Sunday, August 26, 2007

I DID IT!!!

my finished Dear Jane quilt top
The last stitch making this a complete top was taken tonight at 7:24 p.m. I am so filled with emotion as this has been a part of my life since March 7, 1998 when I made my first block, J-6. As I sewed the last few stitches, I could feel tears welling up in my eyes. I may just need to have a good cry now, but they will be tears of happiness.

59 comments:

Darlene said...

Way to go, Jeanne! That's awesome - you should shed many tears of joy.

I'm going to dance across the hot desert just for you! :-)

martha said...

It is a beauty Jeanne! Glad you are abl to share it with us! This and the wedding quilt -you go girl!

Nell said...

What an exquisite quilt! I never saw a prettier heirloom! What's next?
Nell

Sweet P said...

Absolutely stunning!

Sheron said...

Fabulous is all I can say!

JudyL said...

Jeanne! It's so beautiful. I know exactly how you feel . . well, not really because I've never worked on one quilt for so long nor have I ever produced such a beautiful quilt but sometimes I am emotional when I finish a quilt. I've always loved the Dear Jane quilt but I know I will never make one. You put a whole lot of yourself into that quilt and it's a beauty!

Rose said...

Oh Jeanne, ur DJ quilt is absolutley beautiful. I can understand the tears of joy, u should be so proud of urself!

tami said...

You sure did!! That is absolutely stunning.

Floss said...

What a stunning DJ, it is so beautiful

Pam said...

Oh my goodness -- It is so beautiful!! Almost 10 years -- it must be so amazing for you to see it all together. Congratulations!!

Anne Ida said...

YEY! You did it! Way to go!!! Congratulations! I looks so beautiful!!! Give yourself a pat on the back from me :o) You should be so proud of yourself!

Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment and take care! Hugs...

PS! And now you are going to hand quilt it? -or..?

Cathi said...

It looks gorgeous, what an accomplishment!! Will you take a break before quilting? I sure did!!

Fiona said...

Oh my, 9 years in the making but worth every bit of effort - a real heirloom.

The Calico Cat said...

CONGRATS!

Chookyblue said...

fantastic.........pleased you have got it finished.......major achievement.......give yourself a pat on your back........

Tazzie said...

Ohhh congratulations Jeanne, what a wonderful achievement!
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Jennifer said...

WOW! This is spectacular! There is nothing like quiltmaking, and completing a quilt, for that sense of accomplishment and joy. Your work is absolutely beautiful.

dot said...

What an accomplishment. It certainly is beautiful.

Bren said...

WOO HOO!!! What an accomplishment! AND it is stunning to boot! Beautiful colors. Youe eyes just moves over the entire thing so nicely not getting stuck anywhere...a difficult feat with so many blocks and fabrics. It is not like you could move blocks around to make it flow better...perfectly done. Congratulations!

Yvonne said...

Oh Jeanne, it's gorgeous. What an accomplishment!

Beth said...

Fantastic Job!!! What an accomplishment! I have a DJ in the works myself but can't seem to make myself work on it these days.....LOL

Nicole and Phil said...

Great going Jeanne! I can admire how much effort has gone into this quilt...I have seen some quilters working on their DJ blocks, however it has never inspired me to try it...I know this would turn into a very long UFO for me! :)
Congatulations on getting this far with it! ;)

Laurie Ann said...

Congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment!!

Sherry said...

Congratulations on completing your quilt. It is very beautiful in the picture so it must be outstanding in real life!

Belvie said...

Congratulations Jeanne!! It is just beautiful.

Helen in the UK said...

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Finished a DJ quilt is an amazing feat of stitching :)

KCQuilter said...

May I just add my congrats to the long, long list? That is one AWESOME quilt!!!! I've had the book for a long time but have not dived in yet. I just may have to get going on it. Your work is just stunning!

Jan said...

Congratulations on your great accomplishment!!! It is a wonderful quilt!

Andrea said...

WOW !!! Amazing - give yourself a huge pat on the back ! Go and celebrate..

Libby said...

Fantastic! A wonderful quilt that took you on such a journey. You will treasure it for a lifetime *s*

Colleen said...

