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At Long Last: The Charity ArtPrize Quilts Are Complete

Finishing this quilt project came down to the wire as expected, but boy am I happy to be done. Crossing the finish line was very unceremonious and that was expected, too. I just left the quilts in a pile on a table at the David D. Hunting YMCA and went home. If I had not been exhausted and suffering from a massive sinus flair-up at the time, I probably would have high-fived a stranger on the way back to my car to celebrate the end of a very long artistic journey. It feels very strange to work on a project every day for days and then abruptly stop.

It’s important to note that I would still be working on the quilts without the kind assistance of the awesome people listed below who helped me take apart ties and stitch hexagon blooms in the early stages of this project. Thanks to all of you!

Anneke Benison, Julie Benison, Breanna Bush, Jamie Bush, Lois Carpenter, Cydney Colvig, Mel Creager, Deb Dieppa, Sarah Eggebraten, Beverly Gapczynski, Jennifer Fretz, Jessica Keller, Suzannah Knust, Gloria Kirk-Hanna, Susan Halteman, Abby Haywood, Amelia Haywood, Holiday, Bethany Levandowski, Nathan Levandowski, Susan Mills, Peggy Patterson, Cheryl Rendak, Dianna Thompson, Laurie Vance, Valerie Vranish and Joy Upper

I was disappointed to learn Saturday that I will not be allowed to post the names of these volunteers on the wall with the quilts because they are not officially registered ArtPrize collaborators. But all the volunteers and necktie donors will be named on a flier that Safe Haven is producing to explain the project. This flier will be available at the venue.

Thanks again to everyone who helped stitch blooms for the quilt. We did it!

Thanks to you, dear blog readers, for posting words of encouragement. Reading your comments kept me motivated and inspired. Thank you!

And an extra special thanks to my husband, Jeff, and our two daughters who lost me to this project for a while. It’s done and we made it!

I will post more photos of all the quilts soon. In the meantime, I’m scrambling to catch up on sleep and all the work that piled up while I was sewing.

If you’re local or headed to Grand Rapids for ArtPrize, you’re invited to stop by  the David D. Hunting YMCA to check out the quilts and art by 21 other artists. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. I’ll be passing out English paper piecing sample packs from PaperPieces.com, so stop by if you’d like to learn how to paper piece. Surprisingly, I still LOVE paper piecing. I guess this means my love for this quilting technique is true.

Either that or I have completely lost my mind. :  )

More soon…

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Comment from LINDA UK
Time: September 20, 2010, 6:08 am

Congratulations Jennifer, what an achievement, the quilt looks amazing, the quilting community knows what a lot of yourself and all the work that went into planning, sewing and completing this project (with a little help from your friends), well done. When are you starting your next one? Bet you feel lost without it now. I am looking forward to seeing more pictures later.

Comment from Sharon
Time: September 20, 2010, 6:34 am

congrats Jennifer, you really poled that off. That is one hell of an achievement.

Comment from Julie
Time: September 20, 2010, 7:23 am

High five, stranger!

Comment from Beth
Time: September 20, 2010, 9:10 am

Congrats on being finished! The photo above is gorgeous!

Comment from Bonney
Time: September 20, 2010, 9:16 am

Wow!! Very impressive!! Good Job!

Comment from Alessandra
Time: September 20, 2010, 4:07 pm

You made it, yay!
The quilt is beautiful, you did a wonderful job.

Comment from Diane
Time: September 20, 2010, 6:27 pm

Congratulations Jennifer – you did a beautiful job on the quilts!!

I love that you call the flowers “blooms” – what a pretty reference for all those men’s ties.

Comment from Debbie-Esch House Quilts
Time: September 21, 2010, 7:11 am

The pictured quilt is beautiful! That blue sets off the rich colors of the men’s ties so wonderfully.

Congratulations on completing the project. I can’t wait to see more pictures – after you get some rest!

Comment from joan
Time: September 21, 2010, 1:27 pm

Wow! I had no idea there were so many of them, what a mammoth task. Well done to you for getting them all done on time. They look really, truly beautiful too. Congrats to you :)

Comment from April Hunt
Time: September 21, 2010, 2:30 pm

HOORAY!!!!!
I’m hitting up ArtPrize Thursday hopefully and I’m putting yours on my list of must-sees.

Comment from Bethany
Time: September 21, 2010, 6:25 pm

Oh you made it! Not that I doubted you would, but oh! to be finished! It is a bit unceremonious, isn’t it? Congratulations, can’t wait to see it in person!

Comment from Helena
Time: September 22, 2010, 11:56 pm

What amazing artistic work and quite an accomplishment! I hope your sore fingers heal from all the stitching. It was worth it. They are stunning!

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