Flower Garden Explosion

Flower Garden Explosion QuiltI have been obsessed with this quilt!   I’ve been collecting batiks forever and decided it is time to do something with them.   I chose the brighter colors I had and kept making hexagon flowers.   After about 150 of them, started to sew them randomly together.  I have about 1/2 of the flowers sewn together and the finished size will be determined by whether or not I feel like making more after I’m done assembling these.   It is great sewing for evening while watching TV with my husband.

Saturday our guild chapter, Coastal Quilters, part of the Maine Pine Tree Quilt Guild, is having a map workshop given by Timna Tarr, who comes to us from MA.   One friend is enlarging a map of Camden Harbor and doing her map.   Another is doing her neighborhood.   I was going to do that, but then decided to do a map of my brain.   Have had fun choosing fabrics to reflect my interests.   I think there are 16 of us taking the all day class and I’m looking forward to seeing what the others decide to do.

Timna gave us a class on improv quilting last year, and we all came out with different blocks.   I’m handquilting my piece now and will post it when it is done.   There have been some beautiful pieces shown at our chapter meetings.

Looking forward to winter and more time to play with quilting.   So many ideas to try.  I sew with a group on most Friday mornings (except in the summer!) and we inspire one another.   Our current project, which will be finished by January, has been the City Sampler by Tula Pink.   Each one will be different–one participant has used a limited color pallet; one has used particular designers fabric; others, including myself, scrappy blocks.   I think I will arrange mine to look like skyscrapers.  I only have about 20 blocks to finish!!!!

It is a beautiful, sunny, and cold day here in Maine.  Last night we had a killing frost, so anything left in the garden is gone.    Winter is coming and I look forward to the first snow, so clean and fresh looking.   Every season here is a treat.   If any of you have not seen Maine, put it on your bucket list!  We do usually go visit our son  and family in Arizona for a couple of weeks in the winter, but are always glad to get back home.

 

 

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Tula Pink’s City Sampler Blocks–and More!

Working on completing the 100 City Sampler blocks and am just up to 80.  I have all the fabrics picked out for the last 20, and some cut out and ready to sew.   I have to pick up something for the sashing (after I decide on the layout).   I am enjoying the simplicity of the blocks and playing with color.

I made the “Humbug Bag” recently and found it very easy to do.   After finishing the larger size, I may do another the same.   I don’t think I’d use the smaller sized bags.   I’ll put a tab to slip over the wrist on the next bag I make.

I embroidered the piece on the pillow top several years ago and it was from a commercial pattern.   I thought it was about time to finish some of the projects I have on hand.   Don’t think I’ll ever catch up!   There are too many new things I want to try.

Our Mt. Battie MQG, started in December, 2016, is slowly growing.   We have a “traveling quilt” going around to 9 members.   We have 2 months to add to the quilt.  Some participants  want the pieces added on monthly, and some prefer to piece it themselves after it is returned.   My theme is “Neighborhoods” and I have seen some of the beautiful and inspired work others have put into it and I am looking forward to the final piece.

I haven’t had as much sewing time in the past few weeks because of the outdoor work getting the perennial gardens and yard ready for winter.   I am almost looking forward to the cold and snow–excuses to stay in the sewing room.

My plan for the next few weeks is to get a few quilt tops layered and pin basted and ready to quilt.  I will do at least one by hand and others on the Janome–love that large throat on the machine.   So far I have done only straight line quilting on a couple of tops and quilted large free form stars on another.   I’ll probably do the same on the  simple patchwork  quilts that I have ready this time, too.  I’ll practice meandering and maybe simple patterns.

Quilt tops and small bags

I am working on a few small projects and finishing up some quilt tops I have had in the works for some time.   Too many ideas to possibly fit into one lifetime!  I like doing these small hoop projects and have several hanging on the wall in my quilt studio.   The small bags are experiments with big stitch quilting.  One is from some homespun fabrics I have had for years and the other is from scraps of wool.

The log  cabin quilt was started in a class in Williamsburg Virginia at the Mancuso quilt show in February (Don’t remember the exact year)    The blocks are hand pieced but are sewn together by machine.  I plan to machine quilt in the ditch when I finally get the quilt layered.

