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    Birthday Present

    My sister appreciates religious works and I think I made something unique for her upcoming birthday. The fabrics started as a mish-mash from different places and people. The center is an Alexander Henry design, one of my favorites. The fabric looks like it was tea-dyed, giving it an antique look, it also has subtle gold accents. I did FMQ in a neutral thread and stippling. The next wine colored border is 1 1/2 inches of gold metallic, with a clamshell design, it was gifted to me with a batch of Asian fabrics. The last border was initially the most unlikely fabric. I bought it at a thrift store, in a generous bundle. It was rows of Egyptian looking fabric, with lilies and turquoise and elaborate designs. I was inspired and put the fabrics together. I also did something new, a mitered border. I found my angles were a little wavy at first. I took it in a little and starched and pressed it into submission. The borders were sewn using a walking foot and gold metallic thread. A couple of seams were a a scalloped design. It took a while to sew the borders, as the finished size is 21 x 92. The backing fabric is a creamy white/ivory with gold metallic shot through. I astonished myself with this one, I feel it was divine.

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    Magnificent --- your sister will be so overwhelmed by your work and thoughtfulness.

    Judy in Phx, AZ.

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    Very nice table runner, she will love it.

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    That's beautiful!

    Reminds me of something you'd see in a Russian Orthodox church.

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    For a mish-mash of fabric they sure have come together well.

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    A marvelous and thoughtful gift.

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    very nice job!!!
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    That's a very special piece!
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    I am always astounded by the creativity of quilters and that is beautiful. Thrift store fabric too!!

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    nicely done... love the border fabrics... it looks Byzantine
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    That is stunning! I know your sister will be thrilled!
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    That is so nice. I love all the fabric and the way it came out.

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    Yes, it is magnificent!
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    Very beautiful and excellent choices of fabrics for your sister!

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    This is so - so - well I just don't have the words. Really inspiring. Your choices for the fabrics really make this piece sing, they compliment each other so well. Unlikely assortment maybe but wow they go together for a fabulous finish. I am sure your sister will be thrilled with this thoughtful and special gift.

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    I don't see any miss-mash. I bet she is going to be thrilled with receiving this quilt. We shouldn't be so hard on ourselves for what we make. Yes, sometimes a quilt will not come out like we envision but others might not see the mistakes and enjoy the quilt.
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    That is one beautiful job!!! You did great.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    nicely done... love the border fabrics... it looks Byzantine
    That was my thought exactly!
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    Just so beautiful. Very thoughtful as well.

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    Beautiful! You did a great job.

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    A beautiful and thoughtful gift.

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    That is awesome. She will treasure it!
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    You did a beautiful job. Your sister should be thrilled. BrendaK
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    Absolutely amazing. Your fabrics together are perfect fits to each other. What a treasure. Your sister is so blessed to receive this.

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    What a magnificent job you did! You are right on with all of your fabrics. Just beautiful.....
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