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!
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.
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.
I’ve been playing with embroidering these little birds. The bottom one on the orange fabric will be made into a post card and go to a quilting friend. The finished post card is for a new friend who is here in Maine temporarily and will be returning home soon. I’ll save the last card for something special. Fun to make–I’ve seen little birds all over the place lately. Such a nice and simple idea and just makes me happy to make them!
Whenever I embroider, I think of Aunt Pauly who taught me how to sew, embroider, and so many other things. She was a role model for anyone who knew her. I think she would be happy to know that so many of her nieces are still using the skills she taught.