Monday, February 18, 2013

My Madrona Road Challenge Pillow

The Front Range Modern Quilt Guild chose to do a secret pillow swap for the Modern Quilt Guild's first challenge of 2013. The MQG partnered with Michael Miller to send guilds a fat eighth bundle of the lovelier than lovely Madrona Road by Violet Craft for each member who wanted to participate. We were allowed to add more Madrona Road, and solids, and we were highly encouraged to highly encourage participation among recipients of the fabric.

We were given our fabric and our partner's questionnaire at the December sew, and had PLENTY of time to finish it in time to swap at our February anniversary party this past Saturday.

We had 23 people participate, which is AWESOME, and there wasn't a single lemon in the bunch! Every single one of them was just gorgeous! 
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(photo by Marti of 52 Quilts)

The pillow that Anne made for Marta was the first thing she's sewn in 10 years! Wow!  Well done, Anne!
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(photo by Marti of 52 Quilts)

The pillow Angela made for Marti is more meaningful and more creative and more amazing than any other pillow in the bunch, quite frankly.
(photo by Marti of 52 Quilts)

I wish Angela had finished it in time for Michael Miller to see it for their booth at QuiltCon. I think they would have picked it because it's awesome even if you don't know the story behind it.

And then there's mine.

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(photo by Marti of 52 Quilts)

Honestly, I am more than a bit ashamed that I had the fabric longer than anyone, and yet I was the only one who didn't finish it in time. I mean, I have some really great excuses (had to make a second quilt for QuiltCon, had to catch up on my January blocks now that it's February, had 3 sick kids this last week so I got about 3 hours of sleep a night...on and on my excuses go!).  But the reality is, I didn't finish. 

About 15 minutes before the meeting started, I had about 15 minutes of work left to do on it, so I went to the back room of our guild meeting space and tried to finish it. I couldn't do it. :(  It was really stressful, and I ended up trimming the top of the pillow wrong. :(  So I just decided to finish it later in the quiet of my own home.

I made my pillow for Randi of I Have to Say and the owner of FreshSqueezedFabrics on Etsy. You know her. :)  She is wonderful and generous and friendly and such a blessing that I wanted to make her something she would love and that would bless her back for all the blessing she does for everyone else.  But sometime on Friday, I learned that she wasn't going to be at the meeting, and though I knew I still wanted to complete it, I knew it would be okay if I didn't. And long about 2 am on SAturday morning, when I still wasn't finished, I decided to just finish it when I could.

Here it is finished.
Madrona Road Pillow ~ Full Pillow

I made her a Dresden Plate pillow with a mini Dresden ruler I have. The teeny ruler was a little challenging to use, but I like the teeny 5" Dresden it made! :)

I added some hand stitching because Randi said she likes that:
Madrona Road Pillow ~ Center Detail

And here's a picture of all the stitching. Hand stitching, straight-line stitching, FMQ loops, and FMQ stipples:
Madrona Road Pillow ~ Corner Detail
Here's the back -- all Morning Glory. 

Madrona Road Pillow ~ Back

I'm going to be sending it to Randi tomorrow, so she'll have it by the end of the week.

And here are some pictures of my little man this last week. He has been sick, and was diagnosed with RSV yesterday.

More heart-warming than heart-breaking...
Forehead love. ❤

This was him Sunday morning. Poor guy just wasn't acting like himself AT ALL!!

So I took him to Urgent Care. He didn't like the poking and prodding, and eventually fell asleep.
When the doc came back with a positive RSV result, they gave him a nebulizer treatment and sent me home with a nebulizer to keep up the treatmentsalong with some steroids. He slept through this one, but the one I gave him at home last night was TORTURE!!!!

He's a bit better today, but still not himself. Thankfully he's a really healthy little guy, so I'm not worried that this will get worse, but it's just so tough for him right now! Poor little Buzz!

I hope you have a great week! Maybe I'll see you at QuiltCon!


  1. Aww, poor wee Buzz-man, hope he reels much better soon! That nebuliser saline is nasty, it makes you so thirsty, so hope you have plenty to drink for him.

    Onto the cushions, love them all, that ship one was really special (having read the story) and your teeny dresdens are so cute!

  2. I love your pillow! And I agree that Angela's pillow for Marti was the best, I love what she did!

  3. Ohhhh, bless little Buzz's heart! Hope he is doing better! And just adore all the pillows!

  4. I hope he gets better soon. RSV is such a sneaky bugger. Have fun at Quilt con and great job with the pillow- definitely better late than never……..

  5. I just want to jump into that fabulous pile of pillows! They all look so amazing! Yours turned out great, Melissa! I wouldn't worry about not being done. She'll have her pillow soon! I'm glad Buzz is feeling better. I feel so helpless when they are sick and miserable.

  6. Wonderfull quilts, greeting from Belgium

  7. I am so humbled to have such beautiful things made out of my fabric designs. You all did such an amazing job! And I was thrilled to meet so many members this last weekend at QuiltCon. Gorgeous work!


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