Monday, September 10, 2007

Second To Last Quilt Post

I thought that once the quilt was done, the project would be over but I was wrong! I still had to find the perfect (cheapest) display apparatus and persuade my husband to hang it for me. I hunted high and low on the internet for quilt display shelves, etc. but found that for a quilt this size (75x75) I would have to spend $200-$450 for something that was intended to display a quilt. One of my mottos is, "There is always a cheaper way!" and it held true here as well. I found a sturdy 8' solid wood curtain rod, brackets, finials and drapery rings at Lowe's for about $40 total. I think it turned out great! Thanks, Matt!

This wall upstairs used to be completely bare except for a few fingerprints and an occasional booger. I think I like this much better! (View from the loft/playroom.)

And here's the view from the master bedroom. This is nice to wake up to in the morning!

The next time that I post here should be when I have pictures of Meili with her quilt. Nobody hold your breath...=)

Friday, August 31, 2007

Ta Daaaa!!!!

It is T's birthday but I received quite a gift! Look what is DONE!!! I told Betty (quilter extraordinaire) that I might be by with my MIL to 'visit' the quilt on Friday but made sure that she knew that she was under no pressure whatsoever to have it done by then. So, you can imagine my surprise when I was able to take it home with me today! I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out! Now, all we need is our Meili!!!
You are probably all very familiar with the front by now so here is a peek at the back. I couldn't resist the ladybug flannel when I came across it at the fabric store. I don't have a good picture of it but I love the way the red ladybug stitching looks running through it. I hunted high and low for a scrapbook to use for the wishes. I would have settled for something red but when I saw this, I just had to have it! I know that there will probably come a day very soon when I won't care if I see a ladybug ever again but for now, I'm going with it!
Here's a closeup of the tag... I realize that we won't have Meili home or even have her referral in 2007 but I thought the tag should personalize the quilt and document when it was completed.
I'm still slowly putting our own family's wishes together. Here's mine. I can't wait to put the final touch on the scrapbook-a picture of the quilt with Meili sitting on it! If the latest rumors are true, it could be much sooner than we thought. I can't wait to see what Tuesday brings!!!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

It's Back...

and it's so close to being DONE!!! I love the ladybug stitching. I have never seen it done this way before but I love the way it turned out. The long-arm stitch lady did a great job and she said to tell Betty that she did a great job on the top-it was perfectly flat and square which made her job easy. (She showed me a different quilt that was up on her machine that was not square or flat and it was puckering up all over the place.) Now, I just wait for the embroidery lady to finish the tag for the back of the quilt and deliver it and the quilt to Betty for the final binding! This project has given me renewed hope for the adoption. The task seemed insurmountable as so many pieces had to fall into place-but they did. And all of the things that have to fall into place to complete our adoption will... and Meili will come home. Enjoy the pics.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Getting Closer

Today we drove for almost an hour to the long-arm quilting lady's shop (we'll call her J.) I hope J didn't mind the parade I brought along with me. The kiddos were curious about what was going to happen next to Meili's quilt top and wanted to help.

J was very kind and gave the kids a great explanation of how the machine works which is pretty cool. I thought that it would be all computerized but it is not. She actually stands behind the quilt and guides a red light over a template of choice (we chose ladybugs, of course!) The machine is a foot or so away from the template and light and mimics the pattern onto the quilt. I might be able to describe the process better after a good night's sleep...;o)
Anyway, the quilt should be done minus the binding (Bless Betty's heart-She is going to do that too!) and tag(will have that embroidered this week) my mid August. We are getting so close-what a fun ride this has been! We spent the drive home talking about all of the things that we did in anticipation of the rest of the chidren which was fun. Granted, with my early deliveries, we only had about 7 months to prepare for each of them!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Christmas in July!

