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Thread: Long time UFO - Finished!

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    Senior Member SazuBMidlands's Avatar
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    This was the second quilt I started, probably about 5 years ago. (Dont even ask about the first one I started - its still a UFO)

    I bought the fabric because I liked it. I then had to work out a pattern to use the amount of fabric I had bought. Then my mum managed to get hold of some more fabric as a present, so the pattern got altered.
    I didnt know about rotary cutting then, so made templates out of corrugated cardboard, and marked them out with thick lines of chalk, each time bending and wrinkling my templates a bit more. I approximated a seam allowance. I got all the blocks done though, and sewed them into rows. I then came to sew the rows together and they wouldnt fit at all. Huh? Anyway, I shelved it and signed up to a beginners course, starting another quilt for the course.

    It stayed on the shelf until about 18 months ago, when I got it down and looked again. I still liked the fabric, but by then knew all the problems with it, but at least now knew how to sort them. Anyway, over the last year I formed a strong relationship with my stitch ripper and separated all the rows into blocks. Since the design is just HSTs and QSTs I was then able to measure them (which were anywhere between 7.5" and 9.5" - oops) and cut them all back with my rotary cutter to a standard size. I then rejoined blocks into rows, and then joined the rows together. Woohoo - I'd finished the top!

    It then once again sat. I only have a normal machine to quilt on, and find large quilts really difficult (having only done one). However at the end of the summer I was made redundant, and it seemed a good time to continue, so I layered and basted it. And quilted it. Then when I started back working I sorted out binding it, and so finally its FINISHED!!!

    Its far from perfect if you look closely, but its certainly taught me a lot about how NOT to quilt, and is now my testament to persevering.
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    That's incredible!!

    Congrats to you!

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    Good for you to have the patience and now the knowledge to finish this project. It looks very nice and it will always be a quilt with a story

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    Wow!

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    consider this a learning experience. good job.

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    I think it's lovely! Awesome job!

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    Congradulations on a job well done! Now aren't you glad you finished it!! :thumbup:

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    What a wonderful quilt, I love the fabric and you preserverence is outstanding!

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    I like your pattern and how you laid out your material. Perseverance also improves your patience. Keep up the good work.

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    Job well done. Will you use it, or use for a wall hanging? I really like your pattern.

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    oh my that is nice

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    Good for you!...glad you got it finished.

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    That's a great quilt. And you say you had all kinds of issues? Could have fooled me!

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    You should be proud of yourself for finishing it. It looks great!

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    Congratulations on the finish!! I like the pattern you used along with the fabric - I always like the brights on a dark background.

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    Congratulations on a job well done!! Love the quilt and the story to go with it! Now you need to finish your first quilt!

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    cogradulations on finishing a nice quilt. I am impressed, I have not tackled 1/2 square triangles yet, and have sewn for years!!!!

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    Congrats on the wonderful outcome! It is very striking! Good for you for sticking with it!

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    Great Job!

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    What a pretty quilt. Black really makes the pattern 'pop'.
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    Wow! VERY PRETTY

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    Very pretty. :thumbup:

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    nice

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    You're a real quilter! You solve problems so cleverly. The finished quilt is very striking.

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    Wow! Just wow! This is beautiful :) You did an amazing job..

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