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Date: 12/4/12 7:27 AM

When I make a quilt it's an experience filled with high drama. There are also things that go wrong, things that go ok and things that go perfect. Cos of this I form a bond with them. The one I'm currently working on is almost done. A little more quilting then binding which I've already made then done and off to it's new home to my best friend for the past 23 years. I know I will let it go but it will be difficult. All the experiences I experienced while making this quilt are woven in there. Quilts aren't just fabric and thread.

That being said I was cursing this hobby last night while quilting it on my Janome. I don't know how anyone can machine quilt anything bigger then a twin quilt using a regular machine. I was just stitching straight lines. Don't see how I could ever free motion. I need one of those teflon things or some spray silicon. It was wrestling all the way. After I was done that for the night you'd have thought I just got done playing a major sport in 100 degree weather.
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Date: 12/4/12 8:51 AM

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When I make a quilt it's an experience filled with high drama. There are also things that go wrong, things that go ok and things that go perfect. Cos of this I form a bond with them. The one I'm currently working on is almost done. A little more quilting then binding which I've already made then done and off to it's new home to my best friend for the past 23 years. I know I will let it go but it will be difficult. All the experiences I experienced while making this quilt are woven in there. Quilts aren't just fabric and thread.

YES! Wolf, what an apt description!

I absolutely believe the love we pour into our quilts stays there for whomever will get to use it.

I always "feel" a bond with my quilts, and the person it's intended for. When I make blankets and quilts for Project Linus, I have an anonymous child in my head. A brand new Mommy with a sick baby. A boy who just lost everything in a storm.

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Date: 12/4/12 11:10 AM

Is Project Linus still going on. I have a ton of quilting flannel

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Date: 12/4/12 12:12 PM

oh I will have to research Project Linus. I have not heard about that!

I agree---quilts are more than thread and fabric.

When I was in college I decided I was going to make me and my DH (then my boyfriend) a quilt to use for picnics. So I decided I would use the "ugliest" fabric I had, basic 6" squares and the only "design" was I made diagonals with all the fabric squares. Then to finish off I put some beautiful backing fabric that had white background and red flowers. Well by the time I finished piecing and quilting it---there was NO way I was going to put it on the ground/grass and possibly get grass stains, etc! lol!! Somewhere in the process I had bonded with my "ugly" quilt! So now we use it on our bed.

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Date: 12/4/12 12:57 PM

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Is Project Linus still going on. I have a ton of quilting flannel

yes, Project Linus is a National organization and is still ongoing!

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Date: 12/4/12 2:18 PM

I have the same stuff happen to me --but, I get so excited to get rid of the things -- get all that drama OUT of my house!

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Date: 12/4/12 2:47 PM

Yeah it's like a love/hate relationship. At point it's like I never want to see this again and on the other as you said my babies are leaving lol.

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Date: 12/4/12 3:01 PM

Just emailed the local chapter leader. This might be something I could do.

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Date: 12/4/12 3:04 PM

-- Oh yes -- I have room to feel BOTH!

I create them - and then they LEAVE!

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Date: 12/4/12 3:26 PM

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Just emailed the local chapter leader. This might be something I could do.

Wolf you do what you can!

I go to meetings and sew labels on donated blankets.

I used up most of my small fleece pieces making rag-type fleece blankets. I have made a few quilts with materials I bought myself. BUT there is ALWAYS boxes and boxes of donated fabric at the meetings, so I have also made a few quilts with donated materials.

I used to make costumes on a volunteer basis for my girls' high school, and when the youngest graduated, this is my way of still using sewing, which I LOVE to do, to volunteer in my community.

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