A place for me to journal and post pictures about my quilting adventures.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Family reunion
















The Dunn family reunion is finished, and was a success. I so enjoyed visiting with cousins I rarely see. The reunion quilt was a success. People had fun finding their blocks. As I expected, one cousin had two names on her block of someone she was going with in 1997- and has since married someone else. I told her I meant to bring painter's tape so people could cover up names if needed! My cousin Mary from OKLA was delighted to receive it as caretaker / owner. I was glad it made her happy.
The quilt pictured above is another quilt I made and gave away. This one was made back in 2000. The blocks were part of the ones left when my grandmother died in 1968, and my mother gave me to finish in 1998. If you can't read the label - these were given to my cousin's mother by her first class of elementary students back in the early 30's. My mother had told me she offered them to my cousins, but they didn't want them. I wonder if they ever actually saw them. A few of theblocks were quite roughly made - with newer fabrics and no signatures. I did remake them with better muslin, using the same print fabric. They made enough blocks for a full-size quilt. This quilt has hung in a local quilt show. Now it resides with the proper person, the daughter of the teacher. She is also a quilter, and really appreciated having it, and all the work in it.
I had wanted to do something for another cousin who co-chaired the previous reunion. She told me a year or so ago that she had taken up quilting. In sorting my grandmother's blocks, I found a set of simple nine-patches, large squares, enough to make a fair size quilt if you sashed them - you would need to as they are slightly different in sizes - they cut with scissors then. I wrote a note about who made them and how I happened to have them, and asked this cousin if she would be interested in them - but that she didn't have to take them as I didn't want to give someone "work" that they wouldn't enjoy. She almost cried, and said yes, she would love to have them. Several of us talked about the quilts my grandmother made - one for each of her children and each grandchild. My cousin said she used her quilt, as I did, and now it was in tatters, like the one in my closet. I have the quilt that was my brother's, as my mother would never let him have it. I also have the two butterfly quilts blogged previously. My mother "bought" them from my grandmother one year as she had already received "her" quilt. I was glad to be able to share the blocks, especially after how they were received.
Enough for today, I'll tell another reunion story later.
Happy Quilting,
Becky
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

It's finished!!!

The Dunn family reunion quilt from 1997 is finished!!! It has a label and everything. This picture was taken as I took the quilt off the quilting machine, but it has a binding now. I have the stack of CD's of the Photo album from 1941-43 finished as well. Good thing, the reunion is this Sunday. I have one other quilt I am going to take to give away while there. It is for the cousin that persisted and "found" me in time for the reunion. When my Grandmother died, my mother cleaned up her sewing stuff, and took some incomplete blocks, etc. She kept them for about 30 years, then gave them on to me. I made a quilt from one set of the blocks. They had a note on them that they were made for my mother's cousin from her first class - she was a teacher. They have embroidered signatures. That would be in the 1930's. I finished that quilt about 10 years ago, but had no contact with the cousin that found me. I hope she will be pleasantly surprised.

DH and I cleaned the garage today. I went through some things that I haven't touched in the 4 years I've lived here. I found more old photographs! Ugh. I need to go through them before the reunion, perhaps taking some with me to see if others can identify them. I really need to put my pictures in albums, with labels, so no one else has to go through this when I'm gone. I hope I have a few years to finish that task!
Happy quilting,
Becky
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Monday, July 13, 2009

What's on my design wall 7/13/09





















The Reunion quilt top is finished ( see previous blog), waiting for me to leave in a few minutes to go down the street and long-arm it. The big star on my right design wall remains unchanged, but I've started on the 16" Sawtooth star blocks to make the 2nd border in the quilt. I'll make the 1st one after I measure the blocks and the center square, and make it all fit right. It is supposed to be 8" - we will see.

