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Topic: My first pinwheel quilt - aka "The Cursing Quilt"  (Read 2576 times)
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« on: May 22, 2011 12:48:07 PM »

I have worked hard on this quilt for a few months now, and I'm really, really, really glad it's finished. I was beginning to hate this thing.
 Having encountered many problems along the way, I've learnt a few lessons.

1. I should have waited to get batting/wadding from a craftatorium. The Queen was in Dublin at the time and I didn't want to deal with the madness in town so I used the stuffing from a duvet. That stuff gets everywhere.

2. I definitely should have bought more safety pins as I only had a few and these crazy long pins that kept on stabbing me, often in the same place more than once.

3. I do not have the space to be working on projects this big. At all. I do all of my sewing in my bedroom and even if the room is clean, there's no floor space.

4. This goes with no. 3: I don't have a proper sewing area! I'm so insanely jealous of people who have their own crafting room, you lucky craftsters!

 Anyway, I've called this "The Cursing Quilt" due to an unbelievable amount of extremely creative swearing from me, particularly while quilting it. There's 70 pinwheels altogether,each pinwheel is a different fabric and it's backed with fleece. Not exactly a summer quilt but at least it's ready for the winter.
 I apologise in advance if this picture is not good, I'm working off my internet table at the moment.

 

I hope you like this, any comments appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2011 01:23:27 PM »

It's a beautiful quilt, the pinwheels show up so well on the black background. You should be proud. I'm sure it will be more worth it in the winter when it's duvet batting keeps you warm and toasty.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2011 02:24:58 PM »

Great quilt!  The pinwheel is one of my favorite squares.  I like how yours stand out so well against the background.
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2011 05:10:42 PM »

Beautiful quilt. I love the different colors on the black background. Totally worth all of the cursing.
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2011 06:16:03 PM »

This is such a pretty, fun quilt.  I love how each pinwheel has a different pattern / color - it makes it very interesting.  Plus the black background makes everything pop. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2011 07:56:46 PM »

I distinctly remember my first pinwheel quilt causing many of the same issues.  Oddly enough, I've never made another one... Smiley  I have however, made lots more, so don't let this one quilt get you down. 

It looks beautiful.  I love all the different colors and patterns and the black really makes it pop.  Also, fleece backed quilts are the best.  They are deliciously warm.  Great job!
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2011 12:56:11 AM »

Thanks everyone! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2011 11:15:13 AM »

ha ha if it is any consolation at all, it turned out lovely!  You persevered under some challenging conditions---so it makes the quilt even more special!
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2011 02:48:31 AM »

Hehe, thanks alwaysinmyroom, there's loads of mistakes in the quilt but by the end I was practically shouting "I don't care! I just want it finished!" Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2011 07:05:20 AM »

wonderful quilt!
And the swearing doesnt show at all!
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2011 10:27:05 AM »

Great job. I know how you feel about not having a dedicated crafting space. I have to use my dinner table and the floor when I make quilts. Having carpet really doesn't help me.Tongue But! You got it done and don't be surprised when you find yourself itching to do another. Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2011 05:51:35 PM »

A lesson that I learned when making big quilts is that where ever possible use a quilt as you go method. I use my dining room table for all my sewing and while it is a good size, trying to quilt a huge quilt on your own is a nightmake.

On the other hand. You did a great job. I hope that as the bad memories of making it fade, you can come to appreciate it more.
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« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2011 12:43:10 AM »

I love the bright colors on black. Even though you might consider it one of your mistakes, I adore the fact that all the pinwheels are not perfectly centered.  It's what caught my eye in the thumbnail and it looks even better up close.  A field of pinwheels would never be perfectly aligned.  It gives your piece movement, I just love all of it.  Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2011 01:48:50 PM »

I love its simplicity, and I love black with bright colours. Looks great!
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« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2011 04:36:04 PM »

Ha ha! The Cursing Quilt Grin Grin!!

All the pain and trouble and cursing was well worth it. The final product is absolutely gorgeous.
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« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2011 02:12:24 AM »

Thanks all, I'm feeling less cursey about it now Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2011 04:54:29 PM »

this is amazing.  I haven't attempted any shapes other than squares or rectangles in my quilts yet- and I'm kind of scared to haha.
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« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2011 11:24:35 PM »

Hehe, thanks alwaysinmyroom, there's loads of mistakes in the quilt but by the end I was practically shouting "I don't care! I just want it finished!" Cheesy

That is actually my quilting/crafting mantra. Cheesy It works! Your quilt is so beautiful, you should be really proud.
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« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2011 12:22:07 AM »

I'm glad you stuck with it, the quilt is certainly something to be proud of.  Look forward to seeing your next quilt.
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