Sunday, June 16, 2013

Medallion Sew-Along

Last borders are on my Medallion quilt. Added the dark one inch border, the background fabric outer border and started on the applique pieces for the last border. I decided to baste stitch that last border on. The little blue triangles are my leaders and enders which I left on to keep the stitches from unraveling. I've never tried it, my "plan" is to layout all the applique pieces, remove the borders, do the machine applique and then re-attach the borders with a regular stitch length. Has anyone tried this? Hope it works!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and Father's Day. The rest of my post is NQR=Not Quilt Related so if you don't want to read on... that's OK. It's personal and more of a quest. 

(NQR) I was very happy to keep myself busy this weekend. Today was a tough day for me. Father's Day and my late husbands birthday. Every few years Mark's birthday landed on Father's Day and he made the best of it! :0) Married 33 years he challenged us to make the best of life. We rode mountain bikes in CA, Utah and Colorado, rode centuries and back country skied including Telemark. We lived in the mountains above the Tahoe Basin for 12 years and loved every minute of it. Following injuries, surgeries and pain, Mark ended his life 7 years ago. I live with that pain and still work to make it OK, not something to 'get over' for it never goes away. I have a wonderful life, love and am able to quilt to my hearts content. OK, this is a little quilt related :0) Sometimes is just feels good to write this stuff down.
Have a great week and enjoy each day! 


  1. It is good to bare your soul sometimes!
    I have never tried your technique...let us know how it worked, please.

  2. I had no idea. I am glad you shared your story, and I agree that just getting it out can help. It sounds like you and Mark had some amazing adventures together. I am so sorry for your pain and your loss.

  3. Well, I think your plan with the applique borders will work pretty good. I'm sure you'll do a followup and let us know how it goes.

    I agree it can be good to vent. So sorry about your loss.

  4. So sorry, Jo. Sometimes it helps to write things down. Keeping busy is good; especially with quilting. (I do that a lot!)Treasure those wonderful memories of your 33 years together.

    Looove how your medallion quilt is coming along. I haven't tried your technique with the borders before. I'm looking forward to seeing how you go.


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