Sunday, February 6, 2011

Completed Selvage Snowman Quilt

So what can I say? He's done. He's huge. He's made of over 700 pieces of selvage. Yes, I am sane. He's my favourite selvage quilt I've made. (So far.) He's my own design. He was free-pieced as I went along.
-
I went a little wild with the pictures. It was fun! Click any picture to enlarge. More info on the quilt and that giant snowman in the background are below.
The quilting was done at my local quilt store by long-arm. Thanks Tina! It's a free-style all over stipple done in white thread. Tina (Tina Hanson of Town and Country Quilts, Rothesay, NB) does a great job. On this quilt I think the quilting looks like wind swirling in a snowstorm.
I couldn't believe how the giant snowman's colours coordinated with the quilt!
For an idea of the size of the quilt, here it is on a Queen size mattress. I wasn't planning on making it that big, but people kept giving me selvages to include! (Which was awesome.)
-
On the subject, I get a lot of questions about how I get so many selvages to use for my quilts. They aren't all from my own fabrics -- not even close. If I had to rely on only my own selvages I could have maybe made a table runner, but never a queen size quilt. I am so fortunate to have "met" blogland friends who volunteered to send me some selvages, plus local friends and my Mom who gather them for me too. I love the recycling aspect of selvage quilting -- using these bits that would have been discarded otherwise.

Here's a close up of his head. It is fun to carefully choose the placement of selvages. There is one that says "Peas and Carrots" right near his nose.
Close up of the bottom snowball.
The border. I alternated Christmas fabrics between selvages.
The backing is from the Rainbow Garden line by Prints Charming. It is so soft. I love it.
-
The dark turquoise and red in the quilt are Kona cottons. The light turquoise is Northcott.

I signed and dated it right on the front on some selvages. The signature is in the lower right of the quilt. It is dated 2010 because all the piecing was done just before Christmas.
-
If you are interested, I wrote a tutorial on how to make the selvage snowflakes. The link is on my sidebar.
Just for fun, here's a blooper reel pic. I tell you, our "photo shoots" get more and more hilarious all the time. I am lucky my husband is such a good sport about it. We had to take a dining room chair along with us this time and it was tricky to get it level in the snow. Plus it was slippery with snow on it. The quilt was so huge it had to be clipped to a curtain rod. Plus it was windy! So anyway, believe me there were more out takes than decent photos.
So, about that giant snowman. His name is Gerby 2011. He is 20 feet 11 inches high. He is located in Saint John, NB. (About 20 minutes from where we live) He was made by a single man. Yes, WOW! The creator's name is Chris Brake. You can read an article about the making of the snowman here. It is really cool. After we took the pictures we probably stayed for another hour while the kids played around the snowman and in a big snow fort built beside it. Other people came along and took pics of the snowman too. It was a great outing for a sunny winter Saturday afternoon.
-
Happy Quilting!

27 comments:

Kathy said...

How cool is that! Your snowman quilt when on location to be displayed beside such a giant snowman. I love it!!! This quilt is a masterpiece. It has been fun to experience how you have made it on your blog. Thank you for telling us about it. Now you have a masterpiece for your home. Good luck in the contest.

Ellen said...

Your snowman is quite the handsome fellow. I have been watching your progress and you have done such a great job!

Janet said...

It's gorgeous. I think the two blue background fabrics you used really make the snowman and the selvage border stand out.

Amy said...

I think the quilt is very nice! that is cool about the giant snowman.

Selvage Quilter said...

I love your snowman quilt. And what a perfect place to photograph it too. Wow, a 20 foot snowman. That will be around for a while.

Kim said...

Karen sent me over to have a look.......this is just adorable......I'm gonna try some of your snowflakes :0)

thanks and I'm a follower now too...
this is how to make a yucky winter a lot more fun!

Happy Sewing,
Kim

Cathy said...

Awesome! and your photos next to the giant snowman are perfect! Way yo go!

webmailaddress2 said...

OMG, your snowman quilt is awesome! I loved seeing all the pictures.

JoAnne said...

Got here by way of Karen Griska - love your selvage quilts. Great colors - so lively.

Nancy said...

This is amazing! I first saw it on the Selvage Blog. I am very impressed. What a treasure.

ulinkap said...

Your snowman is amazing! I saw him on Karen's blog. You are doing great job! Your quilts are so joyful! Greetings!

Linda said...

All I can say is WOW!! He is awesome!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Good job It came out great! I can't believe how big it is!!!

Jenny said...

Congratulations!! The snowman quilt looks wonderful, and how nicer to have a photo shoot than beside a great big real snowy snowman. Great to see you on the Selvage Blog as well.

We are in a bit of a heat wave down here in New Zealand, with extremely hot muggy conditions, a result of the cyclone which devastated parts of Australia, we are told. Of courses it is Summer down here in the Southern Hemisphere.

Kristie said...

Freakin' unbelievable. Love it!! Great job, Riel, and congrats on finishing up this baby!

Dixxe said...

You did an awesome job--its terrific!!!

Wandering Minstrel said...

Congratulations--he's wonderful!

Jackie said...

A fellow Canadian! I got your link from the Selvage blog... so i signed up to follow... I am from Ontario.

Alison said...

Love it. I'm in the middle of a selvedge quilt and you've given me a great idea about the outer border. I'll keep you posted. Congratulations. It's great.

Anonymous said...

Wow
1st visit to your blog & loving it.
Love your snowman quilt He is so maritime. Selvages are such fun, not to mention the edgey comments when your collecting them. Like you I have a group of friends who believe one of their main roles in life is to save selvages for me. I'm on a year challenge of not buying material - HA HA - so when I use up some of my stash I'll be moving on to the selvage bin to do another selvage project. Just sent a bunch to Australia. If you ever want to do a swap, just let me know.
Mary in Amherst.

Erica said...

This is one of the coolest quilts I've ever seen! What dedication! I LOVE how it turned out. Good job :)

~Michelle~ said...

love Mr. Snowman! And great choice on the backing - I love the really soft poplins that came out a few years ago (and don't seem to be used in new fabric lines, which is so so sad!)

Sue said...

another great quilt Riel.... and I also love the valentine... you are amazing that's for sure... Hope you will bring show and tell tomorrow...
Sue

AnneMarie said...

Oh my goodness!!! He is HUGE!! Wow - bravo bravo!! Awesome that he's done with all selvages. So unique! Love it!

Thanks for entering your quilt in the Love Nest Quilt Contest and best of luck!

AnneMarie @ Gen X Quilters

C. Jaeger said...

This is amazing! I love it!

Rose said...

This is way cool---in more ways than one.

Karen said...

First of all, I must comment on the mummy. What a hoot! I certainly enjoyed seeing him and that he is made from selvege edges.

The snowman is so creative. Your use of the selvege edges in making him works so well. And to photograph him with a real snowman is such a good idea. We don't have snow where I live so that would be an impossible photo to come up with.