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

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.

My Favorite Quilting Tools- Post 1

I decided to start a new mini series. I want to post up some of my favorite quilting tools. Today I am focusing on some quilting tools.  Today I was quilting feathered hearts onto this wedding ring quilt for a client.

ITEM 1: Since my hearts always end up lopsided so I decided to try out some Glow Edge Longarm Nested Hearts rulers by PMQuilting.com These turned out to be amazing. The outside works well to use as a ruler and the inside as a stencil. I used the inside of the 4″ because it was the perfect size. The color is also great. It can be used with the black light too.

ITEM 2: These water erasable fabric markers are my favorite. Thus far I have not had a single issue with getting it off a quilt. I used to spray the whole quilt down with a water bottle, but now I use my third item.

Dritz Water Erasable Fabric Marking Pen Bright Blue

ITEM 3: Sew Clean. This is a great non soapy way to remove the markings. It also has a great orange smell and is not very expensive. I saw this on someone’s webpage once and after using it have never stopped. It takes a while to go through one bottle, but then again I don’t do much marking on quilts.

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ITEM 4: This is a cheap applicator bottle with a stainless steel needle tip that I use to direct the Sew Clean onto only the lines I have drawn, as seen below.

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This was the quilt when it was finished.

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For my next posting I will compare the Quilter’s Planner and the Scrappy Project Planner.

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