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« on: March 17, 2009 01:36:01 PM »

Well, last week was Spring Break, so I finally finished a project I started last May when I first got my sewing machine. Yay!

I needed something that would look decent on the twin bed in our spare bedroom, as our house is on the market. It didn't need to be functional, since we don't really have overnight guests, just look... homey. So, I took 15 fat quarters and sewed them together, very basically, until I had this:


I backed it with a vintage black and white print I got for free, sandwiching some very cheap poly batting (I have since learned better), and then I hand-tied it (I wasn't sure how to quilt the sandwich yet on my machine, and didn't have a walking foot).

And that's how it sat, in our guest bedroom, for 10 months, until last week, when I finally got up the energy to finish it. Mind you, I had the binding all cut and ironed and rolled up into a cute little pancake, but somehow, I never got around to sewing it on. Well, that was too bad, since in 10 months, the exposed edge of the binding faded to the point where I had to toss it and start over again.

I wasn't really a fan of how the quilt turned out, after finishing some other quilting projects - I thought it looked... juvenile and simplistic. So, I made some more bias strips and applied them as decoration, which definitely improved the look.


Then I sewed on the binding, and.. voila! (You can also see that we got new carpeting between the first picture and this one.)


And, here's a closeup of the binding / bias strips / backing:

All in all, I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. The bonus is that now that it's finished, I can wash it, which is good because it's covered with 10 months of cat hair.
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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2009 01:45:36 PM »

Oh I love black and white,  even my cat is black and white  Smiley  The backing fabric is great too, I bet that side looks just as good as the front.  The spotty ribbon adds to it's charm.  You can't go wrong with black and white - wish I had a 'spring break'  - sadly am at work.  I do like the way you've tied it.  This is very impressive. Carry on quilting.
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2009 01:46:55 PM »

very nice. I love black and white. you did good.
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2009 01:48:01 PM »

oh, I love it! Black and white is the win. I wish I had the skill and patience to do quilting, I'd love a big quilt to curl up in on my bed [grin]
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2009 01:49:25 PM »

I LOVE that you added the strips to the top.  It breaks it up and makes it look so interesting.
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2009 01:51:55 PM »

That's great. I love black and white (as much as I love bright colours...). I think the bias strips on the top were a great move Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2009 02:06:48 PM »

wow.  The bias strips really add to it.  I like that backing fabric, too. 
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2009 02:16:38 PM »

It really pops.  I like it.  Great job.
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« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2009 02:18:24 PM »

I love the finished look. I like how you broke up the squares with the emeblishment. I may have to borrow that idea.
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« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2009 02:42:17 PM »

I really like how the bias strips remind me of plaid. It turned out really good!
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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2009 02:43:51 PM »

Wow! The difference is wonderful, I love it! Great job, thanks for sharing this!
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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2009 03:07:19 PM »

i liked it all right originally, but the extra stripes really look great!
i'm not a very straight piecer, so this would make things easier for me.
great work and excellent idea!!!
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2009 03:15:05 PM »

I usually go for color in everything, but this quilt is awesome! Cheesy The extra ribbons make it extra interesting Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2009 04:29:37 PM »

I saw this over on flickr and loved it there, too. What I love is that you did not run the faux sashing along the seams, but sliced up your blocks with it. Makes the overall look much more complex and intentional. I really, REALLY like it!
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« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2009 04:33:40 PM »

Wow - it loke a little tired at first but the finished product is great!!
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« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2009 04:46:49 PM »

I have to echo what many have already said- your idea to add the extra bias strips across the blocks was brilliant! It's a fantastic design element! I love the finished product!

And, I love it even more because this is a quilt that I could handle... I just can't deal with the matching of seams on other quilts Wink
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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2009 04:59:46 PM »

Oh, thank you, you have given me a fantastic idea! I have the exact same type of quilt--just big old blocks sewn together--because I am the newbiest of newbie quilters. I think strips across like you did will accent the design beautifully! Now if I can just get up the nerve to sew the batting, etc, I'll be great...

