Monday, October 26, 2015

Congratulations Mom

I'm sorry for the long silence. Why have I been so quiet? I've been working like crazy to get my Mom's (Anne) quilt machine quilted on my sewing machine so that she could bind it and show it at our Guild meeting. As usual Mom went and got her hair done so she was looking very nice for the meeting. The president announced that we were having a birthday celebration for a long time member and the oldest member of the Guild, Mom! There was a huge cake and she had help from Barbara and Klara when it came time to blow out the candles. Mom was very surprised that the executive had gone to the trouble to get her not one but two cakes!


The president went on to say that the executive had decided to recognize Mom's long membership by granting her an honourary membership. Was she surprised? You bet she was! It was such a special night for her and I can't say how grateful I am to the Guild executive for honouring her in this way. She is still on cloud 9!


After the main part of the meeting we had sew and share and that was Mom's chance to show off her newly completed A Little Bit of Africa. Unfortunately you can't see the quilting but you can see the finished quilt.


The members were very interested in her quilt and there was a lovely round of applause for her work! Way to go Mummsie!

Want to see another of Mom's quilts? We had friends visiting at the end of the week so we pulled out Mom's quilts and had a little trunk show. I managed to snap a few pictures. She made this quilt more than ten years ago and she reckons that there are more than 14,000 hexagons in it. It is huge but it is beautiful! It is entirely hand pieced and hand quilted.


Amidst all the excitement and entertaining I managed to finish two more Road 66 hexagon rosettes. I love the floral print in the middle. It is called Sophia Pearce from the Winterthur Collection. I stumbled across it at a local warehouse type store and bought all they had with was a few yards. There are some wonderful flowers in the print that will be perfect for broderie perse and fussy cut hexagons.

The pink ombre fabric was sent to me by a cyber friend in California. I had seen a picture of the Mount Mellick quilt she is working on and I commented on the fabric. Next thing I knew she sent me a chunk of it in the mail! In return I sent her a chunk of my Sophia Pearce fabric!


Tonight I am doing a trunk show on English Paper Piecing for the Rouge Valley Quilt Guild. Time for me to finish packing up the quilts and sort out my speaking notes!

Once again I apologize for the silence. One final reason for the silence is that I have been sketching and pulling fabrics for my next quilt along. It will of course involve English paper piecing, some traditional piecing and a little bit of applique. I think it will be a fun and hopefully educational quilt. Stay tuned for more details!

Until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H

37 comments:

  1. What a great honor for your Mother. Like those 2 hexie rosettes!
    Good luck with your class - it will go fine.

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  2. Congrats to your mom. Her quilts are beautiful! Can't wait to find out what you have up your sleeve. Enjoy your trunk show.

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  3. OMGosh!! What a heart warming story! Your mom's guild sounds wonderful...and what a thrill to be recognized in this way! SEW special! Her work is beyond beautiful!
    Here to many more quilts!
    P
    PS...the apple doesn't fall far! :o)) You come by your talent naturally!

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  4. Oh my gosh--what beautiful quilts your Mum made!! 14,000 hexagons--it is stunning...and the Africa quilt is so beautiful--the colors are perfect--just amazing workmanship and creativeness...i cansee where you got your hexagon talent ...hugs thanks for sharing...Julierose

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  5. Oh what a wonderful story...that you for sharing your mom's celebration with us!! 14,000 hexagons...oh my!!! THEY made a beautiful quilt!!

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  6. Oh my God !! Your Mom is incredible and her quilts are incredible !!
    Congratulations Madam !! We had the pleasure to admire the African quilt in another post but I say it again !!
    I don't forget to tell you that your hexies are so cute and the fussy cutting is amazing !
    I wish you a lovely show tonight !

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  7. We know now where you get your love of hexagons from! She does beautiful work. She’s such an encouragement and inspiration to everyone.

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  8. That's so nice, congratulations to your Mom! And that hexie basket quilt is spectacular! Do you know how long it took her? I see now where you get your inspiration!

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  9. Thanks for sharing the Story! Your Moms Quilts are wonderful!
    Greetings, Marita

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  10. Congratulations. The little bit of africa is a nice quilt. Now I know where your hexie- illness comes from, haha. Groetjes. Dientje

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  11. Wow there is a lot of talent in your family. The apple didn't fall far from the tree, did it? Congratulations to your mom. Her Africa quilt is amazing.

