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    Quilt with a story

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Size:  50.5 KBThis quilt is called Magic Carpet Ride which is from a kit from several years ago. How it came to me is a story. I became acquainted with a woman through Words with Friends. We have never met, but, we talked a bit through the chat function and then became Facebook Friends. Last year her mother passed and she found this half assembled kit in her mother's things and asked me did I want it, or she would throw it out. I just couldn't bear that, and she sent it. It was a mess. Some of the strips were torn, some were cut, most of them had the dreaded "v" in the middle, some were machine sewn, some were hand sewn. Nothing was good. I took it all apart, trimmed up what I could and gave it my best shot. It has taken a long time. My two quilting groups are very used to seeing it, and will be happy to see it done. If you zoom in on the picture you can see how wonky it really is, but, it is finished! I kept thinking when I finished it, to offer it back to her, even though she said she wanted no part of it. So, now it is done and I sent her a picture, and yay, she does want it back! She now has a baby granddaughter and I think it would be perfect for her. The backing is yellow. I machine quilted it with a meander and I did three different things in the borders. I used serger thread and first time using two different colors, pink on top, yellow on bottom, and forgot to lower the feed dogs, and didn't change the tension and for some reason it was perfect, no thread issues at all. I used my Brother PQ1500 with a 90/14 top stitch needle.
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    What a beautiful quilt with such a heartwarming quilter's story! I love to hear about these unique quilt journeys especially, after so much effort was taken to restore it and then the quilt makes a full circle back to it's rightful family - several generations down! You have a true quilters heart - thank you for sharing and I'm certain her granddaughter will greatly appreciate your gift
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    What a great quilt and even better story!

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    ​Cute quilt and of course she wants it back now!

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    Love your quilt and the quilt too. Please write down your memories of making the quilt. The grand daughter will enjoy the story as she gets older.

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    It doesn't look wonky at all. Very nice work and I'm sure she is happy to get it and you are happy that some use will come of it too. Good work. and i've done FMQing with feed dogs up in a class. no problems.
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    Looks like a beautiful quilt for a little girl! Thanks for helping that child inherit something from her great-grandmother...and you!
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    Wonderful ending to a great story! Wow! I hope Granny and Mom tell her about the history of her beautiful baby quilt when she is old enough to appreciate it. I'm sure it will be treasured! You did good!!

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    What a heartwarming story. You must feel that your connection through Words with Friends was "meant to be"--and you have closed the loop from great-grandmother to great-grandchild. Truly a labor of love. The quilt is so cheery with a timeless pattern to boot!

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    What a kind thoughtful thing to do!! You are a very sweet friend!! And the quilt is truly beautiful!! Great job!!

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    that's pretty and I didn't see anything but loveliness as i ride a
    galloping horse .
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    you did a great job. so pretty
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    Beautiful finish to a UFO. I know how hard it is to work on a project of someone else's start and messy in the middle. I made several of a friend's mom's quilt tops complete. It is a joy to give back.

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    Wow! How lovely of a gift. She will love having it in her family.

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    It's beautiful and such a great story!

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    Very pretty quilt and such a nice story. I think this quilt is going full circle and glad your friend did accept it to give to her new grandchild.

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    You went above and beyond on this one and Good Karma should be coming your way.

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    Bless you for your efforts! A great family quilt with quite a story.
    Be a blessing to others, as you may entertain angels unaware!

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    I agree with all of the comments above and want to add my congratulations to you.
    Beautiful quilt with an awesome story . . . and you made it happen! Thank you for sharing.

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    I can understand you not wanting it thrown away. That was some work you had to do but what a great outcome!

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    Very nice. What a labor of love and friendship.

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    Great story and a great job on the quilt. You did a good thing.

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    I hope you feel good about your efforts with this quilt. A real labor of love. Great job and the quilt is beautiful.

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    A lovely quilt with a beautiful story!
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    Love the quilt and the story. Certainly she wants it now!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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