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« on: March 17, 2014 06:55:32 AM »



My 17 yr old son is a bit of a math & science nerd... he told me a year ago about a quilt he wanted, with the number Pi written out across it, and of course there's no place I know to buy something like that.  So I was forced to make it for his bday.  Roll Eyes I'm ridiculously proud of this quilt, so please forgive my rambling and copious pics.  I made the top from a sheet I bought at Walmart, and the bottom was a larger sheet from Goodwill.  First I drew a grid of 5 inch squares across the top. (Five inches coz that's what the bag for the batting said the maximum quilting distance was.) Then I created stencils that were 5 inch squares, centering the number on the stencil so that it would just fit into a square on the quilt, no further centering required. 


Then I drew all the numbers on and hand painted every one. 


All 238 of 'em. 


Who knew that painting would make me feel like I'd been doing squats all day?  Maybe I earned a nicer backside! LOL!  Once all the numbers were painted on and dry (took 4 or 5 days to paint 'em all, BTW), I put the quilt bottom, batting and top together and stitched along the grid on my sewing machine, then bound the edges with contrasting quilt binding. Voila!  New quilt for a very happy birthday boy!
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2014 06:57:51 AM »

Amazing! I didn't know pi had an end. 238 digits you say, wow! You are the coolest mom.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2014 07:30:10 AM »

Amazing! I didn't know pi had an end. 238 digits you say, wow! You are the coolest mom.

Pi doesn't have an end.  But I do.  Wink

Oh, and thanks- would you mind letting my kids know that I'm the coolest mom? Ha!
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2014 07:38:52 AM »

 I am still in awe of how neat and clean it is! I would have gotten to number 200 and messed up on the numbers. LOL! Amazing job and I love the colors you chose.
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2014 07:47:47 AM »

It is great!
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2014 07:54:18 AM »

That is AWESOME! How did you keep such a big project a secret?
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2014 08:35:49 AM »

This rocks, this rocks, this rocks!! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2014 08:49:33 AM »

I am in awe!  This is so great.  I can't believe you had that kind of patience.  I applaud you.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2014 09:07:34 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2014 09:45:40 AM »

Thanks, guys!

I didn't pick the colors, those are the colors Ty wants for his room, so I just went with that.  Wink

I copied and pasted Pi up to about 250 places, then crossed each one off as I stenciled it onto the top.  I didn't start any painting until after they were all marked. Then I just went slow. Otherwise I'm sure I would have messed up after the 3rd or 4th number.  Roll Eyes

I worked on this project when Ty wasn't home. Then I set up a table in my bedroom and just locked myself in there until I was done.  I had a little help from Dean Koontz as well - I listened to his new novel, Innocence on playaway while I worked.  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2014 10:12:40 AM »

That's awesome.  Love it!
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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2014 11:02:19 AM »

Thanks!  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2014 11:37:29 AM »

WOW!! That is an amazing project! You really are a very cool mom! Yes, you can tell your kids that!  Grin

It rocks, I think you rock!! (I miss a button 'YOU ROCK' )  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2014 11:45:30 AM »

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« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2014 07:57:32 PM »

What a lucky son!! This is incredible. The numbers are painted so perfectly - even if it was a literal pain in the butt Cheesy.
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« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2014 06:30:26 AM »

What a lucky son!! This is incredible. The numbers are painted so perfectly - even if it was a literal pain in the butt Cheesy.

Thanks! LOL!  It WAS a literal pain in the butt!  But the rest of me got to ache as well, trying to maneuver the heavy quilt through my sewing machine... Roll Eyes  Thankfully, he loves it.   Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2014 08:44:28 AM »

You ARE the best mom! I just featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2014 09:23:50 AM »

You ARE the best mom! I just featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing.  Smiley
Wow!  Thanks!  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2014 09:24:09 AM »

That's great.  What kind of paint did you use for the numbers?  I have a grandson who would love something like this.  He can play pi on the guitar, somehow.
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« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2014 10:09:11 AM »

That's great.  What kind of paint did you use for the numbers?  I have a grandson who would love something like this.  He can play pi on the guitar, somehow.

Pi on the guitar? Wow, that's something! 

I used Tulip fabric paint, in Ebony Matte.
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« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2014 04:14:29 PM »

Cool quilt! Smiley

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« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2014 05:03:46 PM »

Wow, thanks! Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2014 06:25:10 PM »

Amazing! I didn't know pi had an end. 238 digits you say, wow! You are the coolest mom.

Pi doesn't have an end.  But I do.  Wink

Oh, and thanks- would you mind letting my kids know that I'm the coolest mom? Ha!

First of all, AWESOME quilt and smart move making the stencils the same size!! And lol, that mayve been a pretty long and intensive quilt. :0Second off, amazing and way cool mom! Third off, I LOVE your default pic and name!
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« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2014 08:08:56 PM »

Amazing! I didn't know pi had an end. 238 digits you say, wow! You are the coolest mom.

Pi doesn't have an end.  But I do.  Wink

Oh, and thanks- would you mind letting my kids know that I'm the coolest mom? Ha!
First of all, AWESOME quilt and smart move making the stencils the same size!! And lol, that mayve been a pretty long and intensive quilt. :0Second off, amazing and way cool mom! Third off, I LOVE your default pic and name!

Wow! I may be blushing a little, here! That's a lot of compliments!  Thank you! And the avatar is courtesy of gozer and my husband, she painted that shirt for me and it was my hubby's idea! Lucky me!  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2014 08:42:41 PM »

I knew this would be a hit the minute I spotted it in the 50 projects craftalong!

I think it is pretty amazing and so neatly done...but I did spy an incorrect number on the 12th row, 4th one in........






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« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2014 07:05:43 AM »

That is so awesome.  Best Mom ever!
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« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2014 08:11:04 AM »

Thanks everyone! Wow, I'm so overwhelmed by the positive response!  Grin
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« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2014 05:18:38 PM »

That is fantastic! I hope your son knows how much you love him!
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Thanks!  I'm pretty sure he does!  Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: March 25, 2014 07:35:38 PM »

This is awesome!
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« Reply #30 on: March 26, 2014 05:52:52 AM »

This is so cool.. I love that you printed off all the numbers and crossed them off as you went. When I saw it, I was wondering how you managed to get everything painted on with no errors haha..
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« Reply #31 on: March 26, 2014 05:03:07 PM »

pretty cool! my stepmother (who is a science teacher) would love this! Great job on the quilt, it looks fabulous! You have way more patience than I would with that many numbers!
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Thanks, guys!  Cheesy
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Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley

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« Reply #35 on: March 28, 2014 05:16:52 PM »

Really cool, nice color combo.
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