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    The entire last month has been quite an education. With Leslee and my mother as guides the process of learning to quilt was eased considerably. Machine pieced, and hand quilted, it measures 37 ½ by 26 ½ with two borders and the backing serving as it’s binding. It took me a little over two and ½ weeks (in the spare time between my work schedule) to complete it. Learning to use the sewing machine was probably the biggest challenge, though I think I’ve gotten the hang of it. My favorite part was the hand quilting followed up with designing, piecing and my least favored bit, finishing (probably due to my inexperience with the sewing machine). The corners on the mock binding turned out pretty good but only because I finished them by hand.

    I’m taking it in to work to show Leslee and then boxing it to send to Mom, who in turn will take it over to my Aunt Mary and together deliver it. The baby’s mother, my cousin’s wife Anya, doesn’t know I’ve made it. Her baby, Tristan, is seven months old and I think this is a perfect welcome to the world gift.

    I’ve already cut out my flower for my Hawaiian quilt since Leslee is at hand to instruct. Also still figuring the design for my next baby quilt and readying materials. Can’t wait to cut and get started.

    This was such a neat first experience and as neurotic as I was about each aspect, it turned out well. I was pleased when I finally took it from the machine for inspection. At first I was speechless. After shaking it out and taking the pictures it finally sunk in, I made this. Quilting is great!


    Finished my first quilt!
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    A'Right Steve! Good job! Now we can say the fun has definitely begun! Enjoy! :D

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    Congrats Steve, quilt looks fabulous, There is nothing like the achievement of finishing your first quilt. Well done :thumbup: I guess you realise by now that you'll be well and truly hooked, there'll be no backing out now :lol:

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    That is an amazing first quilt Steve! Definitely one to save for a lifetime, no matter how ragged it might get with use over the years. I'm really proud of you. I can't wait to see where you go from here. You have to feel really, REALLY good about this!!! :D I'm so impressed.

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    It really is square though the picture made it look all wonky. How does one take a decent picture of a quilt? Even the colors look off in the photo.

    Got the Hawaiian appliqué all cut out; I’m using a rich orange similar in color to a miniola and a pale celery green background. I had to cut out three designs from the refrigerator paper before I got myself one I really liked. Actually I was surprised it only took three attempts to do it.

    Tonight I'm going through the books and web to read up on Hawaiian quilts so I can be ready for a Leslee lesson. It's a small piece that, including the background, will be only about 14 inches square. Big enough for a pillow or small hanging I'd imagine. Ah well, got to start somewhere. What’s neat is that I’ll be learning to appliqué at the same time.

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    Great job, Steve. You get an A+ in my book. I have admired the quilt in your avatar ever since you put it up there, and then to find that is the one you made, and your first one at that.....I got a long way to go. :shock:

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    Congratulations Steve! You did a superb job!

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    Thanks everyone, the encouragement and kudos given go a long way. I just finished pinning the Hawaiian quilt appliqué I came up with on the backing, and am getting ready to baste it. A site I saw referred on one of the posts gives great instructions so I'm basically just following along one step at a time. Granted it is a small one, but learn as you go works well for me, so I’m just paving the way for bigger projects.

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    You are SO hooked!You're going to have some fun now! Multiple projects! Oh, yes, I can see it coming!

    Nice job on the baby quilt. Looks like a professional worked on it! Don't tell anyone it's your first. They'll never know!
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    Nice job. It will be treasured forever. First because it is your first and the baby and the parents will always think of you wen they see it. You're hooked now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yvonne
    You are SO hooked!You're going to have some fun now! Multiple projects! Oh, yes, I can see it coming!

    Nice job on the baby quilt. Looks like a professional worked on it! Don't tell anyone it's your first. They'll never know!
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    Yeah Yvonne, Leslee has always got something in her hands stitching away on breaks or lunch hour so I figure to do the same. I decided carrying the baby quilts around is fine, but a tad bulky so I’m working on the Hawaiian patch. This way I also can learn the technique and apply it to a bigger piece at home. With Leslee around to answer my questions I've really got a pretty sweet deal going on. Today I figure to hit her up for hints on good slip stitching having squeezed all the details for cutting and basting the patch last Saturday. I must be amusing in my naiveté; still she is so patient with me. Tell me I’ve not got a great friend!

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    Steve, You are also so very lucky to have Leslee for one-on-one consultations!!
    Leslee taught me Hawaiian quilting too... long distance! She challenged me and then had to answer all my questions. I've got my block made but have yet to do anything much with it. Now I'll have to get with it before you pass me by! The race is on! :lol: I want to add corner designs to my top before I quilt it so it'll be awhile before it's really 'done'!

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    Yeah Yvonne, but yours is probably a large piece. I was thinking, if this turns out, to go ahead and make several more and incorporate them into a large piece. Maybe six flowers? That is, of course, if it's traditional to do so. Something about the heritage makes me want to do this one correctly. And you are right, the one on one lessons are awesome.

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    wow steven, thats great work. congrats.

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    I like it but don't like the feel of it. It's not as soft as I thought it should be since it's going to a baby. Maybe I should rewash it using a bit of fabric softener?

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    no,no,no, steve i would give it just as is. no telling if the baby might have allergies.or even get some kind of skin rash.

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    I know why I missed this photo coming thru now that I see the date it was posted.....I was out of town camping that weekend! It is a wonderful quilt and I bet baby loves it!

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    Steve, Your baby quilt is beautiful. If you do decide to wash it, be sure to use laundry products made especially for use on baby clothes. Congrats on completing your first quilt.

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    I'm not sure about the answer to your question-
    however, I sure do like the colors and shapes
    in your quilt; what a very well-put-together
    quilt, especially for "first" one.:)

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    I've found some of my better pictures were ones I have taken out on the deck in the sunshine...either laid out on a spare white sheet (stand on a chair if its a big quilt) or have somebody or two somebodies hold it up with the sun behind you.... hope this helps.

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