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Thread: Finished my first quilt ever... and it only took eight months

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    Smile Finished my first quilt ever... and it only took eight months

    Yayyyyy!!!!! I finished it, my first quilt. Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way. I am so thankful I discovered this board. You encouraged me, answered my questions, and inspired me. Anyway, here it is... this is the Land of Happy Endings quilt, designed by Judy Hopkins. The pattern is available for free, but I don't know if I'm allowed to post the link without it being spam. Feel free to private message me if you want the link where you can get the pattern.

    I did the quilting by hand. With red thread, I quilted a heart onto each nine-patch. With white thread, I outlined each white triangle. And I added red piping along with the binding.

    Thank you, everyone!
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    I must say you did a fantastic job. And to hand quilt it also. Awesome!

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    Congratulations! Beautiful job on a bright, happy quilt.

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    What a wonderful beginning! Very nice and handquilted, too. Wow!

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    Wow what a great job on your first quilt! The colours and pattern is great. It makes me smile to look at it, it's such a happy quilt!

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    Absolutely beautiful. It is so colorful. Great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WeThePeople View Post
    I must say you did a fantastic job. And to hand quilt it also. Awesome!
    Thank you! I didn't set out to hand quilt it. I tried one vertical and one horizontal line with my machine, and I hated how they looked. HATED it. So I tried hand quilting and discovered that I love it. It's so peaceful. It's not fast, but then, speed will never be my goal with quilting, I don't think. But after that, I bought a walking foot, and WOW, does that make a difference! I could see myself machine quilting from time to time, too. I should try it out, anyway.
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    wow that is very nice, love the pattern

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Wow what a great job on your first quilt! The colours and pattern is great. It makes me smile to look at it, it's such a happy quilt!
    Thank you! It is. I keep vacillating between "I love it" and "It's a clown quilt." LOL I mean, I am very proud of it, but that white is SO white and the colors are SO bright. I do love the scrappy look, though.
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    I found the link for this just by putting in the name of the quilt and the lady who designed the quilt. Yours really turned out great.

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    WOW! What a nice quilt.
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    Outstanding first quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsey View Post
    I found the link for this just by putting in the name of the quilt and the lady who designed the quilt. Yours really turned out great.
    Oh, that's great to know, Lindsey. Thanks for sharing that! I'm glad people can find it.
    Jenel Looney
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    An amazing first quilt !!!! You should be very proud!

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    What a happy quilt! You did a fantastic job!
    "It is what it is!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harmony View Post
    What a happy quilt! You did a fantastic job!
    Thank you! I'm very proud of it, but of course, thinking about what I will do differently next time. When I squared up the quilt, I had to cut off a couple of edges, which means that there's no knot holding in the quilting along those edges, so the quilting is coming out already. So before I get to that point in my next quilt, I'll need to figure out how to avoid that. Maybe the trick is to not have the quilting go all the way to the edge? Of course, one GREAT trick would be to do a better job so that I don't have to cut off so much when squaring the quilt.
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    It is wonderful, bright and cheerfu
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    Great, beautiful quilt.....you did a wonderful job

    Incase anyone wants this pattern, here is the pdf file
    http://foolsgoldca.susanmallery.com/...lt-pattern.pdf

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    That is so pretty, you did a great job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by btiny36 View Post
    Great, beautiful quilt.....you did a wonderful job

    Incase anyone wants this pattern, here is the pdf file
    http://foolsgoldca.susanmallery.com/...lt-pattern.pdf
    Thanks. I work for author Susan Mallery, so I didn't want to post the link in case it might be considered spamming. The quilt was inspired by her Fool's Gold romance novels, since we call Fool's Gold "The Land of Happy Endings."
    Jenel Looney
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    Beautiful quilt and quilting! Love the colors, too!
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    You should be proud nice job!
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    That is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! I love the hearts that you quilted in there! You should be VERY proud of yourself!

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    Great job!

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    You did a great job! Keep up the good work.

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