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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jiggity Jig


Home again, home again,
Jiggity jig!

Its nice to be back on Cape Breton,
but it is still brown, windy, and cold here.
This morning's forecast is 34 degrees
and snow flurries!

Prior to leaving,
I managed to complete pretty much everything on my list
before my Texas Kenmore broke.

This last finish was the most important finish.


These blocks were constructed in 2004
by my SIL's mother, Veronica,
who passed away three years ago
after a short illness.

I found these blocks tucked away in one of her notebooks.
A Hancock Fabric's BOM,
I surmise it was never finished because of
deteriorating eye sight,
poor quality fabrics,
and complicated blocks.

I added 3" borders to each block because there were only 9,
not one of them being the same size,
and practiced a little FMQ









I joined the blocks with a QAYG method,
and the finished size is 54"square.

This quilt will be gifted to
Veronica's only granddaughter
on her 10th birthday in August.

On a sad note,
my grandkitty of 17 years,
Miss Molly,




will be laid to rest today.
I'm so glad I was able to spend one more winter
loving on her and tending to her aging needs.



She surely loved her mom!
Rest well,
sweet Molly.





40 comments:

Paula, the quilter said...

See! You can FMQ. It just take practice. That's sad about Miss Molly. RIP.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, so sorry about your Miss Molly. Sending {{HUGS}}.

Your quilt is lovely and will be an awesome gift. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

Bernie Kringel said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear about your kitty.

The quilting on this is so pretty - I like the choices you made for each block.

I am a huge lover of honoring family and I think it is so sweet that you finished this quilt and will give it to the quilters granddaughter. That is wonderful.

Hope spring comes to the Cape soon!

Just Ramblin' said...

Yeah! I'm glad you are home safe and sound. And that you were able to complete your projects. The quilt is beautiful and you did an outstanding job quilting it. What a special gift for this granddaughter. I hope she will always treasure it. So, sorry about Miss Molly. When I saw the pictures, it reminded me so much of one of my sweet cats. They look so much alike. It is always difficult to lose a pet especially one that has been with you that many years.

I will look forward to seeing your next projects! Take care and stay warm! Nola

hetty said...

Lovely quilting. So sorry to hear about Miss Molly. Hugs to you.

Sondra said...

My condolences on losing Miss Molly, she had a long life 17 yrs...I hope her day was peaceful and I know it broke your heart..((HUG))
What a gift--one that will forever be treasured I'm sure.
Hope your weather warms up soon!

Montanagirl said...

So sorry about Molly - She looks like a sweetheart. Love the Pinks and Grays in your quilting blocks!

Lesley said...

Wonderful quilting! You have become a master over the winter. Sorry to hear about Miss Molly...

TexWisGirl said...

awww. farewell, sweet kitty...

glad you are home safely!

Fiona said...

Sorry about beautiful Molly - xx... the quilt is lovely - I add borders and trim back also on those ones that don't fit properly - both my sampler quilts will require that... love the quilting on them....
Hugz

Linda Reeder said...

Your quilting is fabulous!
So sorry about Miss Molly.

Judy said...

I'm sorry to hear that you lost your beloved cat. It's so hard to say goodbye to a pet that's shared your life for so long. That's so neat of you to finish those blocks and make the quilt. What great quilting!

Karen said...

Sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Molly. As a cat person, I know how tightly they wrap their tails around our hearts :(
Your quilt, and quilting, are beautiful and I loved reading the story. You will make Veronica's granddaughter very happy. :)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

So very sorry to read about your darling Molly ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข....your quilt is a stunning๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Carrie P. said...

Oh, poor kitty.
So glad to hear you made it home safe.
WOW! you did such a great job on the quilting. A lovely tribute.

Needled Mom said...

Your FMQ is looking great on those blocks. That will make a wonderful keepsake.

I'm so sorry to hear about Molly. Loosing a beloved pet is so difficult.

Stephanie said...

Wowzer! Your free motion quilting is really spectacular. I was waiting to read who the long arm quilter was. Awesome you!! Awww what a dear kitty. Sure to leave a hole in her loved ones hearts but what a wonderful and long life she had.

