Friday, July 29, 2011

Things go better with Coke-Cola things go better with QUILTS

Hello Everyone my name is Ann Marie and I am from 16 Muddy feet. Madame Samm invited me here to show you all  my best friends quilt. Thanks Samm I am excited to get started.  All you coke lovers may want to open up a can and sit awhile. ( psst. I did not mean right now, it is breakfast time for most of you, right?)   


My best friends quilt!!! Now I don't know if I ever told you or not, but she is a Coke addict.........big time.




Love coke, you may love this!





My best friend loves red and white so I made this quilt top to be the front of the quilt. I was trying for months to figure out what to put on the back, that would scream AMY. I finally figured out kinda what I wanted to do and then when I started working on the back..............the front ended up being the back and the new back ended up being the front when I was all done. Sometimes it just works that way ya know!!!




Quilty hint: Remember when doing non reversible appliques (i.e. words) to trace it in mirror image.............it helps, trust me on this one! Glad I caught it before I ironed in on the fabric.



 Okie Dokie, fixed that mix up and here it is all cut out and ironed on. I am loving the way this is turning out so far. One section and piece at a time, no plan here. Winging it is how I like to quilt.



 The only 2 fabrics I had to buy to make this entire reversible quilt, were these two black and white checkerboards.

After getting the center done, I added the checkered border, and then cut a bunch of 10inch squares out of about 25-30 different white on white fabrics. With no prior measurements that center medallion worked out perfectly for 2 of those squares to fit on the end. Ü Then I had to figure out what to do to break up all that white. Well my best friend has a very bubbly personality, and Coke has bubbles too, so..........red bubbles so it matches the front, err I mean the back of the quilt. So I got out my trusty GO! and went to town with the 30+ red fabrics left over from the back of the quilt and started cutting circles.






Another quilty hint: Don't get in such a hurry that you forget to iron on your fusible BEFORE you cut your shapes. I did, so I had to find my glue sticks and glue them all on, cuz I got a little GO! happy. oops. Did I tell ya I was in a hurry and had a deadline , and I had just had surgery too. Well I got it all done, quilted (first big quilt I ever quilted) and bound. I did echo quilting throughout the entire thing, to make it easier on myself. Threw it in the washing machine with 2 color catchers (those red fabrics are 10-20 years old) at 2:30am Thursday morning, as soon as the washer beeped and I got it in the dryer I went to bed. Woke up a few hours later, and pulled it out of the dryer, and on the road we went. I forgot to label it, and to make a matching pillowcase. So I handstitched a label on it as we drove 5 hours to Atlanta, it looks like a 4 year old did the stitching.



 Here it is hanging over a half wall, and Minnie is hanging out on it.


  This is where it is hanging in her house for now till she can find someplace where no one will touch it. I told her to put it on the sofa, and let people use it, she was horrified at that idea. Hmmm, we will see.

 Here is some of her Coke collection in the kitchen.





Here-I had Hubby hold it out more to get a better look at it. It turned out to be pretty big when I got it all done, not sure of the size, didn't have time to measure it. I bound it with the little black and white checks that I had bought. I think it turned out pretty good. Amy my best friend was OVER THE MOON with excitement when I gave her this quilt. She loves it, I knew she would.




Hands up now...How many would love to make something like this? Any of you quilters out there like my friend Amy...Who loves COKE? Form the line here? If you love Coke and would Love for me to send you the printout I used to make this one. Leave a comment that says " I am a Coke addict too". I will mail you the printout.

 Did I tell you this was my very first big quilt that I quilted? Thought so! It is amazing what a deadline and friends will make you do, when your really not sure if you are ready to tackle a job that big. Thanks for having me, and I hope I inspired you to make something out of the ordinary.


Ann Marie. ( psst maybe next time I will do PEPSI) lol


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81 comments:

  1. How much fun is this quilt!? I'm sure your friend is super excited. It is beautiful and really from the heart. Congrats!

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  2. Sooooooooooooooooooo love your quilt, it's amazing!!!!, I'm a Coke addict too :)!!!!, would love to give it a sip!

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  3. Super quilt for a friend - very personalized. Sometimes trial and error produce our best efforts! Well done!!

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  4. That is so nice, I haven't seen a quilt as fun as this in quite awhile, lovely!

