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.
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!