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Friday, January 31, 2014

Quilt As You Go - Reveal



The making of Down By The Sea
"a quilt as you go"
quilt.

Check out the process here on You Tube:

Here's my finished quilt.


I love these vintage swimsuits :)
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At the bottom of this post,
I will give you all the information on where I purchased these embroidery designs. 

  That was the front . . . here's some photos of the back . . .

This is a quilt that you can make on your sewing machine.
It is pieced, quilted, joined, and binded all on the machine.
The only thing that I did by hand was hemming the binding and adding the label. 

It's fun . . .give it a try :)

I would love to hear what you think.
So please leave a comment.

Here is the information for the embroidery designs that I used in this quilt.

Trailer, swimsuits and fish:
Beach huts:
Flamingo (this one is free):

Keep Smiling.
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

52 comments:

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    1. Hi Betty, thank you . . . it was a lot of fun to make.
      I keep finding these cute embroidery designs and they inspire me keep making new things :)

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  2. My goodness Connie...
    Great job on the quilt!! It's darling, and that embroidery machine.... WOW!

    I love both sides of the quilt, and it's creative of you to make it reversible.

    Hope you have a creative, and productive weekend, my friend.

    K.

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    1. You are so sweet . . . this technique of quilting is so different and I missed the quietness of hand quilting, but it was fun and it is always a good thing to learn something new.

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  3. You sure are getting good at quilt making and you are having so much fun too!! Good job!

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    1. Thanks Louise, I am having fun. I'm sure that when Spring come, I'll replace my sewing needles with garden tools, but quilting sure makes wonderful cold weather projects :)

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  4. Hi Connie, You've out done yourself with this quilt!! I think it is sooooo cute!! I LOVE the canned ham.....I LOVE the vintage bathing suits....and I love the flamingos!! Do you take orders?? and are you going to be selling quilts? e-mail me when you get the chance or I will you. I would love one with the canned ham and flamingos, maybe the bathing suits. It must say...going glamping or glamper!! It would be sooo sweet in Sweetie!! I also love seeing how you signed the quilt....that's lovely! Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Roxie you are so sweet. I have not quilted enough to even think about selling them. I'm just barely having the thoughts of maybe entering one in the fair next summer. We'll see. I am very honored that you would even consider purchasing one of them. So, if I ever do decide to made them to sell, you will be the first person I come to for an order :) Be careful what you wish for, LOL.

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  5. Beautiful work Connie, what a fun project this one looks to have been.

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    1. Hi Karen, it was fun . . . that's the whole point with me. If it's not fun, I don't really want to do it. Life is too short :)

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  6. Well done Connie - you know my feelings about QUilt as You Go! Never ever again, but you obviously enjoyed it. Would you use this technique again?? Lxx

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    1. Hi Lynne, that is a very good question and I really do not have an answer for it. Making this quilt was just not the same kind of enjoyment that I get from hand quilting and because the stitches are so much tighter, the quilt is not as soft. On the other hand, it has its benefits, too. It does not require having a frame set up and is good when your space is limited. So, time will tell. I do know that my old fashioned hand quilted quilts will out number these "Quilt As You Go" by a large margin :)

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  7. I just love your latest Quilt...that is so neat looking...I love all of the little cute designs that you put on your quilt. Your Quilt is beautiful. Congratulations on your finish.

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    1. Hello Linda . . . what a nice visit, I'm delighted that you like it :)

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  8. this is a great looking quilt. I wish I had your ambition and motivation

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    1. Hi Ann, being retired really helps, I have a lot more time on my hands, at least in the winter months :)

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  9. Hi Connie. What a cute quilt. A lot of work! Beautiful blog. Yes. I plan to make a quilt as your go, QAYG, one day.
    Currently I quilt with either a walking foot sewing straight or wavy lines or I quilt with a loose all over meander using a free motion foot and the machine's feed dogs down. It's not easy doing either when I'm in the center of the quilt and lot of material under the arm, but I take my time and it is okay.

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    1. Hi Sheila, it is great to meet you and I'm very interested in what you are saying here about the way you quilt. I have a free motion foot and I love it, but please visit again and tell me more about the walking foot. Do you like it? Would you recommend it? And how exactly does it work? I might find the answer on You Tube, I haven't looked. I know what you mean by having a lot of fabric under the machine.
      I don't even know why I am so interested in this foot, because I do enjoy the quiet peacefulness of hand -quilting. It's just that I want to learn it all and I'm so curious about the different features that I can use on my machine. I don't have a fancy expensive machine. I have a Brothers and I love it. Also it suits my budget perfectly :)
      Thank you for following my blog. You have made my day.

