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April 26th, 2009


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polarpaw
05:01 pm - My 2nd big project
When I started quilting I told all my kids that I would hand piece and hand quilt a king size quilt for each of them. I have 3 kids and have completed one. This is the second one. This is just the top, I finished it this afternoon, it has taken me 3 years to get this much done. I still need to quilt it but will probably wait until fall since the batting is wool from a local farm that raises sheep. Plan to pin baste it tomorrow in case I get inspired to work on it sooner.

Finished top for Jen
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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From:hottoastermama
Date:April 26th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
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I love it, what a lot of work!
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From:clumsy_chord
Date:April 26th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Wow - that's gorgeous! It must have taken ages to piece all that. You've got lucky kids.
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From:polarpaw
Date:April 27th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
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Whenever I travelled I took pieces of it with me. Until very recently the pieces fit nicely into sandwich bags. I also worked on it while watching TV in the evenings.

I would work on it until my fingers got sore then take a break (I have never been able to use a thimble.) or sometimes I would just get bored working on it. That is why it took so long to get this far. During the breaks I worked on projects that I could finish fairly quickly with my sewing machine.
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From:elettaria
Date:April 27th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure your fingers *should* get sore with piecing, is there a chance it's a technique fault? With quilting, the method I use involves a thimble on the over hand (as per usual) and an Aunt Becky on the under hand (less usual but bloody fantastic), so I no longer get sore fingers from that either. Unless you meant sore muscles?
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From:nokomis2877
Date:April 27th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
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Wow...wonderful work!
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From:macbeaner
Date:April 27th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
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Gorgeous! I love the colors! Your kids are very lucky! :)
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From:elettaria
Date:April 27th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
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Good grief, that's a lot of piecing. And a truly stunning quilt, beautiful use of colour and shading. I made myself a king-size bedspread, but the pieces were a moderate size (6" diamonds), nor was it densely quilted (I quilted it as far apart as the batting would take, it was actually really quick to quilt - the cold winter we've just had was my main incentive to finish it!). And I'm still not planning to do that again in a hurry, especially since I don't actually have enough floor space to baste something that size in one go. It was the one quilt I've made where I didn't need to press seams straight after sewing them, in fact I had to leave it that way so that I could decide which way up to put the strips later. So it was amenable to being sewn wherever, in my case at the local Stitch & Bitch once and thereafter mostly in bed (I'm disabled). I think it's also easier hand-quilting when a quilt gets to that size: I'm only just learning how to use my sewing machine, but I'd hate to try to get a quilt that size into it. How did you design the layout, did you do lots of triangle pairs by colour and then spend ages crawling around on the flloor to decide where to put them?
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From:polarpaw
Date:April 27th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
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I made it in horizontal strips. I started in the middle, stitched about 6 x 8 rows then added about 4-6 rows out from the completed center each time I finished a section until it was the size that I wanted it to be. The half square triangle blocks are 2 1/2 inches completed.

My living room is just big enough to lay out a king size quilt to baste. But it is almost too small to lay out pieces. If I had pieced it all at one time it would have gone from wall to wall and I would have had to move all the furniture out!

I really like your quilting pattern for your king size bedspread. I was wanting to do something similar with this quilt. My oldest daughter (the one that is getting this quilt) thinks it looks like a vortex. So I wanted to do something that would give that impression (or a wind storm, stormy water). The bat has no scrim so I will have no choice but to quilt it more densely than I normally do.

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