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« on: February 28, 2012 08:56:30 PM »

I have recently been learning to sew, and I wanted to try quilting, so I made this pillow sham. I used the tutorial from the Craftster Sewing for Beginners article a few weeks back, I just used a small quilted piece as the font. It went very smoothly until I was at the point to join the two halves of the quilted bit together. One half was a whole inch longer than the other, even though they have the same number of sections and SHOULD be the same length. I left enough extra room for myself that it wasn't really a problem, just the two halves don't line up the way I wanted to. I ended up quilting each half separately and had a ton of thread ends to hide. Unfortunately, the backing on the quilted bit was poorly cut (measure twice!) and maybe rotated a bit when I first started quilting so that reduced the size of the quilted piece even further. I was concerned that the sham would not be big enough to fit my pillow in after all this inadvertent size reduction, so when i sewed the front and back together I stitched as close to the edge of the material as possible, and it actually ended up slightly too big! Ah well, I still think it turned out pretty wel, and I learned a lot.

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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2012 09:02:03 PM »

Really pretty!

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« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2012 01:42:58 AM »

Those colors on the front of the pillow look beautiful together. And don't worry. I don't know how many time I've measured and cut something and it still end up being too long or short. That's why we're crafty folk, we figure out a way to make it work.Wink

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Are you going to throw that away?! Can I have it?!

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« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2012 08:08:40 AM »

This pillow is awesome!  Lovely color selection, and you did a great job - I would not guess that you had some little troubles along the way!  Always leave more fabric than you need for a finished piece, because when quilting, the fabric will "shrink" - that's just quilting!  I love the way it doesn't match up on the front - so cool - love the quilting you did too.  Okay, now get out there and do a throw-size!! You obviously have the talent and the skill.  GREAT first time quilting project!!  Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2012 09:50:21 AM »

That's a really pretty cover!!  It looks great and you should be proud of it!  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2012 09:58:31 AM »

Thanks everybody! I have a really short attention span for craft projects so I thought once this was done that quilting might not be for me because it takes so long, but I'm so pleased with the way this turned out and so in love with all the contemporary quilt designs i have been researching, I think I may try a lap quilt when I have the money for fabric. Thanks for all the encouragement!
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