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  5. Your quilt is amazingly beautiful. It looks great hanging over the railing. You did such a awesome job. Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm a Coke Addict, Diet Coke actually. I would so love to have a copy of yur Coke Words, thank you so much.
    Carol, carol0409@cox.net.

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  6. The quilt turned out just gorgeous. You did a great job. Congratulations!!!!
    My husband is a coke addict so I'd love to have the print out for the logo. I got inspired to make one for him,,,with the bubbles too. Evita

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  7. ahhh a can of coke would go perfect now with this quilt. You make me smile with joy at your amazing talent. Gosh darn it, you are fun!

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  8. Bet you had a lot of fun making this. The checkers are just right. Good job!

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  9. Things go better with coke and you, Ann Marie. What a fun post, your friend is very lucky to have you as a coke supporter. Thank you for being here today.

    Cherie in U.K.

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  10. That is a fantastic quilt. Thanks for sharing the story with us.

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  11. What a fantastic quilt!! My dad retired from Coke after 42 years - and I'm sure he would love a quilt like this too!! I'm a Coke addict too!

    Lisa - gatesey929(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. My mom would have loved this quilt! Such fun!

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  13. Good Morning Anne Marie. Even though I have never been a pop drinker, I love this quilt. I do remember a neighbor of mine years ago his name was Jim he was an executive for Coke. Whenever we had street parties, you could always count on Jim to have a Coke stand and he would put 45's (records) of jingles on this turntable ( record player, remember those?) and I have to admit they were some of my fondest memories of being a TEEN. Things go better with coca-cola, things go better with coke. Ahhhhhh Thanks for the delightful memory...YOUR quilt for your dear friend is priceless!

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  14. I love to hear stories of other quilters that design on the fly.lol Your coke quilt turned out gorgeous.

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  15. Designing quilts by the seat of your pants is what I call it! lol. Beautiful quilt. Great job. Oh, can I be your friend?

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  16. I'm a Cokeaholic and my Mom is definitely addicted. She would love it if I made her one of these quilts. Please send me the printout. I absolutely adore what you did with this quilt. It's wonderful.

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  17. LOL! I'm a *diet* Coke fanatic...does that count? Great story and darling quilt! :)

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  18. I am a coke addict too!!!
    I would love to make a similiar quilt for
    my granddaughter, her room is painted red!
    Thanks for the post and the idea.

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  19. Wow, great job on your first big quilt! I'm old enough that I was around for the great until the great "Let's change the Coke" debacle. Until then, "I was a Coke addict too" (hope that qualifies me to stand in the line for a print out, LOL). When they came back with Coke Classic it just wasn't the same, so...now it is Pepsi, but I would love to have the print out because I still adore the Coca Cola logo (and I sneak in a fountain Coke frequently when I'm running errands, just cant drink the canned Coke anymore, LOL). I have to tell you too, that I would put this gorgeous treasure out to be snuggled and used. I've never been much of a 'this quilt is just to look at' gal, but many are and that's okay too. The joy and appreciation that a person gains from having the quilt is the important thing, don't you think? Thank you for sharing the victory of quilting your first big quilt with us. Hugs...

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  20. An amazing first quilt! Thanks for sharing this...it is so great to see the process of how you created, in addition to the beautiful finished product!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. I"M A COKE ADDICT TOO! Love your quilt! Amazing things do happen when you have a deadline and you want something quilty for a friend.

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  22. I'm a Cokeaholic and have been for years. I grew up in Atlanta too :) I absolutely LOVE you're front "back." Sometimes that's just the way creativity at it's best works out!

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  23. " I am a Coke addict too".
    " I am a Coke addict too".
    " I am a Coke addict too".

    I knew that my DD's marriage would not last because he drank pepsi.....

    What a wonderful gift for a friend. I am so glad to have discovered your blog..........

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  24. Love the quilt - I have my first coke (instead of coffee)as soon as I wake up. I guess that makes me a coke addict.

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  25. I am a Coke addict too. I love this. It is so cute and absolutely perfect for a Coke addict.

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  26. Fantastic job. I find it especially amusing that you have a picture with your dog on it, but she won't let anyone touch it.

