Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Proposal Moon

The moon looked like this the night he proposed to me...

...and this is 'Proposal Moon.'

The back with the moon in another phase for the next phase of our lives together.

Buzz and Jake...that's us.

The quilting...perfection. This was all Angela. I know she's proud of it and I'm in love with it. I'll let her tell you about her quilting.

"When I talk about working with Jacquie, the first thing I gush about is the collaboration we have. We trust each other's vision for the quilt and we are willing to move outside our comfort zones. Since the first time we worked together, we have pushed each other further and further with amazing results.

Proposal Moon was no different. This amazing quilt had such an awesome story, I wanted it to be perfect. Jacquie isn't afraid of giving me suggestions or letting me know what direction she wants the quilting to go. For this quilt, she thought large concentric circles overlapping the moons would be great. Then she left the rest up to me. She pointed me in a direction, and I ran with it.

First I pulled out the orange thread. I knew it would be perfect for the moons. Once those were finished, I had to decide what to do with the rest of the quilt. I decided to keep with the circular theme, and I repeated it throughout the quilt.

I quilted medium sized circles in the strip below the moons. I wanted them to blend in so they didn't compete with the ones above. Pebble quilting helped make them pop. The back view of the medium sized circles is fantastic. They went right through the name Buzz. I didn't plan it, and I didn't notice it until I took the quilt off my machine. It was a happy coincidence!

Moving down the quilt, I quilted the final strip with even smaller circles that were more like large pebbles. They stretch across the quilt and help break up the pebble quilting.

Sometimes in life things turn out far better than you could ever expect. This quilt is a testament to our creative partnership and will hopefully bring joy to her family for generations to come.

Thanks so much Jacquie for being a motivator, teacher, customer, and most importantly, a friend."

I'm lucky to have her, don't you think?

Feast your eyes on her quilting.

Love in a quilt...what's better than that?


52 comments:

Cheryl Arkison said...

You know that I loved that quilt top, but the quilting makes it incredible! Over the top, really. What a fantastic finish.

Jodie said...

I still think of your proposal story, I was so excited when I saw this title pop up in my reader ! it is a work of art - just stunning .

Ethne said...

Oh this is now simply stunning - the quilting has changed a lovely quilt into a masterpiece - congratulations to both you and Angela on such stunningly beautiful work
Hopefully soon I'll get around to doing something with circles - too many other ideas flying around my head at present though ;-)

CharlotteP said...

Ethne is right - it's a masterpiece!

machen und tun said...

gorgeous quilt with gorgeous quilting - the two of you really is a top team!!
claudia

Jackie said...

Just a beautiful quilt! Love the title and what it stands for too!

patty a. said...

Another beautiful quilt!

Patty said...

Wow, simply amazing!
How long did it take Angela to do the quilting?

Tina said...

Guarda la bella luna! My husband learned this pick-up phrase during a college term in Italy. It's our favorite Italian phrase, which we happily proclaim to every full moon. It definitely applies to your quilt, too!

stitchinpenny said...

I love the fact that a quilt has a story and this one has 2, must be pretty close to perfection.

Martys Fiber Musings said...

Just about the time I think you can do more perfection.....you do! I love your newest perfect quilt.

Tonya Ricucci said...

beautiful!

Evelyn said...

It's gorgeous! Wonderful work, Angela!!

Merry Made Quilts said...

Simply WOW!!

Lisa ONeill said...

Love the quilt and am crazy about the quilting - it is so complimentary to the overall quilt design! Perfection!

mascanlon said...

Lovely and such a wonderful remembrance of your special moment.

Stephanie said...

A very special treasure. Phenomonal quilting!

Lynn said...

So beautiful! A great pairing of design and quilting.

wishes, true and kind said...

I just love this quilt, and especially the first quilt photo with the circles of light on the front! Great quilt and photography -- and such a meaningful quilt. And then there's the perfection of the quilting.... I already know I'm going to be coming back her to "visit" this quilt again and again!

