Those Birthday Blocks

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Last month was my birthday.  Ah…my 50th year is OVER.  I am so glad.  I’m starting fresh.

If you remember, last year for my birthday all of you were so sweet and sent me quilt blocks for my birthday.  I still have them.  I haven’t forgotten about them.  I still intend to do something with them.  For some reason, I just couldn’t do it during my 50 year.  I needed a fresh start without a foot injury and all the subsequent things that happened last year.

In the mail a week or so ago, came another block.

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So here they are…all of the blocks.birthday-1

They are in a pile waiting for me along with the awesome red polka dot fabric from Ila.  Kelli was originally going to put the quilt together for me but now we decided we’re going to tackle it together.  I’ve been looking at different resources to see if I can come up with a way to lay them out.  It’s hard…there are so many different sizes…6″, 9″ and 12″.

More than finding a layout that’s holding us is finding time.

We had a day all set to do it…then I had to schedule a mammogram.  Then we were going to do it after but Kelli got called into work.  She was on overtime so was making LOTS of money and couldn’t turn it down.

Then I decided to start sewing on them on my own…then Kelli felt bad because she originally said she’d do it and then I offered to do all the charity quilts for Tennessee fire victims.

This is what often happens to me….I put my things aside for others.  I’m not sad about that…in fact, I love it 99% of the time.  Helping others is way more important than me finishing my 50th birthday quilt….at least it is for me.  I promise…Kelli and I will get to it before my next birthday comes around.

Thanks for being a patient participant in the making of this quilt.  Trust me, I’ll likely love even more if I have to wait for it for a bit.  I LOVE anticipation!

Comments

  1. Carolyn says:

    Consider this asa possibility….I love quilting, embroidery, wool appliqué and rug hooking. It seemed I could never find time to rug hook so I set aside Thursday. Hubby and everyone knows I will be hooking that day. Lunch is delivered by hubby or made the night before. Why not set aside even half a day for that quilt or something else just for you? Be consistent so everyone knows that is your time to do what you want to do.

  2. Lori says:

    I can’t remember if I sent you a block. How many do you have? Do you need more for a size quilt that you want?

  3. Kim LeMere says:

    What ever you create it will be beautiful because all those blocks were sewn with love. Happy to wait for the final design.

  4. andy says:

    Hi Jo,
    Can you post an address where we can send donations for Jody’s benefit?
    Thanks much!
    Andy

  5. Mary Jo B. says:

    A row quilt might be the easiest thing to do. Put all the 6″ blocks in one row, then all the 9″ blocks and so on… Separate with black sashing and red cornerstones .. and you are done. Voila! Can’t wait to see what you end up with.

  6. Jo says:

    Any donation can be sent to me and I will bring it when I attend the benefit.
    Here is my address
    Jo Kramer
    111 2nd Ave NE Q
    Waucoma, IA 52171

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