A very ambitous project for a very worthy person


I have been working on figuring out what kind of quilt to send my
daughter at college, and I'm just about ready to start working on it.
Here's a pic of the quilt pattern:
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(My daughter is a bookworm extraordinaire if this didn't make you
suspect that already)
And here's the fabric I just bought on Ebay to make the books with:
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It's going to be wonderful! Now if only I can manage to get it made
before Christmas! If not, I have a few more years to get it done.
I wanted to make her the pattern called, "Comforts of Home," but it's a
scrap quilt and I don't have enough nice material to make it with
(notice how I am *not* posting this on RCTQ -- I make quilts but am not
a quilter, and I fully appreciate the difference) and I gave up the idea
until I came across the pattern for the 3rd or 4th time. If I am
systematic about it, I should get it done.
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Melinda, I've loved this pattern from the first time I saw it! I hope it goes well for you, I'm sure your daughter will love it.
chris (also a non-quilter maker of quilts)
:-)
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chris
Ironically enough, the lady who created this pattern lives in the same county I do. I actually saw the pattern a long time ago when I went into a quilting store to see what it looked like, but it just looked too ambitious for me even though it was perfect for her. Well, after investigating a number of alternatives that were not going to work out, I'm going to take my advice and do the best thing instead of the most expedient or cheapest or whatever.
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Wow! I think that is a beautiful project for your daughter - and I'm sure that she will treasure both the quilt and the dedication of her mother! Last 'quilt' I did was for my brother-in-law and I did it more for closure than any other reason. It is part of the Canadian Names Project now and can be seen with its section mates on-line here:
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would much rather do a quilt like yours, Melinda! (One day, when I havemore time......) Cynthia
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What a great quilt! Your daughter will love it. The little cat on the book is a great touch, too.
I've wanted to make a bookcase quilt for a while now....I work at a college and it would make a great wall hanging for my office. I have even done up some in EQ5, set up so the blocks could be paper pieced! Now to just get off my butt and actually start making it! =20
-Irene
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Melinda, I love it!
P.S. Waving at you. Haven't seen you around SciMed in eons!
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Donna
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Oh my gosh - I'm not a big fan of quilts. However, I absolutely LOVE that quilt. Now for the first time in my life I want to make a quilt.
Uh - what's the difference? You don't design your own, maybe?
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Angrie.Woman
I'm curious, too. Lots of quilters dont use their own patterns, so that isnt likely the answer. I vote that anyone who makes a quilt, no matter what methods they use to achieve that end is a quilter. Tho, technically, anyone who actually quilts, that is, sews the layers of top, batting and back together, is a quilter, and the person who makes the top is known as a piecer, etc (depending on whether its a pieced top or some other form of top making) Just trying to confuse the issue. :-) Diana
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I think the politically correct answer woudl be to go put your flameproof suit on and ask at rec.crafts.textiles.quilting LOL. But "a quilter" (according to the RCTQ folk, or maybe it was the quilting mailing list folk) is someone whose life revolves around quilting -- you know the expression of a hammer that thinks everything is a nail? Well, to a quilter, they look at everything and evaluate it by how it could be used to make a quilt -- whether it's something that could be used physically to make the quilt or something that would be a great idea for a quilt, like a bookshelf. Now personally I think the book shelf quilt is just too, too, but I never would have thought of it myself. A quilter probably did. Anyway, I have a life and my main passions in life fall outside of quilting, although I have made 8 or 9 quilts or so in my life so far (and have no time to make this one but I have to -- the quilt I made her when she was a preschooler is too "real" -- Velveteen Rabbit style -- to be able to use any more.
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Melinda Meahan - take out TRAS
You are welcome to say that and I won't argue with you even though I may disagree, but this was sort of an inside thing. A quilter the way I used the term is someone who has a fervent passion for quilting.
IOW, someone can make one bird house but that doesn't make them a carpenter, and carpenters come in all skill levels.
I see the same thing in home schooling. There are those people who happen to be teaching their children at home, and there are those people who eat, drink, sleep, walk, and live home schooling 24/7. I sort of fall into the middle and can see both sides.
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"Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to reply"
Wow, I've never had a yen to quilt, but that definitely makes me want to give it a go.
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BEI Design
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You mean you take home schooling seriously, but you all still have lives? Sounds healthy enough to me.
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She who would like to be obeye
It is so beautiful.. What a great thing to do for your daughter. She will treasure it forever. Juno
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Juno
I think it would be the "quilting mailing list people" as RCTQ people share about nearly every aspect of their lives, not just quilts....there's even a thread that has degenerated into "Bra schnapps", but I htink it started with disheartening news about one members HMO being a-holes about her MRI.
Now....I do look for possible quilt patterns, but it isn't an all consuming hobby....if i notice something interesting, zI'll try to see if it can be made into a quilt. Take the flooring I put down in the kitchen/dining room...I wasn't looking for flooring that would make a good pattern, I was looking for flooring that would look nice with the cabinets and countertop. However, the more I look at it, the more it screams for me to make a table runner to match it .
Can't tell you how many quilts i have made, but none of them are "real" looking...meaning that none have been made to look like other objects in reality (like the bookshelf quilt). They have had nice patterns, decent fabrics, and were made with love. That's pretty much all that matters to me. As for having a life, with 2 children under 5, I take whatever time they allow me...lol. WHen DS is in preschool and DD is napping, I am pursuing my other interests (usually while laundry is going in the other room). However, I have never stopped sewing (clothing, home dec), cross-stitch (currently on hiatus as I have discovered another hobby), knitting (new hobby), reading (lifelong passion), or getting in touch with my friends (most are in MD or elsewhere..not many where we live now).
Okay, stopping for now as I have no clue if I made any sense or not...need more coffee
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CNYstitcher
Oh, I totally understand what youre saying now. Gotcha. You make quilts when the spirit moves you but you dont feel compelled to make them, nor do you dream of new designs, or copy floor tiles to file away as design ideas later. There is nothing for us to argue about here. :-) I think I must fall somewhere in the middle too, leaning towards the fanatic, but not quite crossing that line. Thank you for explaining what you meant. Youre right, Im not sure I would make that same distinction but thats ok. I understand why you do now. Diana
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Diana Curtis
That is one I want to tackle someday. I work in a library :-) But I think you should consider posting in RCTQ. Yes there are some incredible quilters there but my impression is that they are very welcoming to beginners - and you don't sound like a beginner!
Sewingsue
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Yeah. Such a radial idea, huh? :)
There is currently a discussion on my favorite HSing mailing list to basically evangelize our communities for HSing. Well, I honestly believe that the only way HSing will be successful is when the parent believes it is the best educational option for their child, and if they aren't convinced of that it won't work. So I guess I'm a renegade.
Although to be honest, some families do HS so their children can have a life -- my 13YO spends 10 hours a week at the gym taking classes judo, tae kwan do, gymnastics, speed and agility training, and/or weight training, and he would never be able to do that if he was in school until 3 and then had to come home and do homework for 3 hours a day.
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