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  10. A lovely quilt. The little beach huts are great and I love your choice of fabrics and colours on the reverse too.

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    1. Hi Jacqui, thank you so much . . . I had a feeling that you might like the little beach huts, it is something we have in common :)

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  11. Oh I just love your quilt Connie - such beautiful work with fine attention to detail in the embroidery and the content. x

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    1. Hi Patricia, I am delighted that you like it . . . it's fun coming up with ideas and then seeing how they look from the sketch on paper to the finish on fabric :)

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  12. I have copied run off instructions how to do this but have never tried. Do you like the finished product better than hand or regular machine quilting? Thanks for the U-tube. Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I do like the finished product, but because it is done on the machine it is not as soft as the results of hand stitching. There are pros and cons to everything, but I would say that you should give it a try. Go back to the post where I first showed these squares, when I started this quilt. There is a You Tube video link that is very informative. Have fun :)

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  13. this is darling, connie! love the cute suits, too:) enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Hello Lynn, Do you remember telling me that I would get addicted to embroidery designs? Well, you were right and it is very hard to not, especially when sites have specials like 10 for 10 dollars. How do you resist that?
      I think of you almost every time I download another design, LOL.

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  14. Hi Connie - I found you! So glad you stopped by the blog today ! What a joy to have come to visit you... I'm here for good now - your newest blogging sister Karen # 840! Woohoo!

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    1. Hi Karen, I am excited to have you on board . . . I love making new friends. Welcome to my little corner of blog-land :)

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  15. WOW! how happy you must be with how this quilt turned out! You did a wonderful job and it is truly a work of art!

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  16. Beautiful! My favorite parts are the swim suits and flamingos.. how fun! One day I will have to get into quilting :)

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    1. Hi Elise, I am a beginner and I love it. You might even say that I'm addicted and I've only been quilting since last fall :)
      I would encourage you to give it a go :)

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  17. Love your quilt...makes me smile!!!!

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    1. I am so glad to hear that . . . it makes me smile, too :)

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  18. What a sweet quilt! I sure love how you quilted it too! :)

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    1. Hi Valerie, it was something that I saw on You Tube and just had to try. I'll never have a long arm machine (not in my budget) and it is pretty hard getting a lot of fabric under my machine, but with this method it is pretty simple and fun :)

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  19. OMG, how I love this quilt. It has all the things I love/want to do and try in one piece. Next on my list is a quilt as you go quilt and you totally inspire me. Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and now I'm following you too. How fun is this blogging thing we have going?
    Patrica on Dogwood Lane

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    1. Hi Patrica, I agree blogging is the best fun . . . it has opened up so many creative avenues. So much better than magazines and "how to" books. I love meeting creative people and being able to enter their studios and see what they are up too. I am so happy that I could inspire you to make a QAYG quilt and I can't wait to see yours when it is finished and in the process.
      Thank you so much for following my site.
      I truly appreciate your kind words and encouragement :).

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  20. Oh this is so cute! I've always wondered how this was done...

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    1. I hope that you found the You Tube link that is on the first post about beginning this quilt. She shows step by step video and it is very informative. Thanks for visiting :)

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  21. What a fun quilt, I love how you've incorporated embroidery , those vintage bathing suits are very cute!

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    1. Thank you so much and thanks for following me back :)

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  22. You are so sweet BEST WEBHOSTING | this technique of quilting is so different and I missed the quietness of hand quilting, but it was fun and it is always a good thing to learn something new.

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  23. Congratulations on the lovely finish Connie - isn't 'Quilt as you go' a neat way to go?

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    1. Hi Raewyn, it has it's special place, and I will do it again, but I will never give up hand quilting :)

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  24. That is fabulous, Connie! Unfortunately, my machine won't do embroidery (It's the very basic machine I bought when I was 17 -- a million years ago!), but I could still do the quilt. Someday ...

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    1. Hi Jean, hey . . .thank you for stopping by to visit. Quilting is a very fun and rewarding craft :)

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  25. Connie, Your Sea quilt is beautiful! You did such a fine job on it. I adore the little row of swimsuits! All the fabrics look great together, and your little stitched tag with names is perfect!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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    1. Thank you . . . I love the word perfect :)

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  26. Hi Connie,

    What a great quilt. I love how you pieced it together -- it looks great. I also love the vintage swimsuits! So, you did the embroidery on a regular machine?

    Peace,
    Kay

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    1. Hi Kay. The quilting can be done on any machine, but these embroidery designed I downloaded on the the hard-drive of my embroidery machine. It was a gift that I bought myself last Spring :)

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