Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sarah Morrell is finished!

Its over 4 years since I started the quilt, but it "only" took about a year and a half to complete the top.
I purchased Sarah Morrell as a BOM from Threadbear.  At the time I had no repro fabric stash and no idea how to put together fabrics to create a quilt like this!
I was lucky enough to take some classes with Di Ford at Needles and Pins while I was making the quilt. Di's help and inspiration was invaluable!

Now for some close ups of a few of the blocks. (Lots of photos!)

Katrina did a wonderful job with her quilting.

I love the feathers...

And on my favourite block

Love his extra feathering.

All of the blocks were hand pieced or hand appliqued, except for this triple Irish chain. I chickened out and machine pieced this one! Lol Those pieces are 1/2 inch squares!

 Some blocks were appliqued using needleturn.

Many others were stitched down with hand buttonhole stitch using a single thread of Gutterman cotton.

I love broderie perse!

Lots of fun with fussy cutting many of the pieced blocks.

My very first experience with hexies!

My first flying geese!

On the back I used a strip made with some of the left over fabric.

I am very glad I stuck with this quilt, made every block and finished the whole quilt! It was a wonderful learning experience which has led to a renewed love of hand work, a new way of looking at fabrics for fussy cutting and lots more quilts (well, the start of many quilts! Lol)

The roses are in full bloom in my garden.


  1. It's absolutely gorgeous! I love the red sawtooth border, finishes it off perfectly. Congratulations.

  2. It's wonderful. Each block is spectacular on its own, and so great all together! I've been studying this quilt in Di's book, and wondering if I dare start another (major major) project. Do you have any advice as to how to best manage a project like this?

  3. I already saw your post on Facebook, but now I see the details. Soo beautiful !!

  4. When I saw this pattern---I just had to have it. In fact, that is how I started following blogs--Stray Threads had written about the pattern & then I was on the hunt for it. I have the pattern and the fabric--just need the time to get working on it. Yours is gorgeous. The broderie perse is amazing. I bet that will not be your last hexie block!!! Just a small dare. I am hexie hooked!! Thanks for all the photos.

  5. Hello Miriam,

    Just so beautiful, you must be so pleased. Love the rose too.

    Happy days.

  6. I think I must have got the same BOM. I haven't started but it is one???? Of my retirement ??? Projects. Every time I see a finished version I think I need to get to it.

    I just luv yours. Congratulations!

  7. A labor of love and it shows. These things can't be rushed. Spectacular heirloom.

  8. it turned out really pretty, thanks for sharing - I watched this one from the beginning I believe

  9. Absolutely beautiful Miriam! Well done!

  10. Wow Miriam. It's Stunning!!! I hope it's on bold display in your home. I LOVE that feather quilting on the peacock -- too perfect! Congratulations on a great finish!!!

  11. It is just beautiful! Congratulations on your finish!

  12. Miriam it is stunning! I especially love the fussy cutting fabric choices in your pieced stars - beautifulwork!

  13. Well done on your finish Miriam, such a gorgeous quilt, you must be thrilled with how it has turned out. Katrina did a lovely job with the quilting, the extra feathers on the peacock are a clever idea.

  14. Oh Miriam, it is just absolutely gorgeous -Congratulations!!! I didn't realise our Morrell's shared such a common history :)

  15. What a beautiful accomplishment Miriam, congratulations.

  16. Miriam,
    Oh what an heirloom you have created! It is gorgeous!!

  17. Oh, my goodness, Miriam, it is absolutely gorgeous!! I'm glad you stuck with it, too. What a spectacular finish!!

  18. congratulations!!!
    what a heirloom you have created
    thanks for the close ups - lovely work

  19. This is just amazing Miriam, what a quilt to treasure. Looking forward to seeing it at stitch group

  20. Congratulations Miriam! It's stunning!