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Thread: Retirement Quilt Finished!!!!

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    Several months ago I requested help with making a quilt out of 5 inch pieces of fabric and notes that had been given to me at my retirement reception by co-workers, friends and family. I received several very good suggestions. I have finally completed the quilt and have it hanging over the couch in my living room. For the notes that would fit in the 5-inch squares, I made pockets, laminated the notes, inserted them into the pockets and secured with a small piece of velcro. Several squares were full-size squares so I just used them as a full square. Other notes were odd sized so I improvised those squares to fit the need. The quilt is hanging on a slat(?) from my Grandmother's quilting frames. And a very dear friend of mine made the brackets. I made a square with the information of my Retirement Reception and stating where the squares and pieces had come from. It's located on the bottom row. I also put pockets on the back that hold any cards that were given to me along with the original squares that I copied onto printable fabric. All four of my grandchildren did an original block for the quilt. It is certainly a one of a kind and I will treasure every piece that was given to me by people who took the time to be a part of the finished product. I wanted to share it with those who offered suggestions.

    My husband attaching the brackets to the wall
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    Me, standing by the quilt after hanging
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    A closer view of the pockets that hold the notes
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    What a beautiful idea :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    You have done a wonderful job on this quilt. How much fun to be able to read all the messages whenever you want.

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    What a wonderful keepsake and family heirloom.

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    Thanks to both of you for your responses. I spend a lot of time thinking and contemplating just how to do the whole thing. I can follow almost any directions, but creativity is not my strong suit.
    I also wanted to add that because of the notes in the pockets I couldn't quilt it so I tied it throughout the sashing and the middle of the squares with yarn.

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    Beautiful quilt! I love the idea of the pockets for the notes. That's a really special quilt!

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    What a GREAT idea! I love it!

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    Beautiful!

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    Beautiful & what a great idea.

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    Love it - that is a really great way to save the notes. Wonderful job.

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    What a wonderful keepsake. The pockets are a nice idea. It will be a great conversation piece when you have visitors.

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    that is sew very beautiful, love it

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    that is a great ideal, I love it. thanks for shareing

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    what a lovely keepsake!

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of retirement. Now the real addiction will come over you. And this quilt will bring tears to your eyes over time.

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    This is great! I love the technique you used for the pockets- that's really cool.

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    Great idea...very creative and looks just perfect. Wishing you a long and productive retirement!

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    Beautiful!! What a wonderful way to preserve the memories of your fellow co-workers! Now on to another chapter in your life, quilts, quilts, quilts!!!!!

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    That is a wonderful quilt. It is filled with great memories. You did a great job.

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    Nice job. :thumbup:

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    wonderful ideas, fabulous fabrics...and congratulations on being retired so you can quilt more...
    and not creative? pul-eaze! :wink:

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    Nice to see you're using your Grandmother's slat from her Frame. I'm sentimental about items like that.

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    You did a magnificent job on this quilt!!! You should be very proud of your self. What a great momento :D:D:D

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    What a fabulous, meaningful, precious, beautiful quilt! I love it. And Congratulations on your retirement. Onto the next chapter. May it contain lots of happiness, health, blessings and quilts. Thank You for sharing this treasure.

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    You did a great job !!!

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