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Re: TQS/AAQI Challenge 2012 18 Jan 2012 01:28 #74110

Hi Clara. Love your little quilts you are working on. I have been making quilts for AAQI for about 11 months. I never thought of doing them in batches. Will have to try this. I have been trying to use these little quilts to let me express myself. No pattern, just me and the fabric. Will let you know when I send in the next one!
Aileen :lol:
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Re: TQS/AAQI Challenge 2012 17 Jan 2012 22:14 #74108

Clara - what a wonderful project! I (like many others) have been meaning to try and make a few but just haven't done it. This is the push I needed, so count me in!
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Re: TQS/AAQI Challenge 2012 17 Jan 2012 20:29 #74102

Welcome aboard! Glad to have you.
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Re: TQS/AAQI Challenge 2012 17 Jan 2012 20:25 #74101

Clara, Great idea, count me in.
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Re: TQS/AAQI Challenge 2012 17 Jan 2012 19:59 #74100

9,000 quilts have passed through your hands. Lucky.

This would be a perfect time to use up extra half-square triangles and strips from the exchanges we just did.

Thanks,
Clara
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Most popular quilts 17 Jan 2012 17:35 #74088

This is a tough question, since I've seen over 9,000 quilts go through our system. NINE THOUSAND quilts - think about that number for a minute. It's downright amazingly wonderful! And we've raised almost $700,000 - which is also wonderfully amazing!

Flowers are popular - both to make and to buy. Animals and pets are also very popular. One of the easiest quilts to make is to take an unused quilt block (or make one from scraps) and add an applique or something to give it a focal point. A silhouette of a dog or a cat - an embroidered daisy, some bead work. All good ideas. Quilts that are embellished sell for more than a plain pieced quilt. If you can add a border or piping and stay within the 9x12 quilt size limit, that's a plus. There is absolutely nothing wrong with using a pattern or getting an idea from a magazine, you just have to get written permission from the pattern designer. Dover has a huge selection of ideas to work from and most of their things are royalty free.

Make it fun or different and interesting and you'll find yourself hooked on the 9x12 or smaller size quilts.
Diane
dianedidit.blogspot.com
AAQI Board Member and Quilt Receiver
alzquilts.org
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Re: TQS/AAQI Challenge 2012 17 Jan 2012 16:31 #74082

Woo Hoo
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Re: TQS/AAQI Challenge 2012 17 Jan 2012 15:17 #74076

Clara count me in! I have wanted to do this for a year now and you have been the kick in my butt to make me do it!! :) :)
I'll share what I am doing as I get started on it in the next few weeks. I think all the SOTT"s should support this idea as a thank you to all that you did for our HST exchange!
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Re: TQS/AAQI Challenge 2012 17 Jan 2012 14:07 #74073

Diane, thank you for that - I will be more than happy to donate quilts for such a very worthy cause. Rita. :D
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Re: TQS/AAQI Challenge 2012 17 Jan 2012 14:01 #74072

dianedidit wrote:
Reetzbobeetz wrote:
I did a couple last year but never sent them because I didn't think they were good enough. But when I went to look at the website I was relieved to see that they are not all as amazingly creative as your Clara. I am definitely going to do some more and actually send them this time. I will let you know when I have them done. I have to just finish a quilt for my daughter's friend who has just had surgery which may have saved her life but has left her with lifelong problems. It's a great idea Clara and thanks for the reminder. Rita. :D
Rita, there hasn't been one quilt donated to the AAQI that we haven't found a buyer for, so do not worry about it! I can't wait to see your donations!
Diane Petersmarck, receiver of the quilts!
What is your most popular quilt that is bought or requested? Just curious.

Clara
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Re: TQS/AAQI Challenge 2012 17 Jan 2012 09:56 #74045

Reetzbobeetz wrote:
I did a couple last year but never sent them because I didn't think they were good enough. But when I went to look at the website I was relieved to see that they are not all as amazingly creative as your Clara. I am definitely going to do some more and actually send them this time. I will let you know when I have them done. I have to just finish a quilt for my daughter's friend who has just had surgery which may have saved her life but has left her with lifelong problems. It's a great idea Clara and thanks for the reminder. Rita. :D
Rita, there hasn't been one quilt donated to the AAQI that we haven't found a buyer for, so do not worry about it! I can't wait to see your donations!
Diane Petersmarck, receiver of the quilts!
Diane
dianedidit.blogspot.com
AAQI Board Member and Quilt Receiver
alzquilts.org
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Re: TQS/AAQI Challenge 2012 17 Jan 2012 09:18 #74042

RGold wrote:
Great idea, Clara!! I have two that I started more than a year ago, but haven't finished. One is a completed top, so it just needs quilting and binding, and the other is an almost completed top. You're giving me the nudge to finish them, so I will definitely do that this year. Thank you! Robin
That's fantastic. I know what you mean. I've been wanting to get my grouping of 9 done and now that I've gone public (Hee Hee), the pressure is on. At least we can have fun in the process. Clara
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Re: TQS/AAQI Challenge 2012 17 Jan 2012 08:55 #74040

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Great idea, Clara!! I have two that I started more than a year ago, but haven't finished. One is a completed top, so it just needs quilting and binding, and the other is an almost completed top. You're giving me the nudge to finish them, so I will definitely do that this year. Thank you! Robin
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Re: TQS/AAQI Challenge 2012 17 Jan 2012 07:18 #74035

You are very welcome. Something interesting I saw at their booth this last fall in Houston. When people were buying, they were going toward their interest or those they were buying for. Some choices were theme (pets, flowers, etc.). Some were for color, to be used to connect with a color theme. There was a huge variety from funny, stars, strips, applique, painted, abstract, pictorial, traditional, funny, animals. You name it, there is someone interested in it. Don't worry, just have fun. It's a great way to practice new techniques too. Clara
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