Being a quilter helps when repairing veneer on old furniture. I am working on the top of my mother's (now mine) table. An electrician had drilled all the way through a wall and into the table top. I repaired it last night, and several places on the leaves of the table, and did use a rotary cutter to cut the veneer - a very thin piece of red mahogany. I've worked on repairing veneer one time previously, and this one was easier. I think it is just like quilting - practice, practice, practice.
Happy Quilting,
Becky
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Thursday, July 9, 2009

The top's finished

The top of the reunion quilt is together! Now all I have to do is find time to go down the street to the quilting machine and quilt it, then bind it by the 18th of July. Thanks to all those who commented on setting and borders. I did rearrange the blocks to spread out the pieced blocks, and I think it is nicer. I found a black fabric with a little blue for a stop border. In real life it does show up against that top dark block. My DH asked me who would get "custody" of this quilt. One of my cousins from Oklahoma was always so good to my mother. She lost her own mother, my mother's sister, when she was about 20. She always visited my mom, and sent tickets, etc, for mother to go to Oklahoma to be the "grandmother" in her son's wedding. She is always generous with her time, and was one of the two coordinators of the reunion in 1997. If she wants it, I think she will be a good caretaker, and pass it on to family.

My DD came over Tuesday, and entered all the old pictures mentioned before into photoshop, made them beautiful, and saved them in files. I need to pick up CDs this weekend so we can download the files and make 20-25 copies. We need to do this with our family photos as well, but not this week.
Happy Quilting,
Becky
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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Design wall changes



















The ugly fabric challenge blocks are back in the drawer. It will be August before the next blocks are listed on Stashbusters with directions. The center big star is sewn together, the 4 corner blocks are made, and I need to make 20 more 16" blocks out of green moose fabric. It has been put on hold for a bit. We finally set the date when we are going to Idaho to visit the recipient - Labor Day - so I can change over to a more pressing project.

Last week I received a phone call from a cousin (I have many) that I haven't talked to in years. We had a delightful conversation, and I found out that there is going to be a Dunn family reunion at Big Lake, MO, June 18th. How delightful! Of course I'll go, and try to bring some of the family with me. It only gives me two UFOs that I need to finish by then - Yikes!!

The picture on the right is what I've been working on for the past 4 days, with time out for July 4th family activities. When we had the last Dunn family reunion in 1997, I took fabric pens and had people at least sign, but preferably draw something on some 8.5" squares of fabric that I had stabilized with freezer paper. I had always planned to make a quilt out of them, but I couldn't quite figure out what I wanted to do with them, so the stack of 23 blocks kept moving lower down in the UFO bins. If I want to take it to the reunion, I need to finish it NOW. I've been cutting and sewing, and have 24 blocks made. I had planned on making 7 extra blocks so I could set it 5 x 6 - I wanted a "middle". I finished the 24th block by making a block out of a print on fabric of a picture taken at the reunion. As I looked at them, I decided i had make enough blocks, and put them in a 4 x 6 setting. Now I'm auditioning borders, and trying to decide if I need sashings. The 3 pieces of fabric around the outside are possible borders / sashing. If you have any opinions about them please leave me a comment. I will also need to move blocks around depending on the border fabric I pick. There are two framing fabrics that don't look good up against one of the borders. I also see an option to move the blocks with the striped fabric into the center, then do a framing border of the stripe, then a wider border. I thought about doing piano keys with the remaining fabrics, but I think that would be way too busy.

The other UFO is not a quilt, but it is scanning into my computer the pictures in an old photo album that was my grandmother's, with pictures from 1941-1943. A lot of the people who will attend the reunion are either pictured, or their parents are pictured. I thought I would have it finished by Christmas, but . . . . My daughter gave me a coupon gift from Christmas, good for scanning old pictures, so I'm calling it in. I did do part of it, but it needs finished, put in some kind of order, then CDs made for distribution. My daughter teaches yearbook and newspaper, so putting things in order in a computer is her cup of tea. I do have some of them ready to print out for a Guess Who game if people are interested. It's going to be a busy two weeks!
Happy Quilting,
Becky
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