Wednesday, 23 January 2013


Good Morning to you,

I have a few of these,
 hand quilted.
I have  some  sashing which is pinned
and some is tacked.
I also have
 some of this,
 a little more of
I need 
 attach this,
to that,
but before I do,
I must decide,
whether to add these corners.

I'm just not sure.

If I do,
I will need to add this,

...but first, I need to iron the blocks, 
check they are square, add the sashing 
and stitch the blocks

Then with a bit of perseverance
this pinned and tacked quilt,

will be finished and I can
give it to 
my daughter, 

I started making this quilt about 10 years ago. In my defence, I have to say, all the blocks are hand quilted...but that really isn't the reason it has taken so long. 

I began this quilt when I lived in Cyprus. It was packed away for the journey back to England. It was unpacked with all our other belongings and then put away and forgotten. Then before Christmas, I was reading a post which Debbie, who writes the blog Me and My DIY had written, about how it had taken her 11 years to complete her beautiful red wreath and it reminded me of my quilt. I started sorting through a couple of boxes and found it.  So, thank you Debbie, I am now committed to finishing this quilt.

I am sorry about the creased look of the pieces, but I was organised. The ironing board was set up, iron at the ready, piles of blocks waiting to be ironed, cup of coffee on the table to the left of me, along with the camera, ready to photograph the process.  I was ready for the off. I switched on the iron, but the radio turned itself off, (when I said I was "ready for the off" I did not mean this, I meant I was raring to go!) the iron had fused the electrics.  George checked the plug, no problem there, so we put the iron on one more time and the same happened again.....yes, a new iron has to be bought.....hence the creases.....drats!

The reason I am showing you these pieces of my unfinished quilt, is I thought it would spur me on to finish. Fingers crossed. I have given myself until the end of February....just over a month.....oh dear I've done it now.....the QUILT has to be FINISHED on TIME!

Wish me luck.

This week I shall be joining Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage. Pop over and see her, I know you will enjoy your visit.

I will see you later in the week, until then take care.


  1. Good Morning Daphne, What a beautiful quilt that will be for your daughter Danielle! I love the simplicity of the hearts quilted on the white fabric....and well pink is one of my favorite colors! She will adore and treasure it, a real heirloom. Sorry to hear about the iron. Looking forward to seeing it finished! Good luck and have a wonderful day.

  2. That is a gorgeous quilt and I'm so glad you are inspired to finish it.

  3. oh Daphne! Cowgirl boots are just a fad I think. I am not at all a cowgirl. Not at ALL! But you see gals wearing them with skirts to church, school, town events etc. They are great in the fall here. Thanks for your info and congrats on a the gorgeous quilt!!!

  4. Hi Daphne! Oh, your quilt is going to be gorgeous! Heck, my mother quilts and I know all of these hand stitches take lots of time. If I'd tried this, it probably would have taken me 20 years! :) Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  5. I do wish you luck! It is too beautiful to have in storage! I love your gorgeous feather heart quilting pattern, it's one of my favorites and I know it's very time-consuming. You have wonderful workmanship. Thank you for the funny comment on my post. "Pruning" dishes, that is a good phrase!

  6. Wow Daphne, your quilt is so pretty. I love the heart design. I am sure the quilt will be finished in time.

  7. Hi Daphne, how lovely your blocks of quilted hearts are, waiting to be made into a quilt for your daughter. I know just how you feel, I also have many pieces of patchwork, quilting & such items stuffed in a bag, patiently waiting to be finished. How brave you were to set a time limit on the finished date. 'Bon chance' as the French would say. Happy stitching, Barbara Lilian.

  8. The quilt is beautiful! I'm sure your daughter will think it is well worth the wait, to receive something so special.


  9. Hello Daphne

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog

    I was reading the post where you went shopping to charity shops and I seen a piece of blue & white flo blue dish I would have loved to own
    I spotted those great stafforshire dogs also

    I tried to quilt once and after one quilt I was done, It takes much to long, I like quick results from projects

    I will be back to visit


  10. Dear Daphne,your quilt is so preety!!I love the heart design!!You are so talented!!Wishing you a lovely evening!

  11. Daphne this is a beautiful quilt! Your hand quilting is so wonderful. Your daughter is going to cherish this quilt so lovingly made by you :)

  12. I think you're on the home stretch when it comes to finishing this gorgeous quilt...better late than never. You're beautiful hand quilting makes it a treasure I'm sure your daughter will treasure for years.

  13. Thanks for your comment on my "Do You Feel Pretty?" post. Your mother had such wise words! :) As for the no-reply blogger thing. I had to google it and there are blogs that show you step by step. I had to go to my settings and Edit Profile and CHECK the "show email" box...or something like that. Blogger/Gmail got kind of complicated, which I do not like. :(

    P.S. Your quilt is such a treasure!!


