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Monday, November 04, 2013

Just Six Blocks Short!

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I worked until about midnight.

I just can’t stop.

This quilt needs to be a top by the time I leave here today, and I think it will be.

These Scrappy Mountain Majesties blocks are so fast they take no time at all, and I can’t believe the amount of fabric I have been able to fly through ---and yet the bucket still looks just as full?

Quilter's miracles I guess!

I’m not sure when Mark’s chemo will start, but I leave for Texas on Thursday and I’d love to see this quilted tomorrow and bound on Wednesday.  Is it possible? I don’t know, but that’s what I’m shooting for.

Last night I thought I counted right, but this morning when I laid out the blocks I found I had far to many that leaned THIS direction and not enough that leaned THAT direction.  It left me three blocks short on the bottom row.

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Not to be one to waste blocks, I can just make the quilt one row wider with the ones that leaned the other direction….and make six more blocks  and call it good.

I’m loving how this looks and I think Mark will too.  It’s definitely a GUY quilt.

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My view off the deck this morning ---

Last night it got very windy and most of the leaves are gone from the tree in the left of the photo ---the hills are tinted copper in the autumn morning sunlight.

The next time I come up here will probably be for Thanksgiving and all the leaves will be gone.  It will be great having my dad and both of my sons here to fill this space with family warmth and laughter and togetherness.


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35 comments:

Mary Kunna said...

Bonnie,
The quilt is looking fab. I know you can get it done by Wednesday. This is a work of love so you will reach that goal. Have a safe trip to Tx. Keeping you and Mark in my thoughts and prayers.

Judy said...

Bonnie, I am sure your brother will love this quilt. I pray that the chemo works and he is soon better.

Mary Ellen said...

It will be finished. You have grit and determination and a mission. Treadle on, sister!

qltmom9 said...

That is a beautiful quilt. I'm sure it will bless your Mark.

Lucy

Linda V said...

I LOVE it and so admire your desire to finish it so quickly. Being a hand quilter, it would never happen here.

Linda V said...

I LOVE it and so admire your desire to finish it so quickly. Being a hand quilter, it would never happen here.

Linda V said...

I LOVE it and so admire your desire to finish it so quickly. Being a hand quilter, it would never happen here.

Myrna said...

It's going to be a great guy quilt! You'll git'er done. Prayers continuing for Mark and family.

Jo said...

Hey Bonnie. Just machine quilt the binding down. I know it's not your thing but it a hurry, it's not all bad. Thinking on you and hoping for the best for all. Quilting truly is peaceful for the sole.

Claudia E said...

I'm loving how your quilt top is looking. Mark is going to feel so special and so loved when he receives it. Prayers and love to all of you.

Candace said...

You're right. It is turning out to be a great looking guy quilt. I really admire your speed in pulling this together so quickly. It shows all of us what can be done when we focus on a project. You and your brother are still in my prayers. Thanks too, for the fall color shot.

Debbie Lou said...

I'm loving the quilt, Bonnie! It will be a perfect comfort quilt for your brother. Prayers are being sent for you and the whole family. Peace and Blessings to you! Love ya!!!

Vicky Gunkel said...

It's beautiful and resembles the view from your cabin very much!

Jackie said...

You could always bind on the plane, but you will get it done! Prayers to all for comfort! Sent one of these in pinks and breast cancer materials to my sis, now through chemo and radiation, Did her first walk in October as a survivor! Tough year for sure but God will guide your family through!!! Blessings Bonnie!

Elaine M said...

Quilt looks wonderful, colors reflect your view. Sending hugs, energy and prayers.

Judy Clayton said...

Your colors are just perfect. Some bright colors to cheer Mark up and some lighter colors to calm him. God bless. I laid in bed this morning and admired a beautiful sugar maple in all it's glory. I love fall!

Marilyn said...

Another great creation, I love it. Thanksgiving will be just great at your place, what
a beautiful sight. It must be hard to leave, it would be for me.

Kevin the Quilter said...

I know how you feel.....you get in a rhythm, and the quilt comes together very quickly. I think it is divine inspiration. Your brother is going to love this quilt not only for it's beauty, but, because it came from you. I am sure you are an inspiration to him, just as you are to all of us Quiltvillians! Prayers for all of your family during this time!

Quilter Kathy said...

The views outside the cabin, and inside the sewing room are both spectacular!

Julie Vee said...

Now this is one terrific quilt top period, and doubles the goodness that it is looks SO MAN!!! I know Mark will love it, and feel the love you have put into making it for him.

You bet, when you are on a roll, why stop? Sometimes the machine, fabrics and you are so bonded time and fabric through the machine just fly! Hope to see Mountains when it is quilted.

Smiles,
JulieinTN

Lisa Mikel said...

Your quilt is going to be very beautiful. Your brother will love it. It will be a wonderful healing quilt with all the love you have sewn into it. Bless your brother and your family!

Janet said...

Never interrupt a woman on a mission. Putting the pedal to the metal (or carpet) has made a lovely quilt. Do you have one of your own shirts tucked in there? Your brother will certainly feel the love in every stitch.

Mary said...

Wider is good, use up all those blocks. You can DO it! Cheering you on from the foothills of the Blue mts where I hear there was Snow. I would rather see your view.

JaneB said...

You'll getter done Bonnie. Love conquers all!

Deanna W said...

Good sewing days do happen and then there are those days when nothing can go wrong. I do believe you are having a weekend full! You will get it done. Continued good thoughts for you, your family and your brother!

Quiltingloulou said...

Top is looking great and I am sure Mark will love it. Keep sewing and have a safe trip over to Texas. Will be thinking of you and all your family. With love
Linda in England.

Billy'sgirl said...

You are doing a wonderful thing! Mark will love it, it's so manly and dare I say, beautiful! I know this labor of love is keeping you busy and your mind occupied, so sew away, girl. You and your family are in our prayers.

Ann Sheehan said...

Hi Bonnie, I am not able to comment from my iPad for some reason and I didn't have my computer turned on all weekend. So so sorry to hear about your brother. I trust his surgery went well on Friday. Well done you on the quilt. It is amazing how much you can achieve when you are on a mission. Prayers for Mark, his family, you and all of your family from Southern Ireland. It's the least we can do - you do so much for us. xx

Tami C said...

The quilt is looking wonderful. You surely will be able to get it done by Wednesday. Keeping you and Mark in my thoughts and prayers. Your view off the deck is just georgeous.

catedove said...

I love the colors on this one, your brother will love it! Your brother and family will be in my prayers also. God bless.

Ivani said...

What a beautiful quilt for a man. Love the colors. I'm sure you will get it done, and that this quilt will put a big smille on Mark's face, when he receives and feel all your love in it. Sending prayers your way from Brazil. Hugs

IMAQLTR2 said...

Bonnie, I love your determination and perseverance in making this handsome quilt! What a special way to bring love and comfort to your brother. Awesome work!
Linda Craig
MB, Canada

katyquilts said...

This is going to be fabulous! I am sure your brother will love it and that he will feel better using it.
Funny story, when my daughter was small, she always called my son her BOTHER instead of brother. Now we still call brothers bothers instead. It has become a term of endearment in our family :). I label pictures on Facebook like this and people think I either can't type or can't spell!

Judymc said...

I love the way the top is coming together--your brother will LOVE it!
Judy in Vegas

Lnda Roetman said...

I just love the Scrappy Mountain Majesties quilt for Mark. It's so homey-feeling and I just know it will wrap him in love and prayers and comfort! What a wonderful sister you are to make this special quilt for him. I love all the colors and textures of the fabrics. It's just awesome!