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I haven't been sitting idle while I've been staying with Sammi, I've gotten some sewing in. A while back I went to a downsizing sale of a woman who's been a quilter for a long time. She was selling her whole stash, it filled a two car garage. One of the things I bought was a kit for a gorgeous quilt called "Tri Me" made with the Stonehenge line of fabrics. It's the second from the bottom on this page - http://www.eaglesnestdesigns.com/Eagles%20Nest%20Designs/Large%20Quilts.html

There were a few extra fabrics in the bag, maybe she was going to change out a couple of the colors in the kit, I don't know. I didn't want the purples and pinks in it, I wanted more greens and browns, maybe a dark rust to go with the light one. I went to the quilt shop that originally sold the kit but they only had a few Stonehenge fabrics left. I chose two that I thought might look okay in the quilt. They didn't, but I didn't figure it out until I had cut 160 damn 7" triangles and was trying to do the layout. It stunk. So I went out to my favorite shop(where I should've went in the first place) and lo and behold they still have lots of Stonehenge. I ended up not with another green and a brown but with a red(with touches of gold and black) and a dark blue/green that to me just look yummy with the other colors in the quilt. I don't have my design wall here to plan color placement so I just started sewing pairs of triangles together trying to be random and make sure at some point every color has every other color next to it somewhere. When I started laying out pairs into rows the seam ripper made an extensive appearance. It seems I don't do random very well and I ended up pulling another color that wasn't working for me and adding two colors that were in the extra fabric, a real dark brown and a black/gray. 
Now, just getting this far took me about two weeks. I only sew when the kids aren't here or after they go to bed. Another week or so and I finally had my rows made, I just had to add the half triangles to the ends of the rows to make the sides straight.
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Wait. Dammit. I had to go back and take a triangle off one end of every row and put it at the other end so my half triangles would go on right side up. I let it stew for a few days before I got the seam ripper out again and tackled that chore. Then I had to move a few again so no triangles of the same color touched each other. There is one place that there is two touching though and I'm leaving it.

Then sewing the rows together was fun. I starched the bejeezus out of the fabric before I cut it, and I tried real hard to be so careful with these stupid triangles but still managed to slightly stretch a few so had to do a little easing sewing the rows together but it lays flat so it's all good. Here it is laying on a small sewing table so you can't see the whole top together but you get an idea of it. The pic kind of washes out the colors, they're very deep and rich in person.
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And I didn't lose a single point! I'm not gonna do the border like the pattern calls for. It calls for putting a flange on it with one border but I'm gonna do a real dark green narrow border then the brown border but not as wide as the pattern does it. This is gonna be the first big quilt I do on my long arm and I don't want to deal with moving the flange out of my way when I quilt it.

I'm making this one for my mom so I borrowed my moms old Brother Prestige from my oldest DD to piece the quilt, it's been great using the machine I grew up sewing with again. I can't believe I ever wanted to be rid of it and have a new bells and whistles machine. What was I thinking?

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Cari,

That is going to be a phenomenal quilt!  I love the colors!  Well, I've got to go clean up my nebulizer stuff so if I need to use it during the night, I won't have to clean it up and disturb the whole house (my son) 'cause he's got to work tomorrow!

But I couldn't resist commenting on your quilt.  It's absolutely beautiful!

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Wow Cari, love those colours.
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Wow Cari, love those colours.


Me, too!

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Very pretty...really interesting fabric! Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Very nice. Those colors are very rich!
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Cari, that's beautiful! And you didn't lose one point? That's great piecing 😊
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I love this quilt!  Those colors are great.  Your mom's gonna love it!
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Add me to the list of fans for this quilt. I Love the Stonehenge fabrics and this pattern suits them.
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I changed my mind again about the border. I have now cut what feels like eleventy thousand 3" triangles to do a pieced border before the final slab-o-border goes on. I've sewn 300 into pairs but I'm not sewing any more until I get the quilt up on a design wall and figure out exactly how many more I need.

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No pics yet but the quilt is up on my design wall at the new house. The wall I chose for my super fancy, high end design wall (a $3 flannel backed tablecloth) isn't as big as it looked before I put up the tablecloth so I had to accordion fold the quilt top in the center to make it narrow enough to fit. I've got the triangle outer border up on the sides, just need to sew them to the quilt and then rotate the quilt and put the triangles on the top and bottom. I thought I didn't have enough triangles cut but it turns out I cut a million too many so I'll have tons left over.

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Jeez, Cari, let's get out the quilting mags and figure out a project you can do with all those left over triangles! let's see: matching pillow, toaster cover, matching bra andpanties set, hmm, I kind of like that one... OH! HERE IT IS!! "Make this lovely gillie suit out of your extra triangles. Allows you to hide in your sewing room or studio so no one can find you." Puuurrrrfect!
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I think that by the time I'm done with this quilt I'll be done with triangles for a while. They're getting old quick. Me and my bright ideas.

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That's always exactly what I say after I finish a stack-n-whack.  Of course I've been working on my latest one for...4 years?  Although "working on" is a bit of a lie...
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I have news! And an admission. The triangle quilt sat on my frame all this time because I was afraid of it. I had embroidered little frogs randomly all over it for my mom before I put it on the frame. The quilt is going to her. I saw a quilt that had a neat panto that looked like pools of water so I tracked it down deciding that it was the perfect thing for this quilt because of the frogs. (I had already searched for a lily pad panto and the only one I liked is a digital panto for machines with robotics.[frown])
I was so afraid of screwing this up I couldn't make myself touch it.

But I finally did it! I've been working on it for two days. The first few passes look more like pools of vomit than water but each pass is a little better than the last. It's a hard panto because there's no stop and start places, no points or any place where two lines come together so you have a stopping point. It's all curves and squigglys all the way across. I think I've only got 3 or 4 more passes until it's done.
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And it's off the frame ready to be trimmed and bound.
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Here's a pic of one of the tiny frogs that are scattered around the quilt.
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Cari I'm sure your mom is going to LOVE it.   
The colors are beautiful and the frogs add such a fun surprise. 

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Congratulations on a great finish and a great quilt! Still live the colors, and the frogs, OMG! Cute!
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Beautiful, and wonderful colour selection.
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Cari,

Your quilt is beautiful.  I know your Mom will love it!  It's really special!

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Love it.   Your Mom will, too!
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Cari, your quilt turned out gorgeous!  I kind of understand....WEEKS before Christmas I had a super-simple quilt for the grandbaby on my frame and I kept putting it off....imagining how long it would take and honestly, sometimes that thing and I don't get along very well.  I'm sure you KNOW how much fun it is if you quilt a few minutes...and then look underneath and realize you have to rip it ALL out?  I was picturing something like that.  Well, I put this one off until the last minute...and when I finally just gave up and quilted it, it only took about and hour & a half and went off without a hitch, lol.  You just never know!  I make my own simple continuous line pantographs and this one was a Volkswagen beetle, lol.
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I don't stop in here to the Quilting Corner very often, but just let me say:  that's spectacular!

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Did she love it? If she didn’t, I want to be your mom...
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Did she love it? If she didn’t, I want to be your mom...

Yes she loves it. I gave it to her a few weeks ago when she was here.
I might do this pattern again someday in a different colorway, if I can think of another quilting design that would look good. Or maybe do the quilt in aquas and greens, like sea colors and do the same panto.

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