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Topic: My First Quilt! And she's red...  (Read 2971 times)
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« on: April 30, 2010 10:11:01 PM »



So a couple of weeks ago I finally decided to take the plunge and make my very first quilt.  Using a stash of mostly-red (or complimentary) fabrics, I whipped this up over the course of 3 days.  Can I just add, that I have never learned how to make a quilt!  I haven't read online tutorials about it or how to make one in a magazine.  I just thought I would use common sense and tackle it that way.


I wanted something non-traditional and a little funky and bold.  My husband says it's slightly 'nanna' but with a modern twist.

What do you think?  Did I do ok?
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2010 10:54:12 PM »

I saw your thumbnails, and thought "These are beautiful"! Cheesy I love the colors and the fabric prints.  What materials did you use for batting and binding, oh and how big is it? And bravo on "winging" it and using your common sense. This rocks!
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2010 11:32:18 PM »

For the "batting" I used one of my sons old fleece blankets from when he was a baby.

For the binding I was going to use vintage cotton lace for something completely different, however because the lace has gaps in it, I wasn't able to completely cover the edges of the quilt and the batting was exposed.  The batting being a baby blue colour, it didn't look so great against the red of the quilt.  So instead I used bias binding tape in red.

The fabrics which I used for the quilt were really an assortment of new cottons and linens, a Japanese kimono (sacrilegious - I know), an old favourite blouse that lost it's shape but I couldn't bare to part with and some op-shop finds.

For the underside of the quilt I used a slightly speckled red and white gorgeous linen.  The photo really doesn't do it justice.

It measures around 150cm x 170cm or 59" x 67".  In the first photo it is folded in half.  It sits nicely over the foot of our Queen bed.

Thanks for your lovely comments.  I'm glad you like it.  I do too, even if it is just a simple block design!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2010 04:53:42 AM »

I think you did better than okay...you did fabulous! I love the fabrics, the bright red binding is great, and it really looks like you've been making quilts for years. Very nice job! (Oh, and it's not grannyish, either...it's fabulous!)
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2010 05:17:29 AM »

I think you did better than okay...you did fabulous! I love the fabrics, the bright red binding is great, and it really looks like you've been making quilts for years. Very nice job! (Oh, and it's not grannyish, either...it's fabulous!)
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2010 02:19:09 PM »

3 days and common craft sense to make this awesome quilt?!?! Wow. It took me 3 months, loads of tutorials, detailed patterns and TONS of Craftster support. You are AMAZING! Good for you for just going for it.

Love the colors and your beautiful photographs.
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2010 05:52:46 PM »

3 days and common craft sense to make this awesome quilt?!?! Wow. It took me 3 months, loads of tutorials, detailed patterns and TONS of Craftster support. You are AMAZING! Good for you for just going for it.

Love the colors and your beautiful photographs.

Thanks LimeRiot!  I even surprise myself sometimes.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2010 10:02:46 PM »

I absolutely adore this.
The simple block design is really what makes it shine, for me. The fabric you used is positively gorgeous, and complicated quilting might have taken away some of its glory.
Me, personally? I'm always too shy to put reds next to white, no matter how well washed something is. But they really do go together, don't they?
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2010 11:27:42 AM »

lOVE THE Fabric. Ive been thinking in doing one myself and you just gave me the courage thanks. great job.
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2010 02:11:50 PM »

Very nice.  Our great grandmothers couldn't google so I figure you are truly following the tradition of using what you have and bit of common sense to make something useful and BEAUTIFUL. 
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