Memory Quilt and Round Robin

I have been working on my Aunt-in-law’s 2nd memory quilt. This one is way different and I live it! I have some jeans in it, some pictures in it, some t-shirts in it, and a bunch of work shirts!!! Loving the idea I came up with. The hard part was cleaning up all the cotton button up shirts, but this definitely makes me want to work more with button up shirts. Here they all were after taking them apart.

And here is the top so far.

I’m really loving this look. A close up of the bottom two rows. 

Also this week we had our guild meeting, which I happen to be the historian for. This means I take all the pictures and document as much as I can for the guild to keep the history. Well this week we had our guild meeting about two of our members and their love for antique quilts. See our Facebook for the beautiful pictures! Lighthouse Quilt Guild Facebook Page

This week we also got our round robbins back. This was mine. Now I need to find ish it for the next meeting. 

I only had the center black portion with the wool applique. It turned out beautiful!!!!

2017 FAL Q2 – Finish 2 – Autumn Mums

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:

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Autumn Mums

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!

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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.

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Last 4 Blocks Splendid Sampler Complete – Block 88, 91 ,99, 100

I am so happy to have these done. Now I am starting to piece the top together. Hoping to have the top done by tomorrow. I am pretty happy with being on time finishing this when at 50 blocks I was on 20. I am so excited to use this on my new king size bed since it will be large enough.

Here are the final 4 blocks:

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Block 88 Love is the Answer by Pat Wys. I personalized it and put the year and my name instead of Love-Peace-Joy.

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Block 91 Gran’s Button Jar by Lynette Anderson. This was the toughest one for me to finish. I love the way hand embroidery looks when I finish it, but it is hard for me to start it. I’m also just learning it so I don’t like my quality, but I am learning to accept everything about myself including my imperfections.

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Block 99 Four Corner Spinwheel by Kimberly Einmo

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Block 100 Centred by Kate Spain

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These are all the print outs of all the blocks plus the bonus blocks. Yep, probably would have been cheaper to buy the book! :p This was a fun and tiring process. I am so thankful for the two great people who put this all together. I can’t imagine how exhausted they are completing this project.  Now I’m off to piece the top together.

Splendid Sampler Blocks 31, 75, 95, 96, 97, 98, and Bonus Block One Million Pillowcase Challenge

These are the newest blocks I have finished this past week.

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Block 31 Blossoming by Jenny Reynolds. This is only my 3rd try at hand embroidery.

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Block 75 Stitch Crazy by Kathy Schmitz. My 2nd try at hand embroidery.

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Block 95 Sunshine by Kim Niedzwiecki

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Block 96 In the Sunshine by Cheryl Arkison

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Block 97 First Purse by Di Murphy

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Block 98 Fleur di Lei by Lynn Harris

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Bonus Block from American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge.

I only have left the two hand applique blocks, Gran’s Button Jar and Love is the Answer and the two blocks to be released this week.

The only two blocks that I am choosing not to make are Block 20 Nature’s Walk and Block 36 Inchy Hexagon Club. Otherwise I also pieced all the Bonus Blocks except the paid ones. This has been a fun experience, but I can’t wait to have this top completed.

Here is my buddy that was assisting me through the hand embroidery. He wasn’t making it easy…

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Splendid Sampler Blocks 39, 41, 82, 85, 89-90, 92-93 + Bonus Blocks Moda Sampler Block Shuffle, Pat’s Birthday Cake

Over the last two days I finished the following Blocks for the splendid sampler.

I have the following left to do:

  1. 5 blocks that are cut and ready to be pieced
  2. All the applique blocks I’ve had over the past week still need to be appliqued
  3. 4 blocks that have been printed, but not cut or pieced
  4. Need to finish the 3 blocks not yet released
  5. Need to find 5 more blocks that need to be chosen that will fill out the remaining empty spaces of the quilt.

