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When I made my son's new quilt earlier this year, I commented that it's too bad his girlfriend lives where it never gets cold! If it did, I would gladly make her a quilt. Well, modern tech doesn't take long, and before I knew it, I was asked to please make her a quilt too, as she gets cold in her room with her air con. My son was to give me hints on colors, themes, etc. Pastel colors, pinks, blues, and she really loved turtles! Now I don't have anything against turtles, but I know I didn't have anything like that in my stash of fabrics! He consulted with her, and the suggestion was florals. That I could work with. So, not a turtle in the quilt, but then I haven't made the label yet! I know she loves cats, so that's why there's a large panel of cats!

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Thank you to Mrs. D. for teaching us the "art panels" for the back side of a quilt.  It really does help use up those extra blocks.  Oh, and credit goes to American Patchwork & Quilting, Feb. 2012 magazine for inspiration for the pattern.  "Fabric Fusion" was the name of the quilt pattern.  As usual, I followed it sort of loosely, and threw in a few personal preferences, such as flipping orientation of blocks before adding the sashing and making the pattern larger.  This pattern is very forgiving and was really more about learning fabric selection and making a fusion of the whole.  

And many times while making this quilt I thought of a friend who recently passed away.  No, not from Covid, but a lung tumor diagnosed too late to do any treatment.  In the last few years, she gave me stacks and stacks of quilting magazines, books and patterns.  I sorted through them for a second time last winter and just pulled what I really loved and threw the rest.  What I really loved fills four large three ring binders. I took this lady along to a quilt show as recently as last November, and it's still hard to believe that now she's gone.  She was in her middle 80's but so active and mentally sharp.  I remember telling her that someday I wanted to make a floral quilt.  So here it is, and I'm giving it away.  Oh well, some day I'll make my self one! 


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Very pretty, Mavis! DS' GF will love it! The pattern reminds me of Turning 20, or Turning 20 again, very similar.

I'm sorry you lost a good quilting friend. She sounds like a treasure!

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Mavis- It's a lovely quilt and wonderful that it brought memories of a friend now gone. It's hard to lose a friend.
Your next quilt should be a floral for you.
I love floral fabrics, especially those designed by the Kaffe Fassett collective. 

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A meaningful project for you, bringing such comforting memories of your dear friend - she's now a part of your creation!

Lovely quilt with pretty fabric - the pattern and fabric go together so well.  And as usual, your quilting just makes it!
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Thanks, Lori, Phyllis, and Chaly!  It's always fun to share a finished project.  
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Another winner Mavis! That is a very pretty quilt, very easy on the eyes, soothing to look at you might say. I also agree that it looks a lot like a Turning Twenty pattern.

Years ago I made a modified turning twenty backing for a full size quilt. I still haven't finished the quilt but it may end up being two quilts. Being very early in my quilting journey, I made the backing exactly the same size as the top.[smile][frown][redface]

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Hi Cari, and thanks for the kind comments.  Yes, some of our first attempts in the quilting world are good learning experiences.  Having sized the backing and front size exactly the same will not work out so well for the quilting process.  You're almost done with two quilts instead of one!
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