The batik quilt is a from a pattern I bought at Keepsake Quilting about 4 years ago.   Now that it is pieced, I can go back to Keepsake.   Have a trip planned in September and we are staying at my favorite Bed and Breakfast, the Cheney House, in Ashland, NH.    This is our 6th or 7th time there and we really enjoy our host and hostess and their lovely home.

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Tula Pink City Sampler continued

Tula pink 53 to 56Tula Pink CIty Sampler 47 thru 52Tula Pink 41 thru 46I just finished block 56 and am caught up with our group’s goal of finishing 8 blocks per month of the Tula Pink City Sampler.   I somehow skipped June, so had 16 blocks to do this month.   Mine will be a scrappy quilt, most of the fabrics coming from my stash, but some new (can’t resist some of these new fabrics).   I haven’t decided on sashing, but it will be something neutral that will pull the quilt together.

Just attended the Pine Tree Quilt Guild show in Augusta, Maine.   I enjoyed the variety of quilts and was very happy to see “best judged” in the show go to one of our guild chapter members.   I’ll get some pictures up soon.

Our new MT. Battie Modern Quilt Guild continues to meet through the summer.   Several of the members are working on a traveling quilt.  Participants entered a block to be passed around and we have 2 months to work on additions.   Very few rules–try to keep to the owner’s theme and only add to 1-3 sides.  Some participants chose to not have the blocks sewn on and will assemble their quilts when the project is completed.  We do get to see the progress on our own quilts at the meetings when the quilts are due to be passed on to the next quilter.   Fun so far!!!

Saturday morning–feeling lazy.  Time to go.

 

Scrap quilt

Scrap quilt machine quiltedI made a simple scrap quilt out of 3.5 inch squares to practice machine quilting on the new Janome 8900 that I got a couple of months ago.   The extra space made a great difference in my ability to get the large quilt under the needle and through the machine.  Putting the binding on now and almost done!

 

I found these vintage lady blocks a few years ago in  a lot of  antique linens that I purchased at auction.   They are appliqued onto a very heavy muslin and I did have to finish some of the buttonhole stitching around a couple of the ladies’ skirts.  I added the 40’s reproduction border.  This quilt will go to a long arm quilter, probably will have some custom work done since it would be very difficult to hand quilt this fabric.  Hope to get it out over the next month.   Usually is a 6 week turnover time, so she should be back home by  late summer!   Vintage ladies blocks

Farmer’s Wife Quilt finished

After a year of working on this quilt, it is done!   A group of fellow quilters and I agreed to make 8 blocks per month for a year and show our quilts at our Coastal Quilters meeting in June.   The finished quilts were so different although the same pattern.   There wasn’t on I wouldn’t like to own!!

This year we are making Tula Pink City Sampler and doing 8 blocks per month.  (one overachiever has already finished the blocks!)   I am again using fabrics from my stash and a few I have been unable to resist purchasing!   The blocks are easy to put together and I do like those finished quilts I have seen on social media.

Our Mount Battie Modern Quilt Guild, formed at the beginning of the year, now has about 15 members.   We have decided to have a sewing day each month and are fortunate to be able to hold it at the local Lion’s Club.  First one occurs this coming Friday!

Just finished a small quilt that I made from Dresden Plates found in a linen lot I purchased at auction several years ago.   When I get a picture, I’ll post it.

Time to go water the plants.   The weather went from cool 60’s and rain for the last month  to 80’s+ this month.

CQ Retreat

Worked on my Tula Pink City Sampler blocks while at our guild chapter retreat at the Franciscan House in Kennebunkport, ME, last week.   Now am caught up for May–40 blocks done and about 60 more to go!   My group is doing 8 blocks per month and will finish up in December.

Last year we did Farmer’s Wife quilt and will “unveil” them at our CQ meeting in June.  Although we all did the same blocks, the five quilts are entirely different and all beautiful!  Hope to get a good picture of mine to show soon.

Another quilt finished piecing (except for the borders) was a Christmas bow tie pattern.   It has a 3-d center and I made the blocks so long ago that I don’t remember how I did it except that it was fairly easy!   Hopefully, I will find the instructions when I am looking for something else–usually when I find lost items.

