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 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.
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!