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Thread: Birthday Bouquet for Helga - My first Watercolor and Mitered Borders! eeek!!

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    What a lucky friend....nice

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    WOW.. Beautiful! Love it!

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    How beautiful - great job and the mitered corners look great too !!! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by deb1851
    Beautiful! I have been looking at that pattern too and wanted to try it. After seeing yours I now have it at the top of my to do list.
    Oh I hope you do!

    These are the fabrics that I used. I hunted all over for pink and white dotted fabric and this if the best I found around here. The rest were WoW and creams/golds. And I threw in a couple that have just a touch of glitter for a little glam.

    So I am going to share a hint to help you avoid one of my Oops! Never having done a mitered border....I should have read up on that and done my math!

    The border fabric I used is wider than the one in the magazine but I cut it the same length that the pattern used. It was not long enough. I should have paid better attention to those math teachers in high school. Who knew that you would actually use any of that stuff they were teaching?

    I had to add a piece in a couple of corners to get them long enough to miter. I tried to match the flowers as best as I could and now that it is quilted, I think they blend in.

    I have all these cut and ready to do another one-It will be for my Mom. She doesn't know, so Shhhh! Don't tell :lol:

    Laurie~
    I did not use the iron on. The squares are 2 1/2" and I chain pieced them. There are 400 of them in the center then added the borders. It confirms that I HAVE to find someplace to have a design wall. The little space behind the door is not enough.

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    Exquisite!

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    Beautiful! You did a great job. Love those mitered borders, the striped one is great.

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    Beautiful, and great job on those corners.

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    Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Beautiful!

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    So absolutely gorgeous!!

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    Gorgeous!!! Helga will love her bouquet:-)

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    Great job on your borders and it's a beautiful quilt.

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    I'm positive Helga will be very happy with your wonderful gift of love. Helga will appreciate every stitch you put into her quilt because she will know it was gone with love, by you. Giving of yourself is the best gift you can ever give to anyone you love... :-D

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    Absolutely beautiful!!
    Helga will be absolutely overwhelmed with it's beauty on both the front and the back!


    Please help me understand the Watercolour Technique ....

    You cut up little squares ... are they all form the same floral print?
    And then when you sew them back together, do you just sew them randomly? or do you choose which one goes where, to get a colour flow?

    Or am I out to lunch on the general concept?

    I'd appreciate it if someone would help set me clear on this!!!

    (and yes, yes, I know I could google, or use the search function on this Board, but puhleeeeeeeeeease?)

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    Beautiful quilt.

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    This is absolutely beautiful!

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    Beautiful! I'm sure your friend will love it.

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    Loved the pattern, love the work, love the colors...you did good!

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    Very beautiful quilt.

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    Very nice! A wonderful gift.

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    What a great gift.

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    Beautiful. Your friend is bound to love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE

    Please help me understand the Watercolour Technique ....

    You cut up little squares ... are they all form the same floral print?
    And then when you sew them back together, do you just sew them randomly? or do you choose which one goes where, to get a colour flow?

    Or am I out to lunch on the general concept?
    Well I am no expert since this is my first but Yes-these were cut from 2 floral fabrics and an assortment of creams. (see pg 4 for the picture of the fabrics I used) Then you sort them and place them to get the effect that you want. I pinned some batting on the wall and the little pieces stick to it so you can stand back and study the design. There is a fabric that you can purchase that has little squares and you iron the pieces on it. I haven't tried that out yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 Doods
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE

    Please help me understand the Watercolour Technique ....

    You cut up little squares ... are they all form the same floral print?
    And then when you sew them back together, do you just sew them randomly? or do you choose which one goes where, to get a colour flow?

    Or am I out to lunch on the general concept?
    Well I am no expert since this is my first but Yes-these were cut from 2 floral fabrics and an assortment of creams. (see pg 4 for the picture of the fabrics I used) Then you sort them and place them to get the effect that you want. I pinned some batting on the wall and the little pieces stick to it so you can stand back and study the design. There is a fabric that you can purchase that has little squares and you iron the pieces on it. I haven't tried that out yet.
    Thanks for the explanation.
    Wonder? do all those little pieces drive you about as mad as the OBW does when you are trying to come up with the placement? :)

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    I have never made a OBW so I don't know. It is kind of like "painting" with the little pieces ~must be why they call it watercolor ~ and at some point you just quit rearranging and sew them together. I thought it was fun.

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