I made a quilt!

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Okay, first off - part of my new "balance" and schedule for the year is allowing time for me to piece quilts.  I love to piece, sometimes people just think I long arm quilt.  But, I started this whole journey piecing quilts and that is what I crave to do in my free time.  I really enjoy cutting into fabric and sewing it all back together again. I am sure you know what I mean ;-)

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This quilt was made with a "Mama Said Sew" jelly roll and I used my pattern "Strip this Quilt. I love this fabric, I had to snatch this jelly roll before it was all gone from our shop. So, I have been holding onto this for the perfect project. This quilt is only mine for a minute before I ship it to friend who is having a baby.
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I am proud to say that no two same fabrics (color and pattern) are touching - I am slightly OCD about that. This quilt uses just one jelly roll and most of the time you can use the left over jelly roll strips to use as the binding, but I did not want flowers in this quilt and I had four flower pattern strips that would not work for this quilt, so I went to my LQS and bought the black binding.  I love it!
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My boys are always there to help when I pull out a quilt to take pictures of.
I love these little people!
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A free-motion swirl is just great for this baby quilt. I am sure the baby won't mind that I did not do a custom quilt job.

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Minky is the key to a soft and cuddly blanket and the black with white polka dot was hard to refuse! I love it! I used Hobbs 80/20 for the batting, so it was a little thick quilting, but I did not have any problems with the Minky on the back.  When you quilt with Minky, just remember to not pull the fabric too hard, because it can stretch a lot and bunch if you do. 

4 projects for this month - I feel like I am on a roll.  February will not be as productive because of a trip I have planned, but I will try to stick to the schedule as much as possible though.  I am super excited about the next quilt on the frames - it is going to be back breaking for sure, but so worth it!  I cannot wait to share it with you.  Have a fabulous weekend everyone! 
January 25, 2013 by Judi
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