Monday, January 13, 2014

Celtic Solstice...................FINALE'...............

Salutations blog readers!

Great news!

Kevin the Quilter has finally completed the Celtic Solstice quilt top!

After reading Bonnie Hunter's inspirational post about finishes the other day, I was pumped to finish this top!

So, without further adieu...........


Celtic Solstice
Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.

I am very pleased with the way the top turned out, and like Bonnie's, mine is DEFINITELY NOT perfect!  However, I couldn't be happier with the color scheme I chose.  This quilt top will be donated to my friend Alycia of Alycia Quilts and her efforts with Colorado Quilts of Valor.  

I am often asked how I am able to let go of a quilt such as this?  One that took several hours of devotion, and thought, and a gazillion pieces of fabric?  OK, maybe it wasn't a gazillion, just 2,344 pieces for the small version of the quilt excluding the non-pieced border fabrics.  But, I digress.......the answer to this question is simple.  I donate it because that is what the quilt was ordained to be; a donation quilt from it's very conception.  I can separate myself from it, because I know how much it will be appreciated by a United States Military Veteran.

 The piecing is NOT perfect, but, then again, neither am I.

    It kind of has a stained glass effect, doesn't it?

Thanks again Bonnie for sharing your time and talent and providing us with a wonderful mystery quilt!

You may have noticed on my side bar that I will be participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014?  I have seen many of my blogging friends such as Andee of The Modern DiaryTeresa of A Quilt And A Prayer, and Amy of Amy's Passions participate in previous years, and I have loved what they have been able to make!  What a perfect challenge for me to be able to use my scraps in various colors to create something wonderful!  I am really looking forward to this challenge, and have started making Maverick Stars!  Of course I would choose something "Bonnie!"  I adjusted the size a bit and have already started playing with this month's color:


BLUE

I have a feeling I am going to love this one!

In the next few weeks, I am going to be asking a few questions of you all?  I am needing some major feedback concerning some ideas I have about a future presentation I will be making.  I would love to get my readers involved with this process!  Is everyone game?  I hope so!

Until next time,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter




52 comments:

  1. Wow, WOw, WOW!!!! Your Celtic Solstic is awesome! I love the colors that you choose. I'm still plugging away at mine in-between a few other projects. My quilting time seems to have shrunk a bit lately, but I'll get there. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve next, Kevin!

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  2. Kevin, your Celtic Solstice came out beautifully! You are really going to love joining us in RSC and Bonnie's patters are just a perfect jumping off point! I just finished Wild Child prompted by RSC13 and I'm continuing to work on 4-Patch Revisited and Bowdacious! during RSC14. I'm also going to begin Angela's 6" blocks each month in Civil War fabrics I think! Fun...welcome!

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  3. Love your Wonky Stars/Maverick Stars! Really gonna be great and always fun to cheer each other on with the color of the month! CONGRATS on finishing up Celtic Solstice, that will be one happy soldier to get that one! Thanks for the inspiration/reminder to get myself going on another QOV!

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  4. Celtic solstice looks super amazing...fabulous job and I am sure it will be loved by its new owner...what a fabulous gift.

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  5. Hi Kevin. I came by your blog via Bonnie's CS link up party. I noticed you mentioned Dar had quilted one of your quilts for you and with just one degree of separation, we are linked! I have belonged to the same quilt guild as Dar in the past and have traveled to Paducah with her one year. I absolutely love your Celtic Solstice quilt, especially the addition of yellow to the traditional red/white/blue for QOV quilts. It's wonderful! Btw, I'm doing the RSC for the first time this year for the same reason as you.....I love the projects I've seen around the blogosphere :) Happy quilting.

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  6. That is a stunningly gorgeous quilt, Kevin! Woo-hoo for you on the finish! Someone on the receiving end of this QOV beauty will be very appreciative.

