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"Run Dottie Run" - Quilt for Alex

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Finished quilt for Alex

Created in this Craftsy Course

Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 taught by Amy Gibson

In Craftsy's first-ever Block of the Month, Amy Gibson brings you 10 specific quilting techniques - appliqué, string quilting, paper piecing and more.

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Whimsical
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What materials did you use? Cotton quilt fabrics, including "Sherbet Pips" by Aneela Hoey; Wool quilt batting, Isocord thread.

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What are you most proud of? This is the FIRST quilt I have completed, on my own, start-to-finish! There are tons of boo-boo's, but in a quilt that is for a 7-yr-old, I'm not going to worry about perfection. It turned out better than I expected. It is soft and cuddly! :) I am LEARNING so much!! - from Elizabeth Hartman -- a little modern quilt fun, in the border... sometimes simpler looks better. -from Cindy Neeham -- I stitched ESS, in every single ditch!, and the borders were straight basted, and smooth! - from Leah Day -- I learned that it is not at all difficult to bury those little thread tails in the quilt! -from Ann Petersen -- spray basting works great! I tried the safety pins, too (in the border) and did not like trying to sew around them... -from Wendy Butler Burns -- I learned how to line up the echo quilting going around the corners in my border... by marking a diagonal line to pivot on... so many simple and helpful ideas!! I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge from some excellant quilters! What an awsome experience! I think I've gotten off on the right foot! Just need to work on my skills, and practice, practice, practice!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? There are a lot of beginning quilters, here on Craftsy, and like me, some have never even used a walking foot before. Mine was in a box for months-- I think I was afraid to try it out!! Same with my free-motion foot! I watched several videos (love the Craftsy format!) and decided it was "now or never"... I had to practice every technique, stitch-in-the-ditch, and then free-motion! Follow instructions carefully that came with your quilting feet. Truly, once I got started, it was fine! and Fun! I made a large stack of practice "sandwiches" and just kept adjusting my tension and speed. Practiced starting and stopping, and pulling that bobbin thread up to the top. I actually wrote notes on the practice pieces with a fine-tipped marker, so I could have a record of stitch settings! I really learned a lot. The quilting process took MUCH longer than I expected! Be patient with yourself.

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Diana you've outdone yourself with this one! Its fabulous. I LOVE the fussy cut centers and your quilting rocks! Dottie makes me smile. - reminds me so much of our "Pepper" who could be a sibling with slightly longer hair. We had her for 13 1/2 years and she's still dearly missed. GREAT TIP to write settings on your sample as you're going along - I'm gonna do that!!

12/17/2012 Flag

Thank you for the wonderful compliment, Jean! I think I am blushing! :) I still have much to learn with the quilting! Our Dottie is just 2 yrs old.... and very special to us. I had never intended to have a dog, but she showed up one cold winters day (yes, a "lost" puppy!), ... life has not been the same since!!

12/19/2012 Flag

I love the Modern Quilt movement. This is a great quilt and I have so enjoyed all the Craftsy classes too.

12/18/2012 Flag

Thank you, Denise! It still surprises me that I love the modern quilts... for most of my life I was surrounded by the quilts of my grandmothers... all so beautiful and traditional.

12/19/2012 Flag

This is darling and a great way to showcase a particular fabric, even if there is only a little. Congrats on doing the quilting yourself. I just finished machine quilting a quilt for my grandson last night (my first at machine quilting). It's far from perfect, but it's so exciting to know I can do it on my own machine. I agree with you, the Craftsy classed have been extremely helpful.

12/20/2012 Flag

Thank you, Leah7! I am loving the Crsftsy classes! Have you posted a picture of your grandson's quilt?? I'm sure is was a labor of love, and a pleasure to make!

12/30/2012 Flag

What a treasure; I am sure it will be well loved. Love some of Aneela's fabrics, especially Little Apples and this one

12/21/2012 Flag

Surfside, you may find it interesting that I had never heard of Aneela before I spotted the little pups in a quilt on someone's blog (bon't even remember which blog)... I just kept googling and searching until I found the name and info I needed to track some down... HaHa! Another case of "fabric obsession" I just "HAD" to have these doggies!

12/30/2012 Flag

Di4N4 - I still have my eyes wide open for the black white and red cat fabric. I check out every thing I think of....someday my patience will be rewarded, I'm sure. Perhaps I already told you thi, but I got all excited at JoAnn's one day .....from a distance I saw the exact colors in a fat quarter from two aisles over, ran down to find it was not cats, but SKULLS. Boo Hoo I just love research....I should have been a librarian.

12/30/2012 Flag

I too keep looking in the fat quarter section every time I'm at JoAnn's... no kitties, but I have noticed that certain fabrics from the past occasionally resurface... so I have hope for your quest to be satisfied someday. Lol! I had not hear your skull story before! Lol!

01/01/2013 Flag