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jexxican
« on: February 07, 2015 08:54:20 AM »

My mom gave me a small box that was her grandmothers. Last fall I finally went through it. Most of it was embroidery patterns from the Work Basket. There were 2 sets of 7 that I'm assuming were made for dishtowels. 1 of those sets was kitties and the other Sunbonnet Sue's. I decided to do the Sue's for mom's cousin, Suzie, and the kitties for Mom. I originally planned on making dishtowels but they are so expensive so instead I scanned them into my computer, traced them on my tablet, and printed them off onto some 8 1/2 inch squares of fabric (ironed onto freezer paper of course) to be use for quilt blocks. This one is mom's. Suzie's hasn't been started yet, other than printing off the pattern.

This is the first time I've ever designed a quilt. Not the blocks, but choosing blocks and laying them out. It was so much fun! That being said, I'm really proud of it so there will be lots of pictures, starting with pretty ones on the wood shed:


I used 4 different free block patterns I found from around the interwebs. This mod pillow was inspiration for one block, this patchwork wheel inspiration for another, I mostly followed the directions for this Refracted block, and totally followed this Xs and Os tute for the last. My graph paper lay out:

I hand quilted it all.

The border around the middle was just chevrons and pinwheels. I like the secondary pattern they created so for the back I made it again using 8 1/2 inch HSTs. Love it!

Kitties:




And the signature block, my personal favorite block:

Finished size: 45x60
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2015 10:11:31 AM »

That is a very lovely quilt. I like how you used the embroidery in there. And yes, those are normally dishtowel patterns. But they look great the way you used them, too. I like your overlap of hands in your last photo. Very interesting idea for a signature block.

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2015 12:13:56 PM »

Love the hand print block!!!
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2015 06:31:50 PM »

Love the Hand Block!  Great idea for Mother's Day or presents for Grandparents.
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jexxican
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2015 07:25:53 PM »

Thanks, friends! I love the hand print block too. I was going to have everyone sign their name on my tablet and print it off but Jo can't write her name yet so I didn't think it was time for that kind of signature block yet.
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2015 07:37:42 AM »

Impressive!  And what a lovely way to make a family heirloom.  That will be a keeper for generations yet to come!
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2015 12:33:11 PM »

I love the hand print block & the kitties! Great colors too!
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2015 11:23:32 AM »

Thanks you two! I hope it will be an heirloom, I am sending to my mom's house where my sister and her kids live, and they aren't know to be the most respectful of other people's stuff. Let's keep our fingers crossed, shall we?
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2015 08:30:22 AM »

The design is great! So interesting, I keep staring at different parts. The color choices work so perfectly as well. And the hand quilting is lovely! I just love everything about this quilt haha. Well done!
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2015 08:13:07 AM »

It is quite striking!  So many lovely patterns...and I love that you shared your design process...what a lot of love and work you put into this...

The addition of embroidery really makes the quilt special...
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