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Thread: Unafraid of a challenge - a teen's first quilt

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    Unafraid of a challenge - a teen's first quilt

    My 17yo daughter decided she would learn to quilt as her senior graduation challenge project. She knew how to use a sewing machine so she was sure she could tackle making a quilt. She likes batiks so she started collecting them last summer (a good excuse to check out all the quilt shops we could find on vacation!) without any pattern in mind. She decided she wanted to make star blocks. Then she saw a quilt with stars on point and decided she wanted to put her blocks on point. Without a pattern, she drafted her own design using Ohio stars, sawtooth stars, pinwheel stars and party-hat stars using block directions she found on-line. With minimal help from Mom (after all it was her project) she learned to match points, calculate setting triangles, and measure for borders. It finished 65 inches square.
    She quilted it freehand on the LA after practicing on a baby quilt panel and on a lap quilt that I pieced (she used that one as a gift for her BFF). She quilted it in a meandering loop with Ohio stars scattered in, a large Ohio star in the middle block and Ohio stars in the corners of the borders (all freehand). I'm so proud of her - my first quilt was certainly not this ambitious but when you're young you aren't afraid to try something new.
    As part of the challenge project, she also made an appliqued wall hanging with fmq on the DSM that used metallic and specialty threads.

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    Very good looking!

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    She is a natural. Beautiful job!!

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    Wow! For a first quilt she did great! Love the colors. I hope this has given her the quilting bug and she continues!
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    Very nice!

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    Beautiful quilt and very talented and beautiful Girl....... 0;-)
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    This is a BEAUTIFUL quilt! I love her color selection. And what an accomplishment to create her own pattern and make her hers from start to finish. She should be very proud...and you too!

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    Very talented and beatiful young lady and a beautiful quilt.
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    She did an amazing job, with a beautiful result. No wonder you are so proud of her, and she is a talented and beautiful young lady.
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    Wow, that is a beautiful quilt!!!!! She is really a natural!!!!!

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    ​Well done!

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    Boy, this challenge was multi-faceted and took a variety of skills for your daughter to learn. She definitely earned a good grade!

    I'm curious about your comment "senior graduation challenge project" as it makes me wonder if graduates must meet a challenge as one of their graduation requirements. Here, ours must all complete a project that involves completing a booklet designed to make plans for the future, and make a presentation of their school learning and future plans to a community panel. Some are now scrambling to re-do their work in order to earn the final item for grad requirements. Your daughter would definitely NOT be in the re-do section.
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    Bravo! That is a fine looking quilt! Batiks are gorgeous.

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    Hi! This is Marisa, Pam's daughter. At my school, each student must complete, present, and share a challenge project in order to graduate. These projects must be something that the student has never done before and would be a challenge to them, like training for and competing in a triathlon, learning to play the harmonica, building a computer, restoring an old car, decorating cupcakes, etc. Someone last year made a reconstruction of Queen Elizabeth I's coronation gown! (that was one of the best projects in recent history)

    Thank you, everyone, for all of your nice comments! I'm already planning my next quilt.

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    She did awesome!!!

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    Very nice job!

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    Fantastic for a first. I am sure she is proud of this quilt.

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    Beautiful quilt, nice choice of fabrics and nice quilting, all around a wonderful quilt.
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    nicely done
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    Awesome job!
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    What a keeper and daughter too...great job. Hard to believe it is her first!
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    Terrific job! I just love to see young people who have this much drive and creativity...well done!!!

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    She is as beautiful as her quilt! Kudos to her for doing an outstanding job on her project!!! You gotta be beaming from head to toe with pride!!!!
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    Super job; great first quilt!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam S View Post
    Hi! This is Marisa, Pam's daughter. At my school, each student must complete, present, and share a challenge project in order to graduate. These projects must be something that the student has never done before and would be a challenge to them, like training for and competing in a triathlon, learning to play the harmonica, building a computer, restoring an old car, decorating cupcakes, etc. Someone last year made a reconstruction of Queen Elizabeth I's coronation gown! (that was one of the best projects in recent history)

    Thank you, everyone, for all of your nice comments! I'm already planning my next quilt.
    Hi Marisa,
    Thanks for your explanation about the graduation project. I appreciate the examples you provided and am impressed with the range of challenges that graduates take upon themselves along with that final year of high school. It sounds like some might be tempted to take on something too big to finish, but there must be contingency plans for that.

    Your quilt just may replace Queen Elizabeth's gown.
    Barbara

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