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Thread: Do you remember my second quilt top from 2009??/ You won't believe what I did!!

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    Super Member candi's Avatar
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    I was very new to the board, very new to quilting, just finished my first quilt that took me a year, just purchased my first sewing machine and getting hooked on quilting, I posted a photo of a pink quilt top that was my second quilt top, first one I did by myself without class. Of course you don't remember it! I didn't until recently. After I did that quilt, we were moving temporarily to Hawaii and I left my sewing machine and quilting behind for a while, when I got back into it April of last year, I had totally forgot about that top, started this and finished that, and then a couple of months ago came across it, and I decided to finish it! I guess that would be my only UFO!

    Upon looking at it, the bad sewing kept jumping at me, not that I am an expert now, but back then, I really struggled with the sewing and keeping a consistent seam, my points weren't matching, and I had some fraying seams, I decided that it was only 9 blocks, a small quilt and it was worth redoing! OK, call me crazy but I did rip the quilt apart to HST (which BTW I did by cutting and sewing triangles back then), squared up the HSTs (something I didn't know about back then) and then resewed it together, trimmed borders and added those and wallah,not perfect by any means, but much more pleasing to my eyes! Being a small top,it didn't take that long, and I was very satisfied with the sense of accomplishment and that I really did improve, I am learning things! It is wonderful! :mrgreen:

    I also enjoyed quilting this quilt very much, I am actually beginning to enjoy the quilting part a lot more now. I did many straight lines, a bit of SID, and some curved lines around the pink squares. My taste did change, because I probably wouldn't have picked these fabrics now, but I do love how it turned out, even my binding looks decent on this one, lol.

    The pattern is called "Ribbons" from Carol Doak's book "Your First Quilt Book." It measures about 37'' square. It is going to hang in my sewing room so whenever I am struggling with sewing, I can look at it for a confidence boost :mrgreen:

    Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to share my story with you all, because you all have been a great part of my quilting adventure and taught me many things. Thanks!

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    Great story!!!!!!!!! Lovely quilt! Glad you finally finished it :D:D

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    HOOO RAH FOR YOU! I can't tell you how many projects I made from "back in the day" that were so terrible, I even wondered if the Goodwill would keep them! This is LOVELY, and I so admire your fortitude to complete it.

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    I give you credit, that's for sure. I probably would have just left it as it was and thought of it as a lesson learned. It is really beautiful!!!!! Thanks for sharing your story

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    The quilting looks great!

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    Fabulous job. I'm still bringing out my first UFO from 1984 and working on it every once in a while. It was one of those "I took on way to much" deals, all hand appliqued and quilted and embroidered and queen size to top it off. Need to get with it and finish it. Only have to finish hand quilting the top row. Rest is complete. Stories like your's inspire me... maybe for next week.

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    sooo beautiful!

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    What a great story! I am learning the wonderful feeling of accomplishment by redoing things and having them turn out better. It's definitely worth it sometimes!

    Your quilt turned out wonderful and your quilting is beautiful!

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    Very sharp!

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    I am going to write down the book title & order it, that's how much I love yours. It is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story & picture. I know what I am going to do for myself!!

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    That is BEAUTIFUL! Your a very accomplished quilter. And in only one year!! WOW!

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    A beauty! I love that you prefaced it with the story! The quilt then has "history"!
    Maureen

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    Wow, I love the result. Beautiful quilt.

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    It's beautiful. You should be proud!

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    What a pretty quilt.

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    Great Job!! Kudos to you for finishing it..

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    Darlin you did a great job. it's lovely!!

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    Baily i was shocked to see you avatar. My first thought when I seen it was how did that lady get my picture.I took one almost like it out in my front yard last summer.Will see if I can find it and post it. Butterfies are beautiful.

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    Really pretty & the colors really glow. I'm glad you decided to give it a second try, now you're happy!

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    WooHoo You!!! Looks Fantastic! Great Journey!

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    Nice job! Isn't it amazing how much we can learn! Good work on the re-piecing and on the quilting!

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    Beautiful, looks great to me, pretty colors.

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    It was good to read your story and your quilt is delightful. It is good to have reminders of how we started...gives you a nice warm glow when you realise how far you have come and how much you have learned. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    Thanks for the great story of perservereance, and the beautiful resulting quilt!!!

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    WOW!! It is beautiful, I love the colours you used!! Great job on re-doing and finishing it, I really like it!!

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