Lin said...

I'm so glad you made those blocks up into a usable quilt - they must have taken some time to make in the first place. You have done a great job in putting them together and I am sure the quilt will be loved by it's new owner. Nice that you are home again but so sad to read about Molly. xx

Maria said...

Great way to finished the quilt and it will be a very special birthday gift...
Sorry to read of the loss of Molly..

Sandi said...

What a lovely gift to give your SIL and granddaughter a memory of his mom. I'm sure she is happy you rescued the quilt block.

Sorry to hear about Molly.

Looking out at our trees in full leaf and flowers everywhere I'm astounded to hear of your snow flurries! What a deference from east coast to west!

Enjoy your time in Cape Breton.

desertskyquilts said...

I'm so sorry about your cat. I know what a blow that can be after so many years of companionship. Your finished project from your SIL's mother is just beautiful, and what a wonderful gift for her granddaughter. Your quilting looks great to me, so much variety and beauty. Job well done!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a great finish. Love all your quilting and of course the cat is gorgeous!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I need to read better. She is gorgeous and I'm so sorry about her going. I know you'll miss her.

Julie Cefalu said...

That's a great way to practice FMQ. It looks awesome! I'm sorry your grand kitty is gone. Losing a pet is one of life's saddest moments. Julie@TheCraftyQuilter.com

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I am so sorry about Miss Molly, I know how heartbreaking it is to say goodbye to our faithful fur babies. Sending you hugs for your heart and spirit. The UFO finished up beautifully, such a loving tribute gift for her granddaughter, Veronica is surely smiling from heaven.

Linda said...

Sorry about your grandkitty. She will be missed. Your fmq is pretty wonderful. Your skill level is rising. So nice to finish up this sampler for Veronica's granddaughter. She will love it. Great idea to use the quilt as you go method. Keep warm!

Raewyn said...

Sad to hear about Miss Molly...she looks like she was a loving companion. How lovely that you finished off Veronica's quilt, I'm sure her family will appreciate it. The quilting looks great :-) Hope the snow flurries don't hang around too long, it's supposed to be spring, isn't it?!

Heidi said...

Oh, Good Golly, So sorry about your beautiful Grandkitty Ms Molly.

The quilting looks great, I am sure this will be a welcome & treasured quilt!

Our photos said...

Beautiful are your blocks!
Suzi

http://suzi7.blogspot.nl/

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Always sad to lose a beloved pet. My dauhter had to have her Border Collie Boz put down today also.

Roy Norris said...

So sorry to hear about Miss Molly Karen.

Sandra Walker said...

Great work on the quilt Karen! How fitting to give it to Veronica's granddaughter. :-) And sniff, on losing a beloved fur kid...fur grandkid.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Welcome back. Good way to practice FMQ skills.

Ann said...

How kind of you to finish these blocks for Veronica's granddaughter. It will be a wonderful keepsake for her.

Kaja said...

I'm sorry about your beautiful cat. Also about your machine - I hope you can find a way to repair it. At least you got this beautiful quilt finished before it went.

shez said...

so sad for you losing Molly,what a pretty cat she was,RIP MOlly.
Boy i love your beautiful blocks they are amazing ,you are very clever,well done xx

O'faigh said...

Dear Karen, I love that you finished the quilt.Sympathies to you for the loss of Sweet Molly.Saddens one. Hugs Lyn

Createology said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Molly will always be in your heart. Lovely blocks you have created.

Allie-oops Designs said...

So so sorry about Molly, hon....she's just beautiful....

You did a gorgeous job on that quilt, what a sweet remembrance her granddaughter will have. Well done.

FlourishingPalms said...

How good of you to finish up that BOM! I mean gosh, it sure didn't sound easy to accomplish. I probably would have given up in disgust. And I'm terribly sorry that you lost your sweet cat. I can imagine how awful it has been to adjust to her not being around. But maybe keeping busy, helping your friend with his hip replacement, has overtaken your life and thoughts. You're a good person, Karen. Hope you're back to sewing by now.