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Monday, February 10, 2014

Another Finish

By Karen, Quilts etc…

I started this quilt back in August of 2012.  It was put aside numerous times as I tried to decide if I wanted to make the whole quilt.  After I got the pattern – Edyta Starr – Common Bride – (listed in the traditional quilts in the index on the side) I decided I really didn’t like it as much as I thought I had.

Finally I decided that I would go no further than the center medallion but use some of the applique and some of the star blocks in the rest of the quilt – this is what I ended up with.  Because it is so different than the original I decided to call it “Uncommon, Common Bride”.  The quilt measures 70 x 73 inches.

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This quilt is needle turn applique, hand pieced, and some machine piecing.  I quilted it with Quilters Dream Select loft (med weight).  I used King Tut variegated thread to hand quilt.  It took about 100 hours of quilting.  I started to quilt it in the hoop but had a hard time with it.  I’m so used to quilting at my 3 roller that after getting the center medallion done in the hoop I moved it to the frame – yes you can do that and it does work!  You just put it on 2 of the rollers instead of 3. This link on my personal blog shows how I got it set up.

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The background fabrics are a variety of white on white fabrics from the stash.  I will never hand quilt though a white on white though again that has as much painting on it as this one does on the border – the final border has the same fabric in it and it was very hard to quilt though – leaving me with larger stitches and not as consistent as I would have liked to be.  The more paint on the white on white or white on beige or whatever colors it comes in – the harder it is to hand quilt through.

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I ordered my backing fabric from Connecting Threads – it is a wide back.  I was not pleased with it as it wasn’t as light as it appeared in the photo to me – I went ahead and used it anyhow.  I mainly order on line as I have no fabric stores in my area – for the past 10+ years I have been over all pleased with the fabric I received – this is only one of two or three orders that I have not been pleased with – the stitches do not show up on the back of the quilt – but then most times we do not look at the back do we – I never make a quilt with the intention to enter into a show as I quilt mainly just for my own pleasure – when a quilt is finished then I decide what I want to do with it.  I do not want the stress of perfection to get a quilt to a show.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Almost a finish!

by Haley Ping

You might remember this post from a little over 2 years ago...I'm almost finished!


I'm working on the outside sashing and going to start the red border soon. My border plan is this continuous line.


And I was thinking of quilting in my initials and the year(s!) within the border after seeing all the lovely photos on Facebook group this week! Maybe I can even find someone to make me a few woven name ribbons to sew on the backside.

This one is sure taking a long time, but soon my #1 son can have it. I've gained a little more time within the last couple months even while homeschooling him! Mostly because now he is more independent with reading and his math. I'm very happy with his progress because we are expecting to add our #2 son soon. Again we are adopting an "older" boy who is 6 at present. So we'll start all over again learning to read English and knowing math facts like he knows his name. Although I won't be able to start and finish a quilt in time for #2 son's arrival, it will be ok. Someday I will finish one from him -- handquilted of course!