I have lots of blurry pictures of this guy, but this one came out pretty good! This was at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah this weekend…
When the Quilter started cutting us into strips, we had great hopes of becoming part of a quilt. As our piece mates were sewn together, one by one, we were set aside. The excitement mounted as she got closer to us in the pile. Alas, it was not to be… We had been cut and stitched into something she called a “piano key” border, but there were too many of us. We went into a bag with our fellow orphans. There we stayed for a long time…
We were afraid to become excited when our bag was pulled out again. We had been in that place before, and had nothing to show but disappointment… At the Charity Sew-In, we heard that quilts were needed for “Happy Chemo”. (Something about keeping humans warm during difficult treatments.)
The quilter laid us out on the table, adding here, subtracting there, until we were in strips about the same length. Then she started to stitch us together! We began to hope that we would become a quilt… When we were stitched into even rows, she pulled in some other fabrics which she called, “sashing”. She stitched those strips together with our rows. We were on our way to becoming a quilt!
After we were stitched into a “quilt top”, I was set aside for other projects. I resigned myself to never being a completed quilt.
A few weeks later, she pulled me out again. This time, she had a fabric relative called “flannel”, and something else called “batting”. She clipped the flannel to the table and made it snug. Then she laid the batting and I on top of the flannel. It started to feel like I was going to live the life I was meant to live! She pinned the 3 of us together and then removed the clips. I was almost a quilt!
She took me home to the Bertina thing and began to stitch. And stitch. And stitch some more! It tickled my three layers! I giggled in joy! A mad stitch-fest took place and after several hours, I was almost complete, (although I was rough around the edges)!
The Quilter had some folded, scrap, strip things she called binding. She stitched them together until they reached all the way around my outside edge. Then she stitched it on! So close!
I got set aside again briefly, and then thrown in a bag and placed in the Quilters van. I guess I’m going on a road trip! While the Quilters Man drove, she stitched down the binding stitch by stitch, inch by inch… Until at last, I became a quilt! I enjoyed the scenery between Montana and Utah, and even got to get pulled out frequently for pictures.
Now the true journey begins… I will be given by the Quilter to another Quilter who will take me to my new home. And then I’ll be able to do what I was always meant to, and give comfort to a human who needs my warmth and a fabric hug!
I’d like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving with all the fabulous food, friends, family, and fun that come along with it! I am so thankful to be able to pursue my passion and share it with you all! I am thankful that my family and I are healthy… I am thankful that I live in a world with hot running water and flush toilets. (I really am!!!) And washing machines… And cars with air conditioning…
Oh gosh! There are too many things to list separately, so I’ll just say that I’m thankful for my family, and for all of my friends (online and in person)… You know who you are! Hugs, and eat a piece of pie for me!
This is the mini quilt that I made for Friedazzzz in the Mini QT Swap… The theme was woodland/mushrooms/gnomes etc. I decided to make a fairy ring!
I drew out a paper piecing pattern for the mushroom border and then appliqued the fairy fabric in the center. I also experimented with metallic thread to pull out the silver in the fairy fabric, and liked the results!
Thanks for visiting!!!
Many of you know that I participate in a group on flickr called the “Epiphany Group”. When we have swappers that are going through a difficult time we get together as quilters to give them a “Quilty” hug….
This is one of our friends Mollyjolly. We thought she’d enjoy lots of “soft” mail, so we showered her with pinwheel and bird blocks in bright colors on white backgrounds…
This is what Maria wrote:
It only took me two years to finish it, but I have to say, I’ve been bundling up with this baby on the couch for the past couple of nights. I wanted to finish it by the end of September to celebrate my two year cancer date (yes, I know that sounds strange, but finding the cancer is what made it curable!), but events conspired against me. I had a bumpy ride working on this quilt, which began with one of my dogs finding my stash of blocks – which were hidden in a bag, between the bed and nightstand – and chewing about 4-5 of them up. I was so heartbroken that I put my blocks away for a while until I could get past that. After I had my reconstruction surgery and started feeling better, though, I knew it was time. So thank you, my flickr friends for sharing your love with me. While it’s taken me a looooong time to finish this quilt, the joy that I got every time I opened the mailbox and found a block helped me get through the worst of the treatment. I love you all!
This is the most awesome stocking ever!!! Thanks to Christine in the FLiRTS Swap for making me this h.a.n.d.s.t.i.t.c.h.e.d. hexie stocking!!! I absolutely love it! Just what I wanted!!! And who doesn’t love chocolate? And a cute little stocking ornie? The perfect addition!
p.s. I wish the lighting were better on my stump right now, but I couldn’t wait until morning!!!
This was made for Jeepgirl in the FLiRTS Christmas swap. I made 2 of them for her, exactly the same! I played with a new quilting pattern on the corners that I learned from Treadlemusic’s tutorial… Love it! Thanks again D!!!
I designed the center block using EQ5. I made it up as a paper piecing pattern just as that is my “cup o’ tea”! I then added triangles to the 4 corners and ‘ta da! Thanks for stopping by!
But here’s the back! I made this for my partner in the FLiRTS Christmas swap… My partner should receive it this weekend and I’ll be able to show the front!
I re-posted a blog post by my friend, Treadlemusic… She did a tute on how whe does this stitch and I had to try it! Here’s the link if you want to give it a try… http://treadlemusic.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/funky-feathered-flowers/ Thanks D!!! It looks like I almost know what I’m doing!
I’ll get a picture of the quilt that I did this morning using a variation (feather stitch) with similar quilting! You are awesome Treadlemusic! Thanks for the lesson!!!
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