HQAL: The Dahlia Project ~ Completed

I totally surprised myself with this finish. Here is where I was at our last posting. I only shared sections of finished leaves.

I had filled in quite a few of the outer layers of leaves with just about half dozen or so to finish. Before I knew it I was creating my own bias tape for the border using the backing fabric. I cut out 4 ~ 1t yard strips ~ 2 1/2″ wide plus a bit more, sewed together, pressed down the middle, then folded both sides in to middle and pressed…homemade bias tape πŸ™‚

View of the backing and the bias tape

And here is The Dahlia project finished

Thank you for all the encouragement. I started this in July. Six months of working on this payed off. It was slow going at times as other projects took center stage for completion but I truly loved working on this.

Not sure what I will be working on for my next project. I did buy two other panel pieces, one highlighting Utah and another highlighting Alaska and if any of my daughters are reading this I may have just given away a surprise. I also have a gorgeous tulip quilt top I picked up at out local goodwill ions ago that is very sad and begging to be finished. You may remember it:

I imagine the decision can wait till our next posting. For now wishing you good health and happiness, a lovely blessed holiday season. Stay safe and keep on hand quilting…..

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18 thoughts on “HQAL: The Dahlia Project ~ Completed

  1. craftycreeky December 13, 2020 / 1:40 pm

    Congratulations on an amazing finish, it’s beautiful! Every time I see this I think I must quilt the one in my stash, though I haven’t got the patience to hand quilt it!

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    • Sharon December 13, 2020 / 6:59 pm

      Thank you so much. Oh yes, you must get your panel out. I would love to see what you do with it.

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    • Sharon December 13, 2020 / 7:00 pm

      Thank you so much. I am thrilled with this finish. I loved working this panel!

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  2. Deb December 13, 2020 / 2:00 pm

    A gorgeous finish!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜ the tulip top is lovely! Looking forward to seeing what you’ll start with next.

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    • Sharon December 13, 2020 / 7:02 pm

      Thank you Deb. the tulip is so lovely. I’m thinking a fabulous chintz patterned fabric backing for it would be wonderful …. I am just so undecided what to tackle next πŸ™‚

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  3. joynealkidney December 13, 2020 / 2:08 pm

    Love your dahlia! I preferred making my own binding as well. It’s sturdier and easier to work with.

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    • Sharon December 13, 2020 / 7:03 pm

      Thank you Joy – it’s actually the first time I have made my own binding for a quilt. It worked out well and I will be doing it more often πŸ™‚

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  4. Texas Quilter December 13, 2020 / 3:04 pm

    Very pretty Sharon – you have been busy along with your cross stitching! Have a Merry Christmas and only 18 days to finish out this lovely year! Hugs

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    • Sharon December 13, 2020 / 7:05 pm

      Thank you Nanette….yikes 18 days, omgoodness, it’s all one big blurr

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  5. Karrin Hurd December 13, 2020 / 6:11 pm

    Congratulations on your finish, it is beautiful! Love the tulip top! Great work!

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    • Sharon December 13, 2020 / 7:06 pm

      Thank you Karrin I love the Tulips too, I just don’t know what to do next πŸ™‚

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  6. terreblogger December 13, 2020 / 9:05 pm

    Very pretty! I have a lotus panel I want to practice on to expand and learn more skills at machine quilting. You have inspired me to get going on it. Thank you!

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    • Sharon December 14, 2020 / 3:35 pm

      Thank you – oh I am sure the lotus panel is beautiful and once you get it quilted will be wonderful. You can do it!

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  7. kathyreeves December 13, 2020 / 9:52 pm

    Happy Dance!!!! The dahlia turned out splendidly, and the binding is perfect for it. I can’t wait to see what you decide in next!

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    • Sharon December 14, 2020 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you Kathy. I do like the binding. When I started out I was afraid it was to thin but I think it turned out perfect πŸ™‚

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  8. Susan Nixon December 13, 2020 / 10:26 pm

    Congratulations! I’ve done nothing and you have a finish. =) I vote for the tulips next. They’ve been so patient!

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    • Sharon December 14, 2020 / 3:39 pm

      I know, those poor tulips, they have been so patient. I was thinking a fabulous chintz patterned material – now to locate what’s in my mind.

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