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« on: January 17, 2010 09:31:10 AM »


This project has been almost 2 years in the making.  My best childhood friend got married in October 2008, and I was determined to make her a quilt.  Up until that point I had only made a rag quilt, and didn't really know what I was getting myself into with this project.

So, I made the Love Beads quilt, size queen, from the Modern Quilt Workshop book.  Not having a rotary cutter, the circular edges were, well, a bit of a challenge.  also a challenge to sew.  Also, a challenge to machine quilt without a walking foot (I'm a dummy, I know)

I hand quilted inside the beads, stitched in the ditch of the "strings", and then machine quilted vertical lines above and below the bead part.  I wanted this to be a truly cozy, warm quilt, so the top chocolate fabric is corduroy (i was inspired), and the bottom is a cozy flannel.  I especially love the print on the flannel.  My friend's bedroom (they just bought a new house) is in shades of mossy green, so i wanted a quilt that would complement it without being TOO green.  I think I got a good balance.  She's an earthy/camping-in-the-woods/granola crunchy sort of gal, and i think that color of brown is perfect for her.  Also, I made this quilt with the goal that she can use this for every-day use, including camping trips, so it's fairly tough and sturdily sewn (I've already given it a test run through the washer and dryer, and it did fine).

Anyways, it's finally finished, and, technically, only about 3 months late (according to official miss-manners type etiquette, you actually have a year from the date of the wedding to give them a gift).

And here is the quilt (including the obligatory cat-had-to-help-out-with-the-photo-shoot pictures):

All folded up and ready to go to its new home (sniff):


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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2010 09:41:40 AM »

well done. no on would guess that you didnt have a rotary cutter or a walking foot!! this project was a test of your skills!! 

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2010 09:59:10 AM »

That looks to be the most comfy blanket ever!  Great job, and i am totally jealous of your friend!  She's so lucky to have someone like you in her life.  Great job!

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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010 10:00:40 AM »

Very pretty!

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2010 10:20:09 AM »

Love the flannel, too.  I can NOT imagine how heavy that was to quilt.  Very well done.

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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2010 11:13:27 AM »

Beautiful! You did a great job.

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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2010 11:26:34 AM »

It is amazing! the colors are perfect together. what a lucky friend!

« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2010 12:56:41 PM »

Thank you so much for all the kind comments.

And is it ever heavy!  I had two kitchen chairs set up around my sewing table just to keep the thing propped up so it wouldn't pull itself down onto the floor every time I lifted my presser foot.

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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2010 02:06:14 PM »

Looooooooooveeeeeeeeeeeelyyyyyyyyyy !!!!
The colours are great and great work on the circles (I find triangles difficult enough Roll Eyes)
Your friend is very lucky Cheesy

back to quilting...hurray and I dusted my art material Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2010 07:25:57 PM »

that is beautiful and I understand the "sniff", hard to give away that much of your heart!

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