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Thread: My First Quilt Finished!

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    Red face My First Quilt Finished!

    I finally finished my very first quilt. I started it last May for my 23 year old son who lost everything in a house fire last March. It is completely hand-sewn. I wanted to do something special, but had no idea how time-consuming it would turn out...so have done other things in-between. I really don't think I would have finished it if it weren't for this site and all you wonderful quilters! I have had all the flaws pointed out by my aunt yesterday afternoon. She was so critical I almost decided not to continue quilting, but after thinking about it and opening my SS package I thought about her situation and her health has deteriorated over the past few years so much that she can't do the things she used to, such as quilting. Maybe she will feel differently if I make her something, maybe for mother's day.
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    It is very pretty

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    I don't see any flaws. You can quilt for me any day; it is beautiful and your son will love it!

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    I think your quilt is beautiful. I'm sure your son will love it. Your aunt probably wishes she could still sew.

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    I agree, it is beautiful!
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    I wish my first quilt came out SO GREAT!! You should be proud of your work....The only thing that could be more perfect would be manufacured by machine....And then it wouldn't have the love worked into it...Send you aunt an application for the quilting police--maybe they can keep her busy elsewhere!!

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    OH, wow! Don't quit! You've got talent, to say the least.

    I think you're right about your Aunt...my Mom was the same way in her last years. She told me she'd forgotten more about quilting than I'd ever learn! She was probably right.

    You'll get 'there', where ever 'there' is for you. Enjoy your new hobby.

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    Looks great! I know your son will appreciate it.
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    Please don't take your aunt's criticism to heart. I think the quilt is wonderful!

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    Wonderful quilt and I know your son will love and appreciate it!!

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    It's beautiful!!! And all done by hand??? I'm so impressed. Please keep quilting and creating beautiful quilts.
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    Congratulations on your first quilt! I wish my first quilt looked as great as yours.

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    Awesome job!!! its lovely! keep quilting you have a talent! happy quilting
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    It's gorgeous!! All that I could muster for my first quilt was a bunch of 6 inch blocks! And after 3 years of quilting, triangles intimidate me!

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    I just love your quilt and hand made too, yes hand made is very time consuming but I believe every stitch is stitched with Love and your quilt shows that so very much. It is pieced so well, wonderful choice of color that sets a tranquil tone,, and the quilting is most superb. You are so much a better person than I, regarding your Aunt. Perhaps your wonderful quilting and kindness will rub off on me.
    Create something beautiful from scraps.

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    Beautiful work!!!!!!!

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    What a beautiful quilt!! I'm sure your son will love it. With regards to your aunt, I think many older people become so negative because of how our society treats them, and the attitudes that are subtly and often blatantly shown. It's hard to stay positive I think. I know I have determined to consciously strive to stay positive as I age. Losing abilities is depressing and scary, I hope you can keep that perspective and remind yourself her remarks have very little to do with you and everything to do with her view of her world.
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    A great quilt and a great job on your first! Don't let anyone discourage you.
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    very nicely done
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    Beautiful quilt. Your son will feel the love each time he uses it!
    Love that it's all handquilted.

    Agree with Cybrarian, as some people age, they become angry that they can't do what they used to. It's only natural to take out that flustration on those closest. Love her anyway. AND keep quilting!

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    You did a great job. It is hard to belive it is your first. Your son will love it.

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    My first quilt was 4" squares. Can't even imagine the amount of work you put into hand-quilting this - you've done a wonderful job and your son will appreciate the love that went into it.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Great job!!
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    my friend tells me that if someone notices any mistakes, she will give THEM the seam ripper. on this group, i have seen that "if you can't see if from a galloping horse..."

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    Wonderful job, and all by hand -- its truly a labor of love. I'd LOVE a gift like yours, and I quilt! Forget what your aunt said -- after taking care of my grandmother & FIL, I've learned that older folks sometimes no longer have working 'mouth filters'....and everything just comes out. Often its frustration that THEY can't do some of the things we're doing, reaction to how they feel physically, or just plain being grumpy. Good lessons for me - attitudes are a choice, and I CHOOSE to be happy and cheerful. Hopefully if I ever do that 'grumpy thing' in later years, someone will correct me.

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