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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

On Wings of Prayers---

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We did it!

I just finished the binding on the  Scrappy Mountain Majesties Quilt, boxed it up and dropped it off at the Post Office with 10 minutes to spare before closing.  Whew!

The timeline quilt –what a whirlwind.

I found out about Mark’s surgery last Thursday –Friday was such a numb day, but it was also a busy day with my own physical and mammogram, knowing that Mark’s surgery was also Friday afternoon.

After all of my appointments we packed for a weekend at the cabin with plans to rent the Rug Doctor and spend the weekend cleaning carpets in getting things ready for Thanksgiving.  As a side thought I threw a bin of shirt parts into the back of the trunk “Just in case”.

I really have to give The Hubster the credit –he said the “Rug Shampooer is a one person job, so go sew.”  And I did.

I pieced Saturday afternoon.  I pieced Sunday --- by Monday I was sewing the blocks, all 100 of them into rows, and joining the rows together for the quilt center.

And then the borders.

By 3pm on Monday I had the top done.  The carpets were clean, we packed up, returned the Rug Doctor on our way through town and came home.

Tuesday I quilted.  And I started binding.

Wednesday (today) I finished the binding and mailed it off.

You can tell from this first photo that I even use my Best Seam Guide Ever with my walking foot.

It has to go a bit out in front of the foot, but gives me a very nice straight seam with my binding.  This is just a low-shank generic walking foot and works great on my low-shank vintage machines.  With all of these layers and bulk, I really like a walking foot for putting on binding.

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Basting on the label.

Before the binding went on, I took a square of fabric for the label, folded it in half corner to corner, pressed it, and basted it in place in one corner.  Plenty of room to write a personal message.

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Binding underway!

I chose a chocolate brown/black check for binding –directly from the stash.  I’ve had this hunk of fabric for a long time and I think I’ve used it for a couple of bindings….

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Bound and ready to send off!

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Close up of bottom left corner.

It should arrive Saturday or Monday, and yes I have the tracking numbers.  I get as nervous sending off quilts as the next person.

Since I have neglected everything else in my life in the past 5 days up to this point – it’s time to pull everything back together and get the trunk show repacked and class samples readied and my suitcase filled for my trip to Weslaco, TX in the morning! 

Leaving for the airport at 4am means I’ll be in bed by 9 – at least that is the goal!


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60 comments:

  1. This quilt is fantastic. He will be so happy to have it because it was made with so much love.
    Etty

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  2. That post just made me get off my bottom and go do something, you are a real inspiration.!

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  3. That quilt is fantastic. I know he'll love it. You go girl!

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  4. I have followed the story of your very special quilt for the past few days. You have worked so hard to complete your lovely quilt and I am so pleased that you accomplished it and met your target of getting the quilt in the post today. Well done! I know your brother will love his quilt, the design and colours are great for a man, and he will know the love that has gone into the making. God bless you all.

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  5. Beautiful quilt Bonnie! I hope you get a good night's rest with all that craziness to get the quilt done in record time! Your brother is going to know how much you care when he sees that awesome quilt! God speed to your brother as he goes into surgery!

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  6. It is beautiful Bonnie!!!

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  7. When I grow up, I want to be just like you! Well, maybe not because I'm tired just reading your post. Congratulations on another beautiful quilt. Well done, and I'm sure your brother will feel the love every time he wraps up in it! Bless you for all you do!

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  8. It's a wonderful quilt filled with as much love as you can stuff in a quilt. I'm sure your brother will love it. Safe travel tomorrow.

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  9. Bonnie, you are just too amazing for words! I know your brother will love and appreciate this special gift. I will keep him and your family in my prayers for healing and God's grace!

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  10. That is beautiful! I know it will bring him lots of warmth and good thoughts.

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  11. Beautiful quilt, Bonnie! I know he will feel the love you have given in making that quilt. Our thoughts and prayers for all of you. Hope you can enjoy your next trip here in Texas.
    Take care.
    Emily

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  12. Awesome and the hubster rocks!

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  13. So glad you made that deadline!!! He's going to love the quilt and all the thoughts and prayers that go with it. Very manly quilt too.
    Hugs!!!!

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  14. Beautiful quilt, your brother will love it!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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  15. I have followed your progress on this awesome gift of love you have created for your brother. God bless you and your family as you walk this journey.

    Blessings,
    Darlene

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  16. Woohoo! Happy dance! It looks fabulous and must feel so good to have gotten it all done and sent it on it's journey. Sleep well tonight, Bonnie!

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  17. The Hubster knew you needed quilt therapy. What a great guy he is! I'm sure your brother will know the love that you put into the quilt and feel a hug from you every time he wraps up in it!

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  18. You are ah-maz-ing. Sending hugs and prayers.

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  19. I agree with Barbara…you are an amazing women with a heart of gold. Safe travels and I wish the best for your brother and his family.

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  20. What a great husband you have. Prayers for your brother's recovery. Lois

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  21. Sleep well tonight, Bonnie, as you accomplished your mission!

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  22. Bonnie,

    The quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I never ceased to be amazed by how much you get done in such a short period of time!!!!

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  23. Anonymous7:48 PM EST

    You met that quilt goal, the airplane goal will be a piece of cake.

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  24. Well done, Bonnie.

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  25. You are amazing... and Dave... well, he gets a gold star too. Have a safe trip girlfriend!

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  26. I'm so happy you were able to get it done in time for sending off today! It is beautiful. Prayers for all of you.

