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« on: March 04, 2009 06:00:30 PM »

I worked hard, but didn't get finished.
I'm sorry but this might be a 'story'.
A while back I decided that I wanted to make I spy quilts for my kids.  I wanted 2 inch squares made into 1 foot square blocks.....that's 36 squares per block.  Each quilt would have 24 blocks....that's 36x24=864 blocks per quilt....2 quilts =1728 squares.  Here's the kicker...I wanted them all to be different.  It didn't take long for me to figure out that they couldn't all be different.  So, I had to settle for each blanket not having 2 of the same squares.  Now, where to find 864 fabrics?
The good people of craftster donated, I bought scraps, friends, etc.   I cut fabric for almost 3 months...then this challenge came along and I thought I could piece together a top before the deadline, but I was wrong.  So, I didn't get the tops pieced together...I did get 24 blocks finished, half his and half hers...

All while I was sewing the song Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton came to mind A LOT.  (My parents like country music and when I was a kid this was ALWAYS on the radio).

Back through the years
I go wonderin once again
Back to the seasons of my youth
I recall a box of rags that someone gave us
And how my momma put the rags to use
There were rags of many colors
Every piece was small

And I didnt have a coat
And it was way down in the fall
Momma sewed the rags together
Sewin every piece with love

She made my coat of many colors
That I was so proud of
As she sewed, she told a story
From the bible, she had read
About a coat of many colors
Joseph wore and then she said
Perhaps this coat will bring you
Good luck and happiness
And I just couldnt wait to wear it
And momma blessed it with a kiss
Chorus:

My coat of many colors
That my momma made for me
Made only from rags
But I wore it so proudly
Although we had no money
I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me
So with patches on my britches
Holes in both my shoes
In my coat of many colors
I hurried off to school
Just to find the others laughing
And making fun of me
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

And oh I couldnt understand it
For I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love
My momma sewed in every stitch

And I told em all the story
Momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors
Was worth more than all their clothes

But they didnt understand it
And I tried to make them see
That one is only poor
Only if they choose to be
Now I know we had no money
But I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me
Made just for me
The lyrics in teal are the ones that I felt really represented this project.
So here are the pictures. I probably shouldn't even be entered into the voting...or no one should vote for this b/c I didn't get finished, but I worked so hard I wanted to share.

Here is a sample of a block.  In each block there is one square that I drew...this one is the sign for I love you.



 

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2009 06:14:22 PM »

I love it. The lyrics are beautiful, made me think of my own life. That is a huge project, and you totally deserve votes.Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2009 06:26:10 PM »

wow that is amazing!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2009 07:04:04 PM »

wow, that's awesome! i am so impressed that you decided to do entirely 2" squares! i started one with 3" squares, 2" squares and 6"x2" rectangles, and i never got around to finishing it!

i love the addition of the one hand drawn square,  that makes it so much more personal.
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2009 08:16:48 PM »

I love that song, and this quilt is a really great interpretation of it! The cutting alone must have taken ages, but it looks well worth it.
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2009 08:23:11 PM »

I love this! I wouldn't mind seeing more close ups of each block either. I would vote for this!
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2009 09:00:21 PM »

That is so cool!
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2009 06:13:58 AM »

Adorable!
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2009 08:07:16 AM »

What an amazing piece of work!  Just gorgeous, and a great story too.

I too love the idea of the hand-drawn squares.  I have saved all my daughters' little-girl dresses to make quilts for them when they are older.  I may have to think about adding some hand-drawn squares to that quilt too.
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2009 09:11:42 AM »

It'll be wonderful, and your kids will cherish them long after your fingers forgot all about the needle.
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2009 10:24:32 AM »

 Shocked Wow! What a lot of work, but a great result! Your kids are going to love and cherish these. I love the 'one hand drawn' square idea. Inspirational!
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2009 03:23:19 PM »

Wow! I love quilts, but I could never be patient enough to work on one for more than 1 hour or so at a time - it would likely take me a zillion years to finish it!
It really reminds me of a quilt my mother-in-law is making; same idea with the blocks of 2" squares, only the squares are folded into a base fabric to create a really intricate textural pattern as well as color pattern.
I hope you post pics of the finished product!
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2009 04:20:45 AM »

Beautiful!
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« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2009 08:12:01 AM »

Wonderful! I would love a quilt like that! Definitely post pics when you finish!
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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2009 08:26:18 AM »

Great song and great interpretation Smiley This is lovely already so I can only imagine how fantastic it will be done when finished. Please post pics when it's complete too Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2009 10:26:26 AM »

love the song and the quilt I actually have  "a coat of many colors" that my grannys mom made for her.  I love it. HIDEOUSLY  ugly but I love the devotion behind it!
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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2009 10:30:20 AM »

Sorry I missed this before, but WOW is it something. Quilting has so much love and heart in it, having this much time just makes it that much more special. Smiley

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« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2009 05:08:31 PM »

Wow that is incredible.

You'll have to share the finished product in all its detailed glory. 
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2009 10:10:16 PM »

Thank you!!!
I am almost done with all 48 blocks for the 2 quilts, and I will certainly put up a post. 
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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2009 11:08:18 PM »

I love it! I've always wanted to do an awesome quilt like this =). Good Job!
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