Tree quilt finished

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!

 

20180409_123549Into the forest, Finished April 2018

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Tree Quilt

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!DSCN0648

Long Time Gone Progress

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.    20180326_191614_001

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).   20171231_160008I 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mellow Yellow Challenge

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!

 

Jen Kingwell’s Long Time Gone Quilt

 

DSCN0217A group of members of our Mount Battie Modern Quilt Guild are making Jen Kingwell”s Long Time Gone pattern.    These are a few of the blocks I’ve done so far.   I’ve got one more to photograph–maybe for the next post.   I am going to introduce a few shades of coral in some of the blocks–haven’t decided yet what other colors.

The three small quilts pictures at the top of the post are mini quilts I made for a few MQG swaps.   These were fun to participate in.  In the latest  (white and blue quilt in middle picture) my swap partner and I were able to exchange hints and pictures suggesting what the quilt would look like on Instagram.   I hope to participate in more.

I’m planning on getting two more blocks for the Long Time Gone quilt done this week.   We are doing 2-3 blocks a month, and I’d love to get a little ahead–it seems that some months things come up and the making the blocks somehow doesn’t get done.

We had about 4 more inches of snow last night in our part of Maine.   The rest of the week will be in the 40’s or higher, so there goes the snow.   I had hoped to get out on my snow shoes, but so far this winter, I haven’t been able to.   Life keeps interfering!

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Finishing Some Old Tops

I got a new Janome 8900 last April and have been practicing machine quilting on some old tops I had in my “to do” pile.  The large throat on the machine makes it so much easier!     I love hand quilting and always have one or two quilts that I am doing by hand.   But I also realize that I’d never get all the tops done in my lifetime.   I did straight line quilting on both quilts and am happy with how they came out.   Most surprising–no puckers in the backing.   I layered and pinned the quilt as I would for hand quilting and it worked well.

Our Mt. Battie MQG meets once a month and we have a traveling quilt going on right now.   We started around March 2017 and keep the quilts we are adding to for two months.   I think we have 2 or 3 rounds to go and our quilts will return home.   We do get to see them when they are passed on to the next person.   There are some gorgeous quilts in the making.   Can’t wait to see the finished product.

These are a few of the blocks that have been made for my quilt.   My theme is neighborhoods  and I made the block with the 3 houses.   The talent in this group is amazing and I love all the blocks I have seen so far.   I prefer that the blocks not be joined yet–I will find a background for sashing and filler blocks and put it together myself.

Felting Swap, MQG Swap, Snow

No quilts to show today, but I wanted to show this little white pumpkin that I received in a Maine Felters Swap–a little gift each week, starting Jan 12, that we exchange with one another thru the mail.   My swap partner lives in Auburn, ME, and sent me this pumpkin that fits right in to the pumpkin patch and my chicken!

The afghan is a corner to corner pattern that I have wanted to try for some time now.   Nice and heavy, warm, just right for our Maine winters.

Our MBMQG has a sit and sew on Friday–looking forward to that.  I’m hand quilting a small piece for an MQG swap and it is so relaxing to work on it at these meetings and enjoy the company and conversation of other quilters.   I’ll post a picture after my swap partner receives her quilt– it is due in mid to late February.   I can give a peek at the fabrics I am using in the picture below.  20180104_190141

All of our snow is gone after a warm up.  Fifty degrees after a below zero stretch of cold for the past two weeks.  But the cold is back and more snow predicted.   It does look so clean and white and pretty after a new snowfall.    This is a picture of a cliff on Mt. Battie after a snowstorm.   It was a beautiful day to take pictures.   DSCN0116.JPG

Quilting During a Cold Maine Blizzard

Working on my “Scrap Vortex” and I have enough blocks for almost two quilts!   I’m going to have to make some  more red and green blocks because the thing got so big I had to stop at a point where I can get a batting long enough to use!

My Tula Pink City Sampler blocks are all done.   Now that one quilt is off the design wall I can put that up.

It is a cold, windy, snowy day here in Maine.  The snow has been falling all day long, strong winds whipping it sideways across the yards.   I haven’t been out at all.   Tomorrow will bring lots of shoveling out for us.   But I used the time for a “Sewing Marathon” and. besides the Scrap Vortex, I got a good start on a mini quilt for the MQG mini swap that is due to go to my partner next month.   There is a corner of one of  the blocks (not sewn together yet) pictured above.

I was cleaning out my store room off my sewing studio and am amazed at the fabrics I have up there.   I’d like to say I’m not going to buy anymore this year–but I know better.   I was listening to PBS radio yesterday and two women were discussing their “no buying year” and what that accomplished for them.   One limited it to no shoes, bags, clothing.   That seems do-able to me and I’d like to try.  No promises to myself, but I have already found myself asking myself if I really do need that sweater I saw in a catalog today–and I realized, no.   Lets see how long I can go!

I have done a considerable amount of ridding myself of so many of the “things” I have accumulated over the years that I don’t need, don’t have room for, don’t use anymore, etc.  There is still plenty left, but it is getting easier to “let go.”

Time to go watch a movie with husband.

 

Scrap Vortex Quilt

scrap vortex 1Quite some time ago, I saw a quilt top called the Scrap Vortex on “CrazyMomQuilts” blog and decided I needed to do that.   I chose to do mine in blocks of color and started putting some of the blocks on the design wall.   Of course, then I found more of the 4″ blocks in these colors that

 

I had made to do the quilt and have to do some more rearranging and fit them in.   This is about 1/3rd of the blocks I’ve done so far.   Other colorways I plan to include are reds, blues, and purples–they will go on the bottom of the quilt.   Have had fun piecing my scraps into these little blocks.

The Santas in this display were all carved several years ago by my husband.   He is more into furniture making now, but I appreciate that he did these for us.   The folded banner was done by a very talented friend who makes original and beautiful cards, boxes, ornaments, and anything else that can be done with cardstock!

Just finished shoveling the walks and driveway after a snowfall left us with about 5 inches more of snow.  It is so pretty out there now–love the whiteness and clean look.  Snow on the branches of the evergreens, covering part of my wreath on the front porch,  animal footprints across the yard, crunch of the snow underfoot.  All good things!