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Date: 9/20/12 3:34 PM

I've seen a lot of very detailed labor intensive quilting patterns that has made my jaw will drop they are so beautiful. I especially like the nature related ones. Yet I don't really know anyone who's made the patterns except the authors. I have several Mckenna Ryan patterns, a few others. So it makes me wonder how many people might buy these patterns taken away by the beauty of them but that is far as it gets.

I have a beautiful one of a wolf head. I was browsing a mag doing a story on quilt shops across America and I saw this wolf head quilt hanging up. So I tracked down the shop, it was in Washington state and called them. And was lucky enough that the person that answered the phone had also designed the pattern. And they had an actual pattern. She was inspired by a local nature group that went to schools to show the kids animals and had a trained wolf. I got as far as the getting the fabric and a few pieces cut out but got overwhelmed at the number of pieces to go but never worked on it since.

I guess my eyes are bigger then my energy/skill set when I see these things but at least have learned to let them go and let them to the people who have much more time then I do.
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Date: 9/20/12 4:06 PM

Oh yes! I did McKenna Ryan's At Home In The Woods several years ago as a block of the month. It has been hanging on the wall in my grandson's room for about 10 years.

Haven't done any more as I have a varied interest in themed quilts.

I biggest concern is that I am the only one who cares and that these quilts will be mishandled, tossed or sold for pennies on the dollar.

I recently called to the attention of the family that At Home In The Woods was recently offered online for $1,875.00.

I think I will include QSRP (quilter's suggested retail price) on the labels of my quilts!

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Date: 9/20/12 8:17 PM

I did the wolf one on the Journey to Light. It was a lot of work.

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Date: 9/22/12 5:01 AM

I've seen the chrissy down under and beach walk I think magazines here but never looked up the site. wow, those are lovely but I think your energy levels need to be high going in - I can't tell from the website are they very big quilts?

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Date: 9/22/12 11:28 AM

DH got me the whole set of Sea Breeze patterns one year for Christmas (at my request). I haven't touched them. I have actually started Star Gazers from Mount Redoubt (who don't seem to exist any more) which is a similar style of applique.

I can't resist collecting these patterns, they're beautiful, but I am so unmotivated to actually use them. I find that I get little satisfaction from duplicating someone else's work, and when I've tried to stray from their colorway I'm not happy with the results. I'm happier just using my own designs for these type of projects. If no one else has made it then I can't be discouraged by seeing a better looking version of it.

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Date: 9/26/12 11:34 AM

I love about all of her patterns. But I know what you mean about someone else's work. And it's very tiring trying to find just the right colors. I have a bucket list of ones I want to do. New York Beauty, Mariner's compass, Baltimore style quilt, since that's where I was born. A civil war quilt. As my family fought in that war. My problem is patience. I want to get it done and these type quilts can take years to finish. At least I resisted the madness of the Dear Jane quilts.

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Date: 9/26/12 12:46 PM

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My problem is patience. I want to get it done and these type quilts can take years to finish.

I'm with you - with my Santa quilt for evidence, I can vouch that my quilts do take years...

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At least I resisted the madness of the Dear Jane quilts.

If you ever have an interest in making a Dear-Jane-ish quilt, Carol Miller has a class at QuiltUniversity.com called "Jane was Nuts" (about 2/3 down the page). Same types of designs, but in a size that makes the math and cutting easier.

In 1863, an amazing woman named Jane Stickle made a fabulous quilt with 225 blocks. Several years ago, Brenda Papadakis turned that quilt into the book Dear Jane and thousands of quilters fell in love. Carol was one of the people who was captivated by the size and variety of tiny blocks. When she realized that all of Jane's blocks finish to 4 1/2", she was horrified. That number does not divide evenly by anything! Not to be deterred, Carol designed Jane Was Nuts, over 124 blocks that finish to 4", a wonderfully even number.

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