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Thread: Old Friends from the Quit Shop

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    Old Friends from the Quit Shop

    This quilt is made from over 180 different fabrics that my older sister had bought when she worked in a quilt shop back in the late 70's.

    It had been in her sewing room, exposed to sunlight for many years (so a lot has fade lines in it) and then boxed up for the last 25 or so. I finally talked her into letting me put it to use. As she went through the boxes she said it was like visiting with old friends, remembering when she bought some of the fabric and working at that shop.

    The field is 180 blocks, all different fabrics. I could not decide on the proper color for the binding, so I cut strips out of the solids and pieced them together and cut that on the diagonal.

    Family is getting together this weekend, so DH and I will be making the 5 hour drive, I'm excited to see what she thinks of it.



    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    very nicely done
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    It looks lovely!
    Retired teacher, loving it.
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    Great finish! So good of you to do this for your sister!

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    Really attractive; the multi-colored binding makes it! Wishing you a safe trip and a Wheeler & Wilson #8 finding you.

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    Fun story, and great quilt!
    Be a blessing to others, as you may entertain angels unaware!

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    A fine finish.

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    what a prize
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    I love it! You did fantastic work.

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    Great idea for a quilt full of memories?

    My question is what did you do with the rest of the fabric after you cut the individual small squares from it? There must be enough for several more similar quilts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    My question is what did you do with the rest of the fabric after you cut the individual small squares from it? There must be enough for several more similar quilts.
    In total, I guesstimated she had about 300 yards of fabric. I cut 5.5" strips and after cutting the larger block off, cut the rest into 2.5" squares and gave a set of them to each of the members of my Vintage Sewing Club. I have 3-4 sets left for myself, though I'm not sure what I'll do with them yet.

    I've already cut strips for two bargellos, and sewed up a blooming 9patch, but I had to buy a few coordinating fabrics for that one. The last is a king size, and I'm not going to quilt it until we get the longarm moved to it's new home where I'll have a bit more room to move around.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    greay scrappy quilt!!
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    That is super. Love the story and the quilt.
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    It's a different kind of memory quilt for your sister. It's lovely.

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    You are a kind sister. She's lucky to have you. I think you did a great job!
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    That is super. Love the story and the quilt.
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    WOW - There are really a lot of pretty colors in this quilt.

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    I love it and she will too. What a nice thing for you to do.
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    Let us know her reaction to the finished quilt.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    nice story, and a good rescue!

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    ta dah... great finish. Now the quilt may find it's way to a new home rather than in a box. : )

    It looks terrific and I'm sure she's gonna be surprised.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    Good job. I'm sure she is going to love this quilt. It will have so many memories for her.

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    Love the quilt and the story!!

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    What a nice quilt!!

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    Great job!!!!!! Your sister is going to be blown away. Bring the tissues......... Thanks for the story - it makes the quilt even more special.
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