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Thread: It only took a year!

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    It only took a year!

    I promised my son a quilt for graduating from college, so of course I start it just before he graduates and finish it a year later. In my defense there was a hiatus from quilting while I removed the old heating system from the house and replaced all the flooring over the summer. At least it is still cold outside and he now has a quilt to snuggle under.

    It was a fairly simply pattern that he asked look "scrappy" and he liked the batik fabrics. So off I go and order 35 or so fat quarters of batiks! Then I get to cut and match them with out duplication, which only took 2 large tables and a glass of wine, but I think I pretty well succeeded. The quilt went together quickly, and I had the top sandwiched before the flooring project.

    To make it a special quilt, I decided to quilt the top with motifs of the natural things my son had encountered on the way to his Master's Degree. There are 80 or so squares on the quilt and most of them are different. He also had several jobs along the way identifying bugs in streams, so there are a few of those on the quilt as well. Also, when he was a freshman his belongings were infested with little rubber ducks, and one of them slipped onto the quilt as well. Invasive little buggers!

    I'm crossing my fingers I can get this posted in just a uploads, so please be patient with me!
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    Beautiful quilt and quilting designs!
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    Here are some more
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    This is absolutely wonderful! I love the colors (batiks are my favorite) and the design but the quilting and the meaning behind it will make this a cherished quilt. He will love it and you should be proud of your work, it is just beautiful

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    Lovely, LOVELY quilting work. Congratulations
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    Great job. Love the unique path you took with your quilting motifs. I am sure your son will be thrilled with it.

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    Beautifully done and I am sure that your son didn't mind that it took a "little extra time", well worth the wait.
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    Thank you for looking!

    It was a fun quilt to work on!
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    Great quilt and quilting designs!

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    So special, I'm sure he will cherish this beautiful quilt for his entire life. Looking at some of the pieces, I see I also have a lot of them.
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    nicely done
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    Wow, what a beautiful quilt you made. Love the colors you chose as well as the wonderful quilting motifs you used. It is very special.

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    Wonderful quilt! Well worth the wait for him I'm sure! I love all the designs you quilted in that have meaning to him. He will treasure it!

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    What a beautiful quilt full of special meaning.

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    This is his "Story Quilt".... you have captured his journey perfectly! I think you did a wonderful job with this quilt and he will smile every time he touches it knowing his mother made it especially for him.

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    Beautiful.
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    Wow! That is strikingly beautiful. I love everything about it as I'm sure he will.
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    Unique and beautiful.

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    very nice quilt and quilting

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    He will figure this one is certainly a keeper. It will mean a lot to him with the customized quilting. Great colors and nice pattern to show them off.

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    Wow!! It is beautiful!! The batiks and the colors you choose are absolutely the perfect canvas for your quilting designs!!! (Love how those rubber ducks infested his belongings freshmen year lol)

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    Nice colors....what kinda degree did he get?
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    It is OK to take a year, we all get sidetracked at times. The quilt is most beautiful and the quilting is super duper. This is made for him a totally unique person who has a quilt made with love with all of his wonderful encounters in life being part of the quilt. This is what quilting is about and successfully complete
    Create something beautiful from scraps.

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    You have personalized this beautiful quilt with love and humor! Great job!
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