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This is what I have accomplished while I've been not working. Oldest daughter's birthday present.

HippieChick58 9 Nov 1

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That's beautiful! I've done some small quilting, mostly pillows. Do you have a special machine that does the squiggly quilting stitches?

I take my quilt tops to a local shop to be machine quilted. A long arm quilting machine costs upwards of $10,000, and requires nearly a whole room dedicated to it. I don't have those resources. So there are a few shops in my local area that offer this service. The one I usually use has about 6 long arm machines, the batting, backing, thread, they offer classes so you can do it yourself, and they have other supplies. I think the quilting charge was reasonable, if I had to do it by hand I'd never be finished.

@HippieChick58 That's a great idea!

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Very pretty!

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That is beautiful! I'm sure she's going to love it....

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That is beautiful. A couple of my girlfriends are coaxing me into taking up quilting. Your work is inspiring!

Deb57 Level 8 Nov 1, 2018
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Beautiful!

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I wish I had the patience and skillset....

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Stunning. You are quite talented. What a keepsake.

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Your quilt is gorgeous! Well done.I love the angles and color contrast. How big is it? How long did it take you to make?

I made all of daughter Claire's clothes from ages four to 11. The model for girl's clothes was Madonna. I didn't want my girl looking like a mini-whore or a walking Disney advertisement.

Claire is a little furnace. So I made her soft, breathable cotton clothes with deep pockets for rocks, frogs, etc. I wanted her to move and feel comfortable. Made matching scrunchies for her ponytail.

My big plan was to make Claire a quilt for college, using cutout scraps from clothes I made her. But as a teenager, Claire was such a stinker, she didn't deserve a quilt.

Now I've downshifted to a crib quilt. Claire got married in September 2018. She and Matt want to start a family in two years.

Here's Claire at her 7th birthday party in new outfit I made her. My half-Latina girl was a gypsy for Halloween at 6-1/2.

The quilt is about 66 X 76, big lap size. I've had the fabric for years, it was in a box in a closet. When I discovered it I decided to make quilts for all my daughters and purchased more fabrics. I've done three with the HSTs, different layouts for each of my girls for their next birthdays. So I started cutting and sewing months ago. When I stopped working on Sept 7th I made finishing the quilts a priority. I used to make lots of clothing for the girls Next quilt is for the granddaughter who will be moving to a twin bed in a few months, it will have rainbow stripes on it.

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The clothes you made for your girls are beautiful! I love the blue dresses.

You have great taste and exquisite sewing skills.

Wish we lived closer. I have no idea how to make a quilt. Sigh.

@LiterateHiker There are so many online resources! I had forgotten how to miter the corners of the bias binding so I had to take time to view the you tube videos so many talented quilters have put out there. I am amazed at all the resources out there. When I was starting there were a few on PBS, now it has exploded! I love to sew, I've been sewing since I was big enough to reach both the sewing machine and the speed pedal. I started quilting in 1992. I took a class called Quilt In a Day, and I was hooked. I made a log cabin quilt, my introduction to strip quilting.

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Beautiful!

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Beautiful....what a talent you have. I’m sure your daughters will cherish them.

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This is a very attractive quilt with very cute color patches. The shadow angeling of the squares is genius. excellent work @HippieChick58

Thank you!! I am very happy with how it turned out. I have made two more from the same fabrics but different layouts, one for each of my girls. I call them sister quilts, same creator but definitely different personalities. The other two are in the shop to be quilted. The oldest's birthday is Dec 5th, next Jan 14th, and the last March 15. I think I'm going to be ready! Next project is a twin sized quilt for granddaughter's first twin size bed. It will be rainbow stripes.

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Is it crewel or a hook rug?

It is a quilt, each of those triangles is a piece of fabric. It is only on the floor so I could get a good picture. It is a large lap sized quilt, perfect for watching TV on cool nights.

@HippieChick58 It's beautiful; you put a lot of stitches in it. My grandmother made quilts.

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Wow beautiful gift.

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Is that a quilt?

Yes!

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Lovely work!

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that is one beautiful piece of craft work!

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