It feels like I sort of let myself fall off the blog-o-sphere for a bit. Sometimes family and life happen and it's hard to get at my machine let alone the computer. But I'm back and I have a finish to talk about. Back in 2013 I started piecing a pattern I found in the magazine Quilting Quickly called Goodnight Irene. I chose a beautiful set of four charm packs in Moda's The Morris Apprentice line. My husband had purchased them for me for Christmas. I would love to show you pictures from the construction of this quilt, but I only have one.
I think Becker-Boo my pit bull mix loved this quilt before it was pieced.
For almost two years this beautiful quilt top has lived in UFO land in my backroom. Almost everyday, I am reminded at work and at home that these projects lay unfinished. Oh, how I longed to make the pile smaller and mark something off of the list.
So a few weeks ago I finally caved and took Goodnight Irene to a Long Arm Quilter hoping I could finally score a finish and cross a name off the list. Three weeks later, my quilt was finished and ready for the binding process.
Wholly cow, I have not needed this many binding strips in FOREVER. The quilt ended up measuring 94 x 101 inches. But thanks to a The Walking Dead marathon, I was able to get this baby bound. Becker would walk by my chair and whine at me, staring at me with his big ol' yellowish eyes. I just couldn't say no. I moved my big pile of quilt and let him in the chair so he could sit with me as I finished the quilt.
I think he loves it even more now that it is finished.
Now we will skip, ahead a week. I knew that our family reunion was coming up and thought I would grab a few pictures of this quilt while I was at Holly River State Park. Family reunions are never a small ta-do for us. My grandparents had a total of eleven children (4 boys and 7 girls). When you factor in the fact that they both came from families just as big or bigger, that makes for a crazy amount of people. This year is one of the first years in a very long time all of my aunts and uncles have been able to make it.
My beautiful momma is 3rd from the left.
We enjoy lots of food...
|Shortbread cookies made from my grandma's recipe, courtesy of my aunt Zeld.|
|My cousin's daughter, the West Virginia Youth Fiddle Champ|
|Teenagers hate having their picture taken.|
and even a raffle full of items donated by family members.
|All of these items where made by family members. Sadly, I didn't have anything to bring this year.|
|However, my daughter and I were big winners!|
After most of the fun was over, my partners in crime and I slipped off to grab some pictures of my quilt.
So now I can finally cross a name off of my list!
I also dropped my quilt I call Holiday in Kashmir off to be quilted when I picked Irene up. So I have another bigger finish right around the corner as well!!
Now it is time to finish writing my post for the Fabri-Quilt Blog hop coming up next week. I hope you will tune in to check out all of the wonderful blocks created by talented fellow bloggers. I know I'm pretty excited.
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