Happy Ohio Star

A few months into retirement, my goals are slowly coming to fruition.  I started quilting with Carmen, my friend who retired last year, and wanted to bring My Ohio Star Quilt to completion.  That proved to be easier said than done.

Ready to Go Ohio Star

I proudly took my ready to go quilt to Barbara Graham, my wonderful quilter.  It was to be ready in a week.  In a little over a week, she called me telling me that there was a LITTLE problem, but it was correctable.  I sadly took my quilt back home, and ripped off the edge that unsquared my quilt.

Ripped Ohio Star

Now Ohio Star is back home, complete and beautiful, and Barbara Graham will be my quilter for whatever project I ever do from now on.  She took pity on me when I returned my quilt the second time.  When she put it together, she discovered that the back of my quilt was also not square.  So instead of calling me again, she didn’t want to discourage me, so she had her daughter fix it for me.

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Now Ohio Star is at home on the bed, but just for a while.  It is a summer quilt, and I just wanted to show it off to all of you.  I couldn’t wait until summer.

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As I started showing it off, the bears got rowdy.  First the two that normally sit on the headboard, that at one time got into a terrible row with each other – a story that is worthy of its own post.

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Nurse Rabbit and her baby jumped right in.  Notice that they sat right next to boy bear.  That’s part of the story.

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Then of course Manny joined the fray along with his own little bear that came to keep him company.

Kalev is not pleased!!!

Somebody else was less than pleased about this bedlam.

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It wasn’t long before Sweetie Pie and her clan climbed on board.

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Then friends of friends, that hadn’t really been part of the original clan jumped off the mantle and came over.  Another certain someone still wasn’t impressed.

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However, one of them smelled like one of her favorite girls, little Miss Chloe, better known as Mono, Choco, or the Monkey.

Missy Kitty and her baby joined in

Missy Kitty heard the excitement from the spare bedroom, and she carried her baby over to crash the party.

Manny, the gentleman

But Manny, always the gentleman, always concerned for the one who’s left out, went back to the spare bedroom and carried Mary Louise into our room so she wouldn’t feel left out.  She was my Grandma Golda’s doll.

Dr. Manny

Unfortunately she’s seen some hard times, and at one point in her life she broke her foot.  Manny, typical to his sweet nature, brought her foot to my attention, but Mary Louise quickly covered it up again.  I tried to explain to Manny that Mary Louise’s foot has been broken for many years, and she’s been stubborn about going to the doctor to get it fixed.

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At some point the bears, rabbits and kitties, and even Kalev quieted down, ashamed that they had been so rowdy when poor old Mary Louise sat so calmly in spite of any pains she might have been having.  They all rallied around her, and then went back to their rooms.

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It couldn’t have been soon enough for the Little Miss Puppy Girl.

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Guess who started a blog?  Sir!!!  I reblogged his first post, so that you would get to know him quickly.  http://wp.me/p31FPU-M

I’ve been reading stories about Sir for about 6 months now from his wonderful blogger daughter, the briny lass, Autty Jade.  His first story looks like a hit, and I’m sure we’re in for some real treats as he gets his Blog legs under him.  Welcome to the Blogosphere, Sir  🙂

Ohio Star

 

It makes sense that a Hoosier would like the simple Midwest pattern called the Ohio Star.  I finished this quilt several years ago.  It was big, or gynormous, as my friend Mary says, and consumed my confidence like a beggar might devour a free steak meal from the Vintage Press.  Once I laid it out with the backing and the padding, I folded it carefully and stored it in a large plastic Penney’s bag.

 

Notice I have learned to Photoshop my name on my photo and embossed it, too!!!!

 

It was comfortable there until I took my pictures of all my quilts the other day.  I had almost forgotten about it, but as I searched the house for any remaining quilts, there it was, tucked neatly away on the top shelf of my closet.  Forlorn, if quilts have emotions. Its sunny colors won my heart, and reminded me that one of my retirement goals was to finish projects.  Sunday, My husband wanted to go to the Home Show, and just before closing time as we were leaving – there it was –  Quilt Guild display.  I asked the woman in the booth if she knew any machine quilters.  She referred me to a booth tucked obscurely in the corner.    I actually had to stand in line to inch my way into the Thimble Towne booth.  Quilters were chatting, and I didn’t know who was promoting the booth, but quickly a woman addressed me.  Within 10 minutes I had her card, and she told me she could do my quilt within a week, if that would be ok with me.  I took my quilt to her house, not too far from my own this afternoon.  What an amazing place!  We laid the quilt out on a large bed-sized table.  I felt sorry that I had ignored it for so long, but happy that I found Barbara Graham.  With her daughter helping we picked out a pattern of roses and some pale yellow thread.

 

So I have to thank my new blogging friend, Amy, from the “piney woods of East Texas” and a website http://suchthelike.com/ whose simple comment, “I can’t wait to see it,” inspired me to post my quilts on my website.  And that action resulted in reaching my goal, and making a new friend.  Blogging helps me be a better me.

 

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Ohio Star (Photo credit: mak506)