Look what I picked up today!!! (Double click on the picture to enlarge and see if you can find your square!)It's been almost 2 years in the making but the squares have been united and Meili's quilt is almost done! I think that Betty did a wonderful job. It turned out even better than I had imagined it in my head! I love the red and black fan border! Here's a closeup:
It is so cool to look at each of the squares and think of the people who sent them along with their wishes for Meili. What a treasure! I can't wait to look at it with her one day and talk with her about all of the people who were thinking of her and waiting for her along with us...
After I spread the quilt top out on the floor to snap a few photos, the kids had a great time looking for each of their squares and finding the squares from their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I so appreciate all of the squares from friends we know and friends from blogland!

On Monday morning, I'm off to an appt with the long arm stitch lady. She is hunting for a ladybug stitch design for us. If she can't find one, I may just opt for a meandering 'red thread' design. I'm also hoping to have a small tag embroidered that says, "100 Good Wishes for Meili-2007" to stitch into the binding on the back of the quilt. It could be done as soon as late next week-I'll be sure to post more pics!

Betty has done a fantastic job and she was quick and very reasonably priced! If you would like her to do a quilt top for you, send me an email and I'll put you in contact with her.

Friday, July 06, 2007

The Plan

Well, it's been over a year since we began collecting squares and wishes for Meili's quilt and the happy day has arrived. We have 100 squares! Thank you so much to those of you who have contributed. I realize that it is just one more thing that you had to add to your 'to do list' but we so appreciate it!

So, with Phase I (The Collection) behind us it is time to transition into Phase II(The Plan)! I probably could piece the top together myself if I were just going to put the squares together. I've done one before that turned out 'okay' but it was a rather stressful process for me. I have decided to do a 10 square x 10 square design with 1" black sashing (strips of material) between each of the squares to frame them and unify the quilt. I've also picked up a black and red 'fan' patterned material for a 4" border. There is too much that can go wrong here so I've decided to hire professionals to complete the task.

Jackie is my sw, boss and friend. Her mother-in-law, Betty, lives with her and is a quilting pro. She has agreed to piece the top together and bind the quilt! I have also found a lady across town who does long arm stitching. She will sandwich the top, batting and backing together and run a ladybug stitch throughout the whole thing.

I hope that Meili likes ladybugs because she will probably be surrounded by them by the time she comes home. Ladybugs are said to be good luck in the China Adoption community. Some say that this originated in China but I have my doubts. Either way, we are going with it! I've found a ladybug patterned flannel that will serve as the backing and in keeping with the theme I just found a scrapbook with a ladybug on the cover that looks very much like the quilt backing.

What I like most about Meili's quilt is that the entire thing will be stitched using red thread. If you are running in China adoption circles, then you already know why. If you're not, here's the 411. There is a Chinese legend concerning people who are destined to marry. The China adoption community has adopted (no pun intended) this legend and applied it to the children who are destined to join their families. It goes something like this:

"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet.

The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break."

When I first came upon this, my first question was, 'If the thread is invisible, how do we know that it is red?' =) It does, however, sum up how we feel about Meili and our desire to have her join our family. It is amazing to me that in a house that is as full as ours, we can still sense that someone is missing. Since we have begun the adoption process, we have definitely felt the stretch and there have been tangles along the way but we know that the space in our home can only be filled by going to China and bringing our daughter home. So, red thread it is.

Now, onto Phase III (The Execution)! Be sure to check back for updates and pictures!

Friday, March 31, 2006

Thank You!!!

I think that we are up to 33 squares for Meili's quilt. It has been so fun to receive these in the mail. Thank you all for your time and effort and good wishes!

From Meili's Uncle, Todd. These CA Boutons win the award for first squares submitted by family members!!!

From Meili's Aunt, Wendy, in CA

From Meili's cousin, Maya, in CA

From the Kolodziej Family in CT

From the Hasselman-Broyles family in OR

From the Matherly Family in CA

From the Romney Family in Rio Rico, AZ They are DTC 11/05 for their Meili!

From the Slattery Family in VA

From Yvonne and Victor in MD

From the Beard Family in OR

From the Lee Family in MI

From the Gaudiosi Family in NY

From Melissa and Ava in Georgia