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Thread: My first quilt--red, white, and blue.

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    Junior Member JudieRQuilting's Avatar
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    I started this quilt in 1976 as a present for my mother. I had no idea how to go about tackling such a project so I read several books until I found one that seemed to be the most helpful: The Standard Book of Quilt Making and Collecting by Marguerite Ickis (1949). From there I learned how to select fabric, make templates, and so on. For my pattern, I used a 2" x 2" picture of the Le Moyne Star and drew a grid to enlarge it to the size I wanted. From there, I created the templates for each section of the block. The quilt is totally hand pieced and hand quilted, using quilting designs I purchased from Mountain Mist. I used cotton balls and corn starch to mark the colored pieces and nutmeg for the white pieces. I now can see the many flaws due to lack of experience, but I am still extremely proud of it. My mother was too when she finally received it a few years later.

    I have made a few quilts since then and am now an addict.

    The whole quilt draped over my fence
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    Very pretty.

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    It's beautiful

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    I love your basket quilting design. Was that hard to do?

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    Beautiful quilt

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    Beautiful! Awesome quilting!

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    For a first quilt, that's pretty amazing -- and, of course, Red, White, and Blue!!! Wonderful!

    Jan in VA

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    Excellent use of red, white & blue fabrics. It's a great quilt for today & everyday.

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    I think you did a beautiful job! :thumbup:

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    Beautiful. My first quilt sure wasn't this nice. Great work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudieRQuilting
    "I used cotton balls and corn starch to mark the colored pieces and nutmeg for the white pieces. "
    I've never heard of this before, is this kind of like the current product "Pounce"? I'm assuming the cornstarch would be easy to remove - does the nutmeg leave any residue? Hmmm....I have a big bottle of nutmeg that will take me forever to use, I may have just found a use for it. lol

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    Actually, the challenge with nutmeg is that it doesn't adhere for very long so I had to quickly mark with a pencil. I have never had the nerve to wash the quilt so I don't know if those pencil marks will come out.

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    The basket quilt design was quite easy because I had the pattern for the markings. The hand quilting part was no problem at all.

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    Thank you every one for your kind remarks. :-D

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    Beautiful quilt!!

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    Great quilt, and I love the quilting, I love red, white, and blues.

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    That is an amazing quilt for a beginner to tackle. You say it has faults, but I think it is beautiful and I am so glad it didn't put you off!

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    Flaws? Where? It's wonderful.

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    Oh, my, this is gorgeous. And you know what? Your journey with this quilt is much more typical of quilters in America than what we enjoy now, with our specialty cutters and rulers, not to mention marking pens. Downright historical, your quilt is! You have every right to be proud of it.

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    Simply beautiful!

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    Stunning! I like the items used to mark the quilt, must have been what was used before the modern day markers came along. Thanks for sharing this beautiful quilt.

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    Very pretty.

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    Quite a quilt for your first one! Love the RWB colors!

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    vey nice. I like the weave quilting you added to the corners.

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    wow thats beautiful love all your hand quilting on it. even though its from the 70's i have to say its still fresh and current today

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