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Friday, November 3, 2017

Two Years In The Making

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I love having a paper piecing project
on hand for nights when I just
want to have something to do
while watching TV.
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 I started these almost two years ago.
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I had forgotten about them
and when I found them in a drawer 
out in the Art Barn this summer,
I decided it was time to 
put them together and make something:)
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 It's taken me this long to finally
get it done :)
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That's right it took me two years 
from start to finish . . .
but that happens sometimes when you
put a project away and forget about it, LOL 
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Here's the finished quilt front.
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Here's the back fabric.
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Now on to my next project . . .
Actually I have three other projects
all going at once.

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Do you do that?

Keep Smiling!
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Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

44 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that is beautiful Connie!!! I especially love the orange crosses!!! Quilting is on my learn-how-to list for the future! I always have several projects going, anything from knitting, sewing, painting, to cheesemaking and other crafts. I do forget about some of them and am pleasantly surprised to find them again lol...I actually forgot about my Baby Swiss cheese for a few days, oops! Got to keep babysitting it daily! :)

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    1. I have never tried cheese making, if you lived closer I could give you quilting lessons and you could teach me how to make cheese. I can almost hear us laughing and enjoying the time learning together.
      Have a lovely weekend.
      Connie :)

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    2. What a nice thought Connie! But I'd definitely need to snack on some of those sausages! :)

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  2. Your quilt is beautiful, Connie. Yes, I have many projects on the go. I find that I work on different things at different times. I need to focus on finishing a few things!

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    1. I know, that's what I have been doing (or trying to do) finish up projects already started. Although; with birthdays and the holidays coming . . . it is impossible to not also start new ones, LOL.

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  3. Love those beautiful fabrics! They made such a colorful quilt. My goodness! I can't name all my WIPs!

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    1. Okay, I'm not a texter and I just don't know all the shorthand of it . . . so tell this old grandma what is a WIP?

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  4. Congratulations on finishing that pretty quilt! What crafter doesn't have more than one unfinished piece! LOL I am good at thinking of all the things I want to do but not so good at accomplishing them all! Bet your on to the next project already! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I am on to another, but I also have a couple half way done that I need to finish. Oh, I guess it keeps life interesting, LOL :)

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  5. oh wow! That is a gorgeous quilt Connie! I love it. Gorgeous. It doesn't matter how long it took, you get to enjoy it now.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you Betsy, I truly appreciate hearing that you like it. When you work so long on something, it feels good to be praised a little bit. Maybe that is vanity, I hope not, because that isn't how it feels. Thank you, again:)

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  6. Connie, It's fabulous. I love all the bright colors. Took two years and should last a lifetime. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Hi Susie, thank you so much . . . it should last a long time, but I would rather it were loved to death than put on a shelf and forgotten :) I know that you know what I mean, I'm sure that you are that way, too.

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  7. Gorgeous, Connie!! I couldn't make that if I tried for 100 years, never mind just two!! :)

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    1. You are way too kind, but thank you just the same. You're a sweetheart:)

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  8. You are very talented, it's truly beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much. I think that I learn a little bit more about quilting with each quilt that I make :)

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  9. Oh ! Connie ! That is just so beautiful ! :)

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    1. You're so sweet, thank you :) It feels great to have it finished :)

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  10. Connie!!! That is just GORGEOUS. What do you mean by PAPER piecing though? At first I thought you were talking about the pieces being paper but could then see that they weren't. I love it- that is surely a keeper!!! xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana, because I can't really add a link to a reply or comment (or at least I've never learned how)I am going to email you a you tube link that will explain English paper piecing better than I ever could. It's a wonderful way to piece a quilt on your lap while watching TV or on the go . . . no machine needed :)

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  11. That is a really pretty quilt. I'm guilty of having more than one project going at a time. I'm also guilty of putting projects away and forgetting about them. Mine usually never get finished though

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    1. It's so easy to put something away and forget about it, because there are always new things that come up that we want to do. I'm delighted that you like my quilt :)

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  12. The quilt is lovely but like NanaDiana I'm confused why it is called paper piecing when you obviously made the quilt with fabric?

