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Jefferson's Quilt

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Traditional, Funky, Casual
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What materials did you use? Cotton fabric scraps and thread, polyester wadding.

patz in suffolk on

What are you most proud of? Making something that was a surprise gift and was so well received! I hadn't really done any FMQ previously and had some fun, quilting a treble clef (Miranda's husband is a very talented concert pianist - there is some fabric included that has music on it - actually Rachmaninoff - my husband identified it when he put it on the piano and played it when I first brought it home) , plus a fish skeleton, and other bits and pieces on it.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? No matter how small your leftover bits and pieces, don't throw them away (as if any quilter would!), but save them for little projects for dolls or cats. Or, possibly, dogs - but not having any dogs I don't know if patchwork quilts are what they would like, or if they would last very long!

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Ooh I love your cat quilt Pat and your treble clef... well now... I take my hat off to you, you are becoming a very fine free motion quilter:) I have made cat and dog quilts and they have been received very well by both and Ruby (dog) loves to lie and sleep on her quilt, no chewing except on her bone:)

12/17/2012 Flag

Thank you, Desna - this was my first ever attempt at free motion, the quilt having been made a while ago. I think cat (and dog) quilts are probably the place to experiment with FMQ - especially if, like me, you begrudge wasting good fabric on practising!

12/18/2012 Flag

What a great story Pat, love it and your adorable quilt! Bet Jefferson (and now BeBe) loved it while he was still with us. Very thoughtful ;)

12/18/2012 Flag

Jefferson was a poor old thing in his last days, very blind, deaf too, but completely spoilt. He had a lovely life and now rests in Miranda's garden with a custom-made plaque marking his resting place for posterity. He brought a lot of joy to his "family" in his lifetime..

12/19/2012 Flag

This is such a lovely story Pat. I LOVE the quilt and the idea of using treble clef. I may have to copy that idea of yours for my music quilt. My kitties happily use all the mini quilts I make. All the best to Bebe, I wish her a long healthy life.

12/18/2012 Flag

Thank you! The treble clef was quite easy, even though I hadn't done anything like that before, so you'll find it a doddle! Do post a picture of it when it's done, please!

12/19/2012 Flag

This is so cute Pat. The story is precious. Most of our children have cats and dogs. Our house was a real circus when they were growing up. Many times they smuggled in the town cats and made them part of the family.

12/20/2012 Flag

Thank you, Julie! Life wouldn't be the same without pets, would it? Merry Christmas!

12/21/2012 Flag

Hi Pat, the first quilt I made was for my lovely hound Barney, who absoluately loves his. In fact he loves it so much I made him a second for another bed that he uses. I am going to do another over the winter for our camper van for him. It's a lovely story and I am sure the quilt will be treasured for years to come. K x

08/13/2013 Flag