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Stick a Fork in it ... The "This is My Life" Quilt is Done   General Discussion

Started Apr-5 by judyinohio; 2249 views.

From: judyinohio


CC (ccase5) said:

Another one in the done pile!!

You have inspired me to go through my notebooks and do a tally of all the quilts I have made since 1993. It might be very interesting to get a total of those ...

I did not keep an inventory of the "quicky quilts" I made for Project Linus (cutesy panels with multiple borders and then pillowcased) because they were just that ... quickies that were made to be given away with not much effort involved.  And the number of fleece blankets ... my DF and I would have blanket parties at my house after he moved to Ohio and settled in to a senior citizen place a few blocks from my house. We would do a dozen at a time. He really enjoyed feeling useful while slicing away with a large Olfa cutter.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Judy, you have sure done a superb job in considering and choosing all the different blocks ... the significance of the blocks so they were included.  LOVE the way you incorporated the quilt name block .. and while I don't remember watching This is Your Life, I certainly know about the show.  Excellent choice for your quilt!

You sure plugged away at researching all the different blocks to use ... and then the quilting and binding!  Sometimes we tend to get bogged down in the middle of a big project because the finish seems so far away.  But you doggedly perservered ... and got it done! woooooo hooooo!

I empathize with your health problems ... how annoying that our bodies betray us as we get older.  How dare it!  But you have made lemonade from your lemons: the squiggle motif you used to tack the quilt is perfect.  it fulfills the purpose, looks attractive, and it was something that you *could* do.

I am *very* sorry to hear of your decision regarding your longarm.  I completely understand the rationale behind the decision but it seems as though it's like relinquishing one of your children.  On the other hand, if you were of a mind, you can still piece tops .... and then "quilt by check" or barter services.  Where there's a will, there's a way.

In any case, great job and congratulations on completing this significant project.  :-)


From: judyinohio


Your words of praise mean a great deal to me, dear Pirate. Thank you very much. You're a sweetheart.

You are most certainly correct about our bodies betraying us. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may ...  roserose

The one and only time I tried the "quilt by checkbook" route the woman ruined my quilt so I won't try that again.  (She quilted my really cute scrappy Christmas quilt top to death, my first experience with "quilted to cardboard". My reaction when I saw what she had done made me sick to my stomach and then it made me furious. DH commented that she must have been drunk at the controls. I was naive because that was before I knew about computerized quilting. I suspect she loaded the quilt, the thread, pushed a button and took a nap.)

No, I will just downsize and make small things ....  no-brainer things.

viola (sissly4)

From: viola (sissly4)


Beautiful quilt and I love your kitchen


From: judyinohio


Thank you for the positive comment on my quilt, Viola.

I love my kitchen, too. I'm really good at messing it up and DH is excellent at cleaning up the messes I make. wink


From: latterberry


Oh, Judy!  What can I say?  Your work of art is just beyond words I can find.  The talented work and stories to go with each block has been a true pleasure to read.  I am almost sorry that you are finished with it  I looked forward to each new "episode".  And I love your modeling job.  My first thought was Joseph and the coat of many colors.  

I'm also sorry to hear of your decision pass Lily Aurora on to other eager hands, although I do understand.  I know I couldn't do it anymore. Getting older sure isn't for sassies. If you did some smaller quilts or projects, would your other daughter be able to quilt them for you?  

I wish we still had the big crowd we used to have here on the forum so more could see your outstanding quilt.


From: judyinohio


latterberry said:

on to other eager hands

When I called Other Daughter last night we had a good laugh about "I'm not dead and gone yet but would you be interested in adopting Lily Aurora now?" 

It's going to be perfect timing for her because her only child will be going off to college in the fall so she will be an empty nester and it will be a very serious adjustment for her (bad marriage, horrid ex-husband who is a lousy dad, etc. etc. etc.) I think she will throw herself into longarm quilting big time. She's been making lots of quilts on a vintage Singer (I taught her well) and is certainly ready to graduate to longarm work.

Since you visited our home you can remember the set-up I had with Lily Aurora in the basement; there was an open wallbed down there close to the machine. Well, that open wallbed is where I have decided to leave the "This is My Life" quilt spread out. It will be lonely down there but it certainly will keep any guest who uses that bed nice and warm. I took a nap on the living room couch under it yesterday afternoon and that puppy is one very warm quilt ... almost qualifies as a "mankiller" (what they used to call quilts made of wool).  Or maybe it just felt that heavy because I was really tired and feeling puny. wink

Thank you for calling the quilt a work of art ... I felt like a kid with a crayon box while I was working on it because I could be so spontaneous with my ideas so maybe I was being "artistic".


From: sueinIL


Judy, I love that your quilt is unique, fun, and completely personal.  No one prescribed your pattern or fabrics.  BTW--did you use stash for all the fabrics?  That would be another remarkable attribute!  Display it proudly in your beautiful home!

Sue in IL


From: judyinohio


I had to order the fabric with the tires (for Akron, Ohio) and with the lumber (for my son's block because the other lumber fabrics I had on hand were not handsome enough); there are  some other examples where I had to order FQs for specific novelty themes (like the daylilies) . The Scrabble tiles were something I already had on hand for a project I made for a friend. So while my novelty stash was moderately good it was nothing like Dee's so I did have to go shopping for some of my blocks and for the backing fabric.

It would interesting to think that I could inspire other forum members who have lived long enough to acquire enough experiences that they could mess around like I did and make a similar "scrapbook" kind of quilt with no photos, just fabrics and pieced blocks.

It certainly cannot hurt to try ... we all know that there are enough novelty fabrics out there to inspire clever blocks.

5dogmom (CRISR5)

From: 5dogmom (CRISR5)


Oh, Judy!  This is a WONDERFUL quilt!  You've captured the personality of the maker perfectly.

Would it have worked better for your shoulder to set a timer for maybe 30 minutes and walk away from Lily Aurora for a few hours?  Just pondering a way for you to keep her in your life.  But now I've read on and seen that Other Daughter will adopt her, and that's a good solution.  Would Other Daughter consider doing YOUR long arm quilting for you?  Does she even live close enough to make that a practical idea?

I remember seeing a few episodes of "This is Your Life".  I'd say I was too young to understand what was really going on, but no one would believe me.  LOL!

I'm wondering if you would consider displaying it in a show?  It would most likely be in the running for most inventive/creative and perhaps judges' and/or viewers' choice.

Cris in MT