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Thread: Giant Dahlia

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    It's just pinned so far. I need to quilt it creatively. The center is bubbling. I don't THINK my seams varied that much, so my pattern might need adjustment. On the other hand, I do tend to make smaller seams on smaller pieces. It's a mental thing.

    Otherwise, I think I will like it when it's quilted. This one is a wall quilt. I will make a bed quilt one to perfect the pattern.

    BTW - I am starting to time my sewing so I can better plan classes. This took 6 hours to sew. That doesn't include cutting time.

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    Oh my that is Tres' Georgeous. There is no way I could machine piece something like this, my peices would never fit. I would have to hand piece it over papers. You have done a truly beautiful job :)

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    That is really lovely. Beautiful choice of colors and fabrics. I can agonize for days when picking out fabric and color and will have every piece of fabric out of the closet before it is all done and still not be sure that I picked the right ones. But yours really looks nice. I am not sure that I am skilled enough to try that, but I like yours.

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    that is very beautiful............love it :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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    That's really beautiful cathe!! I love your fabric choices. Mine have "bubbled" a bit in the middle at times too, but once they were quilted, you'd have never known there was a problem!! The quilt in my avatar?...one of those "braids" was a full inch longer than the other ones. By the time I'd eased it to fit the piece it was being sewn to, it bubbled a bit, but by the time it was quilted the bubble had gone. Magic I tell ya. :mrgreen: Just put a fair amount of quilting in that area and it should be just fine. It's going to be gorgeous!! :)

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    I absolutely love it! Wonderfully warm ....will pm my address... :D Oh and anytime is fine! :D

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    Thank you! Because it's such an old-fashioned pattern, most of the color examples I found were pink and blue calico! These fabrics are all from my stash. That black paisley is a VIP/Cranston print from Walmart, and I just love it. It's left over from the wedding ring quilt I posted a while ago.


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    That is beautiful! You've just given me an idea for my mother-in-law. She has beautiful flower gardens & loves Dahlias.

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    Absolutely gorgeous. The dahlia is on my list of things to do some day.

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    Hi Cathe, Love your qult - what size is it and where did you get the pattern from please? Great work.......

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    Cathe: Your dahlia is gorgeous. I sure don't see any problems there. My one stumbling block seems to be quilting patterns. I am still very inexperienced in selecting the right pattern to really enhance my quilt design. :D :D :D

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    That is amazing. I love this. I sure don't see any problems there either. It looks perfect to me!!!

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    :D The giant Dahlia. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I love your choice of colars, it really gives demention to the quilt. Where can I get the pattern for it? I would love to make one myself.

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    I have downloaded the giant dahlia but can't find out where it has gone !!! Have tried to print the picture of it but it won't print it.... what a shame..... where did you get the pattern from please? Would love to have a go at making it...

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    I found a pattern in a couple old 1980's Quilt magazines, and it seems to work ok (with a little adjustment). And it's pretty much identical to the one in a book I just bought: Quick and Easy Giant Dahlia Quilt on the Sewing Machine by Susan Aylsworth Murwin and Suzzy Chalfant Payne. I did not assemble it according to the directions in that book -I sewed it in quarters, then in halves and then together. If you do a google search for "giant dahlia quilt pattern", you will find a few different patterns.

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    Here is the site for the dahlia... it says somewhere along the line that the site has shifted but if you wait for a few seconds up comes the pattern to print off.... it is the dahlia plus the edging.... the whole quilt.... all 10 pages of it.....

    http://members.tripod.com/~KEBAKER/PatBlueDahlia.html


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    that is absoultly fantastic kove the colors. Someday maybe I may attempt one I do like it

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    Your Dahlia walhanging is beautiful. I bought the book several years ago, haven't tackled it yet!

    Can't wait to see your 'quilt'.

    Keep up the good work
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    Quote Originally Posted by joy
    Here is the site for the dahlia... it says somewhere along the line that the site has shifted but if you wait for a few seconds up comes the pattern to print off.... it is the dahlia plus the edging.... the whole quilt.... all 10 pages of it.....

    http://members.tripod.com/~KEBAKER/PatBlueDahlia.html
    I hate to be a wet blanket, but that site looks like a direct copy of the (copyrighted) book. It's illegal to do that, even though she isn't making any money from it. Copyright laws are important to all of us who do creative work!

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    I also purchased that book, i just havent had to courage to do it yet. I just love the giant dahlia, maybe this winter i'll attempt to try it. Love you quilt Cathe, great work.

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    This is a beautiful colorway.

    I recently saw one at the Amish quilt shop I buy supplies from (dirt cheap!). It was in a blue colorway with a white background. There were swans, butterflies, and birds hand quilted into the white. It was fabulous. I wanted to take pictures, but didn't want to affend the wonderful lady that answered all my silly questions about it. Besides, she gave me a gigantic donut she'd just removed from the fryer and glazed. :)

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    Sooo Beautiful, don't see a blooming thing wrong with it :D You did an awesome job on it and cannot wait to see the picture when it is hanging on your wall!!!

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    Cathe, I've been thinking about this for a long time (or at least when I saw your beautiful work) and now that I’m starting to work with circles (curves) I think I’ll think some more. Maybe in the future…

    I found this site with directions, are they close to what you used? It keeps redirecting me to another page, but should work:

    http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Acres/6349/PatBlueDahlia.html

    I also saw this site with a mini Dahlia and liked the results too:

    http://www.minisbycarol.com/dahlia.htm

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    WOW!! Gorgeous!! I'd not attempt that, nope, not me. But I sure do love looking at them!!

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    Wonderful! You are a talented color and fabric chooser!

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