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Thread: The Nightmare Quilt for GS

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    The Nightmare Quilt for GS

    Well...ready for a story? What started out to be a "best intentions" quilt ended up not being so! It all started when my grandson wanted a space quilt (seriously into space stuff at 6!). First I found the space panel; then had to hunt down materials that would coordinate with the panel (at this point I couldn't find any kits to meet my "qualifications"). Then had to design the layout (the sun idea came from the internet) - the plan was for a twin bed size. Construction was no easy task as the ORIGINAL border (multi-colored perpendicular pieces) were literally squeezed from the scraps. The actual construction took lots of time because there was lots to quilt/stipple. Being as such, my machine needed to go in for servicing right in the middle of quilting!@#%! So, I took it in, worked right at the quilt shop, finished the quilting, went home (w/o machine), washed/dried the quilt, got it in the mail, all in time for delivery to DC area for CName:  IMG_0255.JPG
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Size:  129.8 KBhristmas 2011. Got a call asking if I had finished the quilt!?!!! and could I make it for a full sized bed (they had just upsized his bed)!?!!! The original answer was no...so being the perfectionist I am, I ended up with the quilt again, ripping off binding, ripping out the stippling on the perpendicular border, finding more similar material as in the quilt, piecing batting, adding 12" to each side and backing, adding to the binding (from material I had - just enough), reconstructing, I finally had the recompleted quilt., again!!! Mind you, I was mumbling under my breath all the way and had to push myself all the way (he came close to being 20 before I got to it!!!!!!!!!!). To more pleasant things...the 16 year old quilt inspector, Igor, approved! Whew! You are a great at listening and I know you understand! Thanks!!!

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    Oh my gosh, you went way beyond! I give you lots of credit for that. Not so sure I would have done it over. Would have told him to use it as a throw! You are an awesome Grandmother!
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    Oh yes, it is a great quilt too
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    Great quilt. I am sure it will be treasured for a very long time.

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    It is amazing how many people think we do magic, just because we're very good. You did a very, very good quilt there. One hopes it will be properly appreciated.

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    Wow that is a great quilt.
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    great job!!!
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    I'm with sewbeadit. I would,ve said no- fold it up at the end of the bed. They could've gotten a comforter with stars or a plain color tonwork with it. That was a lot to ask to have you add to it. Not to mention the cost of shipping. On the other hand, our DGS are very important to us grandmas, we would do anything for them! You did a wonderful job and it is beautiful!
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    Love it, you did a fantastic job, your efforts will be appreciated for years to come. well done, give yourself a pat on the back for service above and beyond, what we wont do for are children and grand children.
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    I'm nominating you for Grandma of the Year! Great job pulling that one off. You did good!

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    Talk about a Ufo story. That is one for the books.
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    Wow that is truly a labor of love. I definitely would not have enlarged it though. You get major kudos and karma points for that one! The quilt is awesome BTW. I love your sun/moon combo and the quilting on it is just faboo.

    Also I have to comment on Igor, 16 YO?!?!?! Wow! You are to be highly commended, he looks awesome for being such a senior. Is he a himilayan or a ragdoll? Hard to tell from the pics.

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    Terrific quilt! And to add-on to it? Wow! You get the award for best grandma!
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    Gorgeous quilt. You did a great job. And isn't it amazing what we will do for the grandkids? I'm on quilt hiatus making doll clothes, doll sleeping bags, and pillow case dresses because they think Grandma can "whip it up" or "stitch it up"!!

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    Very pretty, I think it was a lot of nerve asking you to add to it. I sure hope all your time and work was appreciated. Great job.
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    WOW!!! What an adventure this turned out to be!!! You are an awesome grandmother you are, so very accomodating. The quilt is fantastic......love the designs and colors. The restructuring that you did appears to be intentional to the design of the quilt.
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    It ended up a wonderful quilt

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    I think it is lovely! Igor obviously approves too. I will admit, that as a Gramma who quilts/sews I do try really hard to fulfill the requests I get. However, sometimes mine look like I ripped and added - not so with yours! Without the tale being told I would have NEVER EVER GUESSED! It really is pretty!!!
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    very good job, quite an undertaking but your fur baby seems to be checking it out

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    Amazing! The quilt and the fact that you ripped out stippling and redid it. You definitely went above and beyond. You should write down everything you went through and give it to your grandson when he's 20. I would love to know what my grandma went through when making my quilt when I was 5. It would make it all the more special.
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    What a lovely quilt, you did a fabulous job! And that Igor -- he is gorgeous!
    I slept in a twin till I started college and it didn't do me any damage. I don't understand why a 6-year-old needs a double bed! Did they actually send the quilt BACK to you to enlarge?? As was mentioned above, I would have left it as a throw. I guess I'm nowhere near as good an aunt as you are a Granma!
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    I hope he appreciates all you did to make the quilt fit his new bed. It is absolutely beautiful. You did a wonderful job on the design, and it's quilted just right. It's a show stopper for sure.
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    Beautiful quilt and I hope the grandson appreciates what you did for him. I understand exactly where you are coming from, I would do about anything possible for my one and only grandchild, or my 2 boys. That's the mother love in us. They are worth it. Keep up the good work and next time they want something special, tell them to make sure they know what they want and no makeovers. LOL

    sassy granny

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    Your final quilt is beautiful....I think you deserve some sort of reward for the do-over.....
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    I love it and think you did an awesome job. I especially love the sun/moon, at this is one of my favorite symbols. I hope your grandson never outgrows it.

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