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

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

Old 07-04-2011, 02:02 PM
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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

A close up of one block
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:03 PM
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Very pretty.
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:04 PM
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It's beautiful
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:05 PM
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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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Old 07-04-2011, 02:17 PM
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Beautiful! Awesome quilting!
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:19 PM
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For a first quilt, that's pretty amazing -- and, of course, Red, White, and Blue!!! Wonderful!

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Old 07-04-2011, 02:20 PM
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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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Old 07-04-2011, 02:24 PM
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Beautiful. My first quilt sure wasn't this nice. Great work.
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