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.
I was lucky enough to spend Thursday thru Sunday at a Quilt Retreat with my guild members and some guests at the Franciscan House in Kennebunkport, Maine. Perfect place for a retreat! We had plenty of sewing room, good lighting, meals included. The facility is located about a 10 minute walk from the beach in one direction and 10 minutes into town in the other. The grounds offer trails to walk which go along the water in places.
My in progress Wild and Goosey quilt, pattern by Bonnie Hunter, is on the left in the picture. I hope to get two more vertical rows done and then call it quits. I am putting sashing between the blocks of 4 geese and the quilt will be lap size. The blocks on the right belong to a wonderfully talented and productive quilter in our MQG chapter–Louisa. Some of the blocks are part of the Long Time Gone Quilt by Jen Kingwell. Several members of our group are making this quilt and love seeing the different color combinations being used.
I also had to put a couple of pictures of fog in our beautiful harbor here in Maine. Finally spring is here, trees are blooming and flowers are starting. These pictures were taken only two weeks ago, and there is such a change already. I am enjoying each of the seasons here.
I finished my tree quilt started so many years ago. Trees are paper pieced — I don’t remember where I got the pattern, just that it was in a quilting magazine. I machine quilted it with vertical lines and am pleased at how it finished.
The top picture is a piece I did in a felting class last Saturday. Started by felting a cone and a ball and turned it into this ! Class was given in Falmouth,ME, by Kathleen Gerdes, who is a wonderful teacher and felter. She started the Maine Felters group and is an inspiration! There were 8 of us in the class and each piece came out so differently. Lots of fun!
I started this paper pieced tree quilt years ago–don’t remember the year, but I think it must have been before we moved to Maine 5.5 years ago! I came across the project when cleaning out the storage area in the sewing room–and decided it was time to finish. I used only the paper pieces I had already on hand and filled in the background with a neutral. It is small, lap sized, and I have decided not to put any borders on it. I’ll probably bind it with strips of the left over fabrics. Hope to have it done by the end of April!
These are the March blocks for Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. Several members of our Mount Battie MQG are working on this quilt and have divided the blocks so that we only have to do a few each month. This is the third installment and I love these little 3.5 inch churn dash blocks. I made the 9 patch block and was happy–then I read the directions and they called for 21 blocks all together. Cute, but a lot of work to do these tiny squares.
Coastal Quilters, a chapter of the Maine Pine Tree Guild, issued a challenge last June at our final meeting before summer break. We were all given a paper bag with 3 coordinating fat quarters (all donated by the members and I have to say, the group who organized this did a good job of coordinating the assortment that was received). I got fat quarters of the 3 fabrics used in the square in the square block. I ended up two 5 inch blocks short of the green fabric, put a call out to the members and it turns out the fabric was donated by our president who fortunately had a bit left so I could finish my quilt! I had the stripe in the sashing in my stash and knew I’d find a use for it someday! Now it awaits a baby to use it.
Went into my fabric/craft storage area to try to clean it up a bit and organize–but found too many distractions and ended up playing instead. Anyone else have the same problem? My intention is to see what I can donate to our local guild chapter’s auction later this year. It is the major fund raiser and has been very successful. I have a few months to get this done–have to keep myself on track next time and not get distracted by all the pretty things and potential projects!
Hope to have another finished project to take a picture of soon.
I am entering the Mellow Yellow Challenge at Persimon Dreams blog. The piece has to be made between the 18th and 25th of February and has have one of the following: piecing, applique, 3 layers and quilted by hand or machine. I started this yesterday and finished this afternoon. It is 24 inches square and made from my stash. I do enjoy doing selvedge blocks and used most of my yellowish selvedges. Fun to do. Now if I can figure out how to post this on their site — have not had much luck yet!