The Leaves Quilt

I started this lap quilt in March of 2015.  You can see the progress at this link:

 https://marionberryquilter.com/2015/03/13/work-in-progress/

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The top is 55′ x 73″ and is in the quilt frame ready to go.

It is January and the days are cloudy, and much of the time it is raining outside.  I decided I need some color in the house to pick up the energy.  I think having a colorful quilt in the frame is like vitamin “Q” for my soul…Quiet, reflective Quilting!

–Ha!

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  I am using a whole cloth of an evergreen color for the backing and 100% cotton batting.  

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The quilting of the back ground is going quickly.

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I’m using various hand quilting thread to highlight the leaves.

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The peach leaf

I have a total of four quilts in frames at this time.  I’m still learning where this quilting adventure is going.  I have many more quilts to go!

This lap quilt is for sale when it is finished being quilted!

Hope the pieces of your life are coming together.

~Molly

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Finishing the Navy Blue Flannel Baby Quilt

I’ve been working my way to the center of this quilt.

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Slowly but surely…

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this quilt is shrinking.

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I only have the center area of this quilt to finish.

I’m hoping to take this quilt out of the frame today!

Hope you’re having a good and productive weekend!

~Molly

Accepting When the Cycle of Giving Ends

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An antique pitcher, cookie cutters, a quilt made on vacation, and a cloth doll and cradle.

  While my children were growing up doing memorable activities with them was important to me.  I wanted my children to have a sense of history and something all of their own when they left home. With this in mind, I did activities like taking the children shopping for a Christmas Ornament each year to add to their personal collection of ornaments, having each person in our family pick out a special cup, glass, or mug that was their own, cross stitching personalized sweatshirts, collecting the new quarters representing all 50 US States, creating photo albums of their life journeys, and making blankets for them.  I even saved their baby shoes and each Christmas, I place them around a small Christmas tree.  Sounds nice, but all together these things have added up to a lot of accumulated stuff around the house.

     The time has come where my two oldest children have moved out and both live in apartments under 800 square feet, some call it Tiny House Living.  Technically, to be Tiny House Living it would need to be 500 square feet or less of space. The reality is if something that belonged to my children can not fit on their phone or on their home computers they don’t want it.  They really don’t want any of it.

     It’s been a hard pill to swallow, because I don’t know what to do with all of these treasures, let alone what to do with any saved furniture from grand parents or great grand parents. Who will want a my grand parents’ Armoir from the home that two generations of my family lived in from Pennsylvania?  And what about GG’s (Great Grandma Georgia’s) antique sleigh bed style dressers…all 3 of them?  And another GG on my side of the family, what will become of her mother’s tea set from France?  And the photo albums…should I scan all of the pictures onto a jump drive?  What about the vacation quilts we made together and the cookie cutters?

  I have been wrestling with these feelings while shuffling my children’s stuff around for the last few years when I stumbled onto the following article from The Washington Post, written by Jura Koncius on March 27, 2015 titled:  “Stuff It:  Millenials Nix Their Parents’ Treasures.”  This article helped make sense of what has been happening at my house.  Admittedly, I do admire the simple living and thriftiness of how my adult children have chosen to live, even if I’ve been the one hanging on the the ‘stuff’ and the memories attached to them.   Lately, I have been wondering why I have done this, and I’ve been challenging myself to not keep storing things people don’t want. Still questions keep surfacing like…What did all of these activities mean if my children don’t need nor want the items?  Where will the memories and the items go?

     This year, I want to follow my children’s example and live with less and let go of all of the things they don’t want.  I imagine antique stores and second hand stores are having a boon of items coming their way as this millennial movement of living with less continues.

      And so it goes, as Jura Koncius’ points out in her article, it is time for me to accept that “the cycle of giving has ended.” I’d love to join the tiny house movement and live with less stuff in general, because I want less things to clean,  less to be responsible for, and if I were dreaming that same little house would be on a large piece of land where I could make small quilts to meet the tiny house movement needs and raise alpaca’s.  Little animals, miniature quilts, and a little house.

