Friday, April 8, 2011

With a little help from my friends!

I am flying right now, my heart is beating soooo fast: I just finished basting my last corner unto my quilt...   had to tell you, right away...Okay it isn't finished: I need to actually stitch those borders together, but I couldn't  resist taking a picture for you... O my Goodness: I have a Klosjes QUILT!
This week has been a roller-coaster ride: It all started with klosje number 720. I was hoping to savour the moment and decided to make it special:
The moment was fleeting, but I found myself really smiling remembering all the funny places where I have made Klosjes over the past year... 
Klosje 720!

Last one attached to Corner number 4...

... and immediately rewarded myself with by starting Camelot! More on that to come... :)

 That means I had to find the right red for the border: Okay. I went for the one that gave me goosebumps as opposed to the one that was just perfect... Now, how to proceed...
Basting the corners was hard because of all that Bias stretch from the halfsquare triangles. So  with resolve I decided to "fake it till I make it" ( my heart was pounding, I felt so unsure, period cramps, coldsweats and feeling like running away and hiding in a cave and take Camelot with me, of course! LOL) so despite all that, I tried to keep calm and carry on... I placed the pieces on my kitchen floor (which happened to be clean) and the floor tiles helped me to make sure it was square. I guessed how big the red border had to be, cut it and then realized that machine basting would be best (needle at 5.0). I found the centers of the each corner and matched it to the borders and machine basted from the centers out: and I couldn't believe my eyes, 
it was actually working...
and so: voila!!!
Here she is! All 3688 pieces of her!

It all fits! the quilt is a bit shy of 2m square, and now I have to focus on actually hand-stitching the corners down... once I come down back to earth... and then we'll get a better picture! :)


Wanted to keep you guys up to date, because I LOOOOOOOVE you! And cannot thank you enough for all the support and encouragement you keep giving me...



  1. Geweldig *M*O*O*I*!!!!

    En klosje *720*,... daar ben ik *flieft* op!

    Keigoed gedaan!

  2. Bring it over Val....can't wait to actually see it! What a great job you have done - you can be soooooo proud!
    Hug Tien

  3. wow, what a fantastic finish. I particularly like the little dutch people in your 720th Klosje! Very fitting ;). And the "Gods" are truly smiling on you as everything is going together perfectly! Well done. Of course now we all want to see you next project. Hugs Vreni xx

  4. WOW! Now that is definitely reason to celebrate , it looks fantastic , love it!!!!

  5. WOW! Congratulations! It looks absolutely beautiful!

  6. your quilt is wonderful valentina, it looks so beautiful, the colours just glow! i am looking forward to your start on 'camelot'! good wishes, liz

  7. Fantastic accomplishment! You HAVE been very busy! Your little poochie seems to approve, too!

  8. FABULOUS.....WELL DONE on a fantastic acheivement... it looks lovely.
    hugs Dawn x x x

  9. Oh my! It is fantastic!! I love the last and final block- perfect and very memorable!

  10. Congratulation, dear Valentina. The quilttop look breathtaking beautiful.
    Have a great weekend.

  11. Congrulations, It is a wonderful quilt! You are inspiring me to get back to mine. It has been a couple of weeks since I worked on it. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Wat een bijzonder en mooi klosje is je laatste wat heb je er veel gemaakt en hij is erg mooi, nee prachtig, nee beautifull geworden. Applaus voor jezelf.

  13. Klapperdeklapperdeklap!! SUPER gedaan! Ik wordt helemaal vrolijk van je quilt. En zie ook op de foto dat de quilt meer bewonderaars heeft..

  14. So proud of you my love xxx

  15. Hij is schitterend geworden, wat een voldoening na een jaar lekker naaien! Die hoeken die snap ik niet helemaal, dus die mag je nog eens laten zien!

  16. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Your Klosjes look wonderful all sewn together like that! I love the setting you have used and what an achievement - all those hundreds of tiny pieces being turned into a beautiful quilt!

  17. Super job! Oh sooooooo pretty.

  18. congrats, it is just beautiful....
    I am so thrilled for you!
    love the center of your last block, how cute is that fabric?
    LOve it!

  19. WahOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Congratulations!!! You must be so excited!

  20. WOW!!! This is stunning!!!!! Have been watching all the Klosjes of the World and this one has been by far my favorite quilt of all. Well done Valentina. Your foresight has been inspiring. Cheers Sharron

  21. So pleased you updated us!! It is fantastic!!I must admit I wasn't sure what was happening last time with the triangle shaped corners - I obviously missed a post somewhere!!You must be so proud and pleased!!

  22. OMG Valentina!! I am so happy for you that you have accomplished this great thing. I wish I could see it in person. You have a treasure, congratulations!!

  23. Oh, Valentina!!! It's absolutely gorgeous!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You must be SO proud!!!
    I'm going to have to go and sew up a few blocks for mine now, to ease my conscience!!! LOL!!!
    All the best!

  24. I am sounding the trumpet voluntary for you Valentina. That is one amazing quilt and now I need to get my finger out and stitch a few more of mine as I am lagging way behind. It just looks scrummy.
    Love Shirley.x

  25. Hip Hip Hooray. It is beautiful I am so glad you Love it as much as all of us.

  26. Absolutely stunning! A museum piece. Congratulations! Now, that is a testament to FAITH! :)

  27. Wow, congratulations! That is absolutely amazing and I bet you are still on cloud nine! Awesome accomplishment!

  28. Wow, you are an inspiration. Congratulations, what a gorgeous quilt and it's such a sweet moment when it all fits together. Dare I say I have the Camelot pattern too but not starting yet.

  29. Wow Valentina what a quilt!! I love your klosjes quilt - its such a unique setting for them. Your 720th one is very cute. Now a new project - Yeah!! New projects are SO exciting :0)

  30. It's unique. It's colorful. It's inventive. It all fits. :) It's wonderful. It's YOU Valentina.
    I've watched your work on this beauty week by week, one klosje after another. The last one with the little characters is SUCH a special one. Be very proud of yourself. It's definitely an heirloom.

  31. What a fabulous quilt! So beautiful.

  32. Yay, lovely finished Klosjes! And I can certainly see why Camelot is next on your list. Mmmm....

  33. Valentina, your quilt is beautiful and I am *so* excited that you be joining our Contemporary Jane group. Am jumping up and down with joy and anticipation!

  34. Sweet friend, what a gorgeous klosje, this 720e!!!
    And what a number 7-2-0!!!!!!
    Your quilt looks absolutely stunning!!!!! :)))
    I had to catch up with reading all blogs and I really sat for a whole time looking at it and looking at it again!!!! It is so beautiful!!
    You did such a fine job!!!!!!!!!
    A very, very big hug en een stevige omhelzing!!!!
    Love, Ria.

  35. BEautiful
    Could you tell me where I can find templates for these cute little blocks Please?
    Cheers Geniene

  36. I love this quilt! You did a fantastic job!


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