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Row by Row Millenium Quilt

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Free Motion Fillers, Vol. 1 taught by Leah Day

Give 50 free-motion filler designs a whirl with instructor Leah Day in this in-depth quilting class. Stitch each design to create an impressive and unique quilt.

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Traditional, Classic, Whimsical, 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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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

Great job on your row robin and quilting it. My girl friend just got her row robin quilt back that she took part in as well and her top row was also houses! Just to let you know their is another method on machine/free motion quilting by splitting the batting into thirds their is a class on craftsy on how to do that by Ann Peterson's until I took this class I never felt I could do a whole quilt top on my home machine but splitting the batting really works well.

09/07/2014 Flag