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    20 some years ago I decided I was going to make a quilt. Now the first thing you should know about me is that I do not know what half way is, no way no how! And I tend to just jump in and go for it. does it matter if I know what I am doing, well ya live and learn right? And just how hard can it be? it is just squares set in rows around the center, So off I go to the fabric store to get my fabric, ah oh I love the feel of tha lovely wine colored velvet! Ok got that, what next? ah that lovely off white satin, ok got that, and oh need some flower print cotton, great found an off white with little bitty wine colored flowers, and a rose print with off white little flowers! great, ok got the cotton.
    Now for the pattern, I had decided on a puff quilt, 4 inch squares, in a trip around the world pattern. Great go to work right away, cut up a white sheet and made tons of squares, well maybe just 600, but seamed like more. Then I sewed three and a half sides of each set of square, the satin, velvet and cotton with the sheet on the back side of each, turned each one inside out, and stuffed them with polly fill. Yes I said STUFFED!!!!! them, sewed them closed,Such cute little pillows! Well they were so stuffed there was no way I could join them on the machine, so I hand sewed them all together! Well the top side looked OK but the back??? well off to the fabric store to get more of that cute cotton with the little wine colored flowers, sewed a piece together to cover the back side,how to join it? ah wine colored crochett cotton I tied at each cornor with the ties on the back side. then had to sew all around the edge by hand, remember I stuffed the little puff pillows. sO turned in the edges and sewed alway! Finally done!!! Hubby and I got the wheelbarrel and halued the quilt (I use the word quilt here VERy loosly) into it and wheeled it down the haLL to the bedroom to put it on the bed. ( I think i used 6 bags of polly fill)
    Now if we had been living in Alaska at the time this thing might have been great, but I made my first quilt when we lived in souther California! I made cotton cutrains and round table cloths to go on the night stands, crocheted little dollies and trim for the curtains, I worked on the set for several weeks, and never did sleep under that, puff thing, LOL much too heavy, why you could not even turn over under that thing. Oh yes I think I have really come a long way sence that first attempt at making a quilt, I got some patterns, and took some classes, and found out how much I did not know, and I am still learning today, what a adventure quilting has taken me on!

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    We want to see the quilt!!! :lol:

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    Do you still have that puff quilt?? I would be interested in seeing how it looked!! LOL

    We all have our own quilting journeys. For several years my friends from church tried to get me to quilt. I kept saying "NO" Well after about 6 years I broke down and decided to try one.... The rest is history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    We want to see the quilt!!! :lol:
    We definitely want to see the quilt! And I love your story, too!! I have sooooo been there in various ways!!

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    sorry no pictures, I didn't have a camera back them, and as far as the quilt, well a DN wanted it so bad it went off to Alaska with him, LOL

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    have you ever seen a nice little 4 inch square pincushion? well sew 600 of them together and there you have it LOL
    My 2ed 3ed and even 4th quilts have a story too, LOL
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    Do you still have that puff quilt?? I would be interested in seeing how it looked!! LOL

    We all have our own quilting journeys. For several years my friends from church tried to get me to quilt. I kept saying "NO" Well after about 6 years I broke down and decided to try one.... The rest is history.

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    You finished it and the rest is history!

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    Oh Leaha, that's too funny! I'm kind of the "jump right in" type of person at times, but certainly not like you did! What a wonderful story!
    Maureen

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    I did something like that. Many, many years ago I made my brother a quilt - had no idea about batting so used an old wool army blanket. He still has it; never used it since we live in Florida and it never gets THAT cold!

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    That's funny but it's probably also how many new ideas are given life. Not that anyone will be trying THAT new idea, but...

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    That is hilarious. I wish I could have seen it!

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    My first thought would have been to put it "under" me like a feather bed...

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    Love your story. Let's hear about quilts 2 and 3.

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    Love your story....just think somewhere in Alaska there is a puff quilt of phenomenal proportions keeping someone very warm or as Tilladare said underneath as a luxurious mattress topper.

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    Awesome story. :D

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    Love your story, but I like that you finished your first quilt :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by leaha
    20 some years ago I decided I was going to make a quilt. Now the first thing you should know about me is that I do not know what half way is, no way no how! And I tend to just jump in and go for it. does it matter if I know what I am doing, well ya live and learn right? And just how hard can it be? it is just squares set in rows around the center, So off I go to the fabric store to get my fabric, ah oh I love the feel of tha lovely wine colored velvet! Ok got that, what next? ah that lovely off white satin, ok got that, and oh need some flower print cotton, great found an off white with little bitty wine colored flowers, and a rose print with off white little flowers! great, ok got the cotton.
    Now for the pattern, I had decided on a puff quilt, 4 inch squares, in a trip around the world pattern. Great go to work right away, cut up a white sheet and made tons of squares, well maybe just 600, but seamed like more. Then I sewed three and a half sides of each set of square, the satin, velvet and cotton with the sheet on the back side of each, turned each one inside out, and stuffed them with polly fill. Yes I said STUFFED!!!!! them, sewed them closed,Such cute little pillows! Well they were so stuffed there was no way I could join them on the machine, so I hand sewed them all together! Well the top side looked OK but the back??? well off to the fabric store to get more of that cute cotton with the little wine colored flowers, sewed a piece together to cover the back side,how to join it? ah wine colored crochett cotton I tied at each cornor with the ties on the back side. then had to sew all around the edge by hand, remember I stuffed the little puff pillows. sO turned in the edges and sewed alway! Finally done!!! Hubby and I got the wheelbarrel and halued the quilt (I use the word quilt here VERy loosly) into it and wheeled it down the haLL to the bedroom to put it on the bed. ( I think i used 6 bags of polly fill)
    Now if we had been living in Alaska at the time this thing might have been great, but I made my first quilt when we lived in souther California! I made cotton cutrains and round table cloths to go on the night stands, crocheted little dollies and trim for the curtains, I worked on the set for several weeks, and never did sleep under that, puff thing, LOL much too heavy, why you could not even turn over under that thing. Oh yes I think I have really come a long way sence that first attempt at making a quilt, I got some patterns, and took some classes, and found out how much I did not know, and I am still learning today, what a adventure quilting has taken me on!
    And you are still sane???!!! Mwahahahahahaha!

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    It might not be the best way to learn, but look at how much you learned NOT to do. LOL I really would love to see the quilt!!

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    I agree with a couple of comments about how wonderful that you finished the quilt. I think that was the best lesson of your first quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker
    Love your story....just think somewhere in Alaska there is a puff quilt of phenomenal proportions keeping someone very warm or as Tilladare said underneath as a luxurious mattress topper.
    Unless he couldn't get out from under it and lay there and starved to death.

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    So funny! I hope you will share a picture of your quilt.

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    You are a true quilter. Anyone else would never want to make another quilt after that one.

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    LOL..When i see something that i like i just jump in and get started. Learned lots. Keep up the good work. I think when you really like something that much you jump in you have motivation to stay with it until it is done and you find the help you need..Keep going

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    so very funny!!! I started sewing garments much the same way. Didn't have a clue what I was doing but dove in head first.

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    Love your story. Your clearly a problem solver. Not only did you get from point A to B but you made it all the way to Z. I would love to hear about 2 and 3. Really had to laugh right out loud, ah the innocence of the beginner!

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