Retreat Suprise

I belong to the Lighthouse Quilt Guild in Grand Haven, MI. I had to give up some of my duties as I moved an hour from there and won’t be able to make it every time. The one duty I did keep was co-chairing the guild’s spring retreat with my crazy awesome friend Sue. I am so lucky to be working with her for two reasons 1) with all the changes I have been a wee bit absent-minded and disorganized (okay a lot bit) and 2) Sue is a ball of fun!

I’m so excited at what we have planned for the retreat in April. Here is an itty bitty sneak peek.

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New Beginnings 2018

It has been forever since I have posted. This past year has brought so many changes for us and I am just now beginning to have time to breathe.

Change 1:

We moved. We now live on 8.68 acres in South Haven, MI. This is a beautiful little town right on Lake Michigan. We are a 7 minute drive to all necessities (grocery store, home repair store, auto shop, etc) and even better, a 5 minute drive to the nearest quilt shop! I have NEVER been this close to a quilt shop. (This could be bad.)

This house is only 20 years old and was a custom build. I am excited to turn it into our little homestead. It will take us years, but it will be great.

Thus far I have only worked on painting an decorating.\

This year my blog will probably expand because not only will I have quilting but we will also be getting chickens and slowly turning this house into a little homestead including adding a pole barn, greenhouse, etc. We also are hoping to expand our family in the near future. Right now it is just my hubby and two furchildren. We want to add real children to our lives so *fingers crossed.*

Change 2:

I started a new job. I used to work for the county and now I work for the State of Michigan and my office is my home. Hence the formal dinning room being setup as an office in the coral picture above. I love my new job, my new coworkers, and my new boss. A bonus is there are many opportunities to go up the chain. This could include me working from Lansing one day which is quite a drive, but totally worth it! Not to mention, I have this beautiful Beverage Bar right behind my desk!

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Change 3:

My husband started a new job the Monday after we moved into our new house. We had two days to be out of our old house and into our new house and the day after that he started his new job. He is loving it! He went from working for a company with 2,000 employees to a company with less than 60 employees and growing. So many opportunities for him.

Change 4:

I went from a beautiful basement quilt space that was so amazing to temporarily borrowing a bedroom and can’t setup my longarm. This was a tough one. We had the money to finish our bonus space above the garage to be a quilt room but instead paid off all our loans except the house. I know it was a great decision because we now only owe money on our house but I miss my old quilt space.

I went from this:Old Basement

To this: Bonus Room

Hopefully we will finish this before next winter. That is my goal, at least.

Change 5:

We moved 45 minutes from our old house so far enough that I need to start relying on a different big city. Although, I still keep driving to Grand Rapids for everything because it is the city I know.

Now for our 2018 Plans:

Most of these are not quilt plans as I am limited right now.

  1. Plan Lighthouse Quilt Guild Spring Quilt Retreat 2018: Luckily I am planning this retreat with my friend Sue because I probably would have lost things by now. I will also be out of town the first day of the retreat because of a work trip. I have started making little gifts for the retreat. It has been so much fun. I have never made the same item repeatedly and I actually like it.
  2.  Attend Conference on Food Protection and present changes that we want to the FDA Food Code. This is an amazing opportunity and the reason I will be late to my own planned quilt retreat. I am so excited and nervous is a good way.
  3. Build a chicken coop and run and fill with chickens. YAY!
  4. Remove the double wide mobile home that is on the property. It was the original house before they built the one I live in and it needs to go. This is where we are eventually going to have a pole barn built.  We are hoping to use a bunch of pieces of this to build our chicken coop for cheap.
  5. Fence in a space for a beautiful garden.
  6. Finish the bonus room as I have a quilt space for next winter. I don’t quilt much in the summer so no need to spend the money for summer. This money would be better spent outside.
  7. Replace all the appliances. The appliances are 20 years old and we left a house with new appliances. Frankly, I’m spoiled and want new appliances again. We have already replaced the fridge next will be the washer and dryer.

Hopefully life is slowing back down a little so I can start publishing again.

2017 FAL Q4 Proposed Finishes List

Normally I just put my list down and go but I wanted to share some things that have been happening in my life. I got a new job, we have sold our house (closes next week) and we have a new house we are moving into (closes in 3 weeks). My longarm has been put away for a few months to stage the house. The new house doesn’t have a finished room that can fit the longarm therefore I don’t know how long it will be before I can finish these, but I missed the Q3 posting so I am aiming for Q4. This has been a strange year. I’m not even sure if this is all I want to post, but all my quilting stuff is in storage for me to see what I need to/want to work on.

