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Thread: I think I over did it today....

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    Senior Member Katia's Avatar
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    I am a fairly new quilter. I've been sewing since I was little, 5 or 6, but only started making a few quilts this year. And I am not one to start of with the easy stuff, or take a lot of classes. I dive in with both feet, sometimes I belly flop, sometimes I glide right through.
    I started sometime this spring, I think. It has been a whirlwind.

    I made up my mind that I wanted to make birthday quilts for each of my girls, two daughters and a daughter in law, Christmas throws this year. My oldest grandson asked me for a blue quilt last year for Christmas. That was my inspiration to learn this new skill. I also decided to make a quilt for each of my kids and their spouses as well. I also wanted to be done by the first of December. So I am down to the wire. I wanted December to make some other fun things to make for the grand kids.

    Well, The planning was fun, the buying was even more fun. And so far I am doing pretty good. I finished the birthday quilts and they have been given and were loved. They all have late fall and Christmas birthdays. They asked if I would do Halloween next year. I finished my grandsons blue quilt. I hope he loves it as much as I do. I did it in all batiks with a tiny bit of green thrown in for interest. I used that quick jelly roll method and quilted it with a deco stitch. I also finished one of the Christmas quilts, the one for my son and daughter in law. It is not huge, more of a throw then a bed quilt. I did that with the After Dark collection from Connecting Threads in the braid pattern. I think it turned out pretty good for a beginner.

    I have the other two done but just the tops, still have to finish, but that should not take too long. I did the last top today. Cut it out and sewed it together all today. I did decide to add to the sides, it is just too skinny, but I love the colors. I could not decide on a pattern so I made my own. It is with Asian fabrics, with peacock colors.

    Oh, we also invited my SIL to come have Christmas with us. She lost her husband two months ago and does not want to be home. So I wanted to make her something cheery. I used the Canning Day collection, from Connecting Threads and I loved the colors. I bought nine charm packs and just cut them in half and sewed them together in what I think it is called a rail fence pattern. Nothing fancy, but I think it turned out pretty good. It is happy and cheery. I hope she doesn't cry when she opens it.

    So now I have three to quilt and bind. But I think I need to take a day off. My right arm and hand are very sore. I don't remember getting sore from sewing when I was younger. It kinda ticks me off. But at least I am getting close to getting this all done. Of course I have a ton of other projects I want to do before Christmas. Why do we do this to ourselves, or is it just me?

    I will try and put up some pictures of my finished projects. Hope it works. These are the birthday gift Christmas quilts. I will post the rest when I get them finished and pics taken.
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    The quilts you have made for your girls are just darling!! I love them all. The fabrics you have chosen are really nice. I can just imagine how happy these quilts will make them!!
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    Wow!! What a busy lady!! I think you have got an overdose of the quilting bug!!!! Your quilts are beautiful! You should have a very happy family at Xmas!! Well done!!

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    I sent those last week, and they did like them a lot. I am blessed with daughters that love hand made things. They are both pretty crafty themselves, so they appreciate the work that goes into anything handmade. I am not sure about my DIL. She is kinda hard to read about that sort of thing. I hope they all like the bigger quilts that they are getting for Christmas. I was just telling my husband that I sure picked out different colors and types. It has been fun though. After Christmas, I need to quilt and bind the top I made for myself. That got put on the back burner when I decided to do all these for the kids. I sure hope they don't decide I have to do this every year.

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    You have made some nice quilts to make some nice kids happy. Take a day off and let the arm rest up. I too have been sewing since I was a kid. I made my own Barbie clothes back then. I am now starting to make quilts for my kids and grand kids for Christmas next year. I have chosen the patterns for three of them so far. I have 8 to make including the Lone star for my husband.

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    Gorgeous quilts!

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    How pretty and how clever your quilts are. I'm sure all will love
    them for many years.

