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« on: January 17, 2010 09:31:10 AM »

Phew!

This project has been almost 2 years in the making.  My best childhood friend got married in October 2008, and I was determined to make her a quilt.  Up until that point I had only made a rag quilt, and didn't really know what I was getting myself into with this project.

So, I made the Love Beads quilt, size queen, from the Modern Quilt Workshop book.  Not having a rotary cutter, the circular edges were, well, a bit of a challenge.  also a challenge to sew.  Also, a challenge to machine quilt without a walking foot (I'm a dummy, I know)

I hand quilted inside the beads, stitched in the ditch of the "strings", and then machine quilted vertical lines above and below the bead part.  I wanted this to be a truly cozy, warm quilt, so the top chocolate fabric is corduroy (i was inspired), and the bottom is a cozy flannel.  I especially love the print on the flannel.  My friend's bedroom (they just bought a new house) is in shades of mossy green, so i wanted a quilt that would complement it without being TOO green.  I think I got a good balance.  She's an earthy/camping-in-the-woods/granola crunchy sort of gal, and i think that color of brown is perfect for her.  Also, I made this quilt with the goal that she can use this for every-day use, including camping trips, so it's fairly tough and sturdily sewn (I've already given it a test run through the washer and dryer, and it did fine).

Anyways, it's finally finished, and, technically, only about 3 months late (according to official miss-manners type etiquette, you actually have a year from the date of the wedding to give them a gift).

And here is the quilt (including the obligatory cat-had-to-help-out-with-the-photo-shoot pictures):

















All folded up and ready to go to its new home (sniff):


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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2010 09:41:40 AM »

well done. no on would guess that you didnt have a rotary cutter or a walking foot!! this project was a test of your skills!! 

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2010 09:59:10 AM »

That looks to be the most comfy blanket ever!  Great job, and i am totally jealous of your friend!  She's so lucky to have someone like you in her life.  Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010 10:00:40 AM »

Very pretty!
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2010 10:20:09 AM »

Love the flannel, too.  I can NOT imagine how heavy that was to quilt.  Very well done.
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2010 11:13:27 AM »

Beautiful! You did a great job.
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2010 11:26:34 AM »

It is amazing! the colors are perfect together. what a lucky friend!
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2010 12:56:41 PM »

Thank you so much for all the kind comments.

And is it ever heavy!  I had two kitchen chairs set up around my sewing table just to keep the thing propped up so it wouldn't pull itself down onto the floor every time I lifted my presser foot.
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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2010 02:06:14 PM »

Looooooooooveeeeeeeeeeeelyyyyyyyyyy !!!!
The colours are great and great work on the circles (I find triangles difficult enough Roll Eyes)
Your friend is very lucky Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2010 07:25:57 PM »

that is beautiful and I understand the "sniff", hard to give away that much of your heart!
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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2010 09:14:32 PM »

I have the book this pattern comes from. I've been meaning to make this quilt for about a year. This is a total inspiration to actually try and make one. The choice for corduroy is great, my boyfriend would die for a quilt made out of corduroy. I might need to steal some of your ideas.

Congratulations on finishing it. You should be very proud!!!
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« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2010 06:56:11 AM »

I *love* the colors you chose for this..every time I see this pattern done I wish I had the book so I could make one myself..

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« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2010 07:55:47 AM »

Thats amazing! Great Job!
I wasn't expecting it to be that big from the first picture!
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« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2010 08:32:12 AM »

just gorgeous!
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« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2010 09:47:11 AM »

Absolutely beautiful!! I'm so jealous Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2010 01:48:27 PM »

I love the way you laid out the love beads.  i may have to steal this pattern Cheesy 

Nice work!
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« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2010 07:34:19 PM »

I love the way you laid out the love beads.  i may have to steal this pattern Cheesy

go for it!
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« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2010 09:24:50 PM »

Wow!  This is gorgeous.  And it's also proof that you don't need all the fanciest gadgets out there to make a truly beautiful quilt.

Love love love it.
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« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2010 06:18:06 AM »

Beautiful! What a challenging design for your first quilt! Love the colors, REALLY love the brown corduroy. Great job!
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« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2010 07:04:45 AM »

this quilt it breathtaking! Honestly I mean it may not be flashy or patchy like other quilts but you obviously spent a TON of time making it and no one could tell you didn't have the "required" tools.

I really love the colors and the little green circles are a great touch. I love that they are two toned.

Awesome job!
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« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2010 03:50:28 PM »

I LOVE this! I Love corduroy anyway.... I Used to have a Cord blanket and it would leave lines on my face when I woke up in the morning HAHA. I'm inspired to make a new one now Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2010 06:07:12 PM »

Wow, this is so beautiful, and inspiring too.  And your cat looks a lot like mine, lol.  I am trying to get up the nerve to start my own quilt and your beautiful creation is giving me incentive.
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Beautiful quilt!!! Fantastic job!
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« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2010 08:06:00 PM »

Wow that is truly beautiful.

Did you use a batting or did you leave it out?
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« Reply #24 on: June 19, 2010 05:25:05 AM »

Very pretty!!!
I bought that book and haven't gotten to make anything out of it yet - one of these days - til then, I'll enjoy your quilt!
Thanks for sharing it!  It's really pretty Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: June 19, 2010 07:25:01 AM »

Wow that is truly beautiful.

Did you use a batting or did you leave it out?

I used cotton batting. I just love it and I never use anything else--it's thin, yet is warm in winter, yet it breathes in the summer.
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