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  7. Your Celtic Solstice is fantastic!! Boy you sure made up for lost time. I'm still plugging away at making the blocks!! Too busy to even link up with Bonnie or Design Wall Monday yet today.! As I'm sure you saw on my side bar too, I am playing along with the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge this year too. I've started making the sampler blocks but will probably add another bigger block to the mix. I see you have met Cheri too. This is really a small world!

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  8. I do LOVE the colors in yours and think the last outer border of yellow sets it off perfectly. A soldier and his family will love having it and knowing someone obviously put a lot of effort into it.

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  9. Congratulations on a job well done Kevin! It is perfect to me. What a beauty. I knew it would be. Good luck with your new quiltalong. I love your Maverick Star.

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  10. Well done Kevin the Quilter! Love the way it waves like a flag in the wind in your 2nd picture. Perfection is highly overrated. We were taught that finished is better than perfect. I'M GAME!

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  11. Congratulations Kevin on a beautiful quilt top!! Love the colors and your piecing looks good to me, I don't worry if mine isn't perfect. I like your blue block and I have done the Rainbow Scrap Challenge in past years and might do it again, Angela does a wonderful job with it.

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  12. Thanks for the post, Kevin! It's absolutely crazy how important these online quilting relationships become, right?. I am TOTALLY game for your upcoming feedback questions. Hit me! :)

    And...need I even say.... WOW! SUPER WOW! SUBERBOLOUS WOW!
    Your QOV CS is stunning!
    The will become a true heirloom for an extremely fortunate veteran! It certainly warms the heart to see such a fabulous gift.

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  13. Your Celtic Solstice is Gorgeous!!! as the wife of a vet, I can tell you it is going to a great place & will be very much appreciated. Your Maverick Star is off to a great start.

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  14. Congratulations on your HUGE finish. Love the choice of maverick star for RSC. What a perfect block. So cool that you used crumb fabric. Love it.

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  15. What can I say?????? That is one GORGEOUS quilt my friend!!! I absolutely love your color choices and I know that some soldier is going to be stunned when he is gifted with such an amazing quilt!

    And so glad you are joining the RSC this year! Your Maverick Stars are going to be awesome Kevin! Great choice!!! Looking forward to seeing them in all the colors :*D

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  16. beautiful!! and great photos, too! I love the clear bright yellows.

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  17. Yes, it does have a stained glass effect. Beautiful quilt. We quilters are so very generous. I too make Quilts of Valor. Seems only fair to share my talent and overwhelming stash!
    XOXOXOX Subee
    www.subeesews.com

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  18. Kevin its just so spectacular!!! I was waiting to see what your quilt would look like. So inspirational. thanks for sharing.

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  19. Kevin, AMazing! I got all misty eyed looking at your wonderful quilt. Thank you so much for sharing, you are very special to do this, even if it was planned ahead of time...you just need to make one for yourself!!

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  20. You are absolutely right Kevin! Your quilt looks exactly like stained glass. It is beautiful and I love love love your colors. The soldier or veteran that this goes to will love it and be proud to own it.

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  21. Kevin, thanks for being human, and helping us to accept that as well. I hope to make more donation quilts as well, but sad that most of the ones I have been requested to make have always been for cancer patients. It is an honor to see you work, and get to know you via cyberspace!

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  22. Absolutely beautiful Kevin~! You did a great job at selecting your colors as they just look great together. It is going to make a Vet very very happy! I look forward to seeing it again after Alycia gets the quilting done. I love seeing her pictures of the many vets find comfort with their Quilt of Valor.

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  23. Fabulous quilt Kevin, well done! I just have borders to add to mine. I am amazed by all the wonderful array of colours that this mystery quilt has been made in and I haven't seen a single one that I didn't iike! :)

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  24. So very Beautiful Kevin...Piecing is Perfect.....Wonderful pics too.....I finished Block B's, now to start Block A's...King size.... ;-)

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  25. The colours and fabrics you have used for Celtic Solstice are so striking I really do like the stain glass effect you have created. I do understand your ability to give away a quilt you started that has been destined for another from the beginning of construction. No matter how much work is involved in the construction or how much you admire the finished product. Such a worthy cause and also very generous of you to support it.
    Maverick star blocks look like fun to put together.
    Maverick star block looks very striking

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  26. Kevin your quilt is AMAZING !! Beautiful fabric colours and it is like stained glass. I am sure whoever receives this beautiful quilt will treasure it forever. Maverick Star block will be lovely in the blues.

