Commissioned Finished!

by Nicole

After a marathon binding session, I finished my first commissioned quilt!

With 144 blocks and 1,548 strings, this quilt was a work in progress for a long time. It started as an EQ7 image…

and ended up a 90″ x 90″ string quilt.

I like to compare the EQ7 image with the finished quilt. They look pretty similar to me. I wasn’t sure how much the EQ7 image would look like the actual quilt, but EQ7 has made me a believer! 

Photographing a quilt this size and weight is not easy. I was challenged to figure out ways to represent the quilt. Thankfully, I had some help from hubby.


I also got some help from these little hands, which belong to my 1-year old. 
Commissioned_little hands
The quilt is bound in Kona Midnight, a nice dark blue.

I wrapped it up with a green ribbon and sent it off to its new home.

I also made a couple of pillows to go with it. Just because.


I am happy to say that the quilt and pillows have been welcomed with open arms in their new home and I am breathing a sigh of relief!

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Lori October 1, 2012 - 3:42 am

It's stunning! Great work Nicole!!

Denise Barrett October 1, 2012 - 3:48 am

You did an excellent job and your client has to be more than pleased! I'd be over the moon! Congratulations also on being able to check off another one of your tasks from your "To Do" list. Very impressive work!

Heidi Staples October 1, 2012 - 4:14 am

Congratulations, Nicole! That must feel wonderful to be done!

Books_Bound October 1, 2012 - 5:08 am

Wow! That sure is beautiful! Great job as always–I've been looking forward to seeing this one!

Jennifer October 1, 2012 - 5:18 am

absolutely gorgeous nicole! stunning finish!

Cynthia@aquilterbynight October 1, 2012 - 6:23 am

Beautiful quilt! Cute little hands, too;).

Kelly October 1, 2012 - 8:05 am

Truly stunning quilt!

Kristy @ Quiet Play October 1, 2012 - 9:39 am

Absolutely beautiful quilt! Gorgeous colours and fabulous quilting!

I love comparing the EQ7 design with the real-life fabric version too! It always surprises me just how well they match up! You did a beautiful job both on the EQ7 design and actually making it!

Kelly October 1, 2012 - 9:56 am

You did an amazing job Nicole – it's beautiful!

Annabella October 1, 2012 - 9:56 am

Oh my goodness Nicole, it's AMAZING!! And how similar to the EQ7 mock up?? You must be so proud and the new owner so happy. I love those little hands too πŸ™‚

Jeanette October 1, 2012 - 11:57 am

Wow, this is an amazing accomplishment. Beautiful!

Heather October 1, 2012 - 12:10 pm

It's beautiful! and almost *sparkles*

Kristan October 1, 2012 - 12:27 pm

Wow, nice work!

Pieces of Cotton October 1, 2012 - 12:59 pm

That is a large quilt! I love the mostly solids fabrics.

Julia October 1, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Yes indeed. This is a lovely string quilt and you have again done a great job! I love it.

Jenny October 1, 2012 - 3:13 pm

so pretty! i love the shots with your little helping hands in them πŸ™‚

Becky October 1, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Very nice!! Congrats on your first commission! It's beautiful!

Heather D. October 1, 2012 - 3:39 pm

Fantastic Nicole!! The quilting is great, and I love that you made a few matching pillow covers.

Elisabetta October 1, 2012 - 3:55 pm

gorgeous, WOW my eyes can't believe it, it's extremely beautiful! ^_^

Michele October 1, 2012 - 4:00 pm

It turned out so pretty!

Charlene S October 1, 2012 - 4:08 pm

It looks like it is worth the effort. Great colors!

creativedawn October 1, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Stunning! Looks much better than EQ! Fantastic…

Mummy Quilts October 1, 2012 - 4:55 pm

Awesome work – it's absolutely gorgeous! You must feel so great to have it in the mail!
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Quiltsmiles October 1, 2012 - 5:16 pm

It's beautiful Nicole, nicely Done!

MaterialGirlQuilts October 1, 2012 - 5:34 pm

It turned out beautifully! Love the colors.

Margaret October 1, 2012 - 6:28 pm

beautiful feels like a day at the beach

Katy Cameron October 1, 2012 - 6:54 pm

It looks great, not surprised it went down so well, especially with the wee extras :o)

Vanesa October 1, 2012 - 7:16 pm

gorgeous! just stunning

carla ( October 1, 2012 - 8:10 pm

WOW!!!! Beautiful!!!! Cute little hands in there too!!!!

Liz Pungello October 1, 2012 - 8:29 pm

I am the client :), and I am WAY more than pleased!!! I am totally over the moon. πŸ™‚ The pictures don't even do it justice – it is soooooooooo beautiful! Now the big argument going on in our family is where to put it! It's so beautiful that i want it for myself on my bed, but my girls want to hang it on the wall so they can see it everyday! Thank you so so so so so much, Nicole. I love it!!!!!

Megan October 1, 2012 - 8:47 pm

Really beautiful Nicole! The colours are so lovely – those jewel tones are amazing. And the quilting is perfect – and so are those tiny hands πŸ™‚

Paige October 1, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Gorgeous! I always get a bit nervous when I send off a commissioned piece. This one is a real beauty!

Peggy October 2, 2012 - 12:25 am

Wow! That is gorgeous!!!

Megan October 2, 2012 - 2:43 am

It looks so nice and snuggly all quilted up and bound! Good idea to make some throw pillows to keep for yourself – that takes away a bit of the sting from parting with the quilt.

Molli Sparkles October 2, 2012 - 7:30 am

You have done such an amazing job! I would have been so tempted to keep it! I hope I can make something like this someday!

CitricSugar October 2, 2012 - 7:46 am

Nicole, this turned out so beautifully!

I've been offline for a couple of months and just catching up now… The bag and pouch look fabulous. The quilt for your daughter is darling! And I can't wait to see hubby's quilt all done.

Have a very lovely Tuesday!

Debbie October 2, 2012 - 1:50 pm

wow – you do SUCH lovely work! This is just beautiful and I'm so happy for you to have it done & well-received!

CityHouseStudio October 2, 2012 - 2:50 pm

It's just stunning, Nicole! Wow!

LC October 2, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Oh my goodness, this quilt is absolutely breathtaking! Gorgeous. Wonderful job.

amidthismoment October 3, 2012 - 1:58 am

The quilt is gorgeous. My favorite picture is the one with your little one's hands on the quilt. That's a priceless picture.

UKMUMINUSA October 4, 2012 - 3:35 am

Beautiful, I love the colours you used for this quilt, I just started (2 days ago) making a string quilt, I love the way it is coming together, 15 blocks done so far, its fun. TFS

Ursula April 9, 2016 - 12:44 pm

What do you mean by “a sigh of relief”? You can send this baby to my house anyday.

Nicole April 10, 2016 - 10:03 pm

I’ll take that as a compliment! Thank you, Ursula!

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