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Thread: My tube quilt "Jewels in the Garden"

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    My tube quilt "Jewels in the Garden"

    This was my first attempt at a tube quilt. I must say it'll probably be my last. I wasn't crazy about the method. Maybe if I would've liked the fabric better I may have enjoyed the process more, not sure about that.
    I made this for some friends of ours who did such a kindness for us in October when a very dear friend died that we just felt it should be recognized by making them a throw for their living room- just the right size for snuggling under to watch TV. Never having been to their home I asked them colors in their LR. She said black Victorian style couches with flowers in jewel tones. Green carpet and grape colored lamp shades. Well, that was kind of a hard combo for me to wrap my brain around as I am more into fall colors. But, I went on a search and came up with this. I'm hoping amethyst and citrine will be jewel-toned enough. haha! I used a stencil to make the pinwheel flower in the center, then I fmq'd a vine around each pinwheel, all on my home machine. I did each square separately so when you look at the back it shows a kind of a gridwork. I like the back almost better than the front. :-)
    One great thing is- she's a bling bling type person, so the brightness will appeal to her. AND she can't even sew on a button so she will LOVE the fact that it is handmade for her. I washed and dried it so it's already soft and scrunched up- ready for use. She has many other talents, but sewing isn't one of them.
    I have to admit, I do love the label. I traced a graphic off of MSWord and made my own with hand embroidery.
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    Beautiful quilt. I especially love the label you created! Your friends are going to love it.
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    I think that it turned out great. What didn't you like about the process?
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    Very pretty. I am not crazy about the process of tube quilting either but you did a great job.

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    I'm still on the fence about tube quilting and completley understand your thoughts about the process. I equally would have had a tough time with the colors your friend described. But you made a beautiful quilt !!!! My hats off to you for completing this challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jansquiltn View Post
    I think that it turned out great. What didn't you like about the process?
    I'm not really sure how to answer it. I've made a few Turning 20, various star blocks, dresden plate, depression block, square in a square, and I've enjoyed those processes, but the tube quilting where you sew it as a tube then cut it open and then sew those pieces into squares- I don't know exactly why I didn't care for it- I just didn't. haha! I know- wacky, huh!? I think I could enjoy making a table topper out of it, but just not another whole quilt. But, some people really seem to enjoy it- so don't let me discourage them! :-)

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    Love it! They will too.

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    Love it! The black sashing really makes it pop.

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    It's a beautiful quilt and label.
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    You have made a beautiful quilt for your friend!! Love the purple.
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    When you see the quilt in your friend's room let us know how it went with her color scheme. I am particularly interested in how your light color fit in as I have a similar problem coming up and am debating on whether or not to include a light color or to have only dark and medium jewel tones. I think your quilt is quite nice and I certainly hope your friend enjoys it and uses it. I think it is a lovely gesture of friendship and you are very thoughtful and kind to make it.

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    Im not sure what you dont like about it, but I'll bet you a millions bucks they are going to LOVE THIS QUILT!! Its beautiful. And by the way, you have just inspired me to make my labels this way. I love it! GREAT JOB ON THE WHOLE THING!
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    Quote Originally Posted by suebee View Post
    Im not sure what you dont like about it, but I'll bet you a millions bucks they are going to LOVE THIS QUILT!! Its beautiful. And by the way, you have just inspired me to make my labels this way. I love it! GREAT JOB ON THE WHOLE THING!
    Thanks for the praise on the label! I really enjoy doing them this way. I have done them on the computer with printing on fabric, but I'm always afraid they won't last, so this is the 2nd one like this I've done. I do like the personal touch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    When you see the quilt in your friend's room let us know how it went with her color scheme. I am particularly interested in how your light color fit in as I have a similar problem coming up and am debating on whether or not to include a light color or to have only dark and medium jewel tones. I think your quilt is quite nice and I certainly hope your friend enjoys it and uses it. I think it is a lovely gesture of friendship and you are very thoughtful and kind to make it.
    I tried using a dark green and a medium burgundy with the floral, but it was too blah, even though both of those colors are in the floral and at the store they looked fine together, but in this square it just needed something to make it pop, so I went with the purple and yellow. I do wonder if I am anywhere close to her real colors. haha! Either way, she will love it, though, I am sure.

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    Very nice quilt, your friend will love it and appreciate the kind jester. I hope to make one of these soon, and hope I will like the process.
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    Very nice quilt!! I know how hard it is to make something outside of your comfort zone and you did a great job!
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    I just love it. You did a wonderful job.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    It looks like it is just perfect for their living room colors. Thanks for sharing.

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    It is beautiful !!!!! They will love it !!!!
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    Very beautiful quilt and label.

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    it looks simply gorgeous! I like the backer too. I think the color choices are good (unlike the first trial ;-) ). I like the label, it'll now last as long as the quilt. Flowers look like they match perfectly!
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    Beautiful fabric and quilting
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    I love the quilt you made. It is beautiful. So is your quilting,
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    Beautiful quilt!
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    I love that I am a purple person great job
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