Quilt ADD in therapy

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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Sunday, November 10, 2013

BOMs Away Monday - Flimsies Report!!

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Welcome to the Link-Up for BOMs Away Mondays!

We'd love to see the BOM you're working on lately.
This week's link-up is at the bottom of this post.

  
 
Yeehaw!!  Kelly's two Joseph Smith quilts are now full-fledged flimsies:
 



It's funny how doing something out of love for the other person changes your feelings about the work itself. This is totally not my style or fabric scheme, but I have really enjoyed working on these for more than the past year for her. They do have a fun heritage symbolism for each of the monthly block choices, which I'll write up when I've finished the quilting for one of them. 

Longer-term followers know that my cousin Kelly passed away a couple of years ago - far, far too young to do so, too! She and I were long-distance quilting buddies and had been working on a dual BOM game with each other wherein each of us chose a project and did a double set of each month's block. We kept one block and mailed the second to the other. At the end of the year, we would each have twin quilts of what the other also held, one of my choice, and one of hers. This project was her choice. But she died before we finished our game.

When I went back for her funeral, I rescued every WIP I could identify from her sewing room. She had everything nicely organized, so it was easy to find the blocks she had already done for these, the entire pattern set, and all the fabrics she'd bought for it. Most of those were already designated for certain blocks, but I did have to fill in her choices on some from the box full of additional reproduction FQs she had with this project. The fabrics are all reprints from the 1830s-1840s.  I didn't find yardage for the borders or backs, so I had to order those online last week. It was a little nerve-wracking to shop for borders without being able to see them in real life against the quilt centers. But honestly, to me the collective piece is pretty frenetic to start with, so it would have been hard to stick in that era and not work somehow. I think she would be pleased with the result - I made an effort to shop from her eyes rather than my own.

Now that I helped Scott clean the guns after making him happy with a family trip to target shoot zombies at the range, I'm going to get him to help me pin-baste the first of these tops so I can try to quilt it in time to ship to one of her family members for Christmas. It's a fair trade, eh?   ;D


So, what BOM work have you been able to get finished lately?
 
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 Any projects broken into weekly or monthly units are welcome in addition to true BOMs.   Share your eye candy and show off your progress since the last time you linked up! There are some wonderful monthly and weekly projects going on out there.
 

12 comments:

Karen said...

Hi Lyn -- my goodness what a wonderful tribute to your cousin Kelly - she is sprinkling angel dust over you now ! The flimsies came out beautifully - Congratulations Lyn.. and thanks so much for sharing. I am linking up my Quilting the Garden block progress. The plan is to do one block a month -- although I fell behind a bit this month. Thanks for hosting the party! Karen

Kevin the Quilter said...

How humbling it must have been to be able to finish these quilts in your cousin's honor? I am sure your family members will treasure it forever. It's an interesting quilt, and it definitely pays homage to quilts of the past. I think you did a superb job in buying the fabrics needed to complete it! Congrats!

Dana Gaffney said...

The quilts are amazing and finishing them is a wonderful way to honor Kelly, I'm sure you spent a lot of time thinking about her while you sewed.
Yes, killing zombies equals pin basting, such a nice well rounded family, LOL.

1000needles.com said...

The quilts are beautiful and a lovely reminder and tribute to your cousin. ~Melanie

Nedra said...

So sorry for your loss. What a difficult thing to go through. Quilting is therapy, and hopefully a finish to this quilt brought some comfort.

Heidi said...

A bittersweet tear-jerker, these quilt tops are stunning and hold so much meaning. Please tell Scott thanks for his service and Happy Veterans Day, and congrats are your recent win with the Quilt Show Hop BTW!

Miss Jean said...

What a lovely and self-less thing you have done! Thank Scott for his service from this military Mom!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Love the flimsies. What sweet memories.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

How wonderful for you to work on this special quilts. My mom has boxes of quilt stuff from her sister who died unexpectedly and hasn't been able to face them yet... I'm hoping after I'm on top of my UFOs we can work on them together.

Gari in AL said...

I am so behind in blog reading: I think I am signed in for too many. Anyway, I love the quilts you have finished and I know the family will really appreciate this extra effort to complete their loved one's quilts. How are you coming on your own? :-)

Rachaeldaisy said...

These quilts are really wonderful, I really like the way the blocks are laid out in the design. It's really special you were able to work on these quilt tops.I bet Kelly was beside you smiling as you sewed.

SIMPLESEW said...

These Quilts needs a professional photo.. love the idea