Tuesday, January 08, 2013

In Your Words

Welcome to the "In Your Words" blog hop! If you are new here, take a look around and see what's going on in Kathy's quilty world. 
I am excited to share my "Words to Live By" quilt.
About two years ago I learned to sew letters using Tonya's  wonderful book called Word Play. I was inspired by the Virtues Quilt over at Nifty Quilts to learn how to make words from the Virtues Project list of words. To read more about the construction process of the words, and the decisions made along the way, click here
In my overly optimistic mind, I envisioned sewing all the virtues, but then lost interest in this project as I do "from time to time" (really laughing out loud!) When I saw the "In Your Words" blog hop invitation, I decided that this would be just the incentive I needed to finish my virtues quilt and here it is!


I put the 6 words I had sewn together with some scrappy hearts, and a few triangles here and there just for fun.
This quilt was made in a totally "liberated" way - no patterns, points chopped off, no logical construction, no thought given to colour planning, and nothing lines up very well. The process of sewing it together was SO FUN! And I feel happy when I look at it, so it's my favorite quilt so far!
I machine quilted it last night as part of a quilting demo for the quilt guild...yep...nothing like finishing a project at the last minute!  That's how life goes around here!
Well, actually "finished" is a relative term for a quilter! The binding isn't actually on the quilt...let's just say it's near the quilt!  And the quilt was whispering something about some embellishments and some hand stitching to add, so I've realized this isn't "finished yet".
A big thanks to Madame Samm over at Sew We Quilt for all the fun blog hops, and to Linda for organizing us!
Here are the blogs to visit to see today's "In Your Words" projects:




Wednesday, January 9
Kathy's Quilts (That's ME!)
Sunshine Quilting (Martina S.)
Doodling in My Mind (Darla R.)
Grammie Q's (Charlotte M.)
Dancing Moon (Carla B.) 
The Fuzzy Hat Quilter (Laura Ann)

112 comments:

  1. All words to live by - love it! You did such a great job, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Terrific words, definitely good ones to live by.

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  3. Love all your words! And the little hearts all over are just adorable! :)

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  4. Love your word quilt that you finished (almost) with determination and joyfulness, Sometimes you just have to honor your own creativity and respect your inner quilty muse and trust that your unplanned quiltiness will be perfect in it's own way ... :) Pat

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  5. Lovely words and quilt! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. That is a great quilt. Love how you put the words together. Really want to make one too, sometime, lol!

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  7. I also consider a top as a finish even though it may have two more finushes (the quilting and the binding, lol!). A top is not considered a UFO !! Only the blocks in bags or pieces waiting to be blocks are UFOs . SO glad you threw rules to the wind and sewed like a free spirit and loved it! Love your word project quilt and the words within!

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  8. looks great.
    Greetings,
    Tina

    Determination should be on my list too :-)

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  9. Cute project I am sure it will make you smile every time you see it!

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  10. Great job, Kathy. I love this quilt, too! Can't wait to see what you are planning for embellishments.

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  11. You have indeed made a very awesome quilt. It should be very fun to see how you will finish with it, concerning embellishment and more. You have gotten me inspired to try to this method sewing letters.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful project.

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  12. Katherine, your quilt is awesome! I love it!

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  13. Awesome incentive quilt! Yes, a little more 'bling' is needed before the binding embraces it.

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  14. Hi Kathy love the words and the quilt, thanks for sharing. Susie x

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  15. Hi Kathy great quilt. Of course it's finished it has been quilted. Embellishments and binding can be added later.... but not too much later as it would be a shame for it to get lost in a pile of other projects.

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  16. Love your quilt and the words are very important for everyone!

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  17. Aren't you glad this is what got you in gear to get this lovely project to this point? I love the colors, the letters, and most especially the sentiment. I haven't tried letters yet and your project certainly makes me want to do that. What a great project! I can hear the lack of tension and thrill in your finger tips even with the "rush" to get it finished. A job well done! Thank you very much for sharing your creativity with us.

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  18. I love it Kathy! I want to make a quilt using words done that way too. Maybe soon.

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  19. I like eclectic quilts! Well done!

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  20. Fabulous! Thank you for sharing today.

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  21. I really like your quilt a lot. I tis very refreshing to see quilts made without a pattern. I get tired of looking at all the perfect looking pattern ones. These kinds are teh best made one step at a time whne Inspiration hits and you just get that feeling of where you want to go next with it.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Your quilt is wonderful...love how creative you were and the result is such a unique quilt which is full of your heat and soul...way to go!

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  23. I love your quilt! It is wonderful, you did such a lovely job on it! Thank you for sharing :)

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  24. Love the play-fullness! The prints and colors are so cheerful!!! :)

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  25. Your quilt is fantabulous! You will smile when you see mine tomorrow.. Birds of a feather...ha!

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  26. I love the virtues you chose and I love your quilt! blessings, marlene

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  27. Glad you got your words almost done. Sometimes a little finished project is better than a giant UFO. Enjoy your finishing stages now that the pressure is off.

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  28. You managed to fix your border issues, I see! I dream of making a words quilt some day...

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  29. Great quilt! And very strong words! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Good Morning my dear....ahhhh your words resonate with me too...great looking banner for your 2013

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  31. I have seen that book before, but now I must go find a copy! I love your project and the whimsical design of the letters - great work!!

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  32. I love the scrappy, liberated way you've put this quilt together!

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  33. Words to live by. I love your quilt!

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  34. Fantastic Quilt!!!! What great words... I love it!

    Pat Sloan
    Radio show Host.. The Voice of Quilting
    http://blog.patsloan.com

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  35. Cannot imagine it becoming more than it is already - just stunning and perfect words for you. Judy C

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  36. If the rest of the world could live by those words... Well, you can't raise everyone I guess. I love liberating projects myself. They are good for the soul! Great job!