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    WOW! so cute! good for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Katia
    I am a fairly new quilter. I've been sewing since I was little, 5 or 6, but only started making a few quilts this year. And I am not one to start of with the easy stuff, or take a lot of classes. I dive in with both feet, sometimes I belly flop, sometimes I glide right through.
    I started sometime this spring, I think. It has been a whirlwind.

    I made up my mind that I wanted to make birthday quilts for each of my girls, two daughters and a daughter in law, Christmas throws this year. My oldest grandson asked me for a blue quilt last year for Christmas. That was my inspiration to learn this new skill. I also decided to make a quilt for each of my kids and their spouses as well. I also wanted to be done by the first of December. So I am down to the wire. I wanted December to make some other fun things to make for the grand kids.

    Well, The planning was fun, the buying was even more fun. And so far I am doing pretty good. I finished the birthday quilts and they have been given and were loved. They all have late fall and Christmas birthdays. They asked if I would do Halloween next year. I finished my grandsons blue quilt. I hope he loves it as much as I do. I did it in all batiks with a tiny bit of green thrown in for interest. I used that quick jelly roll method and quilted it with a deco stitch. I also finished one of the Christmas quilts, the one for my son and daughter in law. It is not huge, more of a throw then a bed quilt. I did that with the After Dark collection from Connecting Threads in the braid pattern. I think it turned out pretty good for a beginner.

    I have the other two done but just the tops, still have to finish, but that should not take too long. I did the last top today. Cut it out and sewed it together all today. I did decide to add to the sides, it is just too skinny, but I love the colors. I could not decide on a pattern so I made my own. It is with Asian fabrics, with peacock colors.

    Oh, we also invited my SIL to come have Christmas with us. She lost her husband two months ago and does not want to be home. So I wanted to make her something cheery. I used the Canning Day collection, from Connecting Threads and I loved the colors. I bought nine charm packs and just cut them in half and sewed them together in what I think it is called a rail fence pattern. Nothing fancy, but I think it turned out pretty good. It is happy and cheery. I hope she doesn't cry when she opens it.

    So now I have three to quilt and bind. But I think I need to take a day off. My right arm and hand are very sore. I don't remember getting sore from sewing when I was younger. It kinda ticks me off. But at least I am getting close to getting this all done. Of course I have a ton of other projects I want to do before Christmas. Why do we do this to ourselves, or is it just me?

    I will try and put up some pictures of my finished projects. Hope it works. These are the birthday gift Christmas quilts. I will post the rest when I get them finished and pics taken.

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    My daughters have decided that I need to make throws for a different holiday each year. And coordinating pillow covers to match. Eventually they want all the holidays covered. They like to decorate and change up for the different holidays.

    My oldest is the only person I know that has boxes and boxes of July 4th decorations. LOL And nice stuff too. She likes different colors then traditional for Christmas. We all were involved in selling Christmas ornaments for the past 20 years or more. Just stopped two years ago. We spent all year packing and shipping, as well as making ornaments, then doing craft fairs every weekend from late summer till December. By the time you get home and can decorate your own house, the last thing you want to see is traditional colors. My oldest fell in love with the Disneyland Small World Christmas decor, all bright pastels. She packed away most all red and green stuff and started collecting pinks and greens and yellows and blues, etc. She just recently added red back into her theme. SO she was thrilled with her throw because I found something that was different, and in her color palette.

    I had such a good time searching out what I thought would fit each daughter. Now I need to start searching for something different and fun to make Halloween throws for next year.

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    Goodness, when that quilting bug bites, it bites hard, huh? Your throws for the girls are beautiful! It really is such fun to find something suiting the recipient, isn't it?

    I started my first quilt at the end of August this year. It was a large throw. I've made four now, two of them are double bed sized, two pairs of quilted oven mitts, two sets of quilted place mats, 5 quilted purses, have the fabrics for three more tops, and have started searching for fabric for another top. That doesn't even count the random pieces in my stash that I have no plans for! haha

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