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Thread: rocky road to kansas

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    thought i'd share one of the favorite quilts i've made so far. kind of a challenge, but fun. the pattern came from EGG MONEY QUILTS, Eleanor Burns. i do a lot of her patterns, very user friendly.
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    Very nice quilt. You did a great job. Love the colors......... :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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    WOW!! That is gorgeous! It's the best of colors, too!

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    Great Job :!: :!:
    I love scrappy quilts. You did an excellent job. Thanks for sharing.

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    First of all, you took really good pictures of that quilt. It's almost as good as seeing it in person! I love the quilt nanabird. Scrappy "old timey feel" quilts are my all time favorite. You made that new quilt look like a really well maintained antique quilt! It's truly gorgeous!!

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    I have that book too and love that one. You did a great job. I just haven't got up the nerve to try it yet. She makes every thing sound so easy in the book.

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    Forgot to say you did a wonderful job wtih the photos!!

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    oooooooooh pretty! I like the border corners - how did you make them?

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    Your quilt is wonderfully done, good color combination too. Did you quilt it yourself? Nancy :D

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    Those are sure keepers, how down right pretty, I would'nt cut loose with them. Gives me a different idea of Kansas.....

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    thanks so much for the kind words. the blocks were string pieced on a muslin base and to keep the weight of the material the same, i decided that the pieced border should also be on muslin. the corner is a separate block on a muslin base, also. then after they are pieced i do the final trim before applying to the quilt.

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    thanks so much for the compliments. i too love the traditional scrappy look.

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    a lady in our little town did the quilting for me. she is great.

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    It looks great!!!

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    Really, really pretty! And, I have to agree with the comments about the photos. Taking a picture that captures the true colors of a quilt and shows-off the pattern, too, is a challenge for me.

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    thank you. it is a challenge for me too. thank goodness for digitals. i take about a dozen pics to get 1 good one. my camera is old and i have found that i only ever get good light out in the sun. maybe santa will
    bring me a new gazillion mega pixal camera for xmas. i have been a very good girl :D

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    Beautiful quilt, all the colors are wonderful :D I really do like the pattern, Eleanor Burns is one of my favorites :D

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    Beautiful job! Nice colors & borders. I like it a lot!!! :D Would you clarify what string piecing on a muslin base is? I'm left guessing on that one but would like to be enlightened. I haven't been quilting all that long. I've been sewing since I was about 8 or 9 years old...but fairly new to quilting. :lol: Thanks! Pam

    the blocks were string pieced on a muslin base and to keep the weight of the material the same, i decided that the pieced border should also be on muslin.

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    string piecing is sort of like paper piecing but more free form. cut the muslin into the shape of the finished block or portion of the block that you want to have the "string" effect, plus seam allowances. then just sew strips, or "strings" of fabric of random widths, doesn't even have to be straight, til the base is covered. then just flip it over and trim along the edge of the base material to trim away the excess of the oversized strings.
    traditionally the base could have been just some left over or ugly material, or even paper which can be torn away as in paper piecing.
    because of the added weight, most of these quilts are machine quilted or tied. would be pretty hard to hand quilt i would think.
    this is a great way to make a dent in that scrap pile. i try not to pay much attention to color or patterns, except not to put identical strings together.
    there is a really good Rodale book, THE QUILTERS ULTIMATE VISUAL GUIDE, that explains this method. i use this book a lot for reference on almost every aspect of quilting.
    sorry to go on and on, but i love quilting as an art form and i get carried away. it is so nice to have this forum. i learn new things every time i visit. you all are the best.

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    THANKS NANABIRDMO!!! That was a great discription of the string piecing process & It helped me visualize it. I saved your description to a computer file & I also wrote down the name of the book you mentioned in my "book wish list". Now I need to go back & stare at your quilt photo again & see if I can see some of the freeform style you mentioned. I don't think you had a close up photo section of the quilt did you? Thanks again! Appreciated you sharing your knowledge! This is lots of fun! :D
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    string piecing is sort of like paper piecing but more free form.

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    Hi again! I stared at your quilt some more & I do see the free form now. It's funny how our eyes can play tricks on us. Very happy you mentioned your process or I might have missed learning about it!

    Pam

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    It's beautiful! My parents are transplants from Kansas and I think they would be glad to have this in their home!

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    I love your quilt. I bought the Egg Money Quilt book last year and did all of the blocks, and found this one to be one of the harder ones. You did a really beautiful job.

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    thank you. i haven't made all the blocks yet. i guess ignorance is bliss. i just liked it and decided to give it a try :D i did modify it so i wouldn't have to set in the background.
    did you make a sampler including all the blocks?
    i love that book. Eleanor is my quilting hero :-) i watch her show on the RFD channel. have learned a bunch from her.

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    I LOVE the scrappy border and the CORNER BLOCKS are WONDERFUL!!!
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