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SkyyAngel
« on: November 19, 2010 07:36:40 PM »

So, long story quite short, I needed to "practice" making some quilts because I've been tasked to make some for my family out of my grandmother's clothes (she passed earlier this year) and with the strict fabric "allowance", I can't afford to be making huge mistakes that would have me tossing loads of these projects into the trash because it's not like I can go buy more fabric.

Killing two birds with one stone, I'm making a pair of quilts for my best friend and his sister as Christmas gifts. I'm *almost* finished with hers (just need to add the binding) but I couldn't wait to post it. I'm so proud and inordinately happy every time I even look at this quilt. I don't know if it's the colors or the love put into it or what but I just smile every time I see it.  Grin

She really loves rainbows so I did a google search to get an idea for rainbow quilts and came across this blog post. I had already planned on doing a disappearing nine-patch quilt as a starter because they seem so easy even though the effect is stunning and somewhat complicated looking. So with that, I ran to the store and bought me some fat quarters and got to work.

Since I'm making other Christmas gifts off and on (is there such thing as a serious diagnosis of crafting ADD? because I totally have it... oh look, a shiny! *wanders*) this has been about 3-4 weeks to make although probably only 3-4 days of actual work. I've made some mistakes, some I could fix and others I didn't bother, but my new sewing machine and I have become friends throughout the process and I'm slowly learning all of her little quirks and foibles. Overall, I'm very pleased with this quilt and like I said, can't help but smile every time I see it. My hands always want to reach out and pet it... but anyway, I hope she ends up loving it as much as I do. <3

Enough sentimental rambling though, here's the pics:

Btw, the cats LOVE this quilt...  Roll Eyes I can't keep them off it. So apologies for the camera hogs there.









And some artsy in-progress shots because all the colors are wonderful <3. I plan on printing and framing some of these to hang on my craft room wall they're so happy and delightful to me.









So there it is, my first quilt. <3

Things I learned:
* Dual-Feed Foot = a MUST HAVE... omg this thing was pricey but soooo totally worth it!
* proper pinning/basting is necessary, take your time and re-do if needed (the best tip I read was to pin backing to carpet, worked like a charm!.. even if my knees are still bruised Shocked)
* I need more practice with free motion quilting and/or a pair of quilting gloves, my fingers cramped up sooo much.
* I should take more time with ironing and paying attention to seam direction (it's not awful, I did do a decent job, but in the future, more patience could be a virtue)

Next up: Log cabins!

Thankies for looking! C&C welcome and appreciated. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2010 07:42:27 PM »

Beautiful on both sides!
Fantastic work Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2010 07:54:22 PM »

It looks wonderful! I love the freemotion rainbow border.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2010 09:09:03 PM »

It is fantabulous. the black background looks snazzy too.
What is a dual feed foot?
 I am looking forward to the log cabins. Are they rainbow too?
And what's the plan for your grandma's clothes?
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SkyyAngel
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2010 10:24:20 PM »

thanks everybody! Smiley

It is fantabulous. the black background looks snazzy too.
What is a dual feed foot?
 I am looking forward to the log cabins. Are they rainbow too?
And what's the plan for your grandma's clothes?

A dual-feed foot has little "feed dogs" on it itself so you have two things moving the fabric from the top and the bottom. It's also known as a walking foot I believe.

The log cabins will be purple, green and gray with black borders since his favorite colors are purple and green.

And the clothes will all be turned into quilts for the grandkids (there's 5 of us) + my mom wants one too. Her clothes were great but not exactly in a style or size that any of us could wear, so I offered to turn them all into lap quilts for everyone to snuggle with. I'm already done with the quilt top for my brother's quilt since his was basically just large squares (10") cut from all of her pants (black, black pinstripe, dark gray, ash gray, grey pinstripe) with a large UT Longhorn appliqued in the center at his request. My sister is getting an Ohio Star variation and a baby quilt in a Mexican Star pattern (hopefully I can pull these off, a little bit more intricate piecing than a simple 9-patch). My mom's is a kind've square blocked pattern, I dunno what it's called. My oldest cousin is getting a log cabin (kind've rainbow but not as bright as this one) and the youngest cousin, the rainbow color wheel quilt from the Last Minute Patchwork book. My quilt I haven't decided on yet but I'm thinking I'll be making a cathedral window quilt out of the "cozy cuddler" (like a snuggie but larger, better quality and not as cheap-looking) I gave her for Christmas last year.

Ideally, I'd like to finish before Christmas, at least with my mom's, brother's and sister's main quilt (the baby one can wait). Plus the log cabin for my BFF... *sigh* hope I can finish in time. It's going to take a lot of work!
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2010 10:48:03 PM »

Love your use of colour and the stippling is amazing.
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2010 11:13:10 PM »

1st quilt?! wowow you are awesome!! I love it!! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2010 11:46:11 PM »

It's really pretty!  Good job.
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« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2010 05:38:25 AM »

zomg this rocks.  so happy colorful and awesome!  well done!
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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2010 05:39:05 AM »

Beautiful Quilt! I love the rainbow colors.
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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2010 08:15:27 AM »

this rocks, wist, and oh I am so in love with this quilt!!!
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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2010 09:54:08 AM »

Love, love, LOVE this gorgeous quilt! The colors make me happy, too.
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« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2010 11:59:51 AM »

I really need to get going with some quilts! I made one a while ago, but not as cute as yours!!  Grin Great job, it's beautiful!
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« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2010 12:26:49 PM »

Beautiful.
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« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2010 02:11:45 PM »

I am a quilter and you have nothing to worry about, its fantastic!!!
Awesome job on the quilt and I know she will like it!
Your lines are darn good, definately something to be proud of!



