MQG Secret Swap Quilt Received!

I participated in the MQG Secret Swap this winter.  I just received this wonderful little quilt from my “secret quilter” today (middle picture).   Love the combination of hand and machine work, the black, white, and grey interspersed in the stripes, and the pop of colors in the hand applique!   The last picture is of the backing fabric–wish I had a bit of that!

First picture is the quilt I sent to my “partner” in this swap.   She had a few pictures on her instagram account that had flying geese in them and I decided that is what I’d like to include in her quilt.  Participants had no idea who was partnered with them for this challenge–only knew who you would be sending your quilt to.   Quilts are due by Feb 22.  Some people will be exchanging them at QuiltCon in Savannah later this month.

I am going to QuiltCon!!!!!   Three other friends and I are flying down on Thursday, will have 2 full days there, and return to Maine on Sunday.  How exciting is that!

I signed up for the Riley Blake challenge at MQG and received the fabric last week.  I was able to purchase some Riley Blake confetti solids to include in the quilt.  Now I am waiting for inspiration.   Finished quilt is due in April and I am going to be away during the middle two weeks so I’d better get busy!

 

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Traveling Quilt Project Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild

Our newly formed (2 months old!) Mt. Battie Modern Quilt Guild is starting a traveling quilt project.   About 8 of us signed up to do this and we exchange the start of our quilts at our next meeting.   I have decided to do houses for my center.  We are to add to one or two borders to the quilts as we get them.  Each quilt will come with a journal with an entry from the owner about her wishes for the quilt.   After each participant has added to the quilts, we will get ours back for the surprise reveal!   I have participated in projects like this in the past and have been happy with the results.  Should be fun!

The block looks distorted in the picture, but I think that is a result of the angle I took the picture from.   Have to get that design wall started so I can get better pictures.

Our Coastal Quilters meeting is Saturday–we are part of the Pine Tree Guild here in Maine.   One of our members is giving a demo on tips and tricks –demonstrating rulers, quilting aides, and showing what to do with your scraps.   Looking forward to this.   Many talented people in this group and my favorite part of the meetings is “Show and Tell”.   I’ll show my selvedge quilt and another simple design in yellow and greys.

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Finishing up WIP’s

Another January and another attempt to finish works in progress!   I had a small pieced rectangle made from 30’s and 40’s reproduction fabrics and decided to finish it as a doll blanket.  Now I just need a little one who plays with dolls to give it to!

I also love to just put things together and found a box with lots of different textured fabrics that I have been saving and occasionally working with.   So I made a 12×12 composition on a burlap frame –fun just to play with shapes and see what happens.

I also had a small piece that I had done with leaves and fabric paint sticks.  I colored the back of the leaves with the paint stick and then transferred to a piece of muslin.  Don’t remember if I pounded or pressed them to make the imprint, but I was happy with the result.  After bordering the piece, I did some machine quilting to make the veins of the leaf stand out then some outline quilting.  This is now hanging with several other pieces in my kitchen.   I like changing the small quilts on that wall occasionally and can see some of my past “artworks”!

“Sit and sew at home” today.  Our guild chapter meets at someone’s home monthly for the morning.   We all bring a hand project and have an enjoyable morning out.   No pressure for the hostess, no refreshments expected, just good company and sewing.

We also have a day long “Sit and Sew” at the Lion’s Club in town once a month.  Members can come for all or part of the day.   Machine or hand sewing — your choice!   Here in Maine we have to hope that the weather cooperates on the day of the event.  So far, so good this winter.

Still working on the New Hexagon.  Time to print out and cut the triangles that will go between each hexagon.  It will be a wall hanging rather that a quilt–at least that is the plan at this time.   My quilts tend to be whatever size they are when I run out of fabrics!

Plan to start a millifiore quilt this year, too.   I have the EPP pieces and think I will use a lot of low volume fabrics along with some brights.  That plan could change!

I’d like to get the two tops that are pictured quilted in 2017, too.  May hand quilt one and send the other to the long arm quilter.   I used a lot of white and bright color over the past year, trying to use up some of my stash.   Of course, it seems that for every half yard I used, another yard appeared in the stash.   I have such good intentions and then see a fabric I really want!

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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Farmer’s Wife Quilt top

A group of friends and I have been working on the Farmer’s Wife quilt for the past year.   Each month we would make 8 blocks, paper piecing them.   The quilts all are so different!  This picture doesn’t show it, but the blocks are surrounded by a white print with open colored circles, many of the same colors used in the blocks.   I think this is going to be one of my favorites.   Now I am trying to decide on borders.  Probably will do something with the left over fabrics from the quilt.   Most of the blocks were done with fabric from my stash, although I did pick up a few fat quarters that were included.

The Christmas gnomes are a few of the little guys I made for Christmas gifts for friends and family.   I have a small group of friends that meet once a month to felt and most meetings someone has a new idea to try!   I always go back to making these little creatures.  So much fun!!

Plans for the new year include making Tula Pink’s City Sampler quilt with the same group that participated in making the Farmer’s Wife.  I am going to do mine in low volume fabrics.   I receive a low volume sampler monthly from Alewives Fabrics and think these will work well in the blocks.   I get a monthly package with such gorgeous fat quarters–it is a year long offering.   Looking forward to this project, too.

So many projects in my mind!

 

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Wool and Embroidery

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I enjoy embroidery and did this snowman family several years ago.  I don’t remember who developed the pattern, and can’t take any credit for it.  I do love the happiness of the finished piece.  This will be turned into a pillow top for Christmas.

The wool stocking is made from a pattern I picked up last week at Country Creations in Jefferson, Maine.  Cute shop with lots of things to look at.  Last weekend they had their annual open house–worth the ride to see the house and shop decorated for the holiday. This little stocking was fun to do and went quickly.

Acorns and Quilts

felted-acorns-2dscn6819This little felted acorn collection keeps growing!   They are so easy to do in the evening while listening to a book on CD or watching TV.  Love how they look in a bowl.

I was going through my quilting supplies, looking for items to donate to our quilt chapter auction that is coming up on Saturday and found left over blocks from a quilt I made in 2005.   There were not enough for a throw, but plenty to make a runner.   I don’t often use these colors anymore, but still love the fabrics so decided to do something with the blocks.  I just ” stitched in the ditch” as I wanted a quick finish.

Almost finished with the Farmer’s Wife blocks and will post the latest ones at a later date.  Thirteen to go and I’ll have them completed.  One of the members of the group I am in that is working on this is starting to put her rows together and it looks incredible.  She used batiks for her blocks.   These 5 quilts will all look so different!   I have come to love the precision of foundation paper piecing.

Our next project as a small group is going to be Tula Pink’s City Sampler quilt.    These will be much easier to piece, but the variety should give us wonderful quilts.  Nice to be involved with such a varied and talented and sharing group!

Felted Acorns

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I meet monthly with a group of friends to do some needle felting.   Yesterday we made these little felted acorns.   Here in Maine it is a banner year for acorns and I was able to pick up the caps that had dropped from a tree across the street.   Researched how to treat the caps before using and found out that I needed to bake them in the oven at 200 degrees for 2 hours.

Still working on the Farmer’s Wife quilt and will have pictures of the latest blocks in a week or two.   I saw some beautiful blocks being made over the past few days when I attended our guild chapter’s quilt retreat in Kennebunk, Maine.   Our little group is making 8 