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  27. Absolutely beautiful. It will be very much appreciated, and deserved, by the recipient.

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  28. What a fantabulous quilt! Our veterans are surely fortunate to have you creating such an awesome quilt for them. As a Blue Star mom and a daughter of a veteran I personally want to thank you for this.

    Love your Maverick Star - Bonnie was working on her Wonky Stars last night on Quilt Cam.

    Blessings,
    Darlene

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  29. It is lovely Kevin and it is wonderful you are donating this to one of our heros, God bless you.

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  30. Gorgeous quilt, Kevin, and going to such a great cause! Kudos to you. Can't wait to see what you're up to next.

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  31. Kevin, it's just gorgeous! Knew it would be! Some Vet is going to love this too.

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  32. LOVE you Celtic Solstice - it is fabulous!! And your scrappy blocks - look at you go - they are so amazing!!

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  33. LOVE you Celtic Solstice - it is fabulous!! And your scrappy blocks - look at you go - they are so amazing!!

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  34. Oh, Kevin, your quilt is just so bright and beautiful! I can't believe you could give this away, but I applaud your reason. Someone is going to love this quilt, and I hope it will be well treasured. What a wonderful job you've done!
    Vickie in Cleveland

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  35. Beautiful finish on your Celtic Solstice - love your color choices!

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  36. It is much easier to turn the quilt top loose when you knew from the start that it was for a vet. The quilt turned out great. Have fun with your rainbow scrap challenge blocks.

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  37. Kevin, this is SPECTACULAR!! And it's so big-hearted of you to give it for a Valor quilt. Have you ever been able to be at a presentation ceremony? The recipients are so touched. You are going to melt somebody's heart, for sure!

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  38. What great colors you chose for your quilt. It is one of the prettiest I've seen so far! Just love the gray in it. And what a perfect quilt for a Serviceman to receive. You did good!

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  39. Kevin, your QOV is beautiful. I make a lot of quilts for charity and get asked the same questions. My stock answer is that quilting is what I love doing, and it gives me great joy to give a quilt to someone knowing that the quilt will give them much pleasure. I also love the idea of completing something begun by someone else, so a cast off becomes something useful.

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  40. Wow! Done? Already? It looks great and it will be a much appreciated QOV.

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  41. Your version is gorgeous! Very generous of you to donate this gem to a worthy cause.
    Glad to hear you will be joining in the Rainbow Challenge... it is really fun!

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  42. Love your CS, I think the grey works really well at set the brighter colours off.

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  43. Love the quilt Kevin - looks great!!

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  44. Your quilt is absolutely awesome! You really have an eye for colors as this quilt demonstrates. I stuck with Bonnie's suggestions as I lack that skill. Your piecing is so perfect I'd swear it was paper pieced. Great job!

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  45. Kevin your quilt is gorgeous and reading that you are donating it made my heart leap. It's delightful to read of a a quilter making a such a beautiful quilt as a donation quilt.

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  46. Your generosity is amazing! It is an honor to call you friend. The quilt is beautiful.

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  47. Lookie at your fantastic finish, Kevin! You've done a wonderful job with colors and accomplishment...and the fact that you are donating is inspiring! Incredible work, mr kevin ~
    :-}pokey

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  48. Your quilt turned out so beautiful! I love the stained glass effect! :) Once again, you've blown me over with your quilting! :)

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  49. Another Amazing Job KEVIN!
    Every quilt needs a flaw to allow GOD a way into it. :-)

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