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« on: May 31, 2012 05:04:17 PM »

Greetings,

Well after years of saying "Am gonna teach myself to do this" I finally have started.  Learning a block here and block there.  Started at the first of the year.

I have the start of one.  Now just have to add the board and get down to the quilting. 

I think it turned out well for teaching myself.

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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2012 08:35:21 PM »

Wowzers! I love it, great colors! Some of those blocks look pretty advanced for a first quilt, nice job!
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2012 07:34:21 AM »

I simply picked blocks from a few books and magazines I have. I didn't worry about the skill level.  If i messed up, which i have about 6 blocks that didnt make it into the quilttop due to the fact they came out so very badly.

I figured well seeing how I am teaching myself, they only person that can tell me, you can't do that, is me. LOL

The second one down the left handside was be far the one with the most parts. lots and lots of little pieces. It's was called the Shooting star block, from 100 Blocks V5 magazine and loved it so gave it a shot.

The third one down on the left the pinwheel block, was a nightmare, the grid style of marking and sewing and cutting, was just not something I did well, I had to make it twice! To get one worth even using.

The fourth one on the left, the eight-point star, or 54-40 fight, if you look tents in the center, but not as bad as most of the other bia type blocks i i did, is why they are not in the quilttop. LOL

So, I still have a long way to go before I have one that is stop on, but its not for show, its to go on the bed and be used and loved and with any luck, remembered.

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2012 09:03:07 PM »

You've made a great start!  I like the colors you've chosen, and there's a nice variety of patterns.  Have you given any thoughts yet to how you'll do the quilting?  I  personally never know until the top is finished, but I thought I'd ask anyway.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2012 06:17:08 AM »

I am hoping to do so on my sewing mech.  Don't have the space to hand quilt.  I would like to try and smaller one for that.

I am still trying to pick how I want to do the boarders. Currently working on a couple of items for my daughter's best friend that finished high school.

so the quilt is pushed back a few weeks before I can even once again pick it up and take a long look at it see what I want to do.

Am thinking purples around it, since i did so much blue lol

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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2012 09:23:34 AM »

Finally have a bit of time to return to my quilt.

Want to make a miter boarder on it.  Have been reading and viewing everything I can find on how to do one.

I went to the quilting store. Took the quilt top with me. 

After talking for a while with one of the ladies.  She helped me figure out what I needed to do in order to get it the correct size

Here is my problem.

Got the fabric, washed and started cutting.  Right off the bat. I ran into a problem.  I don't think she was honestly listening to me. I seem to short on fabric.  both of them for the thin and wide boarders are short in what is needed.

At first I thought I simply did not cut correctly so I changed direction on and still short.

So now I am wondering if i am simply am not understanding how to do a miter boarder....

If anyone out there has a site or can point me in the direction of a book that explains them in the simplest way. I would be most grateful

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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2012 09:37:55 AM »

I haven't done this, but this site looks like it explains pretty clearly.

http://www.quiltuniversity.com/mitering_borders.htm
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2012 05:45:30 AM »

Thanks for the link.

Is what I had been reading and looking at.  So all I can do from this point is give a shot.

Shall hope my understanding is correct.  If not I have a good seam ripper and It had been used a lot

LOL

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« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2012 08:56:25 AM »

Greetings Everyone,

Well after much stress on myself. I did get the miter corners done.  WooHoo.

I also picked up the backing fabric and batting. So I can move right a long now.

Am adding two pics to show the progress

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A look at the corner



A look at the whole quilt

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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2012 10:50:58 AM »

It turned out great!
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