Monday, October 17, 2016

A bit of a reveal ...

I can't even tell you how thrilled I am! My version of the Caswell quilt is a completed top! Initially I had wanted to finish the top by the end of September, but life got in the way ... so I reset my deadline to the end of the school holidays which was yesterday ... and I got there!

Now, I have to tell you, unless you're my buddy on the facebooks and have seen it already, it probably doesn't look like you're expecting it to ... so here it is:

I'm super happy with how it looks - beyond thrilled actually :-) Today I dropped it off with my sweet friend Lizzy, and she's going to baste it for me. After she's worked her magic, I'll start quilting on it ... and who knows how long that will take. It will be so exciting to work on something other than applique though, can't wait!!

And today - because I could ... I worked on a little doodad for a special project:


This is a tiny tile, and it's for a special project being run by one of our guild members for the 'Little Quilts of Love' initiative. If you're interested in how it's made and info about the project, click here.

Even though it's not really time for me to start thinking about my next project just yet, I wanted to share a couple of patterns I purchased from Threadbear from the recent Festival of Quilts:

Both these quilts are right up my alley, and either of these could be contenders for my next BIG project. But I think I've already settled on my next love:


I adore all the quilts Sue Garman produces, I genuinely think she's the quilter I'd like to be. You can visit her website to purchase patterns here, and her blog which is entirely wonderful is here. It just breaks my heart that Sue is currently fighting the battle of her life, she has lung cancer. And just when you thought she really had quite enough to bear, her world was rocked when she recently lost her husband. Just absolutely devastating, I hope Sue finds some comfort knowing that the quilting world is holding her close and praying for her. 

On that sombre note I'm going to leave off, but I'll check back in with you all when I get busy quilting. I cannot wait!

24 comments:

Janet said...

I love it. The sashings add so much, ties all the fabrics together. Your border is perfect. I believe you have a winner for wherever you enter it. I look forward to seeing how you quilt it.Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful journey and what's coming in the near future.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Wow! Now that is a stunning quilt. What a treasure. I love your sashing! Kudos to you!

Linda said...

This is absolutely breathtaking, Tara. Your work is, as usual, stunning. Happy quilting.
Linda

sue said...

I really admire how industrious you are. Your quilts are amazing. The sashing on the Caswell is superb. Always look forward to seeing what you're working on.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

your quilt is fantastic!! love the pieced sashing that you made and the blocks are gorgeous - at times I wish I would have stuck with this quilt but I'm glad at the same time that I didn't. I agree with you I love all of Sue Garman's quilts and so sad what she is going through.

Pat said...

Your Caswell Quilt is beyond beautiful. What a wonderful heirloom.

The Civil War Quilter said...

Your Casswell top is simply gorgeous. I actually didn't know about Sue's health issues or the loss of her husband. Thanks for mentioning it. So sad. I will add her to my prayers.

Chookyblue...... said...

just gorgeous.........goodluck with the quilting........

Kyle said...

Wow! Your quilt is a masterpiece. Great idea to have it machine basted. It will be a treasure. Your new project choices are another Wow! I keep eyeing Celebrating Mary Brown but the other two are gorgeous too. Sue G. Is a talented quilter and it's sad to hear about what she's dealing with.

Teresa Rawson said...

I just cannot say this enough...your version of Caswell is freaking amazing! Your new patterns look yummy!

Sally Trude said...

Your Caswell is incredible. The way you brought it together is amazing. I was so impressed with just the blocks you were making that I bought the pattern. Before I was just procrastinating, but now I'm awestruck.

AnnieO said...

Truly stunning, and huge accomplishment you should rightfully be praised for! I'm never going to be an appliquér but ever your admirer for persisting block by block! Congratulations, Tazzie.

jenni said...

love love love your version of caswell. your words for Sue Garman are perfect and the best choice for your next big project

Tired Teacher said...

An amazing job - well done!

Sue said...

WOW!! Wonderful Tazzie. You have made a gorgeous quilt even more gorgeous. Very clever to put your own twist on it.

addicted said...

Tazzie, you are just an amazing quilter, you seem to have a very special touch. Your version of this quilt is a real stunner and I'm so looking forward to following you on your next quilt journey.

Lynn S said...

You always make such beautiful quilts! I love to follow your projects. This will win many awards!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Congrats on completing your gorgeous top--wonderful!

Judy Dietrich said...

This will be a crowd pleaser!! It is just absolutely beautiful. Your colors just flow all the way through & it looks like a large garden. Stunning!! I love your new project & agree with you about Sue Garman. She just rocks at designing!! I know there are a lot of quilters praying for her. She is amazing!! Will you keep the same colors?? She made a second one that was chocolate brown background and raspberry pinks for the berries!! Awesome

Karen said...

Your Caswell is gorgeous! I have been following along on your blocks and admiring each one.
I have the Mary Brown pattern. I have it setting on my cutting table but not done anything towards planning.

kathy said...

what an accomplishment, you should be proud

Missy Shay said...

How nice to have a friend to do your basting, that is my least favorite part.

marina said...

WOW!! Your Caswell looks absolutely amazing!
Breathtaking! Your border and sashings have added so much...
Enjoy quilting this stunning top
Will definitely look at mine a little differently when it comes to putting it together.
Love your new projects too

quiltingtaylormade said...

Ran across your blog. Sue Garman died yesterday (or Sunday), January 9, 2017. I live in the Houston area and knew Sue personally. An amazing woman !!

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