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  • Maria Sews
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    Originally posted by Carlie Wolf View Post
    That's wonderful Maria. I love what you did with that center piece. I have some questions.

    Did you use a stabilizer with the jacket pieces? Did you hand sew the some of those embellishments. Did it wash ok or are they using it as a wall hanging?
    Thank you, Carlie Wolf. It took me a while but it was a fun make.

    I used SF101 stabilizer with each of the jacket pieces as they were stretchy fabrics. Everything was machine sewn (I did break a needle or two ). They puppy paws were embroidered on with my embroidery machine. I wanted to add more but the quilt was too thick and on the heavy side for my machine to handle.

    It washed very well and my daughter-in-law uses it all the time!

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  • Carlie Wolf
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    That's wonderful Maria. I love what you did with that center piece. I have some questions.

    Did you use a stabilizer with the jacket pieces? Did you hand sew the some of those embellishments. Did it wash ok or are they using it as a wall hanging?

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  • Maria Sews
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    I had the same project earlier this for my son and daughter-in-law. I took most of the fabrics from the jackets and incorporated them into different basic blocks. A few I highlighted as a block on their own. I didn't use any pictures for this quilt.
    I'll try to attach a photo so, hopefully this makes more sense to you. The black thing hanging down (second row, second block) is a hood from one of the outfits and the pink one hanging down (fourth row, second block) is the hood from their favourite unicorn outfit. I made each block to finish at 12 inches square.

    I hope this works as I've never posted pictures here before!
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  • quilt_gems_25
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    How about using the thicker pieces as part of an applique?
    I was looking at the things my little dog wears and many would be perfect as centers or petals of flowers, If there are lots of colors, there are many things that could be appliqued. I think it would be nice to have those special pieces from her pet all over in some design. Good luck. You can do it!

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  • Carlie Wolf
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    Thanks Lori!

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  • Hulamoon
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    I use this one and it's like cement. Iv'e fixed clothing with it and it holds up great.

    https://www.amazon.com/Beacon-Fabri-...ds=fabric+glue

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  • Carlie Wolf
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    That would be great if I could do it that way. I've never been a good hand stitcher, so that part would be torture for me.

    I wondered about glue and how it would hold up to washing. Unfortunately I don't know if she'll be wanting to hang or just use it. I should be meeting with Bonnie (the one who is gifting it to her) in a few days so I'll get a better idea then. Maybe I can convince Bonnie to keep calling it a wall hanging and tell her friend that is what it is :-/ You know with all those different types of fringes in particular I don't know how it would hold up as a quilt if she actually used it a lot. That's why I was thinking of having Bonnie tell her that if it needs washing to have it dry cleaned. It could be dry cleaned right?

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  • Hulamoon
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    What if you put it all together with the pictures,quilted it and used fabric glue for the fussy stuff. Some of them are super strong and is she really going to use it or display it?

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  • Carlie Wolf
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    Ok, here's the pictures.

    These are the outfits I plan to work with because of the various embellishments although she did send others which were plainer:

    Outfits for quilt.jpg

    These are the pictures I downloaded from her FB page that I thought would be reminiscent of the dogs personality and had Spoonflower do them up. I tried to find the ones that also had her dressed in an outfit I plan to use so the actual embellishments could be used too:

    Marlie pic for quilt.jpg

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  • Carlie Wolf
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    Vonnie I actually really really stink at FMQ on a sewing machine LOL And I mean really, really stink.

    AMG, I'm thinking handstitching those heavier pieces is the way to go too.

    Jean, do you think the stabilizer fusible would be best with that jacket material for sashing? It seems to be a kind of thin poly that you see jackets made out of.

    I should be able to get into the other room later today and will take a picture of the materials I have so far to work with. I'll post them here. LOL Jean, if it turns out really good and word gets around then they better be ready to pay some big bucks for it. This obviously isn't going to be something I'll be willing to do again for free!

    Sandy, if it wasn't for a friend I'm sure I'd have run from this a long time ago. A lot of prayers are going into this quilt and they are all for my own sanity.

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  • Vonnie
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    Sounds fascinating!

    How about quilting it on your sewing machine instead of your longarm?

    Look at Lori Kennedy's website for ideas: http://theinboxjaunt.com/2016/03/01/...ting-tutorial/

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  • AMG
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    I think hand stitching some of the bulkier pieces afterwards is a good idea.

    That's a pretty tall order - love to see the finished piece!

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  • Jean Sewing Machine
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    I like your idea of incorporating the dog print fabric with artifacts they gave you to use. I wouldn't worry too much about heavy or fancy quilting to hold this quilt together. It will take some creativity to put something like this together! Be careful! If you do an outstanding job on it, your reputation will spread and more people will ask you to make these!

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  • Sandy Navas
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    I think I would be running from this . . .

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  • Carlie Wolf
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    T-shirt quilt questions

    I have a friend of a friend who lost their dog and they want to make a quilt from some of the clothing they had their dog wear. First they said a t-shirt quilt so I said ok and I was fairly comfortable with that although I've never strictly made one. Turns out that there is only 1 actual t-shirt in the batch. The rest are "jacket" types of things, most having various "trims", rabbit ears, etc on them. Hummmm.

    So what I'm envisioning (or at least initially) is turning some pictures they had of the Lab into fabric (I've gotten that done) and using some of the trims (and old leashes) as borders around the pictures with the actual t-shirt as the center "picture". Now I'm thinking perhaps I could use some of the actual "jacket" fabrics and cut them down as sashes around the dogs fabric pictures. Any ideas on how or if that will work? Is the fact that there is then several different types and textures of fabric going to be ok. I did get some of the light fusible interfacing which I planned to stabilize the t-shirt fabric so would it also work on the "jacket" sashings?

    The other thing is that I realized that with the fur type of trims, if I piece the whole thing together first that there will be a problem when I go to actually quilt it. Keeping the actual tension on the frame is going to be a problem due to the various thicknesses. Hummmm. So perhaps I should wait to do the fur trims and stitch them by hand after I've quilted the rest of the piece? I would really like to do this using the things I was given but I can see where their could be some problems. I'm doing this for free to be given by a mutual friend of ours. The friend is paying for any materials so it's not costing me anything but my time.

    I've done "pet quilts" for two of our mutual friends and although they can be used as quilts they have chosen to use them as wall hangings. Frankly I'm hoping this girl does that too with all the variations that will go into this "quilt" that weren't in the others and I think I'd prefer that she dry clean it instead of putting it into a wash cycle.

    Have I bitten off more than can be chewed? Oh God, I hope not. Do you have any ideas of what might be workable?? I'd really like to do something nice for her pets memory AND....I have to get it done by Christmas LOL
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