I just finished the quilt top for the Alison Glass Trinketsal. We had 8 weeks to make 40 blocks from her pattern. I did two of each block and repeated 10 more to have a total of 90 blocks. I thoroughly enjoyed doing this sew along and would do another in a heartbeat! All of the printed fabrics are AlisonGlass, not sure who produced the solids and the navy fabric I used between the SAL blocks. I am not going to make this any bigger except for a border of alternating solid blocks with the navy polka dot. Hopefully will post a picture of the finished quilt soon!
I am participating in the Alison Glass SAL-#trinketsal. I’ve enjoyed making these blocks, simple but fun to play with colors. I’m using mostly AlisonGlass fabrics. The solids are whatever I have in my stash. On Friday, we will be halfway through the project. Pictures of each block are posted daily on instagram (#trinketsal) and on the group’s facebook page. Probably the hardest part of this is remembering to post daily (M-F).
I just got a quilt back from the long arm quilter and it is made of vintage fabric I found several years ago at an auction in Massachusetts. I like the simplicity of this quilt and I’m just calling it Vintage Modern. The fabric was cut into approximately 7 inch squares and very uneven. I cut them down to a uniform size and put the quilt together. Some pieces looked like they are old flour sack material, some pieces seem to be shirting, and lots of various prints looking like 30’s and 40’s material. Quilted in a meandering style.
I was sewing with friends about three weeks ago and one mentioned this SAL and showed the pattern. I couldn’t stop thinking about these cute little blocks and how this was something I’d love to do. I ordered the pattern that night and when it came, about 5 days later, I started making these “trinkets”. Most are fairly easy, all are paper pieced, which I love doing. Blocks by participants are posted on the group site and on Instagram daily. 40 blocks, posting started last week, and there are 5 assigned blocks per week. I like seeing the color choices and placement of the other group members! These are the blocks so far (One is missing, guess I have to get a picture of it onto the computer). I’m going to try to get all of them in a post as time goes on. This has been easy to keep up with, and I have done several blocks ahead of time just in case life interferes!
This picture was taken by a friend at our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild meeting last week. Two other quilters and myself made multiple blocks and shared with one another last year and are now putting these blocks together in our quilts. We have many of the same blocks that we shared and added fillers and other blocks we may have already had in our stashes. I love this quilt and when I look at it I think of those friends who made blocks that are included. It was fun to put together. I couldn’t have done it without a design wall to put them up on and play with arrangements. I’m filling another box with blocks and when I have enough, I’ll do “Parts Department 2”. The idea came from books by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. Can’t wait to see the other two quilts!
I am machine quilting most of this quilt but adding a few hand quilted areas, just because I like to hand quilt and there are some motifs that will lend themselves to it. A few others in one of my quilt groups and I are showing our traveling quilts, Long Time Gone, and Tula Pink 100 blocks quilts at our February Coastal Quilter meeting and I am trying to meet that deadline. I have one quilt to layer (Tula Pink) and quilt and all of them to bind! But nothing is impossible!!
And here in Maine, with our cold, snow, rain, sleet, and other vagaries of Mother Nature, I hopefully will have lots of sewing time until that deadline.
I finished putting together the top to my “Traveling Quilt” yesterday. A little over a year and a half ago, the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild started this project. There were about 9 participants and each participant made a block and picked a theme. Mine was “neighborhood”. Every two months we would get another quilt to work on a block to add to the box. When the blocks were returned, one of the participants had put together the four blocks in the lower right picture with one band of B&W checkerboard added to join the tree and houses. I decided to continue this in different areas of the quilt to pull it together. I was inspired to at least get the top finished after seeing several tops done at our last monthly meeting. This was a project that was challenging and fun and I’d do it again! The finished top came out long and narrow. Don’t think I’ll add any more borders and will just put a black binding on it when layered and quilted.
We have another project that will start in January and will go on for an extended period of time–just how long depends on how many members decide to participate. This time every two months participants will work on blocks for the same quilt using the theme chosen by the member. In December, we will turn in our descriptions of our theme. Very few rules for blocks–we may include color preferences but that is about it!
This little gnome has a new home with a friend of mine. She wanted to join a new community and moved last week. Hope to visit her soon and see how she is doing. Love making these little gnomes–each one develops a story as it is made.
This quilt is from patterns by Katja Marek. Each is an individual quiltlet and is sewn together to make the table topper. Most of the fabrics are Kaffe Facett. Enjoyed working with the bright colors. I ran out of the coral that I put around most of the blocks, and found a bit lighter fabric so used for the center blocks.
Wish I could figure out how to get these pictures of a felted and embellished underwater piece in the right orientation! The picture doesn’t do it justice. I’ll have to try to get a better one to show later. I had gotten the multicolored felt batt at Fiber College in Searsport, ME., last year and loved the colors They reminded me of the sea and the sky and I knew then I’d do something to reflect an underwater scene.
I haven’t gotten much piecing or quilting done this summer. It has been beautiful here in Maine. We did have a hot and humid week last week, but hopefully it will be back to the usual perfect summer weather now. Between vacation, yard work, and just generally enjoying the outdoors, no time for as much sewing as I usually do.
Our Mt. Battie MQG travelling quilts have now been returned to the owners. There are some great pieces. I was away for the last meeting, so I don’t have my box of blocks yet, but I’m looking forward to playing with the blocks and putting the top together. Pictures to come!
Meet Hilda (on right) and Hazel. I took a class from Kathleen Gerdes (founder of Maine Felters) in May and made my first woodland woman, Hilda. Had such fun doing this and Kathleen made it seem so easy! So last month, Kathleen came up here to give another class and Hilda’s grandmother appeared! These dolls take on personalities of their own and tell their own stories. Hilda lives in the forest in a community of like minded women and her job is to find wood for the evening fires. Her grandmother, Hazel, taught her all she knows. Hazel also forages thru the woods for things left behind by human visitors and found the shiny button just laying among a bed of leaves. She made her shawl from a cloth that had become snared on a branch. She and her grand daughter live in a hollow tree and welcome fellow woodland women in for tree bark tea several times a week. Look carefully on your next walk thru the woods and you may see signs of this tribe!
Several years ago I saw similar blocks at an auction in MA. Unfortunately, I was outbid and didn’t get them. A couple of years after that, when we were vending at Brimfield Flea Market, one of the vendors down the line was putting these out for display. I was in the right place at the right time! I purchased them and they sat in my sewing room for another few years. The ladies are appliqued to a heavy muslin with a blanket stitch in black embroidery thread. I put the blocks together and added the border and then it was machine quilted by a friend in Warren, Maine. I would have loved to hand quilt it, but the muslin is so heavy that it would have been too difficult to do.
I love this quilt and wonder who made the blocks, where did the material come from, and what was the makers plan for them? I have been lucky enough to find several sets of block to make quilts, several of which I have been able to hand quilt. Wonder what will happen to my unfinished projects in the future!
This little block, one of 16 I need to be finished with the blocks for Long Time Gone, pattern by Jen Kingwell, took 1.25 hours to paper piece. But, I think I have it now and can cut down on the time somewhat. I tried paper piecing a larger pineapple block in the past and ended up with a log cabin, so I am happy this came out as it was supposed to. My quilt will be scrappy and in the colors in this block. Looking forward to seeing what it looks like when finished. Several members of our Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild are making this quilt, all in different fabrics. We show our blocks at our meetings and the colors and combinations are wonderful. Hope to be completed by the end of the year.