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Thread: My Second Quilt

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    Senior Member MomtoBostonTerriers's Avatar
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    This is the second quilt I've completed, a Christmas present for my father. He recently commented that he was sad his alma mater recently dropped the Little Colonel as its mascot, so when I saw this kit made by "Varsity Quilts" at the Houston Quilt Show two weeks ago, I snapped it up. Dad just celebrated his 90th birthday, so I decided to get busy and make the lap quilt for his Christmas gift -- at that age, one can't presume on the future.

    I redesigned the kit so I could make this quilt using the Cotton Theory Method; took me about an hour of mental time while I was trying to fall asleep to work out the details, and viola! it worked like a charm.

    Several weeks ago, I asked for advice on this board to help me with stippling. Thanks to all the comments you kind quilters shared with me, I have been practicing a lot and I can see some improvement.

    My Dad was the first person in his family to graduate from college, the University of Mississippi.
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    What a wonderful quilt. I'm sure your father will love it.

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    Very impressive quilting job & wonderful gift for your Father.

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    You did a great job on this quilt. Your second one????? It looks like a pro did it. Your Dad will be very pleased. Was the cotton theory hard to do? I have the book, and keep thinking about doing it, but haven't tried it yet. Hard?

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    Beautiful job!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JT
    You did a great job on this quilt. Your second one????? It looks like a pro did it. Your Dad will be very pleased. Was the cotton theory hard to do? I have the book, and keep thinking about doing it, but haven't tried it yet. Hard?
    JT,

    I love Cotton Theory! It is the only way I can quilt on my domestic sewing machine. I don't think that Cotton Theory is hard; I like the fact that I quilt in manageable sections and then sew them together. If you want to try out Cotton Theory, use the book to try a small project, such as a placemat (that's how I got started, 20 placemats later I was able to tackle a lap quilt). As you may notice from studying the Cotton Theory book, I have taken liberties by doing stipple quilting instead of straight lines and decorative stitches.

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    Great quilt- great job on stippling!! I'm sure he will love this!!

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    I bet your Dad is going to love this quilt! Great job.

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    What a fab gift for your Dad!! He is sure to love it.

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    LOVE the quilt and your quilting looks fantastic, GREAT job, now I need to go practise

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    too cool. love it. Also love the Bostons. We had 2 and they were awesome fellows.

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    GREAT job!

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    what is cotton theory?

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    great job!! now you have to wait til christmas before he opens it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    what is cotton theory?
    Clem55,

    The Cotton Theory Method is a quilt-as-you-go process. It was invented by Betty Cotton (that's really her name!) and is described in her two books. In this method, you quilt a block or small section, then join it to another quilted block with a 1 inch seam. The raw edges of the seam are turned under on TOP of the quilt and sewn down with decorative stitches. You can see an example of the joining seams in the close-up photos above.

    Betty gives a more detailed description at her website:

    http://www.quiltyard.com/whatiscottontheory.phtml

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    What a thoughtful and wonderful quilt. I love your quilt inspector as well. He will love and cherish this I am sure.

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    I love the quilt but I think I'd like to borrow your quilt inspector.lol

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    What a great gift!

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    What a wonderful gift and form one boston lover to another-they are adorable!!
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    Your dad will be in so happy with his quilt. You are so loving to make a special gift like this.

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    Your Dad will love this amazing quilt!

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    Beautiful quilt. Looks like you have that Cotton Theory down pat. Great job.

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    That is just sad that Ol'e Miss is getting rid of it's mascot. People need to get a life.

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    Cute.

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    Are there complete instructions anywhere on the web so as not to have to order the book? Don't have time to wait for it to come via mail. Have a twin and a queen quilt to make before Christmas. Thanks

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