Just would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. May you find some time to just relax and maybe take a stitch or two today between the busyness of cooking and visiting.
Here are my five new blessings this year my youngest daughter had her first baby, my oldest daughter and husband adopted two children from Ethiopia to add to her family and my son and his wife also adopted two children from Ethiopia. God has truly blessed our family this year.
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One of the really special things that we did on the dear Jane retreat is we go to an Amish home and we learn how to bake cinnamon rolls. Then some of her Amish neighbors come over and we go into an adjoining room and we quilt, It is such an enjoyable time for all. There are no pictures of the Amish quilters in my photographs as it is against their beliefs. Hope you enjoy the pictures of that special day..
If you wrote me an email during the week, which I have plenty of them to go through, I will get back with you on Monday.
Have a great weekend, I hope you find some time to stitch.
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It was certainly a great week, such a good time with so many wonderful friends in Shipshewana. Cannot wait to return.
One of my favorite things to do in Shipshewana is to shop. Since you have seen the quilts that were at show and tell, I thought I would show you what I bought.
Found a new set of books, I love to read Amish fiction, and I found the rulers for the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt.
The next day I found a couple of collections of Jo Morton fabrics that I didn’t have.
Sometimes when we are all together, we choose something that some of us want to work on in the future, this retreat it was the Lucy Boston. A couple people had started on the blocks, I think by the end of the retreat there probably was about 30 quilters that wanted to work on the quilt.
Plenty of new fabrics, especially for the mystery quilt
Just great week, plenty of beautiful fabrics to work on new projects. Just a great time with special friends.
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Just returned from Shipshewana today, had a great time in wonderful show and tell. Here is a smile box. We’ll post more about my fun adventure later today.
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Another finish, after many years of working on this wonderful quilt, my dear Jane quilt is finished. It measures 120 in.² and has 5,830 pieces. I cannot believe how heavy the quilt is.
At first I had the binding on and I didn’t do the scalloped binding and I decided to take it off and do the scallops. I am thankful that I did even though I probably would never do another one. LOL
It is kind of sad that the journey is finished but I am thrilled that the quilt is done.
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I hope that you all are enjoying the fall weather, very cool here in Michigan about 45°, leaves are falling and we have had quite a bit of rain. We had a great time carving pumpkins, always one of my favorite things to do.
So I have finished the quilt with the triangles and squares. It finished 105″ x 114″. It is not one of my favorite Quilts. I think for me it is all about the journey of putting a quilt together. This quilt was basically put together in a couple of weeks using all those pieces out of the Tupperware boxes. When I look at it, I just cannot believe how big the squares and the rectangles are after always working on small blocks.
It might seem weird but I like the long process of working on a quilt, I like to spend the six months or however long some times it takes to finish a quilt. I guess I like a longer journey.
I used up all the pieces except for some small four patches, I think they will make a wonderful baby quilt someday.
I now have this many Tupperware’s left.
Cannot believe I’ve emptied about half of the ironing board and I now have five large beautiful new quilts. I’m really looking forward to going to Shipshewana next month, I just love going there for the dear Jane gathering. Will be spending some time getting ready for that and also for the holidays. Not sure when I will pull another box off of the ironing board, haven’t gone through the boxes but it looks like a lot of brights and a lot of novelty fabrics. Maybe another orphan block quilt will be around the corner.
New fabrics arrived, approximately 40 yards of them, some beautiful Kaffee fabrics to add to my stash. It was a sad story, A quilter had passed away from cancer and her husband was selling her stash. The fabrics are beautiful and I hope to make something special with the fabrics.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Stay tuned for more orphan block quilts.
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As you know I am working with my Tupperware’s of unfinished projects, last week I showed you this picture.
I had decided I was going to take both boxes of pieces and make something with them. So I took my box of triangles, 1930s reproductions and white triangles and pondered what could I make with them.
I was really surprised how many blocks I could get out of that box, I made 34 Dutch Windmill blocks and then in the bottom of the box I found some larger triangles that I made seven pinwheels out of. I made the blocks 6 inches because the other units all measured 6 inches wide
These are the other units I’m going to be putting with the windmills and the pinwheels.
I have no idea what this quilt will look like, no idea the finished size or anything, I am thinking about putting the blocks together in rows.
I am hoping that when I’m finished not only will I have a beautiful quilt but I will have these. Stay tuned to see what I put together.
Wishing you a wonderful evening.
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