate it is - it looks perfect! I'm happy for you too!

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  9. It is beautiful Cathy! Well done! I can't wait to see it at the quilt show in the fall!

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  10. Well done. It looks beautiful

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  11. That is lovely! The colors are just gorgeous. Great job.

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  12. It's beautiful. I love it.

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  13. wow, that is amazing! Such beautiful work. Well done on getting it finished after 5 years, I'm in awe of you!

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