What a beautiful quilt! I am new to blogging and I've notice so many comments about DJ quilts. I honestly had never heard of them or ever seen them. This was a whole new thing for me. I appreciated so much that you put a link in your blog that explains about them. I read it and it was fascinating. I love the look of them and would like to learn more about trying one. Thanks for sharing. It must feel so good to have it completed. Are you going to hand quilt it?

dakota essence said...

Jeanne, Congratulations! Beautiful, inspiring quilt.

Babes said...

Uffda!! That's Minnesota talk for "Wow!!" I can only imagine your sense of accomplishment. Your quilt is
G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!
Great job Jeanne.
LOL-2-U fellow DJ'er
Babes in MN.

Mary said...

It's beautiful and I really admire you for finishing it. 9+ years is a long time to work on a quilt without putting it aside and moving on to something else. It will be an heirloom when you quilt it.

anne bebbington said...

Well done Jeanne - most of us look at DJ's and dream - others like yourself get on and do it! It's lovely :o)

Brigitte said...

Congratulation! you did a wonderful job - it's motivating to me, to see: it's possible to finish. I interrupted after ~ 25 blocks but will start again soon.

Wenche said...

Congratulations! :) After the quilting's done it's on with #2. Right?

Kathy Wagner said...

OH MY GOODNESS! You finished it! It is absolutely gorgeous! What a work of art!!!Amazing!

CONNIE W said...

I have one of those in my future, already bought the goods - the book, software, templates, paper, and bag, ready to go - just waiting for cool weather this fall/winter and I'm going to begin. Yours is the inspiration I needed to not let myself continue to be side-tracked. Cathi has made a gorgeous one and is busy quilting it, now yours. I admire your determination and perserverance. You deserve a big congratulations!!!

Meredith said...

congrats on getting the top done. It is beautiful. Great job not giving up and quiting.

Leigh said...

What an amazing accomplishment. You should be sooooo proud of yourself for this great effort. I am so happy for you.
Well done!!

Vicky said...

Congratulations! It's beautiful! I'm so in awe of you for seeing it through!

Holly said...

Hi Jeanne, finishing the DJ is a big deal!! It is so beautiful. What are your plans now?

Joan said...

Ohmygosh, I can't even imagine the sense of satisfaction you must have in finishing this absolutely stunning quilt. A labor of love if ever I saw one. Congratulations!!! What an awesome achievement!!!

Veronica said...

A wonderful accomplishment, indeed! Congratulations!

corry said...

Congratulations Jeanne, you did a fantastic job!

swooze said...

Awesome! Congrats!

Passionate Quilter said...

WOW!!Congratulations! That's my Lifetime Achievement quilt because if I ever get it done in my lifetime, it will be an achievement! So I know exactly what you have gone through! And I'm very impressed. It looks awesome. But I bet you do feel like you are saying good by to a friend.

Quilt Nut said...

that is gorgeous! congrats on getting it finished

Marisa said...

Ok, what can I say, but this is a HUGE HUGE acomplishment. You need to take yourself out to a really fancy dinner or something. Your quilt is stunning amazing, beautiful. Thank you so much for your inspiration and your beautiful blog. Congrats!

Morah said...

WOW! Just beautiful! You have created an absolutly incredible quilt.

Karen said...

OH MY you finished a Dear Jane!!! Congratulations, that is a huge accomplishment, and it's so beautiful.

Knot Garden said...

Amazing work, a major achievement! You should be very proud. Beautiful quilt:)

May K said...

Your Dear Jane quilt is so gorgeous! Wished it was mine! I have the book and some fabrics waiting for me to start some day!

Patti said...

Oh my - what an incredible accomplishment! And it is absolutely stunning. I can just imagine that it feels like an era has ended. Are you going to hand quilt it yourself? What will you do with your time now this is finished (LOL!)

mamaspark said...

Jeanne, this is just beautiful!! Good job!!

Elaine Adair said...

My word - Congratulations are indeed in order. This DJ is just plain splendid!

Linda said...

I've just been reading through some of your blog, and I don't know how I missed subscribing to the feed, but that's now fixed. I couldn't decide where to comment until I saw this quilt. It is so amazingly beautiful. I can only imagine how thrilled you are with it. Time to go to some of the previous post and catch up.

kcamou said...

I am beyond impressed! Way to go!