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« on: February 23, 2017 02:20:05 AM »

I made this for my partner in the geezer swap, she has received so I can post it now.



 There are a few in progress shots too. But the technique is fairly simple, lots of sweaters (I used about 6) cut them apart including the sleeves, I cut approx 10" squares, but I tried to keep interesting detail like shoulder decreases, or with cable sweaters, where the cables changed direction.



Sew together, this takes time as you do need to be a bit careful not to stretch the squares, Use a small stitch to prevent fraying.

When pieced it is heavy (this fits a queen bed) , And it didn't need any wadding, so I used two fleece blankets for the back.

Machine quilting was impossible as it would stretch too much. So I laid it flat on the floor, with the top facing up. Safetly pinned it together and then tied the corners of all the blocks (Using cotton knitting yarn and a darning needle)

laid out ready to trim the backing and hand quilt


I embellished it with lots of hand sewing, large running stitch to create quilting lines and a few motifs here and there.


The whole lot was finished with a blanket stitch around the edge, which I have to admit is not great stitching, but it looks honest and hand made.


It turned out way better than I thought part way through. It has incredible drapeablilty, it is heavy and so it is really cosy. I plan on making one for me next.
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2017 07:03:50 AM »

It's fantastic! I too used corner ties when I made a sweater blanket, it seemed like the only way to do it. I didn't hand quilt or sew yummy designs inside the squares or blanket stitch around the entire thing though. You are super industrious and that is one awesomely spectacular cozy blanket right there.
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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2017 07:55:21 AM »

what a huge and lovely quilt!  definitely a labor of love ...so much work and care!

I know your partner must love it...warm, snuggly, practical and lovely!
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2017 08:43:48 AM »

Ooh looks lovely!
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2017 09:23:40 AM »

Woah, that is one amazing quilt!  Love the process info and the way you did the hand-quilting.  What a brilliant way to use up old jumpers, too.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2017 10:51:19 AM »

Beautifully done edel!
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2017 10:52:25 AM »

WOW! I just KNOW that this is a treasured piece!
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2017 07:45:01 PM »

That is an unbelievable amount of love and care! It is a beautiful quilt and will be loved forever, I'm sure.
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