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« on: January 09, 2012 02:58:09 PM »

A little back story on this quilt.
I started this around 5 or 6 years ago, before I had quilted anything before.  My stepdaughter was in Jr. High and heavily into Japanese culture and anime/manga.  So I started collecting scraps of kimonos from ebay, then I found the center panel.  I assembled them on this itty bitty machine my hubby had in the garage (I think it had been bought for the kids to play with).  There are lumps and bumps and I added some white squares in.  I embroidered flowers and used an online translation to find charaters for her name.  Now, I honestly am not entirely sure what I had... it was either "beautiful erin" or 'creative erin"... but my computer crashed that had the file.  I then bought the fabric for the border.  I didn't feel confident to quilt it myself so it sat.... til this spring.  My sister in law got a long arm quilter and said she'd try it.  I did my  best to square it up (ha!), attached the borders, and sent if off.  She did a nice job, and then I set to hand binding it.  I finished and washed and held my breath - and it came out of the dryer and I was pleased Smiley  I gifted it to her at Christmas - she's now a freshman in college.  I think she liked it.  She decided to keep it at our house "until she get's her own place'Tongue



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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2012 03:09:23 PM »

That turned out great! Wow, 5 years! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2012 05:15:17 PM »

Thanks Mare Mare!  Once the top was done, I knew I didn't want to try to do the quilting myself... so it sat in storage for years
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2012 05:17:47 PM »

Your quilt is beautiful! I love the colors and the contrast, the center is just wonderful. Congrats on finishing it!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2012 12:49:52 PM »

It is so nice to finally have all the pieces fall together!

Your stepdaughter will remember your collecting and making it and cherish it...it turned out beautifully!  I love the panel in the center but I also love how you made it modern with checkered pattern!

congrats!
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2012 08:52:48 AM »

Thanks Always!  I giggled to myself when we went to visit her dorm, she had a pencil can she had covered in the same parasol fabric - it helped to motivate to finished hand stitching the binding before christmas Smiley
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