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  27. Cute quilt and story! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. What an awesome quilt! Your friend is very lucky and you are very creative. I am not the Coke addict but my brother is big time. His collection has taken over hs house. I have no idea where he finds it all. He would be thrilled with this. I would love a printout. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Ursula

    uschbear at gmail dot com

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  29. I am a Coke Addict - and would love the print out. Your quilt is wonderful and I just love, love It. What a wonderful, and priceless, gift to give someone - they have to be over the moon. Thanks for sharing this with us. You are very creative

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  30. My husband is a SERIOUS Diet Coke addict -- I would love to surprise him with a quilt like yours...It is perfect!! I would love the pattern for the letters! Thanks so much! I really enjoyed reading about your quilt!

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  31. Love the quilt but if you plan a next time could you please do Diet Dr. Pepper? :) That's my addiction! blessings, marlene

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  32. I love Coke almost as much as this quilt of yours. You are funny too and I think you are my next best friend. I would love a quilt like this ROFL.
    So if you are ever looking for another coke addict, please call me yours. Penny, North Carolina.pcpc191 @comcast.net

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  33. I had just opened my first can of coke for the day when i read this post! Love, love, love the quilt!

    Yes, my name is Shana and i'm addicted to coke...guess I should be careful when I say that :) but I mean Coca-cola!

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  34. That's so cute! I love the dots!

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  35. Love the quilt. My son is a coke addict. I have some coke fabric, and I have been trying to think of how to use it. You have inspired me. I would love the printout. sharpsanl@gmail.com.

    Thanks, Sandra

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  36. What a cute idea??? I'm a Diet Pepsi/Diet Dr. Pepper drinker but love the Coke logo. I agree with one of the posters that Coke never was the same after 'the change"

    Loved the post!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  37. I am a Coke addict too!

    I'd love the printout... I want to make one for me, it's awesome.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  38. My husband is the COKE addict!!! Sew...send it to me too! He would love this!

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  39. both sides of this quilt are gorgeous! The nice thing is, when she actually does use the quilt one side will be "up" and the other she can glance at and enjoy anytime she just lifts up an edge. and... things do "go better with coke"! thanks for the print off and sharing a totally stunning quilt idea.

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  40. I'm a coke addict and but would love to make this for my teenage daughter and would love the printout. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

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  41. My name is Gail and I'm a Diet Coke addict. There is no 12 step program for us yet. Would love this pattern too.
    Thanks
    gauen at mbc dot edu

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  42. So creative! Just so you know, I've never quilted a large quilt either! AND I have only quilted one quilt and that was without the walking foot (which I do not own) that is to recommended! You did a wonderful job, Kudos to you!

    I am not a Coke addict too! I have many friends who are and my fiancee's mother is a quilting expert (in my opinion) is as well. :)

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  43. I am a COKE addict and have been for oave 50 years. My dad worked for COKE for 45 years. He passed away a few years ago and I have been wanting to make a quilt with the patches off of his uniforms. Now I know what I want to do! This design will be the center of the quilt! Thanks so much!

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  44. I love the quilt! You did an awesome job!

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  45. It's like the old Coke slogan, "Have a Coke and a Smile" - that's what your post did for me! I do love Coke...DIET Coke...it's my 3:00 in the afternoon friend! Love your quilt!! xo, Nan

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  46. Coke addict PamelaJuly 28, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Oh I stand proud and tell you I am a coke addict, for years now. Like some of you said, it it not the same in the can, but I buy bottles when I can. Thank you for sharing your POP fizz oh what a relief it is, ( wrong song ) but you know what I mean.Love this, lucky Amy.

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  47. I'm not a Coke addict (I love Pepsi!) but my little sister sure is. She's got her own Coke memorabilia collection going. I'd love that printout...one thing she does NOT have is a Coke quilt!

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  48. Will you be my friend!!!!! That is amazing! and I am sure dearly loved.

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  49. Love your quilt, both front and back! I also love Coke, especially Diet Coke :) Thanks for sharing!

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  50. Thanks for the great peek at a Coke quilt.

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  51. I cannot imagine the pride you must have in not only making this quilt, but designing it! I'm thrilled for you. And yes, I'd love to have a copy of your wonderful design.

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  52. I love your quilt...while my husband is a Coke addict...I am a Pepsi lover. I guess you could say we have a mixed marriage! Perhaps a Coke design on one side...Pepsi on the other!!

