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.