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.
I just finished block 56 and am caught up with our group’s goal of finishing 8 blocks per month of the Tula Pink City Sampler. I somehow skipped June, so had 16 blocks to do this month. Mine will be a scrappy quilt, most of the fabrics coming from my stash, but some new (can’t resist some of these new fabrics). I haven’t decided on sashing, but it will be something neutral that will pull the quilt together.
Just attended the Pine Tree Quilt Guild show in Augusta, Maine. I enjoyed the variety of quilts and was very happy to see “best judged” in the show go to one of our guild chapter members. I’ll get some pictures up soon.
Our new MT. Battie Modern Quilt Guild continues to meet through the summer. Several of the members are working on a traveling quilt. Participants entered a block to be passed around and we have 2 months to work on additions. Very few rules–try to keep to the owner’s theme and only add to 1-3 sides. Some participants chose to not have the blocks sewn on and will assemble their quilts when the project is completed. We do get to see the progress on our own quilts at the meetings when the quilts are due to be passed on to the next quilter. Fun so far!!!
Saturday morning–feeling lazy. Time to go.
After a year of working on this quilt, it is done! A group of fellow quilters and I agreed to make 8 blocks per month for a year and show our quilts at our Coastal Quilters meeting in June. The finished quilts were so different although the same pattern. There wasn’t on I wouldn’t like to own!!
This year we are making Tula Pink City Sampler and doing 8 blocks per month. (one overachiever has already finished the blocks!) I am again using fabrics from my stash and a few I have been unable to resist purchasing! The blocks are easy to put together and I do like those finished quilts I have seen on social media.
Our Mount Battie Modern Quilt Guild, formed at the beginning of the year, now has about 15 members. We have decided to have a sewing day each month and are fortunate to be able to hold it at the local Lion’s Club. First one occurs this coming Friday!
Just finished a small quilt that I made from Dresden Plates found in a linen lot I purchased at auction several years ago. When I get a picture, I’ll post it.
Time to go water the plants. The weather went from cool 60’s and rain for the last month to 80’s+ this month.
Worked on my Tula Pink City Sampler blocks while at our guild chapter retreat at the Franciscan House in Kennebunkport, ME, last week. Now am caught up for May–40 blocks done and about 60 more to go! My group is doing 8 blocks per month and will finish up in December.
Last year we did Farmer’s Wife quilt and will “unveil” them at our CQ meeting in June. Although we all did the same blocks, the five quilts are entirely different and all beautiful! Hope to get a good picture of mine to show soon.
Another quilt finished piecing (except for the borders) was a Christmas bow tie pattern. It has a 3-d center and I made the blocks so long ago that I don’t remember how I did it except that it was fairly easy! Hopefully, I will find the instructions when I am looking for something else–usually when I find lost items.
There were 15 quilters at our retreat and all were very productive and had lots of fun. This is our third retreat at the Franciscan House and we have two more planned–October 2017 and May 2018. The people there are very receptive to quilters, the space is great ( we all had a 6 foot table and good lighting, ironing boards supplied, boards to display our quilts/blocks, and meals in the next room!) It is a half mile in one way to the beach, and a half mile the other direction to the very cute town of Kennebunkport. We always go to the coffee shop in town for a treat and coffee (the half mile walk justifies a treat, doesn’t it!). The grounds are well kept and there are paths through, part of which parallels the river out to the ocean. Great weekend with friends.
Our new modern guild now has 12 members. We started in January and meet monthly. Very inspiring to see what members are doing. We have a “traveling quilt” now and have 9 members participating. Each one has it’s own theme and it has been challenging and fun working on blocks for these quilts. Very few rules except to only add blocks on 1-3 sides and go with whatever the maker suggests in her journal–very loose interpretation. What I have seen so far is just amazing! Can’t wait to see the finished quilts. My theme is neighborhood and my starting block was a few houses representing some of my favorites from our 13 moves!