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Mike's Atacama Quilt

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
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What materials did you use? Variety of batiks, bought in Illinois and Arizona

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What are you most proud of? I was able to tweak the design to give it my own meaning, and I thought I was giving my son something he would remember all his life. I didn't tell you that the race in Chile was 150 miles through the desert, running for a week, most of the time doing at least 26 miles a day in all kinds of conditions, sleeping in tents and carrying all his own food with him. We followed along on the website, which you should check out, and read his and others blogs! It was extremely beautiful scenery and hard to imagine doing!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I started by taking two blocks of batik fabric that looked striking together. I cut 1 1/2 inch strips from two sides of the block, leaving the strips and an 8 inch square. Then I sewed the other color strips onto the opposite square, making a pleasing pattern. Then I began playing with the 2 1/2 in. strips, found an interesting combinations for each block and sew those on the opposite sides. After that I cut the new squares in half diagonally, finally matching them with an entirely different half. That may be clear as mud, because when I tried to do them again for a table runner, I almost came out with different squares again! So my advice is write down what you did exactly!

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