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Row by Row Millenium Quilt

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Whimsical, Classic, Traditional, Casual
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What materials did you use? This is a quilt was designed in 2000 by Patti Anderson and is mostly a pattern from Patchpieces.com. I started it in 2003-04 or so and we 7 gals did all the rows in a round robin trade amongst us 7 ladies. I ended up doing three rows on mine instead of one. It is 70x95 double bed sized and I quilted it FMQ meandering in three panels of 3 rows each. I then joined the panels from the front, then batting, then backing and FMQ the two joining areas. I did this on a domestic sewing machine so large projects are possible to FMQ on small machines if you plan it out. I quilted about 1/2 inch to an inch apart and enjoyed it very much. Fun to have this UFO done!

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What are you most proud of? I love that I went out of my comfort zone in 2003 to commit to the 8 women/8row round robin in the first place as that was a totally new experience to trust strangers with rows in my quilt using my fabric box. I also am so glad I got it back out of the closet and finished the missing row (one gal got sick) and added one row for length and quilted it in panels all by MYSELF! I did not send it out to be quilted by a longarmer and I got the job done. This quilt is using all scraps and stash that was in my collection in 2003 when we started. I also recycle flannel or wool blankets into my quilts as my battings and that worked great. .The back is also pieced from old stash. A very green eco-friendly project.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? You can make any large sized quilt in free motion style with a domestic machine as long as you break it up into sections or pieces that are in YOUR own comfort level for free motioning. I viewed it as if I was quilting three super long and wide table runners (which I knew i could manage, right?) and then joining them together. You could also have done a large quilt like this in quarter sections too if you felt comfortable with that body of a quilt sandwich in your machine. You too can eat a millennial elephant one bite at a time! :)

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Love your quilt and your story.

04/01/2013 Flag

What a great concept....love the spools of thread. Thanks for the detail regarding how to put together a 'quilt as you go' quilt. I have never done one that way and was wondering how it was done.

04/06/2013 Flag

What an amazing project! I also long QAYG techniques because it's so much easier to quilt a smaller panel or square at a time rather than the whole thing at once. Because it has the significance of being a 2000 quilt, I would add a start date and a finish date to the tag on the back. That might sound silly, but I think it will honor the process. After all - it's the year 2000 and none of us have as much time as we'd like to quilt!

04/06/2013 Flag

I echo Scheri Manson in thanking you for such a wonderful detailed post. I was captivated as I read all about it. Your quilt is colorful and beautiful. Thank you!

05/06/2013 Flag

I truly enjoyed reading your story. The quilt is amazing. I lovethat there is so much to look at and enjoy.

12/14/2013 Flag