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Blondesaurus
« on: December 02, 2013 12:56:32 PM »

So over the years I have made several attempts at quilting, but not got very far (or just got bored halfway).  I'd manage to make one or two panels, and then get bored and move onto another project, but this time I was determined!!

So I found this tutorial on-line, which I thought was easy enough, yet provided me with enough of a challenge so that I wouldn't get bored.

So I grabbed my fabric and cut out my 5" x 5" Squares and about 100 white squares (probably one of the most time consuming elements of this project).  I did this while working on a very low down table, which pretty much destroyed my back, But hey! I'm nothing but dedicated to my art Wink


This is what the panels looked when I lead them out on my bed.  The panels soon grew into larger panels, much larger then I had expected, In fairness I don't know what I had expected, I was just completely obviously to the fact I was making a quilt.  Then when I started to piece together the panels, I realised just how big this quilt was going to be!


So big indeed that my little sewing machine struggled with the mass amount of fabric!  It was at this point I decided against 'quilting' the entire quilt and just worked around the border.


Needless to say, I persevered and completed my 1st ever quilt Smiley  I still can't believe how big it is!
Not sure if you can see it on this picture, but I used two different colours of fabric to bind the quilt (tactical move as I had a limited amount of L.Blue fabric available).



I really enjoyed making this quilt, its not perfect, a lot of the squares aren't even and don't match up 100% and I gave up halfway with the quilting, but I'm still pleased with this quilt, and I'll just improve on those areas next time Smiley

Anyway, sorry for bombarding you with pictures and text, I'm just very excited about this quilt! Haha
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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2013 01:13:28 PM »

You did a wonderful job. Have you done any study on the tie quilting method? You just stitch at the corners, or anywhere you wish to attach, tie a knot, and clip. Then move on to your next tie on. It is by hand, but far easier than true quilting. And still holds the fabric and backing with "squish" together.  Grin

Here...this might help. You already have most of the steps done, but you can figure out how to continue with what you have. And still pull the quilt together.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK20gl3Amvo

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2013 04:40:05 PM »

Beautiful! You did a great job! Yes, I would recommend adding some ties or hand quilting to the middle area if currently there is nothing holding it in place, just so it doesn't shift around on you in the future!
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Blondesaurus
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2013 02:48:30 AM »

Thanks  Smiley
My given that tie method a go, it seems pretty simple and straight forward

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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2013 05:26:37 AM »

Love this so much.  Totally gonna steal your pattern!
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Blondesaurus
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2013 12:04:26 PM »

Haha thank you! Its pretty simple once you get going
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2013 02:54:03 PM »

That turned out really well!
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2013 03:19:16 PM »

That's really lovely!
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2013 09:13:44 PM »

It looks great!

I agree that you might want to go back and tie the quilt. My first ever quilt (which I am currently using on my couch as I type) is a tied quilt. I made it for my boyfriend (now husband) about 12 years ago, and tying it was enough to keep it's shape this long.
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2013 02:46:53 AM »

Aww thanks guys Smiley
Wow 12 Years!! I hope mine last that long!! x
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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2013 07:50:15 AM »


You did a great job your quilt looks great!  I wish my first quilt had come out that awesome!    Cheesy

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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2013 01:00:07 PM »

Haha aww thank you Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2014 06:07:49 PM »

Very nice.  You should definitely do something to keep the middle together.  You might consider hand quilting with Pearl cotton.  It is pretty simple (I have an Instructable on how to do it). 

By the way, around here, perfect isn't part of the vocabulary.  You can join us in a round of "Corners Don't Match" and celebrate your lovely finished quilt. 
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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2014 07:16:09 PM »

A finished quilt is inherently already a perfect quilt. Smiley

And i have to agree, something in the center (if you used a cotton batting you can get away with pretty wide quilting) rolling the quilt into a tube does make it easier to get into the sewing mavhine throat.
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