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  12. Big congratulations to your mother - a well deserved celebration! Her hexagon basket quilt is just amazing :)

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  13. Congratulations to your Mom on both her Birthday and her finished quilt. It is beautiful. I now understand your passion for hexies!!! What a quilt - 14000 pieces.
    I am jumping for joy! Yay, yay and double yay! Can't wait for another quilt a long! Good luck with your trunk show tonight. I am sure you will have the people drooling and hanging on your every word!

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  14. What a lovely thing to do for Mum, clearly yours is a thoughtful group to be a part of.
    Mums quilt is fantastic, love the selection of blocks, it's the nicest African one of her own yet I think.
    Well I can see where your love and inspiration for quilting has sprung from, will your daughter carry the creative fabric mantle on maybe?

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  15. Wow! Your mom's quilts are spectacular! What a great day for her and a well deserved honor for sure.

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  16. What a fabulous quilt your mother has made. Congratulations to her and Happy birthday! Love her hexie quilt - wow! I wish I could have been there for your trunk show - bet it was a big hit. Oh, another quilt along! I can hardly wait!

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  17. I absolutely LOVE the Little Bit of Africa quilt! I have been following along as you have posted pictures of it. It inspired me to create a small wall hanging for one of my friends who will be moving to Uganda and taking her family to work for Amazima Ministries. I hope to have it done by this Thursday when I will see her before she leaves. I will try to get a picture to send you and your Mom. Thank her for me for her inspiration! And thank YOU for sharing!

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  18. Congratulations Mom! I wish her many more years of producing her wonderful work.
    As for you Karen, you are a mind reader! I was making a list of all the projects I finished last year, adding "Karen's quiltalong, Soupcon quilt" and musing wouldn't it be fun to have another quiltalong!
    I am working hard on 2 small medallion quilts, sawtooth star and the applique quilt. Do I need another one, but will I take part, hmm what do you think? :-D

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  19. Uh Oh! I best get the filler triangles and borders done on my Value Prop if there is another hex-along in the works. Hopefully the new project won't come out too soon. wink. Looking forward to your project!

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  20. Karen. Your Mom's quilt is lovely, and so is she. What a wonderful thing to share your love of quilting with each other and your guild members. Congratulations to both of you!

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  21. Dear Karen,
    you have a very special Mom, what gorgeous quilts she makes. Must be so wonderful to have her around.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  22. What a lovely event for your mother and isn't the finished quilt fantastic! One can see a little bit of your quilting. I can see where you got your love of stitching hexies from!!

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  23. Lovely to hear about your Mom's birthday surprise and see another of her unique quilts!! Can you give us a hint as to when the next sew-along will begin? Need to be ready mentally!!

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  24. Thanks for sharing your mom's special occasion with us. I am still in awe of her Africa quilt. I am more inspired to create something as inspiring as this beautiful quilt. I love the finished quilt, truly beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Sew Bea. Sorry I couldn't send you a personal note of thanks but you are a no reply blogger! :-(

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  25. Thanks for sharing your mom's special occasion with us. I am still in awe of her Africa quilt. I am more inspired to create something as inspiring as this beautiful quilt. I love the finished quilt, truly beautiful.

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  26. I love the picture of your Mom with the cake. I bet she is so fun to be with---she just radiates with joy!! I am glad they honored her with a special tribute. To be recognized by your own tribe is really neat!! Her quilts are spectacular. I did not know she loves hexies too!! The center of that quilt is a fantastic design. I have always liked the quilt design, but it was just rows of baskets. Did she design that one herself?? I am in total awe of that quilt.

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  27. Congrats to your mom and I'm so glad the Guild, honoured her. She looks happy. Her quilts are gorgeous. Obviously talent is abundant in your family's DNA. Love your new blocks.

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  28. Happy Birthday to your Mum! Did she teach you to quilt? Have you always quilted together?

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  29. Happy Birthday, congrats to your lovely Mom on her many accomplishments!

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  30. Congratulation to your Mom--her quilts are wonderful!

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  31. Congratulations to your Mum, what an inspiration she is.
    Her quilts are amazing,

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  32. Isn't that great! Must have been such a fun night for her--and you ; )

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  33. Congrats to your wonderful talented mom. Her quilts are amazing and she deserved the wonderful recognition received. hugs to her.

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  34. Dear Karen,

    Booth Quilts are wonderful ! The Quilt of " A Little Bit of Africa " has beautiful colors.
    And I like the Hexagon Quilt very much !!! I will Do my best to finish also!
    My best wishes to your Mom

    Auf Wiedersehen
    Barbara aus Deutschland

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  35. What a great way to honour your Mum, her quilts are so detailed and I love how she, like you, designs her own patterns to fit in with what she is passionate about.

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