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Thread: Quilting Pic of My First Quilt

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    Senior Member motomom's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpspeedy
    I vote for red binding. It looks like a great job handquilting. Don't you find it relaxing and rewarding?
    Absolutely.

    More than relaxing and rewarding. I find it almost spooky, how it seems with each stitch to "tie" me to my ancestral roots. After the first few hours of struggling to learn, all of a sudden I looked up at the clock and it was in the wee hours of the morning. And it happened to me every time I sat down to quilt.

    My elderly aunt told me that they used to have to MAKE my grandmother stop quilting to come and eat. Now I understand. That's her picture, as the mom, in my avatar.

    Of course, my home has not been cleaned since I started the project!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ
    Wonderful quilt! The answer to your question is "yes". :lol:

    My DD is a "rocket scientist", too (masters in aerospace engineering). She's now in a physics PhD program. All her textbook begin with the word "Quantum". We tease her, too, when she asks a simple question . . . we say "It's not rocket science". She also likes to quilt, sew, crochet, cook . . .
    I can't tell you how many times my rocket scientist daughter has called me to ask me simple questions. "How many minutes to hard-boil an egg?" "How do I cook a roast?" "How do I .....?"

    We laugh about it all the time. My DH and I own a music store, and we say all the time about problems that crop up, "This is not rocket science, not like daughter's job. If we do not do our jobs perfectly, airplanes are not going to fall out of the sky and kill people. The only bad thing is that we will have to correct it later. This is just a music store!" See, we have lots of anal-retentive employees who get bent out of shape over the smallest problem. LOL!!!

    When I asked DD about which color of binding she would prefer, she would not even tell me. She said she had no idea, whatever I thought would be fine.

    It is great that your daughter is working on her Phd. Mine is working on her masters right now.

    The best thing is, she always attributes her great work ethic to me. In all my life I don't think I ever received such a wonderful compliment. And in all my dreams, I never thought any of my children would reach such wonderful heights. As each one of them reaches and attains, I am sure each day that this is the very best part of my life. :)

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    My two cents - little red band - then a wider blue border. I like dark borders on the outside, but the bit of red would make the red in the quilt POP!

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    Great quilt! Your daughter will treasure this! I would go little red with a larger blue (all to match the colors in the quilt).

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    Your quilt is gorgeous. Your DD will love it no matter what color you use for the binding. How about something like this:

    http://www.thousandsofbolts.com/inde...29&ParentCat=9

    Click on the "view close-up image" to see a 2X2" square. See how in the binding those flowers would just look like little blue squiggles.

    Another idea is to use blue binding and then switch to red as you go around the corners.

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    Good job. It looks great! I'd use blue for the binding.

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    That's very pretty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by motomom
    The best thing is, she always attributes her great work ethic to me. In all my life I don't think I ever received such a wonderful compliment. And in all my dreams, I never thought any of my children would reach such wonderful heights. As each one of them reaches and attains, I am sure each day that this is the very best part of my life. :)
    This speaks so well of what a great mother you are---there is no higher compliment than our children's realization of the impact we have made on their lives. Congrats to you, mom!!!

    Your daughter's quilt is wonderful---I downloaded the picture so that I could zoom in on it some and discovered you used rocket fabrics!!! How cute! I would love for you to show several close up pics. How about a close up of one of the blocks-especially the one where you have something written in the corner. I would love to see how you hand quilted it too. It is no wonder that your daughter looks up to you---your first quilt is a major accomplishment--congrats!!!!

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    Thanks for the compliment, Marcia.

    I've decided on red binding, I liked the idea of the red then the blue, but I'm a little afraid to try something like that on the quilt without some practice first on something smaller. I haven't done any kind of borders yet.

    So, I'll be sure and post some close-ups when it is done. I've made the binding and I have it ready to put on, but it may take me a couple of weeks.

    Of course, if I post close-ups you'll be able to see all the imperfections in the blocks. I cut the thing out with scissors, and I learned A LOT about matching corners in the process. I think over all my seams were just too big and it is not without some cut-off pointy parts. I was using an old quilting pamphlet, and looking back on what I have learned (I have lots more books now) the information in the pamphlet was sketchy at best.

    I embroidered the info onto some Aida cloth that I had, then washed the embroidery, then incorporated it into one of the blocks.

    I used light blue thread for the hand quilting, and a muslin back. I know I should have picked a fabric that would hide the imperfect stitches that happened while I was learning, but I decided that it was sort of a history, and that it was ok to show what exactly happened.

    Besides, my quilt shop was out of white quilting thread. :shock:

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    Sounds like you are progressing well!

    Good job! Don't worry about "imperfections" ... if you can't see it at twenty yards, going twenty miles an hour, it really isn't there!

    I think it is a good thing to start as basic as possible ... when you know how to do the very basic and continue to advance, you have a better concept of how perfectly wonderful the additional tools are.

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    motomom - re borders. Can't remember if anyone has told you this already. Check the tutorials on the main page for borders. Basic border rule of thumb: don't measure the edges; measure the CENTER of the quilt vertically. Use this measurement for the vertical borders - pin and ease if necessary. Then measure the CENTER horizontally. Use this measurement for the horizontal borders. Pin and ease if necessary. This is how you get borders that aren't wavey. Good luck, and have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachlady
    I think red would make the whole thing POP. Beautiful quilt!

    I agree.

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    Your first quilt??? :shock: Wow. Great work! I think red binding would look nice.

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    Pretty!!! Pretty!!! I can't wait for you to post those close up pics...I want to see your beautiful hand work!!

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    I love the quilt!! your daughter will also. As for the binding, I say on this quilt it is whatever makes the quilt pop.

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