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  37. What a great quilt and inspirational words. So understand working up to that deadline! As one of your fellow blog hoppers today I was pushing the limits last night also. Whew! We made it! Thanks for sharing.

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  38. So much creativity--sewing without a pattern! The freedom it allows really added to this "wordy" quilt. Beautiful job.

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  39. Wonderful words to live by, Kathy :)

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  40. Fabulous!!! Wonderful use of words. :)

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  41. I am so glad that your quilt brings you such joy - it is perfect and you have done a fantastic job.

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  42. How perfect, Kathy!!! I love your quilt! You did a wonderful job on it!

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  43. Hi!!! Wonderful words!!! Very pretty quilt!! Thank You!!

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  44. great job -- I have an all finished (but the binding) catagory in my craft room as well. I did get a neat binding tool that uses the backing folded over and that 's helping decrease the amount of time I spend putting ths off called the quick easy mitered binding tool. Works great for smaller projects but can be used for a larger quilt as well.

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  45. Kathy, Well done and a great finish! Love that determination word you phrased! that is a dominate trait that is in this family. lol
    Jane

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  46. Lovely words to live by! Your letters turned out so nicely. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Great words, love the design.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  48. That is a great book, looks like you've mastered it. Really nice job!

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  49. Love your arrangement of words. Nice job!

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  50. Wonderful words. I love the way they came together.

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  51. It is beautiful and FUN. Love it!

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  52. Yikes, no pattern???? That is outstanding! Great job!

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  53. I love your words quilt! I'd like to try this method to make a quilt for myself!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  54. It's wonderful Kathy! I love that the last word is "determination" LOL!!!

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  55. Visiting for the Word Blog Hop but got distracted by your Treadle. Read your posts and feel inspired to open my Grandmother's up and give it a whirl. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  56. Great quilt! Now you have given me some ideas for the backings of wedding quilts...THANKS!!!

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  57. I love your free wheeling style! Quilting should be fun and I'm afrid we're all sitting around at our sewing machines waiting for the dreaded knock on the door and it's the Quilting Police coming to JUDGE our quilting. Nothing could be further from the truth so good for you!! I like your quilt and I love the virtuous words.
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  58. Almost finished! Sometimes there is always something else we want to add so we are never done. It does need binding but other than that it is beautiful as is.

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  59. Almost finished! Sometimes there is always something else we want to add so we are never done. It does need binding but other than that it is beautiful as is.

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  60. Great words, and I love the way it turned out! :)

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  61. Lovely words thanks for sharing!!

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  62. It looks spontaneous and joyous! Congrats!

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  63. I enjoyed seeing your demo at the guild meeting. It's a great quilt!

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  64. Wonderful work you have done in the "In Your Word's" bloghop

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  65. what a sweet quilt. I love your word choices, I love the scrappy look and your fabrics too!

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  66. It's wonderful! What beautiful and inspiring words. So many good feelings in this quilt. A treasure for all time!

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  67. Love your words to live by - very thoughtful!!

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  68. A virtues quilt - such a swell idea!

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  69. What a great job and words we should all remember. Thank you for sharing with us, wonderful job!

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  70. Very sweet! Love this quilt Kathy!:)

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  71. Great words to live by and inspire others.

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  72. Your quilt is really lovely - I adore the little hearts and triangles.

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  73. I really loved your quilt! Thanks so much for sharing your great words!

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  74. Love the quilt and your liberating style in making it. It is so fun to work with no rules when it comes to quilting and I am adding you to the Procrastinators Quilting Club.

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  75. What a fun quilt, and such great words to live by!

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  76. Really neat words, I'm glad it makes you happy :)

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  77. Great job on your quilt!! Hang in there your almost finished. ;)

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  78. A really fun quilt with some fantastic words!!

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  79. Lovely thoughts to look at and reflect on our blessings.

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  80. Great quilt and I love the liberated aspect. Super words, too!

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  81. I had to smile "the binding isn't actually ON the quilt...let's just say it's NEAR the quilt!" You sound like me.

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  82. Wonderful words. Love the freedom and joy its creation inspired.

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  83. Oh, what a fun way to quilt, no rules! Love it and your words.

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  84. I love how you got creative with this and just made it without a pattern (I don't do patterns well, so I love this!) Great words and a totally entertaining post. :O)

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  85. I'm so excited to see this... I just bought this book and it does look like total fun to do. Love your word choices!

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  86. Love it! Thanks for sharing with us. Have a great day.

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  87. Fabulous quilt, and loved your words, thanks for sharing.

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  88. your quilt is just fabulous, what a great idea

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  89. I enjoyed all the words you picked, thanks for sharing.

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  90. Good words to live by!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  91. Love how bright your wordy quilt is! Perfect for a gray winter day :) I also love how you just let the quilt make its self,so to speak :) Having fun is a big part of quilting,when it is fun we are more likely to actually "finish" the project.

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  92. Rosemary B here: marvelous. Love the colors and the words!
    thank you for sharing your inspiration and creativity

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  93. wonderful words to live by. and what a great reminder.... your quilt
    thanks for sharing ....
    in stitches

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  94. Great quilt! Isn't it funny how the things we put the least thought into come out the best? I'm sure it will be stunning when all the little extras are added.

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  95. I love this way of making words. I'll have to give it a try sometime. =)

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  96. What a sweet quilt and the words are perfect!

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  97. Lovely Quilt, and a great goal for 2013, good luck!
    Bente

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  98. You and I have the same kind of words that we live by and that we like to keep close to us. thanks for sharing!

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