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Old 10-11-2021, 09:35 AM
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Those gaps between the panels clearly need something, they're too blank. I didn't feel like making additional panels just for filler, so I figured I'd do some freehanded quilting designs on them with contrasting thread. Now before I get to the actual quilting and finished project, I want to take a moment and mention my mom. Recall, I said earlier that she's a former pro (tailor/seamstress) with her own business, and very good at what she did. Still is. She does mostly quilts now, and they are all excellent, gifted to multiple family members.

She got excited when I showed her my project while it was in the works. So she sat down one afternoon and knocked out this little thing for me. She says it's a 1960-something Pontiac (Firebird? GTO?). She copied it off a calendar full of muscle cars that the car insurance company sends out for free. She doesn't know anything about classic cars, and has never done anything like this. Check out the details: She used shiny metallic thread for the chrome wheels and trim (the shine doesn't photograph well), fuzzy cloth for the pavement, and some kind of translucent cheesecloth for the windshield. I love it!
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Old 10-11-2021, 09:38 AM
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Your quilt is awesome and so is your mom. Thank you for sharing this project with us.
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Old 10-11-2021, 12:15 PM
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Awesome work!
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Old 10-11-2021, 02:29 PM
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Thanks, people. What a nice crowd!

Wrapping it up with the actual quilting. I did the panels by tracing the emblems concentrically out to the edges. Then I filled in the blank spaces with freehand designs in contrasting thread, using one of those round quilting presser feet. You guys ever see one? Kidding. That freehanding was hard to do with such a large, bulky quilt bunched up under the machine's arm. So things got sloppier than I liked. Still, the the quilting made it pleasantly puffy in the right places.

In the blank spaces I did curly q's, flames, boxes, waves, and what-not in red and yellow stitching. For the edges, I turned them up and over onto the face and sewed them down pretty tight, so that the back sheet that has contact with me, wouldn't have a seam catching/rubbing on my extremities or chin. In the end, Despite the mistakes I made, I think I got what I wanted. Have already camped with it at the track a few times, very cozy. Size-wise it came out to 56"X72". Same dimensions of a full size mattress. Weighs in at 1,340 grams, or 2.95 lbs. Screwdriver for scale. Thanks for following!

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Old 10-11-2021, 02:51 PM
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All I can say is WOW. You sure are talented. Then to see what your mom made for you. I'll stick with my little pieces so I can follow a pattern. LOL Keep up with the quilting. You can make your wife a quilt the next time. Us wives make our husbands quilts. Thanks for the story that went with this quilt.
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Old 10-11-2021, 03:08 PM
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This has been a great read. You are very creative. Did you do your own drawings for the emblems or designs? I really like your horse. My grandson is into racing. I know nothing about it because it makes me too nervous to attend. He’s not in your league but here’s his car. His son even has his own!-lol- Stay safe and keep quilting!
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Old 10-11-2021, 04:28 PM
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Your quilt will be great. I like all of your panel items.
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BMW is my favorite car. I enjoyed the narrative of each series of thumbprints.

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