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Topic: Quilting My Happiness: Homesick Ohio  (Read 5848 times)
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« on: October 14, 2013 06:07:09 PM »

I love quilting.  I love everything about it. I love that I can spend all day looking at beautiful fabric, never actually make anything, and still be satisfied.  I love that I can get in the "zone" and be in a world where it's just me and my quilt (and usually a good audio book).  I love that I can spend hours, weeks and even months or years on a giant quilt but on a particularly homesick Monday, in just a few hours, I can quilt up a little happiness to brighten my day.

So I just moved here:

I know, I know and I'm homesick!? Already?!

Well Ohio, specifically Cincinnati is my home and I love it. It has my family and my friends.  Oh, and it has fall (not that I'm complaining about the beautiful weather here).  This past Monday morning I was feeling particularly homesick so I put on an audio book and  whipped up a mini-quilt to lighten my load.

Ohio has such a fun shape and I just love looking at maps of it divided up into its 88 counties so I just googled up a map and printed it out.  I was lucky and the printed map was pretty much exactly the size I wanted.

From there I made my quilt "sandwich" and pinned all the layers together with the map placed where I wanted it on top.  Then I did a bit of free-motion quilting and just traced all the lines - this was very relaxing.

Once every thing was traced I used my seam ripper to remove the perforated bits of paper.

Then I trimmed, turned under and finished the edges of my blue "ohio" fabric, added a few concentric circles in the background and bound it!  Oh, and I added a little red heart right where I left mine behind.

I <3 Cincinnati.

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2013 06:15:15 PM »

This is too cool! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing your happiness! Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2013 06:24:07 PM »

That is way super cool.

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2013 07:48:27 PM »

Awww. Your heart is not left behind. It came with you, and you can always take it back there! You sound so sweet. Sorry you are homesick. I know the feeling. But glad you found a new home HERE! We can all love you, too. I hope things settle in for you. Wonderful job stitching. I like how you paper patterned the piece. It gives me ideas for some other projects that I am working on. Have you ever used that water soluble stuff? Here is a tutorial, and there are probably many more out there. Then you don't have to pick all the paper off. You just soak it and it is sticky at first, but then it is gone. Don't know if you can print on it, though. You could probably trace, as it is a bit transparent.

Well, this one shows the process, sort of. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5yjb7-Lzgo
Another I like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtbUIEmYzys

Hope that helps get you better in the spirit and mood of things  Grin.

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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2013 08:00:39 PM »

I love it. I know too well what it's like to be so far from heart and home. Hang in there.
Hopefully you get to visit often.

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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2013 11:01:44 PM »

I absolutely adore this! What a wonderful tribute to home!

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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2013 06:31:06 PM »

Eep, I'm in Ohio!  I absolutely love this!!  I hope it helped you feel a little less homesick.  I can mail you some leaves now and snow in a week, if that will help, haha.

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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2013 07:23:32 AM »

... But glad you found a new home HERE! We can all love you, too....  Have you ever used that water soluble stuff?

Aww!  Thanks, I love you guys too!  I did see the water soluble, I think here on Craftster, used on a pixelated Mario quilt - but those links were very different and interesting uses!  For now though I'm pretty thrifty and haven't shelled out the cash to try any!  Maybe soon...

ALSO,  thank you all for the warm feelings.  Making this quilt really did make me feel better.  And I'm not terribly down, I'm sure some of you know that homesickness comes and goes.  This is not the first time I've lived away from home and honestly this place is awesome.  It's a tiny island in the middle of the ocean and I get to ride my bike everywhere - and the NATURE is awesome!  We snorkled last week and saw two sting rays and  a school of 8 reef squid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_reef_squid) which I now call the "humming bird of the sea".  I think for one of my next projects I'm going to make a giant stuffed one for my boyfriend's birthday.

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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2013 11:26:55 AM »

I just love geographical and mappy craft and this is top notch!  Using the county lines to quilt the Ohio was genius.

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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2013 01:02:07 PM »

As an Ohioan, I appreciate the work and beauty of your quilt. It's so very nice but I'm sorry you are homesick! Just remember digging your car out of 3 feet of snow and maybe that will help!  Smiley

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