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    1. Paper piecing is done by cutting a piece of paper (any paper, some ladies save their old phone books to use for this) the extact size and shape that you want your finished piece to be. Then you fold and base your seam allowance around that piece of paper. You've seen hexie quilts, they are done with this method. It's wonderful because you do not need a sewing machine, it is all hand quilted. Some modern people are using glue as a short cut. I tried glue once and HATED IT. So I do mine the old fashioned way. Try copying and pasting this into google for a video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6-m6kUAKPo

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    2. Thanks. I think I understand now.

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  13. I am so pleased you found it and finished it. Such a lovely quilt deserves to be out and in use. beautiful work.

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    1. Thank you . . . I amd happy with it too and glad that I discovered it's hiding place, LOL.

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  14. Oh my I can't tell you how many projects I have going, I have a cute quilt that I started and just need to put the sides onto it but it calls for applique and I have been putting it off, plus my cardmaking supplies have overtaken my craft room, I need to make room for sewing projects.
    I have never tried that pattern but it sure did turn out pretty, love your quilting on it too, Lovely work!

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    1. Hi Connie, thanks so much . . . it feels good to have it finished after all this time, LOL.

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  15. Congratulations on finishing your quilt. Now this encourage me to finish mine too. I have 2 quilts just need to be quilted and blocks need to be pieced. Enjoy your day!

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    1. I hope you find some time to work on yours quilts. It feels so good to finish one off. I also have two more in the making. One that I just started and another that I start about a year ago. I put it up because I ran out of the fabric that I wanted for the boarder. I have looked and looked for more of it with no success. . . so I finally designed to go with a "Plan B" fabric :) That's the nice thing about quilting, you can always pick another fabric, the chooses are endless :)

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  16. Yep, I do that all the time! I can't tell you the projects I have started, put away, and found later! In fact, I know there is a crochet shawl that I started probably 5 - 6 years ago, that needs to be found and finished! LoL

    Beautiful quilt!

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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    1. Hi Pam, it's Sunday morning and we woke to snow on the ground. I looks like perfect shawl weather around here. I hope you pull it out and finish it in time for using it during the coming chilly months ahead :)

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  17. what gorgeous work you do....it's over 80 degrees here in West Texas today.....soooo nice

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    1. Hi BJ, we had our first snow today . . . brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr that and winds from the north that chill you to the bone :) Makes me start thinking of the holidays :) 80 degrees sounds nice.

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  18. For a gorgeous quilt like that, I think two years doesn't sound too bad!! It is so beautiful. Congrats on finishing it. I know you will enjoy it.

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    1. What a sweet thing to say, thank you :)

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  19. It looks super Connie ...

    All the best Jan

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  20. That's one lovely quilt you made Connie! Pretty colors! I can't believe that nobody broke into your art barn and finished it up for you! What's wrong with people! LOL A quilt shop owner once told me that "You're not a true quilter if you don't have lots of unfinished projects and multiple projects going." If that's the criteria, I qualify big time! Congrats on finishing it though.
    Have a most glorious day,
    D~~~~

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    1. I do believe that I qualify, too . . . Good to know, LOL.

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  21. Hello, Connie -- I am so impressed by your quilting and piece work. This is not an art, craft or skill I possess. (You should see me try to even hem something!) But I have a great admiration for quilts and quilters and the beautiful work. I love your colors -- very happy.

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    1. Jeanie you have blessed my ole heart . . . I have only been quilting for about five years now and I see so many beautiful quilts that stitchers are creating . . . I do not have the years left in me to every get that good, but I do enjoy the things that I've gone and the process. My family enjoy them too, LOL. Thank you for your encouraging praise, I truly appreciate it :)

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