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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Finished by Friday, One More Time

Two years ago I made the quilt below. I went to Houston with some friends and 3 of us bought this BOM from a shop in Abilene. I loved doing it because the pieces are big enough for it to go pretty fast and each block is different so I didn't get bored. The pillow tuck at the top was a bit of a challenge because of all the vines and leaves. It is hand appliqued and hand embroidered but machine quilted by a good friend. This year several guild members indicated that they were interested in making it. We do a workshop before our business meeting each month so we ordered patterns for everyone and began in January.

I love this quilt so much and I just kept thinking....who's going to get this when I die? I know, morbid. But I've already discussed with my kids some of my stuff so they know where I got it or who I got it from or what it means to me. Some things are important to pass on. Now I have 2 daughters and a daughter-in-law who is just like one of mine (she's a saint!) and I wanted them all to have it. I have frequent bouts of temporary insanity and in one of those moments I declared, "I shall make 2 more!" That way each one of them would have one.

You remember I said we started in January? Well, the first month or maybe two I made 2 of this block. It is hand appliqued but machine embroidered. And to these I added a machine embroidered dragonfly.

Thursday night this week I finished the hand applique on this block. Not two of these, just one. I know, I know I have one more basted together but I only finished one. I would have done the machine embroidery on it last night so I could claim it completely finished except for two problems:
1. We got home from SA at 6:30 (we left there at 8:00 a.m.) My husband is one of those focused drivers who doesn't believe in stopping until I threaten to ruin his beloved truck's upholstery. I was tired and, needless to say, grumpy and wanted my bed.
2. Just before we left I flipped the switch in my sewing room to turn on the light and threw a breaker. When we flipped the breaker wierd things happened. The light refused to turn off. At all. Ever. Unless you turned the breaker off. And the switch that's supposed to control the light but now doesn't controls all the wall outlets in the sewing room and in the bedroom adjacent to it, but not the bathroom between the two rooms. Oh and I forgot the switch that's supposed to control the sewing room light also controls the ceiling fan in the living room. And the light in the ceiling fan in the bedroom, but not the fan. A light switch should not be controlling all that. I shall be calling Mr. Electric Monday morning.
That's all the sewing I did this week but in my own defense I was on vacation with two grandchildren. I think that's a good excuse. And if it isn't, then I recommend you try sewing in a condo with two little girls who have lots of toys, clothes, hair bows and snack stuff and who love to examine every thing you have as well. There was no way I was having needles out around the 2 year old - no telling what she would have done with those! By the way, the 2 year old can't say Grandpa so she calls him Asspa. I wouldn't kid about that.
Oh and a P.S. I will not be finished with these two quilts by the end of the year like the rest of the guild members. Maybe in this lifetime. Maybe.


Adrienne said...

I love this quilt. What a great idea to make two more! No arguments when you're gone - just girls who remember how very much you loved them and wanted them each to have this piece of your handiwork. ~Adrienne~

Anonymous said...

I love pumpkins so this quilt grabbed my attention. It's a great quilt.
Oh my, the electrical problem...what a mess...I hope you get it all resolved. ;)

Molly said...

You're just trying to shame us! By next Friday I should have some things finished, or at least to a point where a certain step along the way is completed! You quilt is beautiful, but don't you know life is much too short to make the same quilt twice? There must be a parallel in there somewhere between giving a man a fish and teaching him how to fish,,,,Teach those girls how to make their own quilts! I am also married to a "focused driver!" He doesn't like being called "Grandad"---"Grandpa" was already taken by our daughter's F-I-L----I wonder how he'd feel about "Asspa?!"

Cyndy said...

Beautiful quilt!!! You're so sweet to make two more. Your family is lucky to have you.


boutcrazy said...

I love the pumkins. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I plan to quilt with my grandmother tomorrow. She has done quilts for all her grandchildren and put notes on them of who will get which one. Some we just have to draw #'s for at Christmas. She's 94 and trying to get a quilt done for all her great-great grandchildren, but they keep multiplying. She said that she'll have to live to 100 to get caught up.

Mama's Losin' It said...

Oh my gosh! You just don't see talent like this very often anymore. Those are some lucky girls!!....can I have one!?! :) Just kidding!!

bumblebeebags said...

your quilt is absolutely gorgeous! and yes you can steal my paint idea any time....I'd consider it an!

Rue said...

Hi Marlene :)

I'm glad you survived the trip ;)

The quilts will be beautiful. I love the pumpkins and the dragonfly is darling.

Asspa?.... hehehehehe....

rue :)

Karen said...

What is the name of the pumpkin pattern BOM. It really grabbed my attention. I love fall quilts.

Ginger Patches said...

Beautiful quilt!! Making 2 more is an awesome idea...I never actually thought of doing that. Your daughters and daughter-in-law are very lucky :)

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Marlene, I love the pumkin quilt, but I'm a fall girl. Those colors are just beautiful to me.