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Date: 11/7/12 10:35 PM

I have had a few days off, tried to stay really busy quilting.

I finished the top last night and quilted it tonight - Here is a b-4 quilting pic.

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Date: 11/7/12 10:51 PM

Oh how fun! I'm impressed at how you pieced all those little squares... I hope you strip pieced them. Love the subtlety of the blues and contrast of the red, makes order out of chaos.

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Date: 11/7/12 11:07 PM

No strip piecing for this one - I wanted total confusion. I have a habit of looking for patterns in thing and sometimes I get board after I find the pattern -- I know for sure the Red and general lay out is the only pattern --



But, I still kept thinking -- Why dont I strip piece this??

All of the blocks are 3 inches unfinished. Im sorta getting myself curious how many quilts I can find with 3 inch squares as a base that look different. Im sure there are innumerable ones -- but ones I can make?? LOL

I thought I had used the red sheet -- maybe not -- b/c there is a nice little red line on the bed of my machine now -- wont that be pretty when I wash the quilt ---

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Date: 11/7/12 11:10 PM

I LOVE this! WOWZERS!!!

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Date: 11/7/12 11:18 PM

Hey thank you S -

I re-read my post -- I assume people know I sew with recycled stuff -- all of this quilt is recycled sheets and the red one was a sheet I thought I had used .. I guess I dont know where it came from. B/c it was new enough fabric that it left a red stain on my machine bed.

My friends and family give me so many things -- I cant keep track of it all. I did just get a bunch of sheets that were left overs from a sheet factory that used to be here -- that must be where it came from.

Any tips to keep it from bleeding too much in the wash?

I finished the FMQ tonight -- It was a frenzy -- I like it.


-- Edited on 11/7/12 11:40 PM --

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Date: 11/8/12 4:44 AM

I've not tried them myself, but many people recommend using Color Catchers when washing quilts to keep colors from bleeding.

What a modern twist on the Irish Chain. I like it!

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Date: 11/8/12 7:11 AM

Color catcher worked for me. It took the color out even after it had bled onto the white fabric. Now I always put a sheet in when I wash a quilt.

Your quilt looks like a real fun quilt waiting to be used. Nice work!

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Date: 11/8/12 9:07 AM

Yes definitely us a FEW color catchers! Red is a PITB.

Love the quilt. The different but similar shades make such a subtle design the red really POPS!

edited because I looked at the bigger picture
-- Edited on 11/8/12 9:08 AM --

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Date: 11/8/12 10:09 AM

Another vote for Colour Catchers -- they are an absolute life saver.

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Date: 11/8/12 10:20 AM

Your quilt looks fantastic!! I cannot believe you were able to cut, piece, and quilt it all in 2 days! That's great! I agree--I like how you used similar fabric colors then used the red to be showcased.

I also like how you showed a zoomed in photo of your quilting and it gave me such relief and made me happy! lol! For some reason, like a lightbulb went off, when I saw you had FMQ whatever you want---which btw, I like how there are swirls, right hand angles, squarish---I was like "you can do what you want when FMQ?!!" I ~know~ you can do what you want with FMQ, but then it was like I didn't know it until I saw your photo. Not sure this is making sense, but I thank you. LOL!

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