    Deb from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com

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  53. What an awesome quilt!!!! Great job!! I too would LOVE to have a copy of your design. My best friend loves Coke. She won't go to places that sell Pepsi. Please let us know if we can get your design. Keep up the wonderful work!

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  54. I love your quilt! I'm not a coke addict but my mother-in-law collects all things coke. She would love this quilt. Please send me a printout. Thanks!

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  55. I'm a Coke addict, too!! Diet, that is. Love the quilt you made for Amy.

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  56. I am a Coke addict too....nor quite but this is perfekt for one so I would love a printout!

    It's such fun with a quilt that is perfekt for the reciever and you have done that. Thanks for sharing.

    anne.quilt@gmail.com

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  57. I had to reread your article again because it was so good!! I realized that I didn't state "I'm a Coke addict, too" when I commented last night. I'd hate to not get the design sent to me on a sentence that I neglected to write. I just LOVE this quilt. Your friend is so lucky to have you!!!! Thanks again for sharing your beautiful work!

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  58. Now that's a fun quilt. What a great post. I just might have to sneak down to my room and start on for myself.

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  59. Love the Coca-Cola quilt and would love a copy of the printout used. Would love to make this for my daughter. I'm a coke addict and have friends that are too, a quilt would make a nice gift. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

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  60. That is TOTALLY AWESOME & since I'm a BIG Coke fan, I ♥♥♥ it if you share the printout! Wowzers!

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  61. Very cute quilt. My husband is a Huge Diet Pepsi Fan, but I'm not sure he would want a quilt like that :) I don't think he wants the whole world knowing about his addiction! And yes, our best friends do make us do crazy things!

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  62. Wow, that is so pretty. I know she loved it. Somehow I always work better under pressure, too.
    Mama Bear

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  63. I love, love love this quilt!! My husband is a huge Coke addict, and my DIL collects Coke stuff, big time. I would love to do this quilt for her.
    Thanks
    Carol sewinsew@bimjo.com

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  64. Hi
    Your quilt is AMAZING! It is my first visit to our blog but won't be the last. I am a coke addict but don't quilt so I'm afraid the pattern is no use for me.
    Congratulations on such a fab quilt!!!

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  65. OMG!!! I LOVE that quilt. I am a Coke addict too LOL I didn't know there were others like me out thre.
    Wendy in Australia
    wendyguy21@hotmail.com

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  66. Beautiful quilt your friend is such a lucky person to have you as a friend. All the love and thought that went into making such a wonderful quilt. Thanks for sharing
    Peace and Blessings
    Cheryl...Snatch JOY~!

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  67. I am a Coke addict too! I also quilt and I would love a copy of the printout. Thanks for sharing!

    sandy(dot)hardman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. That's so cute!! I'm a Dr. Pepper fiend, but this would just require an easy color tweak and rebranding to make it my way :) I love it!

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  69. I am a coke addict too. I also live outside Atlanta....and the Coke Museum.

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  70. Gosh! I love this quilt and I don't even like to drink Coke, lol! I would just go crazy over a Pepsi one!! :)

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  71. What a fun quilt! I can understand why your friend loves it..it's gorgeous! Would love a printout of instructions, I have a few friends and relatives in mind to make this for.

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  72. What a great quilt! What a wonderful friend you are! I'm addicted to DIET Coke - non-caf... If the restaurant says they only have Pepsi - I order iced tea! lol Thanks for sharing!

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  73. I am a coke addict! This is so cute! I love it...so very creative!

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  74. What a special friend you are to make such a great gift! You have definitely inspired me!! TFS
    ~Terry~

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  75. " I am a Coke addict too". Actually I'm not, but, my niece is, and I'm supposed to be making her a T-shirt quilt as a wedding present. This would be a great backing for the T-Shirt quilt. She has a collection of Coca-Cola items, too. Great quilt, front and back.

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  76. Ok calling all coke Addicts!!! I have sent you ALL the files. ENJOY!!!! If you did not get them you must be a NO REPLY blogger and it you want them then you can email me at 16muddyfeet@gmail.com and I will send them to you too.

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  77. I amCoke addict too, lol, is it too late to get a printout? deanie dot dreams at gmail dot com

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  78. I love this quilt and would LOVE to make one for my Coca-Cola addict friend also. I hope it's not to late to get a printout? Adrienne@gastromedva.com

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