Monthly Archives: November 2017

MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

I belong to the Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild and took the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge offered by MQG.   Participants received 5 fat eights of  fabric and were challenged to make a quilt using some of these fabrics and any MM Couture solids.  I chose to do improv cross blocks, something I really enjoy making.   My finished piece measures about 24″x24″ and I machine quilted it on my Janome 8900).   Best thing of all is that the challenge quilts will be displayed at QuiltCon in CA in Feb 2018!!!    This is the second challenge I have participated in with MQG and I have enjoyed both.  This is called “Cross Roads”.

The top quilt is from the first MQG challenge I participated in and it is called “Flying Geese Breaking Formation”.   If I remember right, this was done with Riley Blake fabrics and participants received a selection of 6 fabrics to work with.   Another fun project!

MQG RIley Blake challenge hand quilted Breaking Formation.DSCN0009


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.