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Upper Peninsula of MI checking in!

Old 08-11-2020, 08:58 AM
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Default Upper Peninsula of MI checking in!

Hello folks!
I found this forum and posted a newbie question in Main, but the story of how I started quilting this summer was too good to not repeat here.

My *first* quilt is a queen-size Sunbonnet Sue.

My mom ambushed me with this project.

I recently went home for a week to give my parents a little company during COVID-19 quarantine. My mom pulls out ..of baby clothes she saved from my sister and me. She's been schlepping these around for 50+ years (awesome 70s prints!) with the intent of making quilts with them for each of us daughters.

She has Sunbonnet Sue quilt that my paternal grandmother made for my dad. My grandmother died before I was born, and we don't have many heirlooms from that side of the family, so the quilt is a real treasure

My dear sister doesn't have a crafty bone in her otherwise very talented body, so this project fell to the two of us. My mom and I photographed all the washed and ironed baby dresses for posterity before cutting them up (that was ..).

We spent several days choosing which fabrics went together and what accessorief the girls will have. One is fishing, since my dad took us a lot. One has a little yellow dog to commorate Lemon, our beloved and long-lived mutt. There's a frog. And balloons. And rosette flowers. We had a ...

I'm home now and have finished appliquéing the girls onto squares and have started sewing the sashing (?) and plain calico blocks together to make the first of 2 queen-sized checkerboard quilts.

I'm a knitter and do other crafty things, but I haven't seriously sewed in decades. I've been watching YouTube tutorials like crazy and even installed Pinterest back on my phone to gather FMQ pattern ideas.

I bought a free-motion presser foot and a walking foot for an exorbitant amount on eBay since my Viking 1100 (late 1970's) machine has been abandoned by Husqvarna. I spent more on these two presser feet than the dang machine is worth in trade-in. But I love this machine.

I've spent hundreds of dollars on sewing supplies and built a table topper to make a faux drop-in desk with a big-ass platform for quilting (40"x30")

My neglected home-improvement projects are languishing and my dear husband is getting frustrated at waiting on me to organize the basement, but I am obsessed! I've just got to practice a ton to gain some muscle memory and control over free-motion stitching so I don't ruin my quilt.

When I'm done with mine, I'll decide if I've had enough before I offer to quilt my sister's SBS.

I feel honored to be among such creative artists!

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Old 08-11-2020, 09:50 AM
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welcome to the board and wish you many happy quilting hours, I know how easy it to over do on gadgets, my room is full of them.
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Old 08-11-2020, 10:42 AM
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That's a fun story and a great way to get started. Kuddos to you for using old clothes with memories. I made a tie quilt once out of neckties, it's amazing the memories that came up with the ties. Welcome to the Board, there are some great people here.
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Old 08-11-2020, 10:47 AM
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:waves to the Yooper:
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Old 08-11-2020, 11:45 AM
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Welcome aboard the forums and the hobby both, so glad to have you here. Some people get started with a family project, and for some one is done, for others well, we just gravitate to this whole concept of taking perfectly good fabric apart and then put it back together again.

I met my husband online playing a game, he was originally in the Grand Rapids area and I have been there but not to the UP yet. We are both waving from a safe personal distance near Seattle. I was hoping to go to the big quilt show this year -- maybe next year!
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Old 08-11-2020, 12:25 PM
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Welcome aboard from a fella who likes to play with the vintage machines. and BTW there was a restaurant in Emporia Kansas named Yoopers. yep, for your turf,
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Old 08-11-2020, 01:36 PM
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Welcome from Ontario, Canada. We look forward to seeing your Sunbonnet Sue when you finish.
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Old 08-11-2020, 02:22 PM
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Welcome to the QB and happy quilting
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Old 08-11-2020, 03:15 PM
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Welcome to the QB from SE Michigan! Wow! It sounds like you have been working very hard. I hope you are making time to enjoy the experience. I love Sunbonnet Sue and just finished making a block for a 3rd maybe 4th Sunbonnet Sue Quilt. I haven't counted except quickly in my head. Be sure you take some time with your mom to enjoy the experience. Of course we will all be here to cheer you on!! Again welcome to the QB!
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Old 08-11-2020, 07:38 PM
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Welcome from South Louisiana! That is a great "How I started to Quilt" story.
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