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Whooping a new beginning!

Today I want to share a quilt I started planning about a year ago when I found this panel…

You see I had asked my brother (married to Nikki, and has 4 wonderful kids.. Jared, Madison, Haley & Delaney.. and Jared has a dog named Winston!)

if they would use a “family quilt”.  My vision is that this quilt will be snuggled under.. used when sick.. part of a great tent or castle or hideout.. just an all around useful quilt for a large family… thus it needs to be a larger quilt.. I was thinking king sized then.. but as life happens have scaled it to a more manageable 95 x 95 in designing it 🙂

I am calling this quilt “The Byrum Family Quilt” and will label it so.. they will have a great nickname for it I am sure.. even if it is “the quilt” Ha!

So here are some borders.. and notice the fabric painted hearts each child added down the tree trunk on the panel…

 I had the panel when they visited this spring… while on vaca.. each of my nieces and nephew chose a color of fabric paint I found at Michael’s and painted a heart in descending order.. Jared, then Madison, they Haley and finally Delaney 🙂

They are a very strong Christian family and because their faith is center to their lives wanted to make them a special quilt designed from fabrics up just for them.. using all my quilting skills thus far.

My initial plan was to play with the designing while Connie was visiting…
So we organized it in an open crate I had… and look at the cute handwork piece my friend Wendy sent to go into this quilt!  I was so honored she would give up something she made. 

Connie is holding it up… I will make this into a 12 x 12 finished block!  Due to too many other things going on we didn’t get to work on this project though… so the next week I decided to dig in myself and who would come to volunteer to help but my friend Wendy again! 

So far she has helped me with the complete quilt design and is helping me (only on facebook and from Australia) become a more precise piecer too!!!  I have seen a big improvement in my skills in making them right the first time! ha! Who would have thought we would make friends and help each other too! 

Do you have any friends you can thank for improving your skill base?  Someone maybe who challenges you to do YOUR best?  Would love to hear a shout out to your fave quilty helper today!  Whoop it up for THEM!

While I am Whooping… head over to where I am linking this post as Sarah is having a QUILT GIVEAWAY.  It is a fundraiser with quilts as prizes as she is helping her daughter and SIL adopt a baby 🙂  Check it out here!  Leave a comment for a chance to win.. donate money for more chances to win… blog about it like I am doing for more chances to win! AWESOME 🙂  Come home Nathaneal!

We are halfway there!

Halfway to where you ask… to meeting our goals… 🙂

My goal is to finish the butterflies on Pam’s quilt with outlining and start on the border… I am almost halfway there!  Yipee!

 Here is one of the little fellas now… when I don’t have a hard surface to use the graphite I have to go back to my water soluble purple marker! lol

Linking this much complete on Sarah’s blog for her Friday Whoop Whoop here….do you have something to whoop about??? Check her out!

I am planning to mark a quilt before I sandwich it while Connie is here so that will make using the graphite easy peasy!  We are excited about that…. while I have been stitching my honey has been busy too… working on the Florida room in Casa Del Loro!

Yep, I am getting tile flooring where once was indoor/outdoor commercial grade carpet!  See my honey pulling it up!

Now he is almost halfway done laying the same tile we put in the house but bigger!

 This is 18″ tile…

Important to note in tools for this job are kneepads… spring on the good ones.. they have really taken the wear and left my honey’s knees not sore! 

Meanwhile, my dd is in Tennesse and I am missing her terribly… she is my youngest at 14 (15 next month) and has been so looking forward to this trip… so I let her go and she is having fun so it is all good… just miss her daily chatter 🙂

My boys are happy in their lives… or seem to be so all is well with the world! lol

Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting!

Kathi