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« on: March 17, 2004 07:13:15 AM »

I just finished my very first quilt!  It's 48"x48" or so, intended as a baby or lap quilt. (More photos here.)

The entire quilt top (except for thread) is "post-consumer recycled content" -- fabrics scavenged from a friend's charity bag!  I used a piece of flannel sheet for the batting, since I didn't want it to be thick.  The backing is new fabric because I couldn't scrounge something that worked.  It's machine-pieced and machine-quilted, and from now on I will be doing hand-quilting -- it takes longer, but the machine was such a pain and it's MUCH harder to control how it comes out.

I'm already at work on the next similar-size quilt -- made out of recycled flannel shirts!

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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2004 08:38:30 AM »

yay!! very cool!!
i know how i felt when i finished my first quilt (just a few months ago).
but i keep it to simple squares, the whole patterns thing confuses me! very nice with the triangle effect... did you find it difficult??
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« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2004 09:36:41 AM »

you are really talented AND resourceful!

your other works are fantastic, too!

very inspiring to this wanna-be quilter!

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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2004 10:14:02 AM »

awesome! great idea for the batting. I finished my first quilt in December
why didn't you like machine quilting?

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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2004 07:35:17 AM »

Thanks so much for the kind comments!

"very nice with the triangle effect... did you find it difficult??"

Nope, not at all -- in fact the material I was using did not lend itself to rectangles (at least not small ones).  And in the layout I chose, all the triangles are sewn hypotenuse-to-hypotenuse to make a square -- after that, it was just sewing squares to squares!  Very easy.

"why didn't you like machine quilting?"

It's just too hard to control where the stitches are going.  I did stitch-in-the-ditch, in addition to the other stitches, and it kept wiggling around.  If it had been done by hand, it would've been totally trivial to stay in the ditch.  Maybe it just means I'm not that great with a sewing machine Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2004 11:03:03 AM »

Turquoise is my favorite color! The quilt looks really nice!

About machine quilting, depending on what kind you have there are special foot attachments that help the dog feed run more evenly with the top stitching. I have a viking, and had to purchase this special foot.

I think darning feet are also good for machine quilting, although, I don't have one, but my friend does and it works really well for her.



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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2004 08:52:57 PM »

loving the colour choices!!!
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