  1. Old Goth T-Shirt Quilt – T-shirts cut, top pieced, backing chosen, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  2. Rangers T-Shirt Quilt #1 – T-shirts cut, top pieced, backing chosen, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  3. Rangers T-Shirt Quilt #2 – T-shirts cut, top pieced, backing chosen, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  4. Grant’s T-Shirt Quilt – Binding attached
  5. Grant’s 2nd T-Shirt Quilt – T-shirts cut, top pieced, backing chosen, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  6. Spring Fling – Backing pieced, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attache
  7. Retaining Wall Quilt – Backing pieced, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attache
  8. Bear Family Album – Backing pieced, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attach
  9. Kimono Rose – Backing pieced, quilted, binding cut, attached
  10. Pathway Star – Backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  11. Amish Star BOM – Backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  12. Green Running Bond Brick Wall – Backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding attached
  13. Pink Pathway – Backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding attached
  14. Blue Table Runner  – Backing chosen , top quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  15. Lake Forest – Applique attached, backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  16. Red, Black, White Quilt – Backing pieced, top quilted, binding cut, attached
  17. Aurifil 2016 Designer of the Month BOM – quilt top, pick binding, cut, and attach it
  18. Autumn Mums – Quilt & bind
  19. 2nd Tuffet for basement
  20. Bonnie Hunter’s Chunky Churndash – Quilt, backing, binding
  21. Ugly Fabric Challenge – cut, piece, quilting, backing, binding
  22. Round Robin Quilt from Lighthouse Quilt Guild – get back from group, quilt, backing, binding
  23. Vesuvius Quilt with Oakshot Fabric – Cut, piecing, top complete, backing chosen, backing pieced, quilting, binding cut, bound
  24. En Provence with Shot fabric – Cut, piecing, top complete, backing chosen, backing pieced, quilting, binding cut, bound
  25. Row by Row for Big Red Quilters Guild – get back, quilt, bind

 

 

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Row by Row for Big Red

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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2017 FAL Q2 Proposed Finishes List

  1. Old Goth T-Shirt Quilt – T-shirts cut, top pieced, backing chosen, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  2. Rangers T-Shirt Quilt #1 – T-shirts cut, top pieced, backing chosen, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  3. Rangers T-Shirt Quilt #2 – T-shirts cut, top pieced, backing chosen, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  4. Grant’s T-Shirt Quilt – Binding attached
  5. Grant’s 2nd T-Shirt Quilt – T-shirts cut, top pieced, backing chosen, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  6. Spring Fling – Backing pieced, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attache
  7. Retaining Wall Quilt – Backing pieced, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attache
  8. Bear Family Album – Backing pieced, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attach
  9. Kimono Rose – Backing pieced, quilted, binding cut, attached
  10. Pathway Star – Backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  11. Amish Star BOM – Backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  12. Green Running Bond Brick Wall – Backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding attached
  13. Pink Pathway – Backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding attached
  14. Blue Table Runner  – Backing chosen , top quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  15. Lake Forest – Applique attached, backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  16. Red, Black, White Quilt – Backing pieced, top quilted, binding cut, attached
  17. Aurifil 2016 Designer of the Month BOM – quilt top, pick binding, cut, and attach it
  18. Autumn Mums – Quilt & bind
  19. Foam Design Wall for the spare bedroom
  20. 2nd Tuffet for basement
  21. Bonnie Hunter’s Chunky Churndash – Finishing piecing, quilt, backing, binding
  22. Ugly Fabric Challenge – cut, piece, quilting, backing, binding
  23. Round Robin Quilt from Lighthouse Quilt Guild – get back from group, quilt, backing, binding
  24. Vesuvius Quilt with Oakshot Fabric – Cut, piecing, top complete, backing chosen, backing pieced, quilting, binding cut, bound
  25. En Provence with Shot fabric – Cut, piecing, top complete, backing chosen, backing pieced, quilting, binding cut, bound

2017 FAL Q1 FINISHES

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.

  1. Chic Chevron – Need bining cut and attached
  2. Christmas Tree Skirt – Just need to wrap around and attach to back (sadly has been this way since Christmas 2015
  3. Beth’s Wedding Quilt – Quilting, Binding chosen, cut, attached
  4. Preston’s Grinch Quilt – Quilted, Binding chosen, cut, attached
  5. Andrew’s T-Shirt Quilt – Quilted, binging cut, attached
  6. Old Goth T-Shirt Quilt – T-shirts cut, top pieced, backing chosen, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  7. Rangers T-Shirt Quilt #1 – T-shirts cut, top pieced, backing chosen, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  8. Rangers T-Shirt Quilt #2 – T-shirts cut, top pieced, backing chosen, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  9. Grant’s T-Shirt Quilt – T-shirts cut, top pieced, backing chosen, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  10. Spring Fling – Backing pieced, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attache
  11. Retaining Wall Quilt – Backing pieced, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attache
  12. Bear Family Album – Backing pieced, quilted, binding chosen, cut, attach
  13. Kimono Rose – Backing pieced, quilted, binding cut, attached
  14. Pathway Star – Backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  15. Amish Star BOM – Backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  16. Green Running Bond Brick Wall – Backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding attached
  17. Pink Pathway – Backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding attached
  18. Blue Table Runner  – Backing chosen , top quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  19. Lake Forest – Applique attached, backing chosen & pieced, top quilted, binding chosen, cut, attached
  20. Red, Black, White Quilt – Backing pieced, top quilted, binding cut, attached
  21. Aurifil 2016 Designer of the Month BOM – Finish block 12, Figure out a layout for 12 blocks + border, Pick backing & piece, quilt top, pick binding, cut, and attach it
  22. Splendid Sampler BOM – Finish Remaining Blocks (about 20-30), figure out a layout, piece top and border, find backing and piece it, quilt top, binding chosen, cut, pieced, and attached
  23. Autumn Mums – Finish piecing/appliqueing and quilt
  24. Foam Design Wall for the spare bedroom
  25. 2nd Tuffet for basement