Friday, January 9, 2015

Calico Paradise

I bought this pattern from Dawn at Collector With A Needle in 2013 and started the quilt in July of that year.
You can read about my progress here.

My Calico Paradise top all assembled.

It was really a fun journey and I believe this is my all time favorite quilt.  I just loved the colors of the original so I choose to make mine as close as possible to the original makers quilt.

This is the first appliqué quilt I have stitched that wasn’t made up of a lot of different blocks and I was a little intimidated by the size of the center.  I have small hands and just kept wondering how I would ever hold so much fabric in my hands to stitch the pieces.

In the end it wasn’t a problem at all.  The pieces are large and everything went together smoothly.

Happy Stitching,


  1. felicidades!!!
    es un trabajo muy bonito

  2. You did a great job with this stunning, beautiful Calico Paradise!
    It has turned out breath-taking wonderful, even with your small hands and I can imagine how intimidating it must have been, such a mass of fabric to handle (as I have small hands too...). My compliments!
    Kind regards from Ageeth

  3. Nancy, that is WONDERFUL!!! The colors are totally captivating. Do you know how you will quilt it? Thanks for sharing your accomplishment.

  4. Wow Nancy!
    What a gorgeous finish!

  5. A beauty, Nancy. I would have thought that working on a wide width of fabric and bunching it in your hand would have not been fun.

  6. It's gorgeous, Nancy. Congratulations.

  7. Such a great quilt! Love the colors and style.:)

  8. Just beautiful Nancy! the colours in this are wonderful. Glad to hear the applique was so manageable :)

  9. Your quilt is very beautiful !

  10. So pretty! Can't wait to get started on mine! Your appliqué is always inspiring and beautiful!

  11. Beautiful! Many of my antique quilts are made on large pieces of fabric, not whoever cloth, rather quadrants or more. 19th Century women had a lot of hand sewing experience out of necessity. Nice we can stitch for fun.
    Beautiful work!!

  12. Oh, my gosh, Nancy!! This is totally gorgeous!! I love the colors too!! That yellow background really makes the quilt pop!! Are you going to hand quilt this?


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