I was lucky enough to spend Thursday thru Sunday at a Quilt Retreat with my guild members and some guests at the Franciscan House in Kennebunkport, Maine. Perfect place for a retreat! We had plenty of sewing room, good lighting, meals included. The facility is located about a 10 minute walk from the beach in one direction and 10 minutes into town in the other. The grounds offer trails to walk which go along the water in places.
My in progress Wild and Goosey quilt, pattern by Bonnie Hunter, is on the left in the picture. I hope to get two more vertical rows done and then call it quits. I am putting sashing between the blocks of 4 geese and the quilt will be lap size. The blocks on the right belong to a wonderfully talented and productive quilter in our MQG chapter–Louisa. Some of the blocks are part of the Long Time Gone Quilt by Jen Kingwell. Several members of our group are making this quilt and love seeing the different color combinations being used.
I also had to put a couple of pictures of fog in our beautiful harbor here in Maine. Finally spring is here, trees are blooming and flowers are starting. These pictures were taken only two weeks ago, and there is such a change already. I am enjoying each of the seasons here.
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!
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!
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.
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). I 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.
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!
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.
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.
Quite 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!
I 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.
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.