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From: swartzrn
Date: 08-11-2006, 09:01 PM (1 of 14)
HI, I finished my first quilt earlier this week and here it is! It's a very uncomplicated and simple Irish Chain and I handquilted it. I did stitch in the ditch around the squares and then did a figure 8 design diagonally through the solid cream blocks. I had to work a bit on the binding and it's probably not the best in the world but all and all, it was a great learning experience! (Pardon the pajamas and my hair--it was late at night when I finally finished!)
"To see the future, look into a child's eyes."
User: swartzrn
Member since: 02-17-2006
Total posts: 436
From: Debby215
Date: 08-11-2006, 09:15 PM (2 of 14)
Julie, it's absolutely gorgeous....Great job, love the pj's LOL :bg:
So much fabric....... So little time!!
User: Debby215
Member since: 11-14-2001
Total posts: 611
From: esrun3
Date: 08-12-2006, 12:11 PM (3 of 14)
Julie it's beautiful!!! Great job. Thanks for sharing with us!!
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Member since: 12-02-2004
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From: Patty22
Date: 08-12-2006, 06:26 PM (4 of 14)
I love blue and white quilts - very classic. Julie, great quilt!
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Member since: 03-29-2006
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 08-12-2006, 07:26 PM (5 of 14)
Julie, love your quilt. Sounds like you've been bitten by the quilting bug. Way to go!
TTFN from
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From: swartzrn
Date: 08-15-2006, 10:01 PM (6 of 14)
Thank you all!! :)
Yes, I have definately been bitten by the quilting bug! I think it's addictive!!! I'm almost done quilting a small quilt for Sarah. Actually I think I'll use it as a wall-hanging as it matches the colors in her room. It's a pattern from a fat quarter quilt book..very easy.
I found out today that there is a local quilting guild and am awaiting the information about that so I'm excited at that prospect!
Thanks again ladies for your compliments (and Debby--thank YOU again for the first pattern! :)
"To see the future, look into a child's eyes."
User: swartzrn
Member since: 02-17-2006
Total posts: 436
From: ninifav
Date: 08-15-2006, 10:05 PM (7 of 14)
Wonderful!!! Can't believe that you HANDquilted it!! I've just gotten bitten too...but I'm doing machine quilting and piecing...want to make more than one before I go see the Big Guy in the
User: ninifav
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Total posts: 204
From: Debby215
Date: 08-16-2006, 12:04 AM (8 of 14)
Julie, you deserve every ooh and aah...that quilt was gorgeous. Make sure you take a picture of Sarah's quilt too. You are very welcome for my sending the quiltbug your way...I am still trying to organize my new sewing room, I have a fullsize waiting for batting and backing, a Spiderman waiting for batting and backing for DGS for naps at preschool...who knows how many are lurking.... :re:
So much fabric....... So little time!!
User: Debby215
Member since: 11-14-2001
Total posts: 611
From: swartzrn
Date: 08-16-2006, 01:10 PM (9 of 14)
Debby--you would not even begin to believe the fabric stashed in my other bedroom. When my brother moved to Montgomery, he borrowed my extra bed so I have basically an empty room except for the computer. So--in the meantime, hubby went and bought several new bookcases and organized my million books and also 2 bookcases for my fabric. I HAD everything organized UNTIL I started quilting. Now it's a disaster--its bad when your 2 yr old looks at it and says "it's a mess!"
So--I have several things in the works.
1 (priority)--Elizabeth's memory quilt. I have all the photos picked out and the more I thought about it, I don't want it to be as organized and symmetrical as I thought. She's not that type of girl. She likes bright colors and different patterns. I think I'll do a crazy quilt and then applique the pictures around..just thinking outloud.
2. Christmas projects:
Something for my mom--I saw some really pretty fabric that had roosters (she collects them.)
Something for my grandparents and brother/SIL
Mother in law--just so happens my nephew is down here at Basic Training-that's right, my husband cannot believe he's even old enough to be in the Army but ran into him at reception. DW didn't want Al to know he was here b/c he thought he might try to make things easier for him and he wanted to make his own way. There were about 1500 privates at reception and low and beyold, Al ran right into him. So now they keep in touch very much. So--with that said and the fact that I have a sister in law who is really into family mementoes, I am going to do a handprint quilt of all of the grandkids for my MIL. Kim (my SIL) will get the handprints from the kids in Arizona, I have Sarah and Elizabeth's and Al can get our nephew's since he's here (he's from NJ.) That quilt will be more organized.
Father in law--loves patriotic things and has a really big office that his HIS space. Found a pattern for an Army star wall hanging and also for a service star. He wanted a flag with 2 service stars since his son and nephew are now military but we couldn't find one. Perhaps I'll do a wall-hanging with 2 service stars. Corney, I know but he likes that kind of thing.
I have 12 blocks of Christmas to do for a quilting swap and that's about it for now.
See Debby what kind of bug you have sent me!! LOL!! I will send you a picture of that pillow sham I did from the pattern you sent me. It was my very first project!
"To see the future, look into a child's eyes."
User: swartzrn
Member since: 02-17-2006
Total posts: 436
From: IWoodSew
Date: 08-17-2006, 01:12 PM (10 of 14)
WOW !!!! that's lovely!!! and blue is my favorite color. I love it!

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Member since: 07-14-2006
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From: NDNQuilter
Date: 08-21-2006, 10:32 AM (11 of 14)
Very nice. Would you come finish mine? :bluesmile Have a great day. Thanks for sharing the pic. Gena
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Member since: 10-04-2002
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From: bridesmom
Date: 08-24-2006, 11:54 PM (12 of 14)
That's beautiful Julie, its the pattern I've been thinking really hard about doing for our king size bed. I just finished a small rag quilt and a wall hanging for my girlfriend that I am going to go and finish up the binding on, then I can post some pics too!! I agree, I am really really liking quilting, I didn't think I would, but it's so much easier than I thought it'd be!
Tickled pink with my Innovis 4000D
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From: JoanieB
Date: 08-27-2006, 09:06 PM (13 of 14)
Way to go Julie. You did a fab job in all aspects, color combo, piecing and quilting. That quilting bug sure gets around, and bou does he like to bite. LOL :bg: Some time I think he bit me twice. Keep up the great work. I am about finished with a queen sized Dutch windmill quilt that I am hand quilting.
Hope it looks as good as yours.

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Member since: 01-28-2005
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From: Dede
Date: 08-27-2006, 09:53 PM (14 of 14)
:up: :up: :up: Nicely done young lady. PJ isn't bad either :bg:
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Member since: 03-23-2001
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