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« on: November 16, 2007 09:30:51 AM »


Trying to reduce the piles of fabrics and 'useful stuff' in our spare bedroom, I decided to try out quilting for the first time -- here's the result....





It's done in colours to match our bedroom: powder blue and a kind of pale olive green with red/pink highlights, although it doesn't show very well on the photos. My only rule was to not buy any new fabrics, the starting point was the pale blue fabrics that's from my husband's old shirts.

I was doing the blocks one by one and then decided how to put them together at the end -- found that step really difficult, and wish I had been able to plan it better from the beginning -- is there some clever way to do that? (even if you don't have a big floor space to work on?)
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2007 09:39:36 AM »

That is beautiful.  I can't believe that is your first quilt. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007 10:24:17 AM »

That's your FIRST try?!?! Holy canoli! That's beautiful. I'm too impatient to attempt quilting but I applaud you!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007 11:30:51 AM »


I was doing the blocks one by one and then decided how to put them together at the end -- found that step really difficult, and wish I had been able to plan it better from the beginning -- is there some clever way to do that? (even if you don't have a big floor space to work on?)

You could draw it out on paper...that's what I've attempted to do, even use colored pencils to see what looks best.  I've just started too, so I could be making it harder than it should be Smiley ha ha
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2007 12:34:00 PM »

graph paper works well for what jk was saying. and you can color it in like she said and use a scale to know how big it will be. its a great way to have everything planned out beforehand.
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2007 05:05:13 PM »

it's *gorgeous*! i'm totally impressed since it's your first quilt (I noticed you didn't say "only"  Grin)

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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2007 10:09:07 PM »

I am also totally impressed with your first quilt!
You did a wonderful job!  Smiley
Your fabrics went together beautifully and were complemented by the pattern you picked.
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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2007 04:05:40 AM »

That's gorgeous!  I cannot believe that's your first quilt... I bow my head in shame.

How did you do the quilting on it?
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2007 11:43:37 AM »


Thanks so much for the encouragement, you're all very kind!  Smiley

Yes, my first one -- you'd certainly believe it if you saw a close up of the wobbly quilting... Wink

For the quilting, I used a freehand square spiral, starting in the middle of each block and going outwards -- I didn't follow the groves but used approximately the same distance between the seams as on the blocks. Sometimes it got a bit bunched up between the blocks using this method, so it was not ideal.

I am thinking of doing a crazy quilt next, to use up all those off-cuts and pieces of patterned fabrics that are too small to use but too precious to throw away -- but I'm still procrastinating on that one... And that will be even more difficult to plan out beforehand!!  Roll Eyes I'll try out the graph paper, but it's so hard to get the colours right when drawing it out!
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2007 12:12:53 PM »

Awsome Job!!!!!...........Another tip...... When pieceing together you can try "reverse quilting" or look up "Cotton Theory Quilting" and buy the book, its a great book and makes quilting faster plus you get 2 quilts in one.
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