There were 15 quilters at our retreat and all were very productive and had lots of fun.   This is our third retreat at the Franciscan House and we have two more planned–October 2017 and May 2018.   The people there are very receptive to quilters, the space is great ( we all had a 6 foot table and good lighting,  ironing boards supplied, boards to display our quilts/blocks, and meals in the next room!)    It is a half mile in one way to the beach, and a half mile the other direction to the very cute town of Kennebunkport.   We always go to the coffee shop in town for a treat and coffee (the half mile walk justifies a treat, doesn’t it!).   The grounds are well kept and there are paths through, part of which parallels the river out to the ocean.   Great weekend with friends.

Our new modern guild now has 12 members.   We started in January and meet monthly. Very inspiring to see what members are doing.   We have a “traveling quilt” now and have 9 members participating.   Each one has it’s own theme and it has been challenging and fun working on blocks for these quilts.   Very few rules except to only add blocks on 1-3 sides and go with whatever the maker suggests in her journal–very loose interpretation.   What I have seen so far is just amazing!   Can’t wait to see the finished quilts.   My theme is neighborhood and my starting block was a few houses representing some of my favorites from our 13 moves!

 

Tula Pink City Sampler

A few members of my quilt group are doing Tula Pink’s City Sampler as a project this year.  Last year was the Farmer’s Wife.   The goal is to do eight blocks per month–very doable!

These are my first 20 blocks.  I do have 4 more blocks completed, but the picture  has not been transferred to the computer yet.   I find these lots of fun to do.  My plan is to use a low volume in each block. The quilt will be very scrappy when done.   Haven’t decided what to use as sashing–that will be done when the blocks are completed.  One of the group members has an etsy shop, Sewmeasong, and she has the most wonderful fabrics to chose from!

I have been receiving a  low volume fat quarter package  from a local quilt shop for almost a year now and am using  some of these in each block.   Love getting that package every month!

Well, better go start the day.  Enough time spent over coffee and computer!!

Embroidered Birds

Getting ready to run a workshop at one of the quilt guild chapters I belong to.   Each meeting we do a small project or have a program of some kind after the meeting.   Members take turns arranging the program for the month.   This month we will be embroidering these silly little birds and inserting our finished piece into a greeting card.

These two quilts were hanging at QuiltCon 2017.  I don’t have the makers names.  So many interesting  quilts and talented quilters.   I have been a fairly traditional quilter since starting in 1976, but find myself drawn to the freedom in these “modern” quilts.  I do like the negative space that sets off the design and have been trying to incorporate this into some of the pieces I have been doing lately.

I also love the “low volume” fabrics that are being produced now.   A few friends and I are making Tula Pink’s City Sampler,and I plan to use lots of the low volumes in that.   Alewives, a local quilt shop, has a monthly low volume fat quarter package that I have subscribed to, and these will be just right for my quilt.  Have three blocks done so far–but have a year to complete all of them!   Last year we all did “Farmer’s Wife” quilt and finished the blocks by paper piecing  8/month all year long.   In April all of the quilts will be completed and we will show our quilts at our meeting.   I have seen most of the tops, and, although we used the same blocks, they are all so different.   I love paper piecing because of the crisp results on all of the blocks.

So many quilts and so little time!henri-the-hedgehog

This is Henry the Hedgehog.  He is needle felted and is now working as a pincushion.   A friend a similar one and I fell in love with it.   Had to make one for myself!

QuiltCon 2017

boulder-field-kathy-york-austin-mqgOne of my favorite quilts that I saw at QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah.  Boulder Fields by Kathy York Austin.   Love the colors, compostition and images!   There were so many inspirting quilts.  Savannah was a wonderful city to visit and we did take the time to go on a tour of the city and enjoy the history it has.   dscn7675This was the view from the trade center where the show was held.   It was fascinating to see the traffic on the Savannah River–huge barges, small ferries, tug boats!   This was my second trip to Savannah and I feel I’d love to visit again.

dscn7694This quilt was probably my favorite.   I do not have the name of the maker.  The explanation of the quilt stated that this was done while waiting for the return of a military family member or friend.     I appreciate quilts that make a statement.

I am already looking forward to QuiltCon East in two years–then it is scheduled for Nashville.