     I’d like to know if anyone else going through this experience too?  How are you handling it?  What are you doing with all of the extra and unwanted items?  Are you selling them on Ebay?

If you’re interested in the Jura Koncius’ article, it can be found at the following web site:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/boomers-unwanted-inheritance/2015/03/27/0e75ff6e-45c4-11e4-b437-1a7368204804_story.html

~Molly

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Large and small photo albums and more quilts!

A Special Gift: A Memory Quilt of Dad’s Shirts

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Wool Yarn from Vermont Used to Tie a Special Quilt

This summer  I met some nice people who wanted a special gift made for a member of their family, a blanket made from the shirts of their father who had died suddenly.   Though the family is still grieving, they recognized that one member would know she was cared for if she had her own blanket of memories from her dad.

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Working with the first blocks on the flannel board wall in my cabin.

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A close up of the first blocks

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The Memory Quilt in the Frame

The blocks on the flannel wall looked too random to me.  Using a set of three shirts at a time, I put the rectangles into groups of three and rotated the fabric in each block, so they were more coordinated and the over all look was more cohesive.

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The quilt rolled on the right side.

 Whether I’m tying a quilt or hand quilting it, the set up is the same.

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A close up of the tied knots

Although the plan is for everyone in the family to each have their own lap size blanket made, now that one member of the family has a memory blanket all of them are anxious to have their own quilt to remember their father.

Within hours of this quilt coming out of the frame, the edging put in place, and washed, it was delivered to the family.

The family shared with me that the daughter said it was one of the best gifts she’s ever been given!

How cool is that!

I hope you have a good weekend!

~Molly

Re-MEMBERing, is the process of…

 …bringing those members of our lives we have loved and have lost back into our lives by recalling their influence and the impact of their life on ours.

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The Bag with John’s Hawaiian Shirts

I contacted my friend, Kathy, last Spring because I found the bag of her late husband’s shirts safely tucked away in a container.  The day I let Kathy know the shirts were located I was surprised to learn it was John’s Birthday! How ironic!  She said she just had to smile!  I really like when those kinds of serendipitous events happen!

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The 12 deconstructed shirts that belonged to John.

 The joy of quilting meaningful projects covers all aspects of life from birth, to birthdays, to graduations, to marriages, to the loss of a loved one.  I like making memory quilts for people to have a tactile reminder of comfort of their loved one.

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This is the pattern I am using to put this quilt together.

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This is a close up of a few of the options for putting the blocks together!

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This is what the flannel board wall looks like in the sewing cabin right now!

I am enjoying this project, because most of the shirt labels say they were made from the different Islands of Hawaii.  The material is very soft, light, and playful to work with.

I have another memory quilt to show you later this week!

Blessings to you as re-MEMBER, or recall, re-piece, and put together in your heart those you have loved and those you have been influenced by in your life today!

~Molly

Work in Progress

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Flannel Navy Star Baby Quilt

What started out hanging on the garden shed with no outer border is now looking like this…

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Each end has been rolled at least once.

and the progress continues…

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Two points of the star are hand quilted and rolled!

Next, I will begin work on the Northern part of the star and continue to roll the quilt towards the center.  I really enjoy quilting with flannel fabric, because it is so soft on my fingers.  After all of these years, I still find hand quilting to be a very relaxing activity!

I hope you are well!

~Molly

What’s New in the Quilt Frame?

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A Navy Blue Star Flannel Baby Quilt

I found just the right material to use for the outer edging to frame this quilt.

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The full view of the baby quilt with the silver metallic and grey thread I’ll be using to hand quilt this top.

The quilt is 45″ x 46″ and is being quilted using the same grey flannel quilt material surrounding the star for the backing and 100% cotton batting.  I marked the quilt using a stencil and Crayola Washable Markers.

I have some quilting done; I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

 I hope the pieces of your life are coming together!  Happy Tuesday!

~Molly