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« on: January 16, 2009 09:39:02 PM »

Hey everyone!

I'd never made a quilt before, but I got a sewing machine not all that long ago, and my sister just had a *beautiful* little girl.  Put those two together, and whaddya get?  First quilt for baby!  Cheesy  I bought a quilt kit from JoAnn's and a rotary cutter/mat.  I couldn't pass it up because the fabric colors were pretty much exact matches for the baby's room decor.  Ok, the box said it would take 4-6 hours... Are y'all laughing as hard as I am right now, haha?  It took me a week, working on it nearly all day long every day!  So I have a newfound appreciation for all you quilters out there.  Y'all must have the patience of a saint!  Anyway, here's the pictures.  The quilt isn't anywhere near perfect, and neither are the pictures, but I'm pretty darn proud nonetheless.  I fully plan on making more quilts in the future so I can get better at it.

On the table with poor lighting (well, they all have poor lighting, LOL)


Different angle


Suspended from the cabinet


Boring back


Thanks for looking!  I'd really appreciate any comments or criticism.  Since I had no idea what I was doing, any tips would be awesome!
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2009 10:03:58 PM »

That actually looks really good for your first quilt. I love the color scheme. I can't quite tell if you mitered your corners or not. If not, on your next one watch this video and it'll make a ton of sense and it's like magic lol. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c85voeoj50Y She also has some other videos that are pretty good. You did a great job!
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2009 10:16:23 PM »

Thanks!  Cheesy

Haha, yeah, I had no *idea* what mitering was until I watched that video just now.  That looks waaaaaaay easier than what I did for the binding, and better-looking too.  Thanks so much for sharing that video with me!  When I make my next quilt, I'll be sure to miter my corners  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2009 11:13:14 PM »

beautiful! i'm looking into starting my first quilt.. but it seems so overwhelming. you've given me hope Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2009 04:58:48 AM »

Your quilt is beautiful.  No one would ever dream that it's your first.  I noticed that bottle of lotion in one photo.  You do know that lotion is a huge no no while quilting, right?  You can get faint, oily, totally non-removable stains on your quilt if you use lotion while quilting (this I know from a sad sad experience).  Keep quilting, you're a natural!
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2009 06:15:54 AM »

I think you made a lovely quilt.  Those fabrics are great. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2009 08:22:20 AM »

Your quilt is beautiful.  No one would ever dream that it's your first.  I noticed that bottle of lotion in one photo.  You do know that lotion is a huge no no while quilting, right?  You can get faint, oily, totally non-removable stains on your quilt if you use lotion while quilting (this I know from a sad sad experience).  Keep quilting, you're a natural!

Oh ok, I definitely didn't know that.  Thanks for the advice!
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2009 10:40:54 AM »

I love the design and the colors!  Great work!  I can see many more quilts in your future!  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2009 09:12:17 PM »

What a darling quilt. I'm new to quilting too (I've made two so far and still haven't posted them yet Tongue). Yours definitely came out better than my first one did. Keep up the good work!
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2009 05:03:35 PM »

Beautiful quilt! I never would have guessed it's your first one. I'm working on my third and I'm still embarassed to post them! Sounds like the kits are the way to go!

Definitely miter your corners, I think it makes them so neat and tidy. That video showed a really easy way to do binding too! I've always followed the instructions from an Amy Butler book I have and it's a real pain. Good luck on your next quilt!  Smiley
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