Monthly Archives: May 2016

Selvedge Star Block

I’ve been saving selvedges for quite some time now.   I did finish one  selvedge quilt about 5 years ago and decided to start another to put on the twin beds in the guest room.   I have many 6.5 inch blocks completed and at the suggestion of one of my guild chapter members, I’m going to make this a star quilt.   I’m attaching a picture of the first completed block.   These 12 inch blocks will be placed with larger 24 inch blocks and sashing.   I probably won’t decide placement until I see how many blocks I end up with.   Like most of my quilts, the finished size will be whatever it is after I run out of fabric or blocks!  Haven’t decided what fabric will be used as sashing yet, either.

Last month our chapter of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild, Coastal Quilters, had Amy Friend as our guest speaker.  She has a new book, Intentional Piecing, and brought some of the quilts from that to show.   One of the quilts was a selvedge quilt in a rectangular arrangement that I would love to try.   She has a blog, duringquiettime, and some great examples of her work.   Second time I have heard her speak and I thoroughly enjoyed both lectures.

 

 

selvedge star

Felted bowl

Had a wonderful workshop today with Sue Stasiowski, talented felter from Camden, Maine.    Google her for some beautiful felted animals, bowls, pictures.   There were abour 16 attending and everyone came away with a project of choice that was well on its way to being finished.   I chose to make a bowl using a wire armature.   Love the technique and will try others in different sizes and colors.   Another addiction!Felted bowl Sue Stasiowski class

Gnomes and Friends

DSCN5332Had a few friends in today for “gnome making”.  These little characters are becoming an obsession!   Left to right:   First gnome made by Deanna ;   Policeman made by Deanna’s son;   Hockey player made by Deanna’s daughter;  my angry little gnome;  Nina’s Russian gnome;  and Diane’s start of Santa Claus.   Each has a personality and a story.        Deanna did not believe that a story would appear as she was making her gnome, but she is now a believer.

I have mentioned before that I started making these after seeing a demonstration at   a a fiber  festival in Windsor, Maine, by Jessica Piehl Menninghaus, author of the book the  Gnome Project.  I have gotten so much enjoyment out of making these little gnomes and have had so much fun with friends.   Lots of laughter, sharing, and stories while making them.

Quilt Retreats and the Farmer’s Wife Quilt

Two of the latest Farmer’s Wife quilt blocks. Working on number 29 and finding it a challenge.   Had to put it aside and will go back to it at a later time.

I’m attending a weekend  quilt retreat with members of Coastal Quilters, a chapter of the PTQG here in Maine.   We are at the Franciscan Guest House in Kennebunk, Maine–imagine a whole weekend of piecing, quilting, friends, good food, and a short walk to the beautiful Maine shoreline!!    This morning 3 of us took a walk to the beach and ended up going four miles..  Cloudy, cool, misty, but still beautiful.  I particularly enjoyed seeing what everyone was working on and hearing all the happy chatter going on around me.   It is a good group.  Tomorrow it is back to the real world–and that is not such a bad place to be, either!