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Block 39 Balls in the Air by Aylin Ozturk

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Block 41 Sew South by Jennifer Mathis

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Block 82 Under the Apple Tree by Brigitte Heitland

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Block 85 Flow by Latifah Saafir

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Block 89 From Colorado to the Midwest by Ebony Love

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Block 90 Juggling by Lorena Uriarte

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Block 92 Double Bees by Beth Bradley of Martingale

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Block 93 Tiny Miracles by April Rosenthal

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Bonus Block – Pat’s Birthday Cake by Pat Sloan

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Bonus Block – Moda Sampler Block by Pat Sloan

Splendid Sampler Block 72-81, 94, Bonus Block Back-to-school, 28, & 22

This past week I have very SLOWLY been working on catching up on those splendid sampler blocks that I had pre-cut with my mom here. I finished the following blocks:

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Block 22 Goose on the Loose by Amy Udall Smart

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Block 28 Stitching Fashion by Charise Randell

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Block 72 Full Star by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

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Block 73 +Love by Jennifer Albaugh

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Block 74 Button Basket by Karen Soltys

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Block 76 Little Things by Jacquelynne Steves

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Block 77 Prism by Sara Lawson

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Block 78 Jersey by Carrie Nelson

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Block 79 Spool of Inspirational Threads by Melanie Barrett

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Block 80 Heartstring Star by Elizabeth Dackson

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Block 81 With Love From by Cat Demack

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Block 94 Skyscrapers by Stacey Lowe

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Bonus Block – Back to School by Melissa Corry Design

Row Robin and Round Robin -Round 3

Today I finished us row 3 of my row robin for Big Red Quilters Guild. My row is the 12″ squares on the bottom. Her rules were civil war based in pattern and fabric. She provided the fabric. Luckily she doesn’t follow me so I can post this. Two more rows to go on this one.

I also finished my third round on my round robin for Lighthouse Quilt Guild. She also (hopefully) doesn’t follow me. There is one lady in my round I won’t be able to post, but I’m not there yet. 

After 3 failed ideas ( this just wasn’t working for me today) I finally got a great idea. The tree was round 1, the border around it was round 2, but luckily this is a round robin with no rules. I was originally doing a border with friendship starts around it, but for many many reasons that fell through. Therefore I added them to the ‘sky’ and added the log cabin on the side. I’m very happy with it now. I don’t know why this one was kicking my butt, but it was. 

I know my progress has seemed spectacular, but it is most attributed to the fact that I will be having surgery on Friday for an Inguinal Hernia and I am not sure how much quilting I will be able to accomplish for a little while after that. Therefore I’m trying to accomplish much of it now. 

I have been a bad blogger

So I don’t know what happened, but life got crazy. I’ve had no time to quilt it seems, and have been crazy. I don’t even know what I have been doing. I know I lost a few weeks in September due to losing my grandmother. I still miss her and I feel awful for my dad. He has tried calling her and doesn’t remember she is gone until he picks up the phone. 😦

Then we were working on finishing our basement. We hired a contractor to install a new wall, install all the stuff in the walls, and drywall. I have since then painted all the walls, installed all the finishes, installed the floor, and have painted the trim. I just need to finish installing the trim. Also, both my quilting rooms have been moved to the basement, all except parts of the longarm that we need help moving. I still need to install the trim and in the future I WILL have built ins on the whole wall with the windows. When it is done I will take another picture.

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I took a class to make a tuffet. It matches my basement decor. The class was through my guild, Lighthouse Quilt Guild who I am not the historian of. The class was so much fun I took a second one home to make. I just have to convince my husband to do a math problem to assist me in what angle I need to cut the pieces in since I am changing the width. My first one has become the spot the cats must fight over. It even has loose threads as proof.

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I also went to our Guild Winter Retreat! I love those women! I always have a blast, though I pushed it way too much this time. 7 hours of sleep all weekend is not enough. By Sunday I was so out of it I left a couple of items that a friend of mine kept for me. I was supposed to get them back, but our December guild meeting was cancelled due to a lot of snow. Here is what I made at the retreat.

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The two finished quilts were UFOs that I obtained. The first one is nothing but triangles, sadly I didn’t realize this quilt would be nothing but points until I started stitching it. The white part was the only part already cut. I picked the colorful fabrics, cut those, and pieced them. I laid it all out Friday night and had to have it pieced by Saturday noon or I was going to lose my tables for lunch. Therefore 3 hours of sleep and I got it pieced. I just need to get fabric to border it.

The second one is November’s block of the month for Aurifil. All I have left is December.

The third one was some UFO I obtained. Most of them were full blocks purple and full blocks of stripes so I just made something up. I had to square a ton of them up, but I love the finish. This was so fun. I don’t know the original pattern and I think that makes it even better.

I also finished this for the Big Red Quilters Guild row by row challenge. I decided to do a Christmas row by row.

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I also put together a center block for a round robbin which I just started and need to pass on. We were supposed to pass it on at our cancelled guild meeting. (See photo at the bottom of the post).

We also went to a bunch of College Football games. We supported 3 games this year! I have never been to more than 1 per season. It was so fun! Two were with my husband’s family and 1 was just with his aunt and uncle. He got tickets to the rivalry game for our anniversary and I got to choose who we invited.

