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Prince II Quilt

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Category Quilting
Type Home Decor
Style Whimsical, Funky
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What materials did you use? Cotton quilting fabric for top and backing, Hobbs Thermore Ultra thin poly batting, and various colored, variegated tri-lobal poly threads.

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What are you most proud of? This quilt is almost 100 inches by 100 inches - that's pretty darn big to FMQ on my DSM. The letters turned out fairly straight and even in the end, though I was super critical when I was working on them. Yes, I had to draw guide lines to keep me true - the whole quilt had lines 1/2 inch apart. That was a LOT of lines to draw. The big paisley in the middle is not perfect, but hey, I like it anyway. I am thinking I should throw a party to show off this quilt to my several other Prince freak friends. Play a name the song game, by taking turns tossing a bean bag at the quilt on the [very clean] floor and the player has to sing the lyrics the bag falls on, and say which Song, and Album it came from.... separate the real Prince fans from the posers! LOL

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This was a labor of love - it tested my patience because I had to be very deliberate when "writing" the words on the quilt. That translates to, I went slowly, so it took a long time. And I won't even tell you how many mispellings, and wonky letters I had to unstitch and re-sew... And the thread breaks and shredding made me want to cry sometimes and pull out my hair, if I had any. This project will give you lots of practice in controlling your hand movements, and guessing how much space you have left to fit your design in, and how big to make your design - in my case, the "design" was the sentences I was quilting out. It did take patience, so if I didn't have it at first I definitely learned it in the process!

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Hello Quilt Dude. This is an awesome quilt. I admire your work and your patience. Congratulations.

06/15/2013 Flag

Thank you shoestring. I just took it one verse at a time, purposely did not count days/hours/time, and the quilt was done before I knew it.

06/15/2013 Flag

WOW !! I like the back just as well as the front! You really are a PRINCE FAN. Great work!!

05/24/2014 Flag

Prince fan, me? Oh. Yes. I. Is. :-)

05/25/2014 Flag

Seriously, QuiltDude, if you are not entering every quilt contest out there, you should be. The innovation of of your designs is incredible. I have seen some of the finest quilts ever made because of my previous connection to a quilt museum and my long time interest in quilts both traditional and contemporary and I know your work would be appreciated. I read that you originally became interested in quilting at a fair..and I think you would appreciate PIQF in the SF Bay Area, the Houston Quilt Festival and, in your own back yard, Quilt San Diego. I am looking forward to seeing your work in person at one or more of these shows!!!

06/01/2014 Flag

Wow. Such nice words from you, BevPev! I am flattered. I don't consider myself an expert, I do this for fun but yes, this quilt in particular I felt might be presentable enough to enter a show. You may have just given me the push over the edge I need. Thank you again for such nice compliments!

06/01/2014 Flag

whoa, ahh-maz-ing!!! I don't know how I missed this one in my constant travels through projects on craftsy. Did you have any idea when you started what an intense amount of work would be required? Love the concept and the execution. I hope Prince one day is made aware of this quilt - what an amazing tribute. The purple rain back design finishes it beautifully.

10/27/2014 Flag

Thank you, Barb! Yes, I kind of figured this would be a big project. But I would do it again, as hard and tedious at times, and frustrating as it could be, it still a LOT of fun to do. . I am considering entering this into a quilt show for 2015. maybe.

10/28/2014 Flag