Category Archives: Felting

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


Embroidered Birds

Getting ready to run a workshop at one of the quilt guild chapters I belong to.   Each meeting we do a small project or have a program of some kind after the meeting.   Members take turns arranging the program for the month.   This month we will be embroidering these silly little birds and inserting our finished piece into a greeting card.

These two quilts were hanging at QuiltCon 2017.  I don’t have the makers names.  So many interesting  quilts and talented quilters.   I have been a fairly traditional quilter since starting in 1976, but find myself drawn to the freedom in these “modern” quilts.  I do like the negative space that sets off the design and have been trying to incorporate this into some of the pieces I have been doing lately.

I also love the “low volume” fabrics that are being produced now.   A few friends and I are making Tula Pink’s City Sampler,and I plan to use lots of the low volumes in that.   Alewives, a local quilt shop, has a monthly low volume fat quarter package that I have subscribed to, and these will be just right for my quilt.  Have three blocks done so far–but have a year to complete all of them!   Last year we all did “Farmer’s Wife” quilt and finished the blocks by paper piecing  8/month all year long.   In April all of the quilts will be completed and we will show our quilts at our meeting.   I have seen most of the tops, and, although we used the same blocks, they are all so different.   I love paper piecing because of the crisp results on all of the blocks.

So many quilts and so little time!henri-the-hedgehog

This is Henry the Hedgehog.  He is needle felted and is now working as a pincushion.   A friend a similar one and I fell in love with it.   Had to make one for myself!

Felted Acorns


I meet monthly with a group of friends to do some needle felting.   Yesterday we made these little felted acorns.   Here in Maine it is a banner year for acorns and I was able to pick up the caps that had dropped from a tree across the street.   Researched how to treat the caps before using and found out that I needed to bake them in the oven at 200 degrees for 2 hours.

Still working on the Farmer’s Wife quilt and will have pictures of the latest blocks in a week or two.   I saw some beautiful blocks being made over the past few days when I attended our guild chapter’s quilt retreat in Kennebunk, Maine.   Our little group is making 8 blocks per month, started in January 2016, and hope to be done by the end of December. I look forward to seeing these completed quilts.

Raining today–this will help the drought conditions we had over the summer.   A great day to work in the sewing room!

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