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    that every time I start a quilt it turns out to be HUGE by the time I'm done? I guess if I would find a pattern and stick to it instead of just having an idea and building it as I go that wouldn't be an issue. This is the current status of a "Trip Around the World" I'm doing for a friend. Now all I have to do is copy the lower right corner to the other three and back it.
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    Big is beautiful, and useful and your quilt is looking great...that's why!

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    If it is any consolation, I do not use patterns either. I just start with an idea, block, ect and go with it.

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    earthwalker, I love your avatar! I have decided that my life goal is to reproduce Starry, Starry Night in quilt form. I need a little more practice, though. Seeing that print makes me happy.

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    Yep, mine too, along with "Crows over the Wheatfield" and "Sunflowers"...I have to finish my EPP Grandmother's Garden first...and a few other works in progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLEnglishTeacher
    that every time I start a quilt it turns out to be HUGE by the time I'm done? I guess if I would find a pattern and stick to it instead of just having an idea and building it as I go that wouldn't be an issue. This is the current status of a "Trip Around the World" I'm doing for a friend. Now all I have to do is copy the lower right corner to the other three and back it.
    Did you not know that quilting is addictive? Nobody else will have a quilt like your one. I love your colors. Keep the pictures coming.

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    Been there and done that. Maybe because I love the pattern so much that I want it bigger.

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    i know how you feel, the first year of quilting my quits would grow and grow, i didn't seem to be able to figure out when to stop...my daughter's wedding quilt is 12 feet x 14 feet...a huge quilt...my son's grew even more...i have spent the past few years really working on keeping my quilts within boundaries!!!
    one way that has worked for me is...
    if i'm planning a queen size quilt i start with the exact top measurement of the queen mattress, and make my design fit that measurement exactly, then i decide how to frame it and borders to give it the hang/ tuck measurements i want it to have...every quilt i make i have to really measure and plan each step of the way, otherwise i get very carried away...i tell everyone i am very (un-disaplined) every quilt is a lesson in control :)

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    Its a really nice quilt!

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    Love the colors :thumbup: I can see why you would want it bigger, the hard part for me would be letting it go :wink:

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    Bigger is great! LOL I very carefully measured my mattress top and figured in the side drops, then made my quiult to that measurement. Then, after it was quilted, just very simple hand quilting, the tops didn"t fit the top of the bed right. That is one thing the pattern books don't tell you! Anyone know how much extra size to add to allow for the quilting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLEnglishTeacher
    earthwalker, I love your avatar! I have decided that my life goal is to reproduce Starry, Starry Night in quilt form. I need a little more practice, though. Seeing that print makes me happy.
    Stary Stry Nights would be so beautiful, doing all of the swirls in big hand stitches that would just flow over the surface. It would be amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    Bigger is great! LOL I very carefully measured my mattress top and figured in the side drops, then made my quiult to that measurement. Then, after it was quilted, just very simple hand quilting, the tops didn"t fit the top of the bed right. That is one thing the pattern books don't tell you! Anyone know how much extra size to add to allow for the quilting?
    Opps! I guess just add a couple of inches next time? I do try not to plan too closely, it always bites me in the rear end.

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    Oooo I can't wait to see it all put together :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Oooo I can't wait to see it all put together :D:D:D
    Me either -- it's gonna be beautiful! :D

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    Very bright and very pretty, going to be a wonderful quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Love the colors :thumbup: I can see why you would want it bigger, the hard part for me would be letting it go :wink:
    Amen to not wanting to let it go. I feel that my quilts are expressions of me. It's like giving away an arm or something.

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    That is going to be an awesome quilt. Funny how they can grow isn't it.

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    I'm pretty sure it will be a long time before I use 3.5" squares again. Even though I used the tube method, this was a beast...but I loved every minute of it. Here it is, "Rainbow Connection."

    It fits my queen bed! Too bad, it's for a friend.
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    A closer look at the fabrics. What can I say, I like vibrant colors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLEnglishTeacher
    that every time I start a quilt it turns out to be HUGE by the time I'm done? I guess if I would find a pattern and stick to it instead of just having an idea and building it as I go that wouldn't be an issue. This is the current status of a "Trip Around the World" I'm doing for a friend. Now all I have to do is copy the lower right corner to the other three and back it.
    Sounds just like a problem I have..LOL
    very Pretty

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLEnglishTeacher
    I'm pretty sure it will be a long time before I use 3.5" squares again. Even though I used the tube method, this was a beast...but I loved every minute of it. Here it is, "Rainbow Connection."
    WOW -- beautiful quilt!!! I love the colors too! :D :thumbup:

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    Very beautiful and is nice and bright, love it !!! You did a great job.

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    Goegeous quilt and a one-of-a-kind. That's the neat thing about building your own design.

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    I find it helpful before doing a large quilt to sketch out the dimensions on paper. That way I can keep it in bounds.
    Nothing fancy but just to give me a guide in adding sections.

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