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Jen Kingwell’s Long Time Gone Quilt

 

DSCN0217A group of members of our Mount Battie Modern Quilt Guild are making Jen Kingwell”s Long Time Gone pattern.    These are a few of the blocks I’ve done so far.   I’ve got one more to photograph–maybe for the next post.   I am going to introduce a few shades of coral in some of the blocks–haven’t decided yet what other colors.

The three small quilts pictures at the top of the post are mini quilts I made for a few MQG swaps.   These were fun to participate in.  In the latest  (white and blue quilt in middle picture) my swap partner and I were able to exchange hints and pictures suggesting what the quilt would look like on Instagram.   I hope to participate in more.

I’m planning on getting two more blocks for the Long Time Gone quilt done this week.   We are doing 2-3 blocks a month, and I’d love to get a little ahead–it seems that some months things come up and the making the blocks somehow doesn’t get done.

We had about 4 more inches of snow last night in our part of Maine.   The rest of the week will be in the 40’s or higher, so there goes the snow.   I had hoped to get out on my snow shoes, but so far this winter, I haven’t been able to.   Life keeps interfering!

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Finishing Some Old Tops

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.

Felting Swap, MQG Swap, Snow

No quilts to show today, but I wanted to show this little white pumpkin that I received in a Maine Felters Swap–a little gift each week, starting Jan 12, that we exchange with one another thru the mail.   My swap partner lives in Auburn, ME, and sent me this pumpkin that fits right in to the pumpkin patch and my chicken!

The afghan is a corner to corner pattern that I have wanted to try for some time now.   Nice and heavy, warm, just right for our Maine winters.

Our MBMQG has a sit and sew on Friday–looking forward to that.  I’m hand quilting a small piece for an MQG swap and it is so relaxing to work on it at these meetings and enjoy the company and conversation of other quilters.   I’ll post a picture after my swap partner receives her quilt– it is due in mid to late February.   I can give a peek at the fabrics I am using in the picture below.  20180104_190141

All of our snow is gone after a warm up.  Fifty degrees after a below zero stretch of cold for the past two weeks.  But the cold is back and more snow predicted.   It does look so clean and white and pretty after a new snowfall.    This is a picture of a cliff on Mt. Battie after a snowstorm.   It was a beautiful day to take pictures.   DSCN0116.JPG

Quilting During a Cold Maine Blizzard

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.

 

Scrap Vortex Quilt

scrap vortex 1Quite 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!

 

 

Tula Pink’s City Sampler Blocks–and More!

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.

Tula Pink City Sampler continued

Tula pink 53 to 56Tula Pink CIty Sampler 47 thru 52Tula Pink 41 thru 46I 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.

 

CQ Retreat

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!

 

Handquilted and done!

Finished my selvedge quilt just before the end of 2016!  It was 18 months in the making and I am very happy with the results.   I machine quilted straight lines and hand quilted in the white open spaces, making hand drawn stars in each.   Because it is large and I don’t have a good place to photograph it, I will post a picture of the complete quilt when I figure out how to get it all in!    It is a very heavy quilt, will be nice and warm when used.   This is the second selvedge quilt I have done and have enough left to do another–size will depend on when I run out of selvedge pieces.

Next on the agenda is Tula Pink’s City Sampler.  I have been getting fat quarter packages from Alewives Quilts for the past several months (it is a year long program) and I ‘m going to use those for the blocks.   I have seen quite a few examples of this quilt and like the simplicity and variety of the blocks.   My small quilt group members are also joining in on the fun.

We have all been “hooked” by EPP and a few of the Coastal Quilters (chapter of Pine Tree guild in Maine) are doing various projects from “The New Hexagon” by Katja Marek.   Love having the handwork to do.

Most exciting in quilt news here is that we have started a Modern Quilt Guild here in midcoast Maine and had our first meeting at the end of December.   We have enough members now to join the MQG!  Four of us are going to QuiltCon in Savannah in February –love the city and love the quilts!   Looking forward to that trip.

I have been so fortunate, after retiring here to mid coast Maine, to meet such a sharing, talented, friendly, and wise group of women.   We have a great community here.  Looking forward to many more years of friendship.

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