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The First of the Purple Ones!

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Category Quilting
Type Functional
Style Traditional, Romantic, Classic
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What materials did you use? Cotton fabrics, "Pure Velvet" and "Perfect Palette" by Fabric Fredom; cotton thread for piecing; polyester wadding and Isacord (polyester embroidery) thread for quilting.

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What are you most proud of? I'm most proud of the fact that I got all the pointy-bits to be pointy and didn't snip their noses off when I pieced them. The quilt top was finished for quite a long time before the quilt was finished and lived in my UFO box. The original pattern is for a square quilt, but I thought I would much prefer a longer one to cover my sofa. Although I'd purchased the correct amount of fabric for the pattern, I then sent away via the Internet for some more, in order to make the 16-block pattern into a 20-block one plus the extra sashing, border and binding. There was quite a lot left over as I'd over-ordered, and I had enough to make "Jacqueline's Quillow" (picture on my projects page). There was still quite a lot left and I embarked on Amy Gibson's Free 2012 BOM course, meaning to just "dabble" and try a bit now and then. However, I got hooked and found that a theme was developing, which meant that I needed a little more "Pure Velvet" and "Perfect Palette" fabric, plus some to contrast from my stash. Once the BOM was finished, I found that I still had some more left, so I've started on a scrap quilt to use it up. There will still be a bit more of this range in my stash and I think I may use it for one other project (plus other fabrics from my stash, as I really shouldn't be buying more - it probably isn't available any more anyway) in one more quilt in the future. Although this was the first project I started with this range of fabrics, it was left for some time unfinished and, although I've never done so before, and as my sewing machine was in Sewing Machine Hospital - worn out, I think - I took it off to a long-arm machine quilter and had it quilted. The LA Quilter made a lovely job of it - far better than I could have done - with a pantograph pattern called "Floriana" and lovely magenta-coloured Isacord thread that she has imported from the USA and which we can't normally get here.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Decide on your range of fabrics and only buy what you need or you'll end up like me with three and probably four projects in the same colours - and being totally fed up with them!!!!

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This is fantastic! I love your color coordination!

03/10/2013 Flag

Thank you! The fabrics were all from the same series, so it was easy to get the colours right. Also, the paqttern is designed specifically for those fabrics, so I couldn't go wrong!

03/11/2013 Flag

Beautiful quilt and colors. Not a purple person but this is really striking.....and your points are perfect. I know how loud machines can get when the needle strikes something it shouldn't. First time I changed my throat plate to the straight stitch one, after I used it I forgot to switch it back and couldn't figure out why the machine made a loud noise and broke the needle...think 3 needles later I realized what I had done. Machines are so expensive but we can still make silly mistakes. Enjoyed looking at your projects....beautiful work.

03/10/2013 Flag

Thank you. Since my "big and modern" machine went into the workshop, I've been doing a bit of FMQ on a scrao quilt (pictures to follow when I've finished it) on my little, ancient machine and although it's not easy, it's worked out okay. However, after having used my new machine for a year, the noise my old machine makes was quite alarming at first - I'd forgotten just how moisy that dear little work-horse is!

03/11/2013 Flag

My goodness Patz, what an awesome job. We both love purple and I'm so happy that you were able to find a home for all of the fabric. Keep quilting, you are becoming the master of points. Yeh!! I love your work. I wish I could send you everything you want and need to quilt with the products that you like. I have discovered it surely makes a difference.

03/11/2013 Flag

Dear Diane - thank you for your kind words. I think we're all learning so much now - and making progress too (although it's slow going sometimes). Hooray for Craftsy and all the lovely people who take an interest in each others' work and give such encouragement!

03/11/2013 Flag

Pat - your quilt is beautiful - I'm still working on the BOM 2012 - along with the next Fairy art quilt and a host of other things on the go.....you've inspired me to get her done - Love it!

03/15/2013 Flag

Thank you Marianna! The Fairy Art Quilt sounds intriguing - I look forward to seeing it!

03/17/2013 Flag

Pat this is just amazing, what a great eye for colour you have. I absoluately love it. K x

08/13/2013 Flag

Thank you, but I can't take any credit for the colour coordination! All the fabrics were from the same range and the pattern was created specifically for those fabrics! I absolutely love it too now that it's finished!

10/24/2013 Flag