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Frances replied on Sun, Sep 23 2012 11:06 PM

Debbie,

These are looking great, you are doing a wonderful job.

lots of love

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Marie replied on Mon, Sep 24 2012 12:59 PM

Debbie-do:

I ended up cutting strips to width then cutting squares.  I tried basting w/o cutting off the corners but it bugged me so I cut corners off as I went.  I've got all 66 centers basted and I've started putting together the flowers in my southwestern flower garden.  I'm going to wait to pick out background fabric.  It takes at least 45 minutes to sew one flower together and I'm wishing I had bifocals! 

Nice work Debbie-do!  Your flower garden will be beautiful.

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Debbie-do replied on Fri, Sep 28 2012 1:06 PM

Thank you for your compliments, they keep me going!  I've gotten my time down to about 30 minutes each and I've been cranking away at them.  I'll bet I've got 30 done already! 

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Leslie replied on Fri, Sep 28 2012 3:51 PM

Debbie, they look great

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Robin replied on Fri, Sep 28 2012 4:04 PM

Debbie,

I like your flowers.   You do such nice work.

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Nice Debbie!  Have you decided what color your background fabric will be yet?

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Debbie-do replied on Fri, Sep 28 2012 7:09 PM

Thank you, thank you , thank you!  Marge, I'm open to suggestions.  I've thought about muslin but then I've seen many potential western fabrics on the shelves that might fit the bill.  It needs to be subtle like a loopy barbed wire or rope on a light background... or maybe a very pale bluebonnet fabric!   I may end up making 2 small quilts so I can try 2 different backgrounds!

After adding what I worked on today, I'm up to 33!!  Just a little over half way.

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Marie replied on Sat, Sep 29 2012 8:31 AM

Debbie, do you buy the papers and if so where do you get them?  

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Debbie-do replied on Sat, Sep 29 2012 9:28 AM

Sorry Marie, I make my own papers... too cheap frugal to pay money for something I can make!  I've been saving the false covers and inserts from magazines made of light card stock.  I've made a page for the copier with a grid of hexis the size I need them then I copy to the cards.  There's a little trial and error getting started but it sure beats tracing them all out ,especially when I need 500 of the little buggers!  Use comfortable scissors when cutting them out and take your time.

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Susan replied on Sat, Sep 29 2012 9:38 AM

Debbie, Beautiful Flowers! Your creation will be the reward for all your hard, tedious work. Some people have no idea how much work goes  into one of these beauties. Please show us the work in progress or the finished quilt top . Im excited to see it.  Thanks for sharing with us.   Susan

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PennyWyo replied on Sat, Sep 29 2012 9:58 AM

Love the western flower garden, Debbie.  How long does it take you to do one flower?  This will be stunning.

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Marie replied on Sat, Sep 29 2012 10:01 AM

Debbie, thanks for answering, I understand frugal, been there, did that, so I'll be going the frivolous way and order them, just have to find a source. 

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Debbie-do replied on Sat, Sep 29 2012 10:27 AM

Thank you again :o)

Penny, if I'm wearing the right glasses and have good lighting and don't get interrupted, I can stitch together one whole flower in about 30 minutes.  I just counted and there are about 300 stitches per flower!

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Frances replied on Sat, Sep 29 2012 11:00 AM

Debbie,

Do you do what i do and baste a load first and then stitch them together, and i quite like the fact that i have two EPP projects going at the same time since they are using very different fabrics it saves me getting bored.

lots of love

Francesxx

PS forgot to say you are doing a great job, think i will send you mine so you can finish mine for me.

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Angele replied on Sat, Sep 29 2012 11:23 AM

I love to see your progress Debbie Do.  Maybe this would be a good way of using up some shirt fabric that I need to turn unto a quilt.  I am still at the planning stage as I need to do five, but this looks like one I could do... No problem and I could bring them at school to work on during my lunch break . I like how yours is looking.i just can't wait to see your finished quilt! 

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