  14. Good Morning Daphne, Thought I'd pop over and see what you have been up to, and I see that you have been very busy. The hearts are so pretty, you've done so much work, I'm sure that you will finish on time. Know that your daughter will love the quilt. Hope that you are well.

    The French Hen's Nest

  15. I think that quilt is looking good! I love the white heart stitched centers. Quilting looks like a lot of work. I think that's one reason they're so treasured. They always look so pretty when they're done because you know someone took the time to hand stitch everything. I'm sure your daughter is excited about receiving it.

  16. What a beautiful job you are doing with the quilting!! I know you can finish it if you set your mind to it! I have so many things I have not finished... I am one to talk! ;-)

  17. You do lovely hand work! I do know the hours you put into your wonderful talent. Hope that you sign it on the back with the name of the quilt, date and your name!! You are an artist!!
    My Mom still makes quilts and they are all hand stitched. She has made five beautiful quilts - one for each of her grand children as her legacy. She just turned 82 and of course she has made several for my sister and my self over the years. Mom always seems to have a quilt draped over her lap stiching!!

  18. Hi Daphine...I'm so happy to meet you. Thank-you for stopping by CITexas Gal and commenting on my Fabric Bling and Jewel Sewing gave me the chance to visit your wonderful blog. I'm a new Follower...thanks for Following me. Well, you gotta know how much I love these handstitched heart blocks and the sweet fabrics you will be sashing them with. You also gotta know that I have some UFO's that are close to the same age and on my 2013 FinishAlong List. This is our year to GetEmDone, Gal!!!

  19. Dreaming of a day when I can start my own quilt...
    Thank you for the inspiration. (:
    Now got back to work!
    Tick - tick.

  20. Dreaming of the day when I start my own quilt.
    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Now, back to work.
    Tick - tick. (:

  21. BEAUTIFUL quilting!!!
    I recently started going through the same thing....working on quilt blocks started years and years and YEARS ago ! : )

  22. This is lovely and truly a work of art. I have tried quilting but it never captured my heart. I hope you reach your goal by the end of February but dont stretch yourself thin. Masterpieces take time.

  23. Love pink and white! Good luck!

  24. Daphne,

    Your daughter Danielle is a luck girl! It is so beautiful!
    Have a wonderful day! Thank you for visiting me and comments.

  25. Daphne, your quilt is going to be beautiful. It already IS beautiful! Lovely job of hand quilting, by the way. I'm currently hand quilting a bed quilt that has been in the works since 2009. It does help to post about it, I think. Have fun!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  26. Your quilt is beautiful. I have a quilt that is started more than 13 years ago. It's almost finished, ... hand quilted too. Good luck with your quilt. :-) Regula

  27. It looks wonderful Daphne.

    I would eat it before I would try it!
    I am useless at things like that.
    You have done a great job.

    I hope all is well with you.
    Loved the post today about your book - great.

    Have a great week.

    x Fiona

  28. Your quilt is beautiful. Your daughter will love it for sure.
    I have several projects that have been safely tucked away, perhaps I should do a little digging myself.
    I love the floral fabrics you have pieced with the hand quilted hearts.
    Keep up the good work.
    Have a very good day.

  29. Your quilting is so lovely! I'll look forward to visiting again and seeing your finished quilt.

    Happy week to you!

  30. Aww Daphne, you're so sweet to mention me! Sorry I'm a little behind in my reading, and am just now getting to read this one. Your quilt is absolutely BEautiful! What a thoughtful gift, and your daughter will love it and treasure it always, no doubt. The hand quilting you've done is just exquisite. I can't wait to see the rest of it when you're all finished. And how is that going now, anyway? :) Making progress? Have a wonderful day!


  31. Great job! Your quilt is fantastic and I think you will be very happy when you finish it.
    Lucky daughter! She will be so happy too.
    Good luck!
    Besos, Silvina

  32. This will be a treasure, your handwork is beautiful! I have great admiration for such talent... it requires a patience that I don't have :)

    Thanks for stopping by to visit me today.

    ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
    (¸.·´ (¸.·`¤... Jennifer

  33. Hello Daphne,
    I have enjoyed your beautiful post so very much. Your hand quilting is lovely. Your daughter, Danielle, will love it. The pink prints you have chosen are as pretty as can be. How I love the tiny flowers.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your comments are so kind and I'm happy you became my newest friend.
    Blessings and friendship,
    Carolynn xoxo

  34. wow...awesome. I learned hand quilting first, but never done such a beautiful work


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