A Long Journey into Spring

We’re back  after a bit of an unintentional hiatus, thanks for your patience with the Sampler blocks. Winter ushered illness into the Brunnette home, and after two weeks of trying to find an answer to the question of why a man who almost never gets sick couldn’t seem to get better–we found out he had Leukemia. Sadly, he passed away just 17 days later.

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Frank and our grandbaby, Gemma

He was my best friend, the Number One Cheerleader of Row House Creations, and supported everything I did to foster my creative spirit. We only had nine years together, finding each other later in life, but it was a wonderful nine years. My life will never be the same, for better or for worse, and I miss him like crazy. But, he would want me to move forward, press on, and live a good life. So, I’m going to do my best to do just that.

While he was in the hospital, this was announced. He and I knew the previous Thursday that my quilt had been selected the 1st Place Winner; but it was hush-hush. He kept asking me that Monday if the “internet had lit up with my quilt yet”. He was crazy proud of that accomplishment and told anyone who would listen. I was amazed at how many of his doctors and nurses were either quilters themselves or married to quilters–Quilters are Everywhere!

So the quilt.  I changed my mind SO many times before I ever cut into the fabric. When I finally did, I only had five weeks left to the deadline (never mind the challenge fabrics had been in my possession for over 3 months at that point). When I did finally cut into the fabric I was still undecided, so I just cut a bunch of squares and started piecing half-square triangles using Riley Blake stripes, chevrons, ombre dots, a few prints from an Ashbury Heights charm pack I had, a fun red jigsaw puzzle print, and a few different grey/taupe solids from my stash. I focused on using the orange, navy and the greys from the original fabric pack.

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As I sewed my squares up into HSTs, an idea popped into my head, so I sat down and drew it out on graph paper. Then I scooped everything up and took it with me to retreat that weekend; where I sewed, pressed, and trimmed for two days straight. The final design is a throw 64″ x 75″:

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Once I had the top made and a back pieced together, I passed it off to Trina, to work her magic on the long-arm. Trina had just gotten a copy of Judi Madsen’s new book that week, and she wanted the opportunity to play with the large areas of negative space I created. She outdid herself…

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See how she created shadow HSTs, including quilting the chevron design, the polka dots, and the jigsaw puzzle fabric design? Seriously amazing.

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We’ll be back next week with Block #14 in our Building Foundations Sampler!

Happy Quilting,

Doris