Lisa said...

That quilting is just amazing. And I love that the quilt has a story behind it...and that your name is Buzz!

live a colorful life said...

This is a stunning quilt--colors, design and quilting. The story behind the quilt--and the quilting--just puts it over the top to phenomenal.

Shannah said...

Wow--perfection!

Anonymous said...

I like all your quilts but, this is great,of course i have said this about a lot of them.haha.Wig.

Stephanie said...

So, so lovely! The story behind the quilt is even better, though. The quilting is amazing, and I have really enjoyed looking through her blog too! Thanks for sharing. :)

Marianne said...

What a beautiful quilt...thanks for sharing.

Sequana said...

I know this seems lame, but I'm really just speechless.

Barb said...

Incredible - the quilt design and the quilting perfectly complimenting each other, like you and your mate!
wonderfulness - can we have a full view photo? please?

K8 said...

This quilt is amazing! What a perfect combination of top and quilting, it's just wonderful :)

lalebla said...

What an awesome quilt. The colors and design are so beautiful. The quilting takes it over the top gorgeous! Lisa in Texas

Poppyprint said...

Stunning. How incredible to find such a wonderful life partner and then a creative partner to first inspire, then collaborate, on this amazing quilt!

Amber said...

Making me teary-eyed :-)
I loved it when I saw it on Flikr and then to hear the whole story is just fantastic - it's absolutely gorgeous and the quilting is beyond amazing - wow!!

Blue Is Bleu said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! The fact that you put your proposal in a quilt... makes me want to make one of the Empire State Building! (Well you can guess where the hubs proposed lol)

Victoria said...

I think you have two marriages made in Heaven here, Jacquie... you and your hubby, and you and your quilting whiz partner, Angela. The results of this collaboration are phenomenal! I like the back as much as the front. Fabulous!

carol said...

Truly wonderful! The story and the quilt! Wow....I'm speechless, and believe me, that doesn't happen too often!

Erin said...

Fantastic.

TERESA said...

JACQUIE THAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL QUILT I HAVE EVER SEEN. THE COLORS AND THE WHOLE THEME IS SICK!!!! (SICK IS GOOD) THE QUILTING IS EVEN SICKER.!!!!

Judy in Michigan said...

I am new to your blog but have been inspired by your designs. Do you have a pattern for this quilt? I'm sorry I don't know your history but I will keep reading backwards to find out more. Your work is just fabulous and Angela's too!!

HouseMama Tess said...

That is such a lovely, lovely quilt! I think I'm inspired to try tackling circles now! And the colors are just perfect together...must finish other projects...

Ebeth said...

Absolutely, completely, utterly gorgeous. Stunning!

NorthernStar said...

This is so beautiful. You are very lucky to know such an amazing quilter and she's very lucky to be handed such gorgeous quilts.

badlandsquilts said...

Just WONDERFUL!

Amy said...

Wow. I can't even think of words awesome enough to describe this quilt!

Duyvken said...

Gorgeous! I love grey and orange together, I love circles and I love the sentiment behind the design.
Gorgeous.

Teresa said...

The quilt is gorgeous! I can only hope to reach that level of quilting brilliance. Great job!

momto2wasd said...

Be still, my heart! Blue (or is that gray?) and orange, gorgeous quilting, and circles all in one incredible quilt! Truly this quilt reaches out and grabs me in a way that is not so common.

MightyMom said...

Stunning!!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow. It's absolutely gorgeous Jacquie!!!

Suzanne said...

What a beauty. Hope you two get many snuggles under it.

stitchsister said...

I love the story and the quilt is really lovely. Well done.

angie said...

Jacquie,
This is so pretty!!! Once again, you blow me away. I'm so happy for your news about your Book...count me in on that also....and please, tutorial on how to transfer the kid's artwork to quilt.

shannon said...

What a beautiful quilt, but the quilting really makes it stunning. You are inspiring!

Allison said...

Beautiful quilt!