~see how on the backing picture the quilt looks a bit stretched in the upper right corner? When you cut your fabric to make your blocks becareful not to cut on the bias-you likely know this but that's why it will go wonky on you. I learned that the hard way!

Keep up the great work!
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SkyyAngel
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2010 08:17:35 PM »

I am a quilter and you have nothing to worry about, its fantastic!!!
Awesome job on the quilt and I know she will like it!
Your lines are darn good, definately something to be proud of!



~see how on the backing picture the quilt looks a bit stretched in the upper right corner? When you cut your fabric to make your blocks becareful not to cut on the bias-you likely know this but that's why it will go wonky on you. I learned that the hard way!

Keep up the great work!

Thanks! Smiley

I tried not to cut anything on the bias but I bought those pre-cut fat quarters they sell at my Jo-Anns and while the majority were nicely done there were a couple that were not anywhere NEAR square, especially after the pre-washing. Omg, it was awful. Most of them I managed to arrange well enough to get my pieces on there but there were just 2 that would NOT cooperate, that blue block in the upper corner was made of one of them. *sigh* In hindsight I suppose I could've tried using some light interfacing when I sewed so it wasn't *so* wonky and obvious in the end.
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« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2010 07:10:05 PM »

This quilt would make ANYBODY happier... and give them hope ^^. I'm a quilter myself and I've put off a ton of projects for lack of enthusiasm. Seeing this gives me warm fuzzies and makes me want to start again. Thanks for the unintentional inspiration. Keep going!
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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2010 07:20:26 PM »

Gorgeous! I love the rainbow freehand quilting, at first I thought it was the print on the fabric, it looks perfect with the rainbow colors.
Good luck on all those quilts! That's definetly quite the workload, but I'm sure everyone will love them which does make it all worthwhile.
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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2010 08:11:51 PM »

this is lovely!! good job!
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« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2010 11:35:47 PM »

Stunning quilt, stunning colors! Lovely Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: November 22, 2010 06:54:47 AM »

I adore your quilt!
The lady at my craft shop told me to buy cheap gardening gloves to Free motion quilt, and they work a treat!
Cotton with little rubber bits on the palms.
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« Reply #21 on: November 22, 2010 11:10:04 AM »

Thanks everyone! You're all so kind. <3

I adore your quilt!
The lady at my craft shop told me to buy cheap gardening gloves to Free motion quilt, and they work a treat!
Cotton with little rubber bits on the palms.
Grin

Yeah, I'd read that tip somewhere, so I tried an extra (unused!) set of dishwashing gloves I had laying around but I guess they just weren't nubby enough. LoL.
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« Reply #22 on: November 22, 2010 07:20:39 PM »

WOW!!!  Shocked  This is amazing!!  I love the rainbow, and what a beautiful quilt as your first!!  fantastic job!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: November 22, 2010 07:42:47 PM »

I think it is soooo beautiful! My daughter does too and she wants me to make one for her! Where did you find the pattern? I am just a beginner myself, so will need lots of advice. Thanks for adding your must have's, that helps alot!
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« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2010 10:28:47 PM »

I think it is soooo beautiful! My daughter does too and she wants me to make one for her! Where did you find the pattern? I am just a beginner myself, so will need lots of advice. Thanks for adding your must have's, that helps alot!

Thankies! Smiley I linked to my inspirational layout in the original post but the pattern is just a disappearing 9-patch, you can google instructions fairly easy. Smiley Pretty easy for a beginner and looks way more complicated than it really is.

Oh! Also google up "speed piecing nine patch" or something similar. Made everything go way smoother and helped with keeping lines looking better. Cheesy

I'll post up actual measurements for the quilt tomorrow, I used the full width of a twin sheet for the backing though so it's definitely wide enough for one, not sure on length but I would hazard a guess it would fit. I bought 24 fat quarters (1 light and 1 dark each of pink, red, orange-red, orange, golden yellow, yellow, green, dark green, light blue, dark blue, purple and violet/magenta). There will be fabric left over you can incorporate into your backing or whatever you think of (I think I might do a pillowcase with mine or a throw pillow). My backing is just a $4 twin sheet from Wal-Mart. xD The freemotion stuff was done with a Coats and Clark embroidery thread, not sure on name or anything but it's just a rainbow variegated. I only used one spool for everything (and that included a lot of ripping until I got the tension set right) and still have a little left over.
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« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2010 03:08:06 AM »

You sure are going to be busy. And it sounds like you're hooked on quilting. Looking forward to your next creations.
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« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2010 04:26:13 AM »

wow! it's adorable! i really, really love the colors and also the needlework. you did a great job Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2010 09:33:24 AM »

very beautiful!!! i might just hae to make a rainbow quilt now!
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« Reply #28 on: November 23, 2010 11:58:09 AM »

your FIRST quilt?!?! omg it looks fantastic! I really love the stitching on the back. So awesome!
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« Reply #29 on: November 24, 2010 07:31:18 PM »

Wowww...very nice..I love rainbow style too much..

GOod job!!

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« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2010 08:11:31 AM »

I love the colours so much.  Bright, bold and beautiful!
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