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Monday, November 18, 2013

My First Quilt - The Top is Finished

In October I signed up for a beginner quilting class at our local quilt shop, along with four other women.
 
We made the 40 1/2" x 40 1/2" sampler quilt from the workbook Start Quilting with Alex Anderson,
 
Here's my finished quilt top.

40 1/2" x 40 1/2" Quilt



We learned to make 7 different blocks. Sue, our instructor, showed us so many shortcuts and shared great tips.
 
Block left to right, Top Row: Rail Fence, Log Cabin, Flying Geese
Second Row: Flying Geese, Square Dance, Rail Fence

Taking a quilting class is one of the smartest things I've ever done.
 
Bottom row right: Friendship Star

I had so much fun, formed new friendships, and learned a creative -- as well as practical -- craft.
 
Blocks Top Row: Nine-Patch (left), Nine-Patch Variation (right)
 
 
My favorite block is the flying geese block.
 
 
 
The final step is the quilting. I've ordered a walking foot for my sewing machine, which will make the sewing easier. Once it arrives I'll finish my quilt.
 
I chose the colors for this quilt based on the colors in my home office/studio. And because I also thought it might look a little Christmasy.
 
Dennis says instead of hanging the quilt in my studio, we're going to hang it in the living room.
 
I can't wait.
 
 
I can't close today without remembering the people in the Philippines and Illinois. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
 
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17 comments:

  1. It is beautiful. Congratulations on your first quilt. I am a beginner too.

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    1. Thank you, Betty. It's nice to connect with you. I hope you're enjoying this craft as much as I am.

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  2. Hi Nancy, your quilt is beautiful. I am also making my first quilt. I got the binding all sewed on today and plan on hemming it tonight while watching TV. I have such a satisfied feeling about completing it. It will be a Christmas gift for my granddaughter. I'm also starting another for my second granddaughter. Your quilt is much more complicated than mine . . . great job, it is lovely :)
    Keep Smiling,
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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    1. Your quilts will make wonderful Christmas gifts for your granddaughters, Connie. Something they'll cherish all their lives. Have fun! :)

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  3. Wonderful Nancy . . . well done! You are so genuinely considerate, thoughtful and caring for others. Very nice person you are!

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    1. Thank you so much for those kind words, Lynne. I feel the same way about you. So glad we've met through blogging. :)

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  4. You did a wonderful job! It's beautiful. I would love to quilt, but I can't seem to make friends with sewing. I've tried, and I'll try again, I'm sure. I love the different stories that quilts can tell.

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    1. Tina, I would really encourage you to take a quilting class. I tried to learn to quilt on my own, but never got very far. There's something about joining in with other beginners and being taught by a seasoned quilter that makes all the difference.

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  5. Your quilt is beautiful! I love all the colors in it. I can understand your feeling of accomplishment. Your husband wanting to hang in the living room is a nice compliment!

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    1. Thank you, Dewena. I have to say that when Dennis made that suggestion my heart swelled up. He's encouraged me so much through the whole process. I'm very blessed to have him for my husband.

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  6. This is just lovely. I love quilts so much! I have never made one myself, but have quite a few made by other family members. You have inspired me... maybe I will try one!

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    1. I hope you will, Jeanne. It's something I've wanted to do all my life, and here I am learning in my retirement years. But what better time to do it, right?

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  7. It is just beautiful....quilting is a lot of fun.

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    1. It is fun, Rose. I'm totally hooked. :)

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  8. Beautiful quilt Nancy! I loooove the colors! My aunt was a huge quilter. She taught a little bit, but I never made an actual quilt. I have always wanted to make one....maybe I should add it to my goals for the new year!

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    1. Kim, I believe you'd really enjoy learning to quilt. I think the key for me was the beginners class and starting with a small project. Eventually I want to make quilts for my grandchildren using my late husband's shirts. See, I've had this on my mind for 6 1/2 years, and I'm finally on the path to seeing that happen. Pretty exciting.

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  9. You did an awesome job on that quilt wall hanging. Look at those flying geese, the points are perfect! I'm so glad you are taking some lessons, we are always learning and they usually give some really great tips and shortcuts along the way. And the friendships you will make is also inspiring as each of you help out one another along the way. One idea leads to another and before you know it ...you will have a stash going in too. Have fun! Hugs. Marg.

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