I started this quilting class back on May 22, 2009. I took the class at Sonflower Quilt Shop in Sylvania, Ohio. A lot has changed since that day, except this quilt. The class was Autumn Mums by Frieda Anderson. I had to leave the class early due to working 2nd shift at the hospital, and she is not my normal style of a quilt so I put it in a box and every time I opened the box I would shut it right back closed. I didn’t even know where I was at on the project. Well, when the QAL started up this year I decided it would be on my list! Well, it was still intimidating but I got lucky! My quilt guild in Holland, MI had her come visit and do a class on these cute little houses along some water. I emailed her and asked if she would be willing to walk me through the last half of my quilt. She was extremely nice and did just that! I showed up near the end of the class and she told me the rest of my instructions. Sadly, I didn’t have a lot left to do, it just felt like it.
This is what I had when I opened my box:
After my chat and assistance with Frieda (which she did NOT have to do – Thank you Frieda!) I felt much more confident! Today I finished quilting and binding it. I know I messed something up on the binding, but it won’t matter. Either way, it is finished!
I was also able to use up some of this orange fabric that I inherited. I had 6 yards of it and I can’t seem to get rid of it all.
This quilt is a precious one. Last year I met one of my husband’s aunts. She lives in Florida and has a rough few years. She heard from a family member that I quilt and asked me to take a bag of shirts she had that used to belong to her son. Her son passed away at the early age of 20. January was the one year anniversary of his passing.
This was one of the hardest t-shirt quilts I have done as none of the shirts were t-shirts. I was going to make this thing work one way or another! The large 12″ blocks are all sweatshirts. The rail fence blocks are all thicker shirts, but note quite sweatshirts and the nine patch blocks are thing shirts ad dress shirts.
I then placed the extra on the back to add a little something fun on the back. Some of these levels were almost too high for my longarm to handle. The next quilt I’m not going to use a pantograph pattern. I will free-motion from the front of the machine instead.
I had told her I could also incorporate pictures but I had the top done before she was able to make it through looking at any of the photos. I will be making one more memory quilt for her that will incorporate more photos. One will end of being for her and one for her daughter.
Out of the list of planned Q1 Finishes, I highlighted the ones I completed. It was not as much as I hoped, but with my surgery slowing me down and completing a huge project such as the Splendid Sampler, I really am happy. I plan to increase the production next quarter. I already almost have two more completed.
Chic Chevron – Need bining cut and attached
Christmas Tree Skirt – Just need to wrap around and attach to back (sadly has been this way since Christmas 2015
This is my Aurifil 2016 designer of the quilt blocks. I finished sashing it, but I feel it needs another border. What do you guys think? Should it be one solid border or another pieced border?
I also finished another of my Q1 Finish-A-Long projects.
This is Chic Chevron. The fabric is by Moda called Chic Neutrals by Amy Ellis. I started it in February of 2016 and finished it today. It was supposed to be a quilt donated to the Michigan Environment Health Association, but they couldn’t get enough help so they couldn’t accept it. Therefore now it is mine.
Here is finish #3. This is my Christmas tree skirt. I finished piecing it last year along with two for my family. I finished theirs for Christmas last year, but mine has sat unbound for a year. It is now bound. The fabrics were my Grandma Jean Megyesi’s.
Now onto working on a few items that are not going to be finished yet.
I have finished my first quilt for my 2017 Q1 Finish-A-Long 🙂
Here is Beth’s Wedding quilt. I started it at her wedding in 2013. It has almost been 4 years, but I got it done! My new room is so motivational and I’ve been accomplishing so much. I think most of it is I don’t want all this clutter in my beautiful room.
If you are reading this, sorry sis for taking so long.
Here is a sneak peek on my next one. It is a gift so I can’t show it, yet.
Yep, the boring back. I was given this one to do a right before Christmas of 2015. It will be nice to have it finished too. Also, yes there are both from today. I’m telling you; this basement is inspirational.