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Baskets in Brown and Pink

I have an older (2005) book, Alphabet Quilts, with some really cute quilts in it.  All have letters in them.  This is the first one I’ve made from the book.

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The border is a fabric I’ve had for at least ten years that I’ve always liked.  I can’t see it when it’s on the shelf so decided I should put it in a quilt.  The border is quilted in a double cable and the baskets and letters are outlined.  It finished at about 27 x 32.

I put the quilt on a picket fence in front of my bay window for the photo.  The fence keeps my dog from going through the old glass windows.  Everything outside was very wet but the sun was out (finally) so there’s a glare at the top.

This is another post that seems to have disappeared so I’m rewriting it.  What’s up with that?

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The Inbox Jaunt

A few weeks ago, Lori at The Inbox Jaunt had a tutorial for free motion heart doodles and gave away the little quilt she made.  I was the lucky winner!  She called it the Valentine Doodle Quilt so I thought today would be the perfect day to share it.

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She even made a special label to put on the back.

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She does a lot of tutorials and takes beautiful pictures so be sure to check out her blog.  And thank you again, Lori, for the pretty little quilt.  I love hearts!

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Alphabet Quilt

One of my nice friends sent me a pattern for this little quilt.  I still haven’t decided if I should ‘age’ it or leave the letters as is.  What do you think?

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Simple Abundance

I posted this and it vanished!  I wonder what happened.

It seems Lori‘s little Simple Abundance quilt has made it all over blogland.  It truly was a simple quilt to make.  Thanks, Lori, for taking the time to post measurements for us to follow.  I loved making this.

The blue I used in the center is from a quarter yard piece my daughters put in my Christmas stocking many many years ago.  I really love it and, since there’s so little, I use it sparingly and only where it will show.  I rarely fussy cut but did for this piece.  I also made sure all the children are standing on their feet rather than their heads in the pieces around the center star.  I used a thin batting but if I make another quilt this small, I’m either going to split the batting or use a different brand I have that’s thinner.  This picture is pre-washing so the marks I made for quilting are still in and will probably show.

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I call this quilt Harry Chapin

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Do any of you remember his song “Flowers are Red”?  I liked this pattern the first time I saw it, a Fig Tree quilt named Gerbera Daisy (or is it Daisies?).  But the quilt has only red in the flowers, all 15 of them.  I thought about calling mine Mixed Bouquet but then I put on an old album and Flowers are Red played.  And so it was named!  Mine has 12 blocks, all different fabrics for the flowers, rather than 15 blocks.  15 made a quilt too big for what I needed.  The pattern also has a checkerboard border which I left off, again because it would have been too big. The blocks are cut 13 wide by 21 high and I made three rows of four flowers with a binding made from left over flower fabrics.  The quilting is a big stitch in Pearle cotton. It’s been cold and gray here lately and I wanted something bright and spring-timey looking.

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Truly Red and Green, Finished

Happy New Year!  I hope 2013 is a wonderful year for all of us.

I finished this quilt last week but with a new baby and Christmas (twice because the new mom was in the hospital on the first one), I never had a chance to get a picture.  You know how that is, I’m sure.

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This is the top half.  The quilt is long and thin so I folded it across the middle to fit it in the picture.  It’s actually flat – it’s hanging by two clothes pins here and looks really wonky!

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And this is most of the bottom half.  I missed the red flowers but they’re there!

I’m using Elements v. 8.  If anyone knows how to reduce the number of pixels in pictures, please let me know.  All of them I post seem huge and I’d like to reduce the size.

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Part 4

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I appliqued the flowers, leaves, and stems on the borders, then sewed the borders to the blocks.  I appliqued the corner flowers on after the borders were sewn on – too many seams under them!  Now it’s pinned and I’m working on the quilting.

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