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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > 23 years unfinished in the closet quilt ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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23 years unfinished in the closet quilt
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Date: 3/9/12 11:33 AM

This is my first ever quilt, started 23 years ago at a quilting class, hand pieced and hand quilted. When I got to the border, which is the backing wrapped around to the front and sewn down, I got so tired of hand sewing I just quit.

It made it through 3 moves still undone, and I found it months ago in a closet. It had ugly dark brown stains on it, the batting had been pulled out in a few places, but I finished it anyways.

FINALLY.

Lemon juice and sunshine finaly got the worst of the stains out, and my grandson LOVES IT.



teddy bear stitching




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Date: 3/9/12 11:40 AM

Congratulations. I love a happy ending.

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Date: 3/9/12 11:44 AM

Fabulous! Congratulations! You're inspiring me to pull out the one I started in 1976-- an embroidered twin-sized crazy quilt-- and just finish it! A few more in the queu (how in the world do you spell that word???) before it, but I now want it out & finished & on a bed or quilt rack.

Anyway, yours looks great and I'm so impressed that it's all handsewn!

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2008 fabric in, 23 yards; sewn 20 yds; given away 6 yds
2009 fabric in 41 1/4 yds, sewn 29 yds, given away 22 1/2 yds
2010 fabric in 91 1/2 yds, sewn 27 yds, given away 1 1/2 yds;
2011 fabric in: 55 yd.; sewn: 21 yd; given away: 20 yd
2012 fabric in: 60 1/4 yd., sewn 25 1/4 yds, given away 16 yds, thrown away 3 yds scraps; UFOs completed: 7
2013 fabric in: 28 yds; sewn: 25.7 yds.; given away: 5 1/2 yd.s; projects 8, UFOs 4

2014 fabric in: 21.5 yd
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2014 UFOs completed: 8 (5 small gift bags, pieced & quilted table runner, maxi dress, silk infinity scarf)

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Date: 3/9/12 11:47 AM

Its lovely. I love the teddy bear you did, all by hand. Congrats on finishing such a lovely piece of art. I am glad your grandson loves it. I do too.

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Date: 3/9/12 11:57 AM

This is such an inspiration to just finish your UFOs!! What a great gift to pass on, love the quilted bears. I'm sure your grandson will enjoy your work for a very long time.

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Date: 3/9/12 12:07 PM

So cute!!

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Date: 3/9/12 1:09 PM

Thanks everyone!

I was 20 years old when I pieced this! I now know so much more, like DO NOT use polyester fabric! It has pills all over it.

I can see the seam allowances through the white-that makes me CRAZY now. A lot of the blocks don't line up. Doesn't seem to matter though when you look at the whole thing instead of bits of it.

I am glad I finished it. Last time it got washed it didn;t make it back upstairs to my grandson's room, and EVERYONE uses it. It's the favorite couch cuddlin blanket now.
-- Edited on 3/9/12 1:11 PM --

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Date: 3/9/12 1:10 PM

Your quilt is wonderful. And, the quilt must have known it wanted to wait for this particular grandson to be it's companion.

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Date: 3/9/12 1:14 PM

Wow, its just beautiful! What a lot of handwork. AWESOME quilt! And perfect for your grandson.

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Date: 3/9/12 1:14 PM

Quote: a7yrstitch
Your quilt is wonderful. And, the quilt must have known it wanted to wait for this particular grandson to be it's companion.

awwww gee that's sweet!

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