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The babbling block maker strikes again!
First smallish black and blue block represents the nine months I spent in Cleveland, Ohio fumbling around at Western Reserve University my freshman year in 1959 and losing my scholarship because I was not ready for the fierce competition at that school. Sigh. But it is one of the cities in Ohio where I lived and so I must be included in this quilt.
Next two blocks are based on a block in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. I am far too efficient (aka lazy) to piece narrow little strips of fabric that she shows in her pattern #2547 which is named "Michigan" in this photo so I went looking for striped fabrics that would suit the mood I needed. Got very lucky .....
The fabric with the dark brown stripes is meant to represent Battle Creek, Michigan which was a dark period for my parents and sort of dark for me as well. Long story sort of short, my mom and dad were recovering from an auto accident in Indiana while visiting my grandpa but they insisted that I had to stay in school at Kent State and not come home to help them; Dad was on crutches for almost a year, mom was a flibberty-gibbet and I was very frustrated. This was in 1962. They had been living in Akron when they were hurt; company transferred my dad to Battle Creek when he was cleared to go back to managing a store.
The golden mess in the middle of the dark block represents Kellogg Corn Flakes, a factory in Battle Creek we toured before they moved to Detroit area; we always toured major factories of any city we lived in. Kellogg's was one heck of a noisy factory!
The light-colored Michigan block represents the first time DH and I lived in Midland, Michigan where I first learned to cope with more snow than I care to think about. Also it is where I gave birth to our son and where I promptly had one doozy of a post-partum hemorrhage (went from a hemoglobin of 14 to 7 in one day; was not allowed to have a transfusion because I am allergic to penicillin). Thus I walked around about as pale as this fabric for 6 to 8 months while I tried to build up my iron and stamina by eating lots of red meat and taking iron pills. Yuk. That was 1968 and my introduction to motherhood was very rough.
Working on UFO's STILL. But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I will NEVER let myself get in such a state again. I might be able to start a new quilt by Easter... maybe.. just maybe.
I had the little scrap blocks in a bin. Added the black and am ready to sew them into a quilt top. Won't be huge but it will be a flimsy ready to baste & quilt. I am making progress on getting bins empty.
And as a side note... this is starting to look like Facebook.. ads everywhere. I don't mind them so much on the side, but HATE when they put them in the chat feed. I'm just picky I guess.
Judy--I so enjoy stories! What a legacy you will leave to your DD. Have you ever watched the TV show The Incredible Dr. Pol? It takes place in Midland Michigan and it does seem like they have a lot of nasty weather.
That's going to be a bright and cheery quilt! Good for you for eliminating UFOs. I'm trying to do the same. I have a healthy stack of flimsies and I think the problem is that I really don't like the sandwiching part.
Black goes well with those bright blocks. Keep at it, Tucky, your reward will be the joy of working on a new quilt.
As for the ads, I use AdBlockerPlus and do not see any ads. Don't know if that add-on is available for your computer but you could check and see if you could find something like that to make you happy.
I once read a book by Dr. Pol, didn't realize he had a TV show.
Living in Midland with preschooler and older made for some excitement at Halloween; it meant having costumes that would fit over snowsuits (if needed) or some years I would fix Halloween costumes in two sizes (in case there would be snow or no snow). Some years I would just about freeze to death taking the kids trick or treating.
Our worst blizzard during our years there was on St. Patrick's Day.
However, the city had excellent snow removal equipment (and high taxes).
When we moved to Marion we were impressed by how low the taxes are. Then it snowed and we were dismayed by pathetic snow removal.
Wonderful example of "you get what you pay for".
Judy, your choice of blocks and accompanying stories is becoming a fantastic personal history! What a priceless legacy you are creating.
what you are doing is so wonderful for your daughter. I hope you are enjoying it as it really is amazing.
I have to tell you a small side story (and a small rant). I went to my first quilt guide workshop last Wednesday, taught by a man who has lots of "accolades" as a man quilter. The class was EPP and very disorganized, poorly taught (grrr) but fun to sit and sew with others. Anyway, one of his notable quilts is a millifore quilt that he made as a "story of his life". He used fabric specific to certain times in his life, which reminded me of your project and asked him if he had documented what each section represented. He hadn't even thought of it. Hmmmm. I kept thinking of your quilt and documentation, yours is going to be amazing.
My first attempt at fussy cutting EPP, from a guild workshop. There is ONE section that I'm not happy with, the teacher of the class said it was good enough. But of course it bothers me now, my eye goes right to it. 5 of the pieces are so very close to perfect, but one is wonky. Hmmm. I know it doesn't have to be perfect, and if they were all off, I would care less than I do. It was pretty fun deciding how to place the template to fussy cut. I can definitely see how this process could be addicting. No idea what I'll do with it.
I can see the part that you are not happy with but ....
It is a gorgeous block.
The fabrics are awesome.
Consider that this would become one block in a large quilt.
Remember the galloping horse.
If you still do not like it, mail it to your friend in Marion, Ohio.