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Thread: My first finished quilt

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    My first finished quilt

    This is the first quilt I ever finished- notice I didn't say the first quilt I started (that's in my long-term projects bin). I picked up a "Sweet Treat" (eight fat quarters) at the Pincushion Boutique vendor booth (http://www.sweettreat.com/Version2/catalog/index.php) at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in 2010 (or was it 2009... horrible memory), and got a free pattern with it called Hodge Podge (http://www.sweettreat.com/Version2/c...roducts_id=223). The pattern is supposed to be random, but I tried my best to not let any of the same fabrics touch each other, managed to get all but one spot.

    The fabrics are purples, pinks, off whites, and tans- not my usual style at all (don't know what I was thinking, really!). Some of the prints are from a line called London Cats. I backed it with off-white minkee, did a simple horizontal line stitch in the ditch, and bound with some prepackaged bias tape. This quilt lives in my office at work. Sorry, the pictures are a little dark, my phone's camera is not the greatest. (click the flickr link for bigger pics)

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    great job!!
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    Beautiful job. Looking forward to seeing more of your quilts.

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    oH HOW cool. It all looks great. Keep it up.
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    This is really cute! Great job.
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    Very pretty. Looks great.

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    Wow you did a wonderful job making your quilt and I love your colors.Sandy
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    congrats and many more to come

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    You did a great job! Looking forward to seeing more in the future.
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    Great quilt! It always makes me feel so wonderful to complete a quilt. Enjoy creating many, many quilts. Thanks for sharing.
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    Nice job! Love the fabrics in this quilt!
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    Thanks! I've made several quilts since then, but they were all charity quilts (Quilts for Kids, etc.), and of course lots of tops waiting to be quilted. I just got a machine that can handle quilting larger quilts, so I'll be finishing those up and sharing them soon, I hope.
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    Very nice! Was it hard working with the minkee? I love that fabric, but it looks hard to work with....... Michele

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    What a fabulous quilt! The fabric goes so nicely with the pattern. Has the fabric "grown on" you? I do the same thing. I buy a bunch of fabric while caught up in the moment & then later wonder what I was thinking about. I hope my "oops" purchases turn out half as beautiful as this one of yours did!
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    Thanks! The minkee was a little hard to work with, but I follow a no-fear quilting philosophy- it's just fabric, and I refuse to be afraid of it . I have a few uneven spots on the back where it shifted as I was quilting, I would have shown these but they didn't really show up in the photo.

    As far as the fabric growing on me- I bought it because I like the "softness" of the colors (if that makes sense), if not the palette, and also I liked the prints. It doesn't really fit my style, and I would have given it away, but I needed something to "personalize" my office when I got my promotion, and grabbed this quilt off the shelf. I'd say it has grown on me, because I haven't replaced it yet!
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    nice job!!!!
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    Nice job, keep up the good work! Glad you went back and got it done.

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    off to a whole bunch of pretty quilts

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    Have you ever tried the temp spray adhesive? It works wonders for avoiding shifting on the front or backside as you are quilting. I use it now for most of my quilting, FM or SITD, and it makes it so much easier to be sure of the results. I have never used, or don't even think I know what Minkee is. But my suggestion is to try the temp adhesive spray and see the difference
    Quote Originally Posted by Hemlock Tea View Post
    Thanks! The minkee was a little hard to work with, but I follow a no-fear quilting philosophy- it's just fabric, and I refuse to be afraid of it . I have a few uneven spots on the back where it shifted as I was quilting, I would have shown these but they didn't really show up in the photo.

    As far as the fabric growing on me- I bought it because I like the "softness" of the colors (if that makes sense), if not the palette, and also I liked the prints. It doesn't really fit my style, and I would have given it away, but I needed something to "personalize" my office when I got my promotion, and grabbed this quilt off the shelf. I'd say it has grown on me, because I haven't replaced it yet!

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    Wow you did a great job looks so very beautiful.
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    Many more to come. Great job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by momjoy6 View Post
    Have you ever tried the temp spray adhesive? It works wonders for avoiding shifting on the front or backside as you are quilting. I use it now for most of my quilting, FM or SITD, and it makes it so much easier to be sure of the results. I have never used, or don't even think I know what Minkee is. But my suggestion is to try the temp adhesive spray and see the difference
    I've been wanting to try the spray adhesive basting technique, making the quilt sandwich is my least favorite part of quilting. I'll pick up a can next chance I get.

    Minkee is a plush fabric that can be used as backing or even in the quilt top. It can be slippery and have a little (or a lot) of stretch.
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    Great job!!!

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    Beautiful quilt, just keep making them.
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    congrats on your first finish. it looks great
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