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  27. Wow! Oh wow! This is amazing. You sure did climb mountains to get this done! Travel well tomorrow!

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  28. You did a beautiful job in a very fast hurry, your way of being there for your brother. I know he will love it and know it came from your heart.

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  29. Anonymous9:30 PM EST

    Thank you for allowing us to support you and Mark in spirit and our prayers during this very trying time. The Hubster knew that quilting time was exactly what you needed and you have made a quilt that is not only beautiful to look at but filled with love and prayers. It will hug and comfort Mark during the treatment days ahead and beyond. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with you all.
    Jennifer
    Perth WA

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  30. What a wonderful sister!

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  31. Bonnie - congratulations on your marathon project.

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  32. Bonnie, it has been a privilege to follow your journey over the last few days as you completed this quilt for your brother. I hope the journey brought you the peace and comfort that you needed and I am sure that your brother will enjoy comfort and the knowledge that your whole family are caring for him while he undergoes treatment. This is a wonderful quilt for a man to use no matter where he is. Enjoy your time in Texas and continue to take care of yourself, and allow the rest of your family to take care of you just as your DH did over the weekend. Hugs from Aust. Julie

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  33. Anonymous10:47 PM EST

    It's unbelievable that you could create such a beautiful quilt in such a short period of time. It exudes the love you put into it, too. Keeping your brother, you, and all of your family in my prayers. Catch your breath, relax (when you can), and bask in a job well done.

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  34. I completely agree with NancyinSTL above......you really can tell the love and thought you put into this quilt. It is perfect! Prayers for you and your family!

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  35. It is the variety of plaids and stripes perfectly complementing your love for your brother that make this a smashing quilt. He will literally be wrapped in the warmth of your love as he heals.Way to go, Bonnie!

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  36. You are amazing! The quilt is beautiful, and full of love. Your brother will love it. I believe that the love in a especially for you quilt helps the healing. God bless

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  37. Hi! Nice blog .You have done a great job.Keep on working. Beautiful carpet and i love it.

    St├Ądning

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  38. Hi! Nice blog .You have done a great job.Keep on working. Beautiful carpet and i love it.

    St├Ądning

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  39. One awesome quilt sewn with love filled with love and bound with love.

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  40. A beautiful quilt.
    love the combination of colours. you should be very proud.

    Julie

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  41. What a great quilt - totally guy appropriate - and I'm sure your brother will love the warmth and the love that is sewn into it. Well done to your Hubster for giving you the time and space to just sew when you needed to most :)

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  42. A true love-quilt! I willl bring your brother your love and prayers; and comfort for his body and soul.
    Still keeping him and you and your families in my prayers; as well as for my father, who is very sick by his Parkinson-disease and after taking a fall. So terrible to see...... very confused, a broken hip, stitches in his head.... I'm afraid he will not make it...
    Our family-members can not be missed, as we love them so dearly...
    So,thinking of you, whishing you a lot of comfort also from all the quilters from your next class. I''m sure they will be there for you!
    Love, Ria.
    (the Netherlands)

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  43. Bonnie, I have said it before, you have done a fabulous job in such a short period of time, I am quite in awe. It makes me feel so guilty too that I am so slow in even getting down to do the cutting. It takes me ages to decide on the pattern!! I am now so determined to get down more earnestly to complete things. Good luck to your family and prayers for you all.
    Regards, Linda Hodges in England xx

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  44. Continued prayers for your brother. Each stitch was made with love. It will comfort him and keep him warm with all your love in every stitch.

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  45. Bonnie - what a beautiful job. Your brother will never be alone with this quilt - he will always have a hug with him from his sister.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you from RI,
    Mary Beth

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  46. And over the mountains it goes to wrap Mark in love until you get to see him. It is amazing the things we can get done for love. As always, you are all wrapped in thoughts and prayers with a little extra for Mark!

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  47. Fantastic on all counts.

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  48. Great finish, I know your brother will love it! And a shout out to you hubby who let you have the time you needed. What would we do without our hubbies!! Enjoy your trip!

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  49. I am constantly amazed and in awe of the fantastic quilts you make from scraps. The quilt for your brother is gorgeous and filled with love and prayers. Mine too!
    Diane

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  50. A lovely, and loving, quilt.

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  51. Wow! That was a whirlwind, but what a wonderful, love-filled gift. I know it will help.

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  52. What an unbelievable timeline, Bonnie! I don't know how you did it with all you already have on your plate. You're remarkable and a wonderful sister. God's blessings to you all.

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  53. That was FAST!!! When the need is there, isn't it surprising what we can accomplish?

    Seeing this terrific guy-quilt, I now know what quilt I will make with my 2nd batch of plaids...
    SMM! Doesn't this quilt make you want to snuggle up with a hot coffee, tea ... whichever hot drink will keep out the chill?

    Hoping they can get a photo of Mark with the quilt for you.
    Manyhugs
    JulieinTN

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  54. The quilt is fantastic! You worked like a person on a very serious mission of love. Still praying for your brother! Now I'm looking at plaids in a whole new way.

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  55. Wow, how I love that! Can we see more of the backing fabric, pretty please???

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  56. Your DH is really a Dear Husband! I am sure your brother will feel the love in that beautiful quilt!

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  57. This is beautiful. You are a quilting dynamo!!

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  58. Congratulations on a wonderful finish! I am sure your brother will be pleased and feel all the love that went into it. Safe travels.
    HM

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  59. Love your idea about backing - want some of that fabric!!!

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