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Re: Challenge for Margo! 18 Mar 2011 17:18 #60429

Bravo, Margo!
Love it and pray that your grandchildren adapt well to their new environs!
When we moved in '99, we moved 2 hours away from the only home the boys had known. Big trauma, especially for the oldest one. Hid the "For Sale" sign from in front of the house; then put up a sign on his bedroom door that his room wasn't for sale. We had many discussions.
Much older now and a bit better at change.
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Re: Challenge for Margo! 18 Mar 2011 14:57 #60414

I love it! Very impressive that you mastered so many new techniques in one relatively small project (size-wise, anyway!). And, that is one of my favorite sayings...as a career Army wife, it was my mantra for our family! I am sure the grands will treasure it! Nancy
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Re: Challenge for Margo! 18 Mar 2011 14:37 #60412

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Margo, It's is beautiful!!! You always come up with something amazing. :D :D


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Re: Challenge for Margo! 18 Mar 2011 13:58 #60409

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RGold wrote:
Wonderful, Margo!! It's lovely!! And how fun—I'm working on a quilt I'm calling "Blooming where I'm planted" but it's not far enough along to show yet. I'll be eager to see what Lorchen comes up with for your next challenge :wink:


BITE YOUR TONGUE!! :shock:


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Re: Challenge for Margo! 18 Mar 2011 13:46 #60408

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Wonderful, Margo!! It's lovely!! And how fun—I'm working on a quilt I'm calling "Blooming where I'm planted" but it's not far enough along to show yet. I'll be eager to see what Lorchen comes up with for your next challenge :wink:
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Re: Challenge for Margo! 18 Mar 2011 13:24 #60407

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I LOVE IT! You have alot more creativity in your soul than you realize, me thinks!

But I will have to say, you are the first person I know who has gone that far out of the box, done that MANY things out of the box, and by golly, documented every single one of them!

Woo Hoo!

We know your little secret, too, Margo - when you sleep, it's only your brain sleeping --- your hands and sewing machines work when you sleep!

Lynn 8)
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Re: Challenge for Margo! 18 Mar 2011 13:13 #60405

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Perfect!!! That's a lot of new techniques to use in one small quilt. I'm sure you will use some of them again and there will be more amazing quilts in your future.
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Re: Challenge for Margo! 18 Mar 2011 12:41 #60404

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Margo I love your wallhanging. You did wonderful outside of the box! I am sure your family will love it and maybe help them remember that they can thrive wherever they are.
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Re: Challenge for Margo! 18 Mar 2011 12:39 #60403

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WHOOHOOO!!!! I knew you could do it Margo. I love that little quilt! It is just wonderful.
Blessing from Northwest Indiana, USA
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Re: Challenge for Margo! 18 Mar 2011 12:23 #60400

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Beautiful!!!!
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Re: Challenge for Margo! 18 Mar 2011 12:08 #60397

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Yo, Lorchen!! How's this??? :D

Our son recently got a promotion in his job which requires the family to move. The grandchildren are NOT happy about it and it doesn't help that their other grandmother is pitching a fit! I used your challenge to kill two birds with one stone, and made a wall hanging for them!

Hmmmmm...a technique I've never done? Honey, I made my first quilt in 1963! There isn't a lot that I haven't tried!! But here goes....

I am a very traditional quilter. I like straight lines, and pre-planned projects, and my favorite color is neutral!! LOL!! BTW...My husband's favorite color is bright shiny objects!! He also says that "quilts should not rattle" so I have never used embellishments! For this project I wanted to work out of my stash, and was able to find some bright fabrics to put together and I hope that TheGrands will like it. They also love embellishments, so I slathered 'em on! This project measures 23" x 27".

I actually started with no plan at all, but just pieced together fabrics for the flowers and leaves. That's as far as I got without a plan! LOL!!
I decided on the text then got an idea of the size I needed to make the flowers. It was all intuitive from there. Very freeing!

Here are the new techniques I used:
**Tom Russell's technique of piecing little bits of fabric together to create fabric for the funky appliquéd flowers and leaves.
http://tomrussellquilts.wordpress.com/

**Rick-Rack trim around a couple of flowers and for one stem.

**Couching cotton yarn for stems.
[url]learn/bernina/[/url]

**Ricky Tim's double blanket stitch on fused applique shapes
[url]learn/bernina/[/url]

**Wonky free-form edge for the border (way out of my comfort zone, but it was FUN!)

**Janet Stone's suggestion for free motion embroidery for the text since my embroidery machine no longer functions.
[url]community/my-profile/janetstone[/url]

**Free motion couching for the leafy vine in the border. I actually purchased a new presser foot just to try this, and I love it!! I'll be doing more of this for sure!
[url]learn/bernina/[/url]

**88 buttons, including some that are double and triple stacked

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So...Lorchen....does that fulfill my end of the challenge??? Thanks for pushing me out of my comfort zone!
And yes!! This quilt RATTLES!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
You can see more photos on my WebShots album: http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/album/579922644CMPVuX


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Re: Challenge for Margo! 02 Mar 2011 13:17 #59355

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Somehow I think you would be functioning just fine in a studio that was 8x8! You just have that ability to focus and get on with it! Anyway, we are all just a tad bit jealous, although not enough to be called pathological! tee hee :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Challenge for Margo! 02 Mar 2011 07:04 #59343

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bunny9 wrote:
Margo,
You have the cleanest sewing room I have ever seen. How big is it? I envy your space.

Thanks Barbara. I wouldn't go so far as to call it "clean", but I do try to keep the clutter at bay! I sew in the basement and these photos were taken in what my husband calls "Studio B", which stands for "big ole machine" and it's where my Handi-Quilter16 is located. It used to be his office but he's been relocated to a room upstairs so he doesn't have to navigate the stairs now. I have to move the long-arm out of the way to take photos of quilts on the design wall which actually completely covers two entire walls of the room. That is a major advantage to working in a windowless basement!!

The other "studio" space is my main work room. Another major advantage to working in an unfinished basement is that with exposed rafters, I feel free to hang a light fixture where ever I need more light, and the older I get, the more lights I add! Works for me!


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Re: Challenge for Margo! 02 Mar 2011 06:47 #59342

Margo,
You have the cleanest sewing room I have ever seen. How big is it? I envy your space.
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