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ilovepaper
« on: July 11, 2006 07:45:12 AM »


...my lovely first finished quilt! It is 60x60 made from 144 5" squares of completely unmatching gorgeous fabrics that I got for around $6.00. I learned rather quickly that points are hard, hence the funky little pattern in the middle. It's mostly hand quilted although the outer 10" are done with my free-motion attachment. (what a disaster!)
*sigh*
I love it
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2006 07:53:56 AM »

 Your first quilt??!! That is impressive! I like the way you arranged your colors-- you have a good eye for composition, and I hope to see more quilts made by you in the future. Wink

Fantastic job!

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2006 08:06:24 AM »

What a beautiful quilt! I would never have guessed that it was your first Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2006 08:15:02 AM »

aww thanks both of you! I moved those squares around so many times and agonized over their placement right up until I sewed them. I'm glad other people think it looks nice!
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2006 08:17:56 AM »

It's beautiful!!!  You should def be proud of yourself.

Candace Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2006 08:28:40 AM »

Oh, it's really beautiful! Love the colours  Smiley

I don't know if you know this already.. But an easy way to do triangles that are joined in squares like that is to cut squares that is as big as your triangles joined together + seam allowance. Place two right side together, trace a line on the diagonal and then sew one seam on each side of the diagonal with your usual seam allowance. Then you just cut the square at the line and you have two squares which consists of two triangles.
Ehrm.. I don't think that was clear at all, but I hope you get it  Wink You'll end up with two squares that look the same this way. If you only want to use one you can always save the other for another project.
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2006 08:34:48 AM »

I agree, points are hard.  Many congrats for hand quilting a lot of it, that takes dedication.  It looks gorgeous
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2006 09:27:32 AM »

I love love the colors in this.. so fresh and untraditional and non-pastel! Inspires me to take a hard look at my stash and see new ways of colors/patterns going together...
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2006 10:15:36 AM »

Congrats on the completion of your first quilt, ilovepaper Cheesy  It's gorgeous!!!  I love the colours and the fabrics Wink
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2006 11:34:16 AM »

This quilt is absolutely gorgeous -- I love the colors and the composition. I can totally relate to your agony over color placement, making points meet, and free-motion quilting. But isn't all the agony worth it when you end up with something you love? Smiley

Wonderful job on your first quilt -- can't wait to see what's next!
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2006 11:37:51 AM »

Thanks everyone!
Vildhadre- that does make sense, I will try it next time, thanks.
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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2006 12:22:42 PM »

Completely beautiful! Where did you get those fabrics for $6? Do you have a picture of the entire quilt on a flat surface?

The time and thought you put into this design really comes through. Great job!
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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2006 03:00:14 PM »

Absolutely beautiful! No way would I have guessed it was your first quilt.
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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2006 05:27:53 PM »

Completely beautiful! Where did you get those fabrics for $6? Do you have a picture of the entire quilt on a flat surface?


I got the squares a while back from my favorite online place for bargains:
http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/SubCategory--Discounted-Quilting-Fabric-Brands--m-23_197.html
I haven't seen them again since!
And I just happen to have a (not so great) pic of my quilt hanging on the fence, it definitely looks better draped:
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« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2006 12:19:20 AM »

Great quilt! Congratulations!
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« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2006 12:27:02 AM »

Beautiful!!
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« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2006 10:15:05 AM »

that looks so awesome!! I love the colors!
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« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2006 10:18:06 AM »

Gorgeous quilt, delicious colors!!  You are talented and this is only your first!!  Just imagine the future quilts.  I am in awe of your talent!!!
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« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2006 11:56:25 AM »

The colors and pattern placement are gorgeous!! I love it!
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« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2006 12:22:15 PM »

Ilovepaper,

Beautiful, just beautiful. Someone told me once when I first started quilting that if you cant see the mistakes from a mile away on a fast horse you shouldn't worry about it, and girl I don't see a thing wrong with that beauty. Next time you quilt free motion, try wearing a pair of garden gloves with the little bumps on the palms. It helps keep the fabric from slipping. I always wear mine when quilting by machine. The more you practice the better you will get.

Great job, be very proud.

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« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2006 03:29:53 AM »

That quilt is beautiful. The colors look so well together.
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« Reply #21 on: July 20, 2006 06:22:34 AM »

I think you did a sensational job, Love the fabrics as well, I was spying some amy butler prints it looked like and drooling. I admire it.
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« Reply #22 on: July 20, 2006 10:35:31 AM »

Ilovepaper,

Beautiful, just beautiful. Someone told me once when I first started quilting that if you cant see the mistakes from a mile away on a fast horse you shouldn't worry about it, and girl I don't see a thing wrong with that beauty. Next time you quilt free motion, try wearing a pair of garden gloves with the little bumps on the palms. It helps keep the fabric from slipping. I always wear mine when quilting by machine. The more you practice the better you will get.

Great job, be very proud.



I love that! Thanks.

Thank you to everyone else , I really appreciate the kind words.
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« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2006 09:02:21 PM »

Fantastic job - I love the colors you used.  By hand, that amazes me as I don't have the patience for it.

I made a quilt last year following a pattern (which is rare for me) and it was made up of lots of pinwheels - the creator of the pattern said not to spend too much time rearranging the squares as it's frustrating and no matter how long you spend, you will still not like something when you are finished.  I spent quite a bit of time rearranging mine (didn't listen too well) and when I was done, I found something I would have changed.  But, you know what, no one else noticed - we are our own harshest critics!

Keep up the fantastic work.
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« Reply #24 on: July 26, 2006 12:15:53 PM »

those are some of the most luxurious looking fabrics I have seen, and they work so well together!  Keep up the great work  Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: August 11, 2007 04:28:47 AM »

I really like your new groovy quilt for your daughter,
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=118063.0, and i came across this one too. I love it! Can you explain how you chose to put the colours together in this way? Was there a rule that you followed or did it just look right when you mixed them around?
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« Reply #26 on: August 11, 2007 08:18:40 AM »

Great job...and fantastic colors.
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« Reply #27 on: August 12, 2007 05:23:47 AM »

Thanks for the nice words!
Bananabanana- First, I grouped the squares in fours of like colors. Then I spent an entire day fooling around with them until I like it. If you look at the quilt, it ended up going in somewhat of a spiral started at lightest in the center, ending with the darkest on the edges. I hope that explains it. Looking back, this was an insane way to get into quilting but I love this quilt!  Grin
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« Reply #28 on: August 12, 2007 10:09:51 AM »

It's a fabulous quilt! I absolutely love the colors and the "style" of it. Thanks for posting the hanging pic, too (I was going to ask for another pic of it! lol)

Thanks for the inspiration!!

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« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2007 06:00:45 PM »

Your quilt is GORGEOUS!!!  I love it!  You are really good with color.  And don't worry about your mistakes--learn from them.  The French sculptor Rodin once said, "Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely."  My first quilt is completely falling apart now because I had no idea what I was doing.  Each one you make will get better and better.

And just for the benefit of those looking for similar fabrics, you can often find sets of fabric squares on ebay.  I just typed in "fabric squares" on ebay and found a bunch. Here's an example:
http://cgi.ebay.com/72-4-squares-CHEZ-MOI-by-SENTIMENTAL-STUDIOS-for-MODA_W0QQitemZ160146338124QQihZ006QQcategoryZ71201QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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« Reply #30 on: August 16, 2007 06:28:58 PM »

You did a good job on this!  I love the colors you picked. 
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« Reply #31 on: March 11, 2008 02:29:41 PM »

I love this quilt!!!
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