I love your quilt and I love your embellishment!
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« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2009 05:33:57 PM »

It's so lovely! Even though it's black and white, the contrast between the different fabrics is just enough and really nice!
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2009 05:43:20 PM »

You are soo clever!  Your inspiration was just what the quilt needed.  It is absolutely divine now.  Well done
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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2009 07:42:32 PM »

I love your finished product. I can't believe what a difference just adding the strips made. I'm not normally a huge fan of quilts, but I really really like your final quilt. Great job!!
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« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2009 07:42:51 PM »

WOW.  I liked it before, but the new sashing makes it POP!  
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You've inspired me!  Great job!!!   Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2009 08:14:14 PM »

I love, love, LOVE the black and white! Great job (and yay for it being done)!
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« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2009 08:47:03 PM »

This is soo cute! I love love love it! I think I'd buy your house and ask to keep this quilt. lol its soo pretty! U did a wonderful job--even though it took almost a year to do it! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2009 10:14:09 PM »

This is great!  I was just wondering about black and white to back the back of my daughters I spy quilt I'm making her.  This turned out beautiful and I think I will now go ahead with my black and white idea.  Thank you for sharing this, I have a hard time 'seeing' in my head what something will look like...now I have a beautiful picture.


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« Reply #25 on: March 17, 2009 10:46:38 PM »

the bias tape was a nice touch. good job!
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« Reply #26 on: March 18, 2009 04:17:29 AM »

that looks lovely. and presentation will definately help when selling your house.

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« Reply #27 on: March 18, 2009 05:43:21 AM »

Wow! Thanks for all the positive comments!

To those who were hesitant to quilt, this is a great way to start (just sewing fat quarters together). I just learned how to quilt last fall (after I put the quilt top together), and I took a class at my local Creative Sewing Center. That gave me all the confidence (and information) I needed. I strongly recommend finding out what resources are in your area if you're potentially interested in quilting.

I'm not a huge fan of black and white, but I do think that it makes picking out fabrics for a quilt easy, if you find that difficult to do. It's also classic and neutral, which is helpful in decorating a room.

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« Reply #28 on: March 18, 2009 08:31:38 AM »

It's gorgeous, love the fabrics and the detailing.
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« Reply #29 on: March 18, 2009 09:44:39 AM »

What a great idea, and it doesn't look too difficult for how awesome it turned out!
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« Reply #30 on: March 18, 2009 10:02:13 AM »

ooowwhhh... LOVE it...I love black n white!!...
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« Reply #31 on: March 18, 2009 10:08:46 AM »

Great job, very jealous, I love the finished look, the strips on top just transform into something that looks like it took twice as long to sew.
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« Reply #32 on: March 18, 2009 10:12:20 AM »

I love it !

I have made many quilts like picture 1.  Please clear up the mystery for me--how did you put the "sashes" on?  Does a walking foot make it possible to sew on top of an already assembled "sandwich"?

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« Reply #33 on: March 18, 2009 10:22:02 AM »

For the "sashes," I made bias binding (but I didn't cut on the bias, so... just binding). Then I measured the height of each row, and carefully pinned the "sashes" down the middle. I used my walking foot and sewed down one edge, and then down the other (you can kind of see this in the last picture). I repeated this process for the columns.

The walking foot made it possible (it's basically the same as "quilting" the sandwich, or sewing on the binding), but this also means that you can see where I've sewed the "sashes" on the reverse side. I actually like how it looks, but it is important to realize that you'll be able to see your stitching on both sides. You can work that to your advantage, using a contrasting color thread, or get it to blend as much as possible, using thread that matches.

I too love how it looks like it took way longer to make than it did. The stripes draw the eye in just the right direction. I think this idea could work well done on a diagonal as well, or in some other fun pattern. A world of possibilities.
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« Reply #34 on: March 18, 2009 12:58:12 PM »

Nice, the bias trim you added across the front of the quilt is the perfect touch. I really like the combination of patterns Smiley.
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« Reply #35 on: March 18, 2009 03:33:39 PM »

This is a great example that gorgeous doesn't have to be complicated. You have some really good ideas. It looks great.
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« Reply #36 on: March 18, 2009 05:18:57 PM »

Very nice -- I've been trying to figure out what to do with a similar quilt I started years ago (just a bunch of big plain squares), this is a good idea of how to make plain squares into a beautiful quilt.  Well done!
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« Reply #38 on: March 19, 2009 05:01:23 AM »

this is great, the stripes really make a difference.
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Really like it.
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« Reply #40 on: March 19, 2009 03:31:13 PM »

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« Reply #41 on: March 19, 2009 04:04:41 PM »

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« Reply #42 on: March 22, 2009 08:35:46 PM »

loved seeing how you changed it b/c you weren't happy.....what great thinking 'out of the box' !
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« Reply #43 on: March 22, 2009 08:58:48 PM »

The changes you made had such a huge impact. I will agree the bias strips really made the design and fabrics pop!
A very nice quilt and I like the ties as well.
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