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I was looking through and have all sorts of other events I have been to, but I am going to stop there. That is most of my fall with quilting at least. I can’t wait to get done with the basement so I can get back at it!

Here is the round robbin photo. I still need to sew pieces down, but at least they are attached for now.

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Other things we have been up to, my husband and I went on a trip up a few hours north in Michigan (a friend surprised us with a retreat), we visited my parents to borrow their miter saw and mom gave my husband copper mugs, I sold my car and got a new one (it has a back seat so it is a little more friendly to having a possible baby in the back seat), etc. And no I’m not pregnant, there are plans and I am a planner so I am ahead of the game.

Oh and did I mention I have a hernia? I didn’t cause it by carrying heavy items, it was a thin spot in intestinal lining. It is slowing me down a bit, though on moving my quilt rooms. It basically feels like I have a knot in my side. You know that pain you get in your side when you run and have a “stitch” in your side? That is what it feels like after about 3-4 hours of being up. Luckily, I lay down and all the pain goes away. I will find out what needs to be done on January 4. I’ve heard it is outpatient surgery. Okay, it was nice catching up. I missed ya’ll. I will try to get back on track to posting more.

Hard Weekend, Mentally

This weekend was very difficult for me. I was super depressed. I kept pacing the house feeling like something was wrong. My anxiety was high and I was exhausted. This is why I don’t like fall. I love the color changes and the smell, but not the winter blues. I even tried quilting on Saturday and then cut a few things too small pulled out a bunch of pieces and spent 1 hour with nothing achieved. This didn’t help me. SO I just slept… and slept… and slept some more. I did get myself to work on my EPP a bit. I almost have the star row around my rosette complete. I’m a little further than this picture shows. I’m loving these colors together!

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Then today I decided at 7:30am I needed to stop sleeping and needed to actually get something done to get out of this slump. So I took a shower, ate breakfast and went up to my quilt room. AND I ACCOMPLISHED THINGS! YAY! Now I feel 100x better. I even made fajitas for dinner!

The Splendid Sampler blocks I completed!

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Block 71 – First Stitch by Kerry Green: I did a completely different color combination that was just calling out to me.

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Block 70 – Bows by Jane Davidson: I used up the last of my background on this one. Luckily it is super busy because I had a piece a few pieces together to have enough to finish the block.

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Block 69 – Full Circle by Holly DeGroot: This one took me the longest to piece. I feel like I am looking out a submarine window for some reason.

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Block 64 – Rising Star by Kathy Brown

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Bonus Block – October Pumpkin by Pat Sloan

The I did my October Aurifil Designer of the Month block.

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Chip off the Old Block by Kathy Brown: I was happy to have large squares to use this beautiful blue fabric in.

Here are all my blocks for this year thus far:

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It is amazing how as you add in more blocks they start all working together. There was a few I was worried about before since they are all random scraps, but they are all starting to fit in. I think I will be using medium to dark grey for the sashing. I am hoping that will help bring the black into it. We will see.

Then my phone saw this beautiful view and I just had to take a picture! Splendid Sampler blocks on the design wall with Marcia Derse fabrics and Aurifil Designer of the month blocks on the floor. My idea of a sexy room!

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Tomorrow, back to work. The drywallers are starting to work on our basement tomorrow so *fingers crossed* by Christmas my quilting stuff and I will be in the daylight basement!

Even More Splendid Sampler

Yesterday and today I finished the following blocks:

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Block 60 – Hearts and Flowers by Fiona Ransley. My first attempt at Embroidery.

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Bonus Block – Earth Day by Cheryl Arkison

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Block 42 – Pencils by Jane Davidson

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Block 65 – Stripe and Flowers by Siobhan Rogers

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Block 66 – Happy Thoughts by Vanessa Goertzen

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Block 67 – Bobbin Chase by Scott Hansen

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Block 27 – Sewing Machine by Pat Sloan

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Block 68 – Wild Rose by Pat Sloan

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Block 17 – Family Stars by Kimberly Jolly

AND MY MISTAKE! Be sure to trial a new product prior to using is for something very noticable. I tried this “wash away” paper to make my 2nd embroidery block only to discover it doesn’t wash away very well.

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Now I’m back to using my tweezers. You can see I already did this on one of the stars and started in on the red petals. At least I can salvage my work. *cry*

On another note, I have less than 10 blocks to catch up and two of those blocks are already cut, just not pieced. See you all again next weekend!