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Front and Back of my new quilt

Things have been quiet on my blog for the last few weeks because J, Simon and I were busy packing up our lives in Ann Arbor and making the move to Boston. Leaving Ann Arbor was bittersweet for us, because while we were excited to move on to the next steps in our lives, we really, really loved living in Ann Arbor. Not only was it a great little town, we were lucky to make some amazing friends while we were there.

A closeup of the blocks

For me, leaving the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild (or A2MQG) was something I dreaded. I found such a home there, both within the guild, where I was constantly and generously inspired by my fellow members, and within the individual friendships that grew out of a shared love of fabric and sewing. So you can imagine the emotion I was feeling when I was surprised with the most amazing gift just before our move– my friends had coordinated the guild to have members contribute blocks made from Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy fabric (so generously donated by Brenda from her shop scraps– and I use the term scraps lightly, as you can see this is a formidable amount of fabric!), and put together a quilt for me to take with me on my move. I also appreciated the other fabrics that made their way into this quilt; Brenda added a bit of hope valley as she knows how much I love it. Emily added some DS quilts fabric, and Rossie and Dorie added some original Flea Market Fancy, which was such a sweet addition!

Quilt by the A2MQG

When I opened the box, I was speechless. Well, I may have actually said “are you fucking kidding me?!?!!” which was meant to convey how surprised and floored I was by this gift. It could not possibly be more perfect. And the more I learned about the quilt, the more I knew I will treasure it forever.

My new quilt made by the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild

My dear friend Anna set up a flickr group to coordinate the block making, and a number of members of the guild took time to make blocks. Emily took the time to quilt it, and Anna hand finished the binding. Jenna’s contribution takes the cake– she hand stitched the label, which is our A2MQG logo. Look at those french knots on the trees! Brilliant, and so unexpected. It really completes the quilt, and puts all other quilt labels to shame.

Best Quilt Label Ever.

I want to thank the entire guild, and every person that contributed to this quilt:
Anna, Emily, Brenda, Ashley, Rossie, Dorie, Jen, Lynn, Jenna, Ronit, and Ginia
You guys are amazing, and I can’t begin to thank you enough for this amazing gift.

The back of my A2MQG quilt

I couldn’t bear to take it out of my sight as we packed up and left Ann Arbor, and it rode next to me in the car on our way to Boston. I still can’t believe it– no one has ever made me a quilt before, and I know exactly how much time and energy it takes to make such a meaningful gift. It makes the transition to a new town a little less scary, as I can see in front of me what great friends I have every time I look at my quilt. Thank you all, so, so much.

My new quilt

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seaweed on the shore

This summer marks some big changes for J and I– as I’ve mentioned here earlier in the summer, I finished my dissertation and earned my Ph.D., I turned 30, and now we’re gearing up for a big move! We spent the first bit of July traveling, and a big part of our trip was spent in Boston, which we will be calling home in a few short weeks!

Almost sunset

We took a long road trip out east to visit family and to find a place to live.
At the same time, we were helping my mom get settled into her new home, also in Massachusetts! By some crazy coincidence, my parents (who have lived in Ohio for my whole life!) are ALSO moving to MA, and will be about 45 minutes away from us!

Rhode Island

My mom had to start work in early July, and my dad will be joining her this fall. While this change is so exciting, there has been much work to be done! For my parents, preparing to move out of my childhood home is a big undertaking. And at the same time, J and I can somewhat commiserate– we’ve been living in Ann Arbor for 6 years, and we will be sad to go. However, we know that amazing opportunities lie ahead. I’m very excited to begin my work in a health psychology lab at a University just outside of Boston, and we can’t wait to explore New England!

at the shore

While we were there earlier this month we took an evening and drove down to Rhode Island, and it was so refreshing and gorgeous. Plus, after living in the midwest, it’s kind of amazing that you can drive for an hour or two and be in so many different states!

Simon

Of course, I can’t leave out the sewing (or the Simon), so I took along with me on the trip the quilt I’ve been working on– I shared the quilt top here, and I decided to hand quilt it.

Simon's helping with the quilting

Somewhat surprisingly, I am loving the hand quilting! It helps a lot that I am using batting designed to work well for this purpose (quilters dream in the request loft, 100% cotton). Thanks so much to my Ann Arbor modern quilt guild members who gave me the advice!

marking my handquilting lines

They also suggested using the clover water soluble marking pencils, which I love! I don’t think it will be too much longer until I’m done with this one, which is good– I have big plans for my next hand quilting project which I’ll share soon!

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