Progress report

It’s been a very busy two weeks, full of highs and lows. Mom and I have put in about 80 hours combined on the Birds in the Air quilt. All of the blocks are sewn and she has started putting the blocks together into groups of four. Those will then be sewn into rows, then into the final top. We laid out the blocks on the floor, since this puppy finishes at 84″ x 96″ and is too big for my design wall (which is otherwise occupied by the Double Wedding Ring anyway). It’s now covered with sheets, chairs, and cutting mats to keep the cats from messing it up.

Birds in the Air blocks 2

I’m very pleased with how it looks. I’m torn about auctioning it off for my uncle’s fundraiser. On the one hand, I hope it brings in lots of money for the benefit. On the other, I hope it stays in the family. They decided to do a silent auction instead of a raffle, so I know it will go to someone who will appreciate it.

Birds in the Air blocks 1

On the low side, my grandmother passed away on Saturday. She was 94 and in poor health, so it wasn’t unexpected. It’s still sad to lose her. She accomplished a lot in her life.



  1. Sorry to hear about your Grandma – she will always be in your heart.

    I am very impressed with the quilt and excellent progress. It is stunning!

  2. I am sorry for the loss of your Grandma. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    The quilt is breathtaking. I could see where you would want to keep it in your family.

  3. i love the quilt so much! it is beautiful and what a treat to work on it with your mom! i wish i could do that with mine. i am so sorry to hear about your grandmother and i really enjoyed reading her obituary. i was happy to see that she was on hospice. i am a bereavement social worker for a hospice agency and i love it.

  4. The quilt is completely stunning- consider my mind blown! If it were me, it’d never see a raffle, or even blind auction- far too gorgeous to risk those!

    So sorry to hear about your grandmother. Even when its expected, it’s never easy, so my thoughts are with you.

  5. Sad loss your family has experienced.

    I use a design floor for big quilts too. Whatever gets the job done. And this quilt definitely needs all the blocks placed in order so the designs works correctly.

  6. So sorry to hear about your grandmother, that’s always a difficult time. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Your quilt is just amazing!! I LOVE the colors you choose.

  7. What an awesome quilt! Truly lovely!! Good luck finishing it up!
    And sorry to hear about your grandma….that’s always sad…..blessings…

  8. I’m so sorry for your loss. You family is in my thoughts.
    And, the quilt is phenomenal. I hope it brings a lot at your uncle’s fundraiser-but it’s truly priceless!

  9. Sandi: Oh how wonderful to have had such an amazing grandmother! When you say Mrs. Walton accomplished a lot in her life you ain’t a kiddin’. She touched many lives being so active and she was clearly very giving. One person can impact so many lives. What a lovely role model she must have been for you and I know you’ll have many beautiful memories to cherish. Blessings. Ana

    P.S. The quilt is stunning!!!

  10. I am in awe of the talent of your mother and yourself. The quilt is spectacular! Also please accept my condolences on the loss of your Grandmother. Was she a quilter as well?
    On a side note, thanks for the book recommend- I have read 2 Joshilyn Jackson books and it’s interfering with my sewing time!

  11. I am so sorry to read about your grandmother. It sounds as though she lived a full life in her 94 years.

    Your quilt is AMAZING!!!!!! I do hope someone in the family will buy it!!!!

  12. Outstanding work. I love it! I’m sure it will be cherished by whoever ends up with it!
    I am so sorry about your grandmother. No matter how we prepare, it’s still always a shock, isn’t it? ((Hugs)) to you.

  13. I’m very sorry to hear about your grandmother. It sounds as though she lived a long and full life, and that is truly a wonderful thing. 🙂

    I think that quilt is absolutely stunning. I can understand why you are torn about auctioning it off! I don’t know that I could bear to part with it, myself.

  14. The quilt looks great and I’m sure that it will bring in some good money for the fundraiser. I’m sorry to hear about your Grandma. The few times I met her she was a very sweet lady. Give yourself a hug from me!

  15. That quilt is incredible! My condolences about your grandma. I still miss my special grandma terribly. She was a quilter and quilted to the end.

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