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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2008 03:12:56 PM »

Gorgeous, creative, amazing!  Enjoy it because you deserve it!
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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2008 03:54:06 PM »

Thank you all for the kind words! Now I want to make a Rock garden quilt Grin

How long did this take you? And you said you did it while watching TV, did you use a frame?

Yup, I used a frame, and I guess I look where I stitch, but then I sort of look at the TV while pulling the thread through... does that make sense? I injure myself a lot  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2008 06:36:31 PM »

Beautiful!!  How did you come up with the idea for an amoeba??  You'd do a great job on a rock garden quilt.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2008 07:06:01 PM »

Beautiful!!  How did you come up with the idea for an amoeba??  You'd do a great job on a rock garden quilt.  Smiley

Thanks! Truthfully, this is just one of those ways that I doodle during classes/meetings... drawing these abstract circle thingies.

What's a rock garden quilt?
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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2008 07:57:44 PM »

Wonderful design ... wholecloth quilts are some of my favourites. I really like the "differentness" of your amoebas! It's neat to see a wholecloth with a unique design rather than the old stand-bys.

When you were handquilting, were you using the "stab stitch" method (where you take a stitch, draw it up all the way the length of the thread, and then take another stitch) or did you use the "rocking" method (where you load 3 or more stitches on the needle by rocking the needle thru the three layers of quilt before pulling the thread thru the quilt)?

When you stab stitch, it is more difficult to get your stitches even and straight. You have to really pay attention to how you are bringing the needle up thru the backing. Stab stitch is good when you are going for a folk-art look, or when taking larger stitches with a thicker thread.

The rocking method is the easiest when trying to acheive small, straight, even stitches. Because you can load multiple stitches on the needle at once, the needle itself will help keep the stitches in an even line. Also, if you use a smaller needle, you can get smaller stitches.

All that crap being said  Grin, I generally use the stab stitch method for most stuff. I've made a couple of "whole cloth" pillows with celtic knot designs that I used the rocking method. I found that when I'm using the rocking method, it helps to practice on something else for around 15 minutes or so, to get the rhythm going before working on your masterpiece.
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« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2008 07:42:22 AM »

That is STUNNING!  Beautiful work... I can`t imagine the patience and commitment that required.
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« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2008 07:50:10 AM »


When you were handquilting, were you using the "stab stitch" method (where you take a stitch, draw it up all the way the length of the thread, and then take another stitch) or did you use the "rocking" method (where you load 3 or more stitches on the needle by rocking the needle thru the three layers of quilt before pulling the thread thru the quilt)?

Yup, I use the rocking method, so I really don't have a good excuse for the uneveness Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2008 04:41:08 PM »

Wow, that is so awesome! This is the kind of thing that makes me want to learn to quilt, but at the same time make me realize I will never be able to do what you did Tongue  It's really, really gorgeous!
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« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2008 08:59:12 AM »


When you were handquilting, were you using the "stab stitch" method (where you take a stitch, draw it up all the way the length of the thread, and then take another stitch) or did you use the "rocking" method (where you load 3 or more stitches on the needle by rocking the needle thru the three layers of quilt before pulling the thread thru the quilt)?

Yup, I use the rocking method, so I really don't have a good excuse for the uneveness Smiley


Ah, not true! When I rock and roll, abt every 5th stitch of mine is wonky. You just get to the point saying, "What the *#&k, who cares?" and keep going.

... well, at least I do.   Grin
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« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2008 09:15:52 AM »

Wow, that is so awesome! This is the kind of thing that makes me want to learn to quilt, but at the same time make me realize I will never be able to do what you did Tongue  It's really, really gorgeous!

Keep in mind that this is only my third hand-quilted quilt... I bet you could do it (even better, prob) if you tried! If you want some advice on how to start, let me know! I have lots of time-saving steps.
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