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Barbara Houston





Registered: January 2016
Location: Washington State
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Journaling: This quilt should have been finished years ago, but circumstances didn’t allow that. Jackie pieced this quilt and gave it to me to quilt. I hadn’t quilted in years and I was worried about how my stitches would look, would they be as even and uniform as they used to be? I love hand quilting, its soothing and calms my busy mind and I wanted to give it a go again. So putting it in my quilt stand and clamping it down with the hoop, I sat down and got started. I would only sit at it in fits and starts and for months it would just stand there without a stitch added to it. I felt guilty, Jackie was waiting for it to be finished. It should have taken 3 or 4 months.


My favorite place to quilt is my office sitting on the daybed with the floor lamp next to me while watching Midsommer Murders. I am addicted to that program. Quilts have memories attached to them, and this one is no different. Two month old Maxwell blessed my life and he loved sitting atop the hoop watching me work at my desk, and it was a good place to nap also. Until one day he had gotten too big and heavy for the hoop to hold him. It tilted and he went flying off much to his shock and horror. He tried one more time after I leveled it, but alas it was not to be. He had to content himself with the daybed.

FotoInspired DoubleTemplate No. 86[ link ]
ArtPlay MiniPalette Vibrant (Retired)
ArtsyPaint No. 11[ link ]
Stitched by Anna Borders No. 3[ link ]
WarmGlows No. 1[ link ]
WarmGlows No. 7[ link ]
Autumn WordART No. 7[ link ]
TapedTextures No. 2[ link ]
ButtonThreadz No. 3[ link ]
Photos: Mine


Notes: After opening the template page, I clipped my photos and recolored the rest of the blocks with colors from the quilt and used glows to make a couple of the photos a little more vibrant. Underneath these layers I used the artsy paint brushes and a couple of transfers. I doctored up the color blocks with brushes from the kit and added the leaf brush over the foliage photo.


I added the stitched border over the background work. Finally the dimensional elements and title were added to the page.
· Date: Tue October 16, 2018 · Views: 183
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femke272


Registered: January 2016
Location: Normandy, France
Posts: 509
Tue October 16, 2018 11:03pm

Love this page. Great title and placement!


Make me think of my sister who , since about two years, was suddenly caught by the "quilt-virus" and is making some very nice things. Have to make some photos to remember that.
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helenedubois

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Registered: August 2011
Location: Buckeye Country
Posts: 9,051
Wed October 17, 2018 12:20am

A great collection of "happy" photos--looks as if your cat, Maxwell had some happy times there, too. Did you finish it?
The various stitches really complete your wonderful page on quilting.
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marijke

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Registered: May 2008
Location: Belgium - Flanders
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Wed October 17, 2018 1:09am

Awesome photos and page ... Years ago I made a quilt ... one is enough Smile but I loved the result ...
Loved reading your yournaliing ...

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beckturn


Registered: December 2012
Location: Florida
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Wed October 17, 2018 1:42am

Beautiful page! I love the photos and story. I don't quilt, but I do have 2 kitties who each have their own small blankies. And they both want to be on a blankie on the couch with me so I only get one third of it to sit on.
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marnie333


Registered: September 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 16,706
Wed October 17, 2018 7:21am

Marvelous journaling and photo documentation of your quilting adventures! PS I'm a Midsommer Murders fan too...love all the British mysteries!

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isDK


Registered: June 2014
Location: Colorado
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Wed October 17, 2018 9:36am

Beautiful "piecing" using the template. A happy quilt page, so full of the warmth of home (and kitty).

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zlemon


Registered: February 2015
Location: Austin, Texas
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Wed October 17, 2018 6:00pm

love your journaling and that gorgeous quilt. fab documentation too.
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Miki

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Registered: October 2011
Location: Western NY
Posts: 20,830
Thu October 18, 2018 4:12pm

Love your choice of colors ... perfect for a quilt! I admire your skill for hand quilting, something I'm terrible at! Wonderful page and journaling!

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