I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying, “I’ve got you back”. Oh, my word. That is exactly how I feel. I feel like all of you have my back. I was flooded with fabric over the last two weeks or so. It’s hard to believe at that time I had zero Halloween fabric and today, I am loaded.
On Friday I decided to start tackling it as all of the envelopes and boxes had to be opened before I could make a quilt!! Here was the first batch. Keep in mind that under all of those envelopes is a whole slew of small letters!!
The dining room table was covered too!! Oh my. There is a reusable shopping bag on the floor that was entirely letters that is on the floor and didn’t make it into the picture.
It came quickly to me that I needed a system to tackle this.
It took me hours to go through it all…
I got caught up in reading all of the notes from you…like this one…
You all know how to make a girl feel good. I loved this note.
Check out this note. Someone’s Great Grandfather is buried in the cemetery where Kramer is buried here in town. Right now the cemetery is covered in snow and not walkable but I want to make sure that I go there this spring and hunt down this grave. Isn’t that so cool?
Then I got notes like this that had me all teared up. I have a HUGE soft spot for all you out there who are caregivers to a partner who is ailing. I know how hard it is. I was so fortunate that Kramer could do so much of his own care right to the end. I have no idea how many of you do all you do.
Karl came and checked out some of the notes I had set aside. Karl is my biggest cheerleader ever. He kept saying, “See Mom, you are a HIGHLY successful blogger.” That’s his standard phrase he says to me when I am second-guessing myself. You all had us both smiling.
I seriously wish everyone could get a tribute as you all gave me.
This one had me giggling. YEP, in all of the Halloween fabric was one strip of red fabric!!
This note made me smile. I’m honored to have this piece!!
This is a small tiny portion of all the notes that were included. There were many homemade beautiful cards. It was a joy to open them all.
I often say that I sometimes feel like we all are in a one-sided relationship. I know little about you all…you know so much about me. Getting some of these cards and seeing the beagle of a reader, photography of a blog reader and a reader’s church really made me feel more connected. I love it.
There were many who included money for the postage fund in their packages. Suffice it to say, postage is covered for January and February. YAHOO!!
I wasn’t the only one who was treated. Rosie was too!! A reader included snacks for Rosie. She was so happy.
I ended up sorting the fabric like this…
This is the 2 1/2″ strips that were orange and black. The picture is deceiving as this was a big box.
This is the purple, green and yellow. I hadn’t asked for yellow but you all sent some and I included it. I’m so glad I did!!
Two different readers send partial jelly rolls of Halloween prints. They are in this bag.
This is a box I set aside that needed to be trimmed or that I had similar prints of. If someone sent me four strips, I only picked one of their strips and put the rest in this box. I wanted to include as many people as I could in the making of this quilt.
I also had this under the bed tote heaped full. The picture shows the width of the tote, not the length. Holy Halloween fabric friends!!
So many of wrote if I needed more to let you know. I’m here to tell you, I have more than enough!!
As I sorted I picked out my favorite prints. These are the ones that I picked. SO CUTE!!
Opening the packages took an hour in the morning and the entire afternoon.
In the early evening, I went into the garage and found that the box from Moda with the backing and background fabric had come. Yahoo!!
Saturday morning I went into full mode Halloween Quilt!
I made the decision to cut an 11″ piece off each strip to use for the strip piecing of the center blocks. Again, I wanted to include as many people in the quilt as I could.
For the triangles, I cut them with my easy angle ruler. I cut only two triangles from each fabric. It took a lot longer that way but again, after all, you have done to help me, I really wanted to include as many fabrics as I could.
On Saturday when the mail came there were 17 more pieces of mail from all of you!!
I rushed those pieces upstairs to try to get them included too.
I’m doing really well on the quilt and I’m sure I’ll have it together in a couple of days. It’s really straight forward sewing on this…
Aren’t the prints cute?
I fussy cut the witch. Isn’t she a hoot!!
I was up early this morning and got in an hour or so of sewing before two showed up to catch the bus at my house. I brought my finished block down to show them…
We had fun playing “Eye Spy”. It was so fun!!
I can’t tell you how thankful I am to all of you who sent a piece of fabric. Oh…I forgot to take a picture and tell you that three people sent jelly rolls of Halloween fabric!! One gal is from Australia and wanted to join in on the fun so she ordered the jelly roll from Missouri Star Quilt Company and had it sent to me. How Sweet!!
I have to say, I’m really feeling the love. Thank you. My children are teasing me and wondering how many Halloween quilts I will be able to make with it all!! I know for sure I could make MANY!! I’m going to have to buy some more totes to keep it all but that’s all good. Maybe I’ll be known as the lady who makes Halloween quilts. Who knows?
I hope you all didn’t gift all your Halloween fabric to me so you will be able to make one yourself when American Patchwork and Quilting publishes the pattern.
I’d like to do a HUGE shout out to Moda for supplying the background and backing fabric. It’s from the Midnight Magic II line that will be out in stores in May. I really do think the background fabric with the stars is perfect for it so get some in May when it comes out if you are thinking of making the quilt.
I haven’t been to the mailbox yet today…I’m betting there are even more pieces of Halloween fabric there for me!!
Once again…thank you so-so much. I’m so blessed to have you all in my life!