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USA Map Quilt

Added Jul 9, 2013

by halokitty087

Noblesville, Ind...




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I started this project a year ago while I was pregnant and just finished it in time for my daughter’s 1st birthday.

It is a panel from JoAnn’s with a bedsheet used as the backing. The binding is broadcloth that I found in my stash.

Everything on this quilt was done by hand—machines never touched it. I quilted around each state and province, as well as the word “Mexico” and the compass rose.

My plan is to eventually document her travels on the quilt using colored thread or yarn to show the route and then a button or some other knick-knack sewn on at the destination to represent what we were doing (a ball or bat if we went to a baseball game, a horse if we go to her great-uncle’s and ride his horses, etc.)

Material Notes

Cotton panel print,
Cotton broadcloth,
Cotton bed sheet,
Polyester batting




Garment Type

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    Jul 20, 2013, 10.02 PMby kstyled

    What a novel idea !!!!

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    Jul 11, 2013, 07.40 PMby runs4fun

    I love this quilt!. I wanted to know if you had any tips on how to hand quilt so nicely. I have done a number of my own baby quilts with the quilting by machine, but am just attempting my first, full-sized one that will not fit on my machine. I want to quilt by hand, but I am need tips for making the quilted stitches look neat and uniform in size. My hand-piecing stitches are very tiny, but every time I add the batting and backing, I can no longer get them to be nice. Any tips?

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      Jul 12, 2013, 04.31 AMby halokitty087

      The trick that helped me was to never pull the needle with your hand underneath. Always keep the needle-pulling on the side you can see. Push the needle straight down until you can just barely feel it with your non-pulling hand underneath and then tilt the needle away from you (until it is almost parallel with your fabric) while pressing down just ahead of the point with your thumb. Then push the needle through so it comes out just above your thumb. It is then easy to grab and pull through. If you get really good, you can rock back and forth like that and get several stitches on the needle before you ever pull… I just do one stitch at a time, though!

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      Jul 22, 2013, 04.21 AMby runs4fun

      Thank you so much- I am going to give it a try. Your quilt is beautiful and an inspiration!

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    Jul 10, 2013, 08.16 PMby Bbtiny

    Wow, amazing! Great work! I like it A LOT!

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    Jul 10, 2013, 07.48 PMby wildflower31

    This is so awesome!!!!!!

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    Jul 10, 2013, 12.53 PMby kisses

    Creative….well done

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    Jul 9, 2013, 03.49 PMby Mary Athey

    what s lovely thing to make for your daughter, its an heirloom piece she will be able to pass on x

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      Jul 12, 2013, 04.32 AMby halokitty087

      I hope so! I would love for it to be a keepsake for her.

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    Jul 9, 2013, 12.04 PMby Jelena Mitic

    Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!! This is truly amazing! Well done, congrats on the marvelous work and the best idea for your girl! Wishing you this dream to come true!

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