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New Quilt by flametiger New Quilt by flametiger
Here is a new quilt that my mom and I put together. She had been making a bunch of baby blankets for people back in about September of last year. Being who I am, I help her with every endeavor that she goes into when making blankets. That makes them our projects. I may not be the best person when it comes to sewing, but my mom and I are good teams in putting everything together and making rather nice blankets. It has something to do with being creative enough that we're able to find appropriate colours and what not.

Well, because I liked this pattern enough, my mom went and took the pattern we had and expanded it to fit my bed, which it definitely does. It's bigger than my bed, bigger than my mom's bed, which is a queen sized. Well, my mom intended it to be my Christmas gift, but we didn't get it done until April...Woops.

Either way, I love it, it fits my personality perfectly. While I couldn't really get decent enough close ups of the actual squares, there were blue and purple dragon fly patterns, blue butterflies and then purple hearts. It's all my favourites. That's more important. We also used the left overs of each to make the edging, as my mom prefers to make her own edging. The back is also a very light lilac, kind of the colour of my other quilt. This is the one I use now.

We got this pattern out of the "24-Hour baby Quilts" book from leisure Arts. My mom was trying to find a new pattern when she was making baby blankets. The pattern is specifically the "My Paper Dolls" pattern in the book. This is just an expanded form of that pattern, seeing as how the original was for baby quilts.

So yeah, like this one. It's one of my favourites, and I'm glad that my mom and I got to make it.
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carouselfan Jan 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Tose colurs are so beautiful and relaxing!
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Thank you so much. I'm glad that you think so as well.
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technoplasma Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very pretty!! :D
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I'm glad that you find it pretty. Thank you.
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Crowbeak May 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the colors you chose. Is it outline quilted?
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Thanks, I like the colours as well, especially since they are my favourite ones. As to the outline quilted...I don't know any quilting terms. So I'm not sure what that means. The only thing I can think of is that my mom and I just followed the pattern in the book, and multiplied it. So I'm not sure what outline quilted means. To me an outline is drawing something that plans how the design will look and that's what I think. If that's the case, yes we drew it out and planned it that way. Otherwise I wouldn't know if it is or not.
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Crowbeak Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
May I also recommend that you look up more quilting terms? I know you don't need to know them to quilt, but knowing them will help you converse with other quilters, and may give you ideas on how you want to do your next quilt!
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Thank you for that, I was really confused about what outline quilting is. I will admit, that quilting is not my forte, I'm a crocheter who happens to do quilts with my mom, they are our pet projects. I can understand that as well, for I find that sometimes knowing different designs or what not in crochet and usually some of the terms, helps me in making designs, when I actually remember to write down what I did.

As to what you said. I guess in a sense we did outline, but not really. We used a 1/4th inch seam on everything, the borders around the squares and what not. We also bound the batting to all of it by using yarn and pulling it through all three layers and tying it off in every other square. But I do understand what you're talking about. When you explain it this way, it kind of does sound like we did outline quilt, but nothing looks raised when I actually look at the blanket and not the photo. Of course, I could be wrong.

Also thank you for the name of the book. I'll definitely look it up. You also don't need to worry about me being offended, with quilting being something I'm not as strong in and work on it with my mother, who is a quilter and doesn't know all the terms, I can only go by what I think most of the time. I ma currently working on a project myself without my mom's help, so I hope that it turns out right. Thank you again for the name of the book and the explanation, it really was useful in understanding what you meant when you first asked.
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Crowbeak Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Outline quilting doesn't result in the seams being obviously raised; it's a small difference, a subtle effect that the eye catches and processes differently from other methods of quilting. Check out the quilting on different quilts at a quilt show sometime. See if you can find one with patchwork composed of a lot of small squares or rectangles in different kinds of cloth, but with some kind of curved quilting, then stand back and see how the quilting helps everything kind of blend together.

There's as much artistry to the quilting as to the patchwork, or there can be. Some people like to do quilting, but not patchwork. Luckily for them, there are also people who like to do patchwork, but not quilting. :D There are a few people around here who make good money just quilting other peoples' quilts together. And at the fair last year, looking at the names of the people who made the quilts, a significant portion (1/4? 1/3?) had been worked on by two people.

A quilt can also be bound together by yarn ties exclusively, if you don't feel like quilting it at all. You have to do them pretty close together, though, if you go that route. That's a method I'm uninterested in using myself, though, so I am unsure exactly how close together they'd need to be.

If you're interested in looking at more quilt books of all kinds, check your library. The main library in town here has 3-4 shelves with nothing but quilt books. Some are about techniques (like Quilting Makes the Quilt), some have projects, and some are just patchwork or quilting patterns. :D
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I actually showed my mom what you had said, and she told me what we did was not an outline quilt. She called ours a yarn tie. But what you said with how close they have to be...well, we did sew the top together, then we attached the middle and the back together to connect them. The yarn bit was only done in the center of every other square in order to help add an extra binding to the quilt so that, like you said the other day, the batting would not bunch. We forgot to do that on another blanket, and the batting bunched after one wash in the machine. The batting was already washed before use, but that's what happened after.

As for how close, well...Not very, I mean, we did it in every other square, and the edge pieces around the squares were 1 and 3/4th inches wide and the squares themselves were 5 1/2 inches. With that in between and some non-tied squares, they aren't that close. This one as been washed, and it didn't bunch, so it looks as if it doesn't need to be close. But yeah, that's what my mom told me once she knew what you meant by outline quilting. So we hadn't done that. I was pretty certain.

As to the library having any. Not the one in my area. The ones in the other areas might, but crafting work is actually not in the library near me. But thank you for the explanations, and that combined with my mom stating it at least tells me that while everything is sewn together around the top, the underside of the edging and the edging, the middle is bound down with yarn. So at least it's not clear as to exactly what it was.

Either way, thank you. It's useful gaining some knowledge that would be missing otherwise. I'm still learning, and just hoping my current project goes well. Thank you again.
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