Monday, April 29, 2013

Bittersweet Briar Quilted

This is a Kim Diehl pattern called, "Bittersweet Briar" that my friend Shirley pieced using both wool and cotton fabrics.  The last few days were spent quilting and binding it.  Quilting black thread on that black background wasn't easy on my eyes and to get a decent photo proved a challenge too.

I tried to get a picture with natural daylight behind the quilt so you can see the quilting in the black background.  I just sort of did my whimsical sort of fill with flowers here and there.

Thanks for all the rave reviews of my blog's new look!  A huge thank you goes out to my friend Kim Brackett of Magnolia Bay Quilts for her design ideas and the long hours she spent making my blog look great!  I love it!  It's me...totally me!


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

I have this pattern and I know two others that have made this now besides you - and of course seen numerous photos on line - I have to get it out and make this one soon as I finish something else!

Kaaren said...

If ever your house is broken into and THIS QUILT is missing, you'll know where to find it...chez moi!!!

This is soooooo me, Mary. Soooo us! It's absolutely gorgeous!

Now Kim can be my friend too because I'd love to make some minor changes as well. *wink* Your new blog look is as super as your quilt. Great job, both of you!

Lesley said...

Love this quilt! You did an awesome job of quilting it!

Darlene said...

Beautiful! You are amazing!

Teresa said...

I have to agree with the's a beautiful quilt. Will be a treasure for many years to come,

Cathy said...

Fabulous quilt and quilting; love the new blog design too! You are on a roll.

Carrie P. said...

Fabulous quilt! I do love your new blog design.

WoolenSails said...

That is a wow quilt, she really used the right combination of colors and fabrics together, love it and love the quilting you did on it.


Needled Mom said...

The quilting really makes that piece pop. It is just gorgeous as is your new blog look. It really does capture you perfectly.

Mary said...

Your quilting is perfect for the design. What a talented lady you are!

Sue said...

Be still my heart I think I am in Love ! This quilt is gorgeous and your quiltng amazing :-C

Kindred Quilts said...

Beautiful! Wonderful quilting!

Rita said...

Mary, You said I would love this quilt and I most certainly do. It is absolutely stunning! I love all of Kim's patterns. The quilting is perfect.

Janet O. said...

The whimsical quilting is the perfect touch for this quilt, Mary.
And the blog looks great! : )

Joyful Quilter said...

Wow, beautiful quilt! Between the colors and your quilting the design really stands out.

Sharon said...

I love Kim's patterns, and this one is fabulous. Your blog header is very nice, looks good!

Sue said...

Lovely quilt! I am working on one of Kim's quilts at the moment, love the colours!

Tatkis said...

Such a beautiful and charming quilt!
I like your new blog look :)


Fiesta said...

Beautiful Mary.

andsewon said...

LOVE your new blog design! Kim pegged you to a tea! As always you have added to this great piece with your quilting!

Karen said...

I love this pattern - it's been on my to do list for a long tome. Your new blog look is fabulous, Kim is a so talented at this.

Aunt 'Reen said...

Gorgeous quilt!
The top is beautiful and your quilting is the perfect embellishment.

Pen Pen said...

Your friend Shirley made a beautiful quilt!!! The quilting looks nice, too.

Cheryl said...

Perfection! One of my favorite quilts.

Sue said...

I just love this pattern and its on my bucket list. Your quilting you did is very sweet and lovely as always.

Kim said...

Mary, your new look is very nice and worth the time taken to customize to suit you so well. I'm glad that you are pleased. This quilt is a beauty and something that always catches my eye. :-D

Loris said...

Wow! This is so beautiful! The quilt with your custom quilting on it is stunning! Lovely work!

Karen said...

Drool! Drool! A beautiful finish. The quilting designs definitely enhance an already primlicious quilt.

Mary C said...

Beautiful quilting as always!

Mary C said...

Beautiful quilting as always!

Sinta Renee said...

Oh gosh! Your blog does look so nice and fresh... and just like you! It was a wonderful makeover! Kim's blog has a nice new look as well.

I love Kim D. quilts... your quilt with the whimsical quilting it beautiful Mary. I really love it. It is one of her quilts that I have always wanted to make. Love it!

Gerri said...

Such a pretty quilt. As usual, your quilting is stunning, Mary!

Mimi said...

Love the quilt and the quilting is perfect, too.

Candace said...

Just beautiful, Mary!

Darlene said...

It's stunning, Mary. Wow, wow, wow!!!

Anne said...

I love love love that quilt. It's kinda similar to the one you did for me, I think. Great job as always!

Bari Jo said...

oooh I love Kim Diehl's books.... this is so pretty!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Always love seeing your quilty handy work!!

What a great new look you have here on your blog. Kim 'dun' good! I especially like the collage of quilt photos in the header. You are right....the new look is sooooo YOU!!!

~Laurie~ said...

Beautiful quilt and beautiful blog! Now I can picture your personality seeing the blog look :)

QuiltSue said...

That is just beautiful. I love your new look too, the header is just fantastic. Makes me think I might like to do a makeover on my blog too.

Barb said...

your quilting is stunning!

Shelley said...

Hokey geemoley girl, that quilt is awesome and the quilting! I've seen it done in the colors similar to the one in the book...i like this one better :) and Love the new blog look:)

Cindy said...

I'm still giggling at Kaaren's comment. LOL

This one is a beauty!!! How do you even "not keep them"? Wowsers!!

Love your new "do"....and I'm not talking your "hairdo".
Blog looks awesome. Would be so kind as to email me who your "blog-doer" is? I'm still "in the market".

Sharon Eshlaman said...

I also love that quilt pattern from Kim Diehl. Kim came to Battle Creek, Michigan as a quilt guild speaker just prior to that pattern coming out in publication. I was lucky enough to be in her all day class where she taught us how to do it "her way". She's an excellent teacher and knows her stuff! She's a great person too.

Jo said...

Oh Mary...beautiful! I have wanted to this pattern. It is still on my someday list :)

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

"Frosting" looks fabulous! You rock!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

It's lovely you did an amazing job!

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