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Thread: 10 yrs. later & it still looks great!

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    Sometimes marching to a different drummer can take us on a fantastic journey. I made a bright blue/black triple Irish chain for my son, my third quilt, using very thin polyester batting (now I only use Warm & Natural) and a 6-yard remnant of a small leopard print (his choice) for $1/yd.at a discount store. I think he was about 12 at the time I made the quilt, and it stayed on his bed, went with him when he moved in with his first "girl-friend", it camehome with him every time they fought and then came back again when the relationship ended (thankfully, she was not a nice person), but that quilt could tell quite a story I'm sure. I'm still amazed that it looked good after all that.

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    Beautiful story and a great quilt.

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    If it works that's what counts. I made my niece a quilt out of polyester blocks with a polyester back and knotted at the corner of the blocks. It has lasted over 30 years. Cudos to it's survival not necessarily its maker or materials

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    This is one of the best threads I have seen in a long time. I get tired of being told that a quilt is not quality unless you purchase the fabric from a LQS. Or, it is not going to last if you buy fabric from a "chain" store because that fabric is not of good quality. Thank you so much for making me feel good about my quilting. Merry Christmas.

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    My first quilts where all done with scraps from garments. We paid no attention to what the fiber content was... we just used what was available. Quilts were some of the original upcycling. I too used whatever thread was in the (at that time 5 for $1.00) , batting choice was so limited... and poly was the only thing available ...and yes they all survived some extreme use !
    Would we have some artists if they all followed one set of rules?! Would have inovation if tradition was the only method?!
    Sew what makes you happy!

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    Thanks for sharing your wonderful story and quilt. As stated by another board member, that's how quilting started! Women are resourceful!
    Fay

    "You can't help that. We're all mad here." - The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.

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    Your attitude is the best and so very true. To many rules today and it takes the fun out of so much. So sew/quilt and enjoy. Homosassa, FL neighbor.

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    I agree with you! Doing it your way is the only way!
    marytp

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    It still looks great, do what you like and you can't go wrong!
    Blessed Be
    Darlene

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    This is such a great topic!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful quilt. I agree with one member that there aren't quilt police, there are quilt snobs. I love to make quilts and a lot of the joy for me is giving them to people I care about. I can't afford to use LQS fabrics for all of them. I shop for bargains and am not ashamed to admit it! It doesn't detract from the joy of the person receiving (or giving) the quilt. I have had Guild members tell me that where I purchase my fabric just wasn't good enough quality for them. OK, all the more for me!!! LOL! I still have quilts that my mother and grandmother made out of every kind of fabric imaginable. They are family treasures and I love each and every one of them!
    Linda
    Pets are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole. (Roger Caras made this quote about dogs, but I love cats too!)

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    I am so happy that so many people have responded with support for your sewing adventure! Yup - sew for yourself, sew how you want, and with what you want. Innovation comes from stepping outside the box and doing something your own way. How many people are highlighted on shows and are raved over for doing something that the masses of people don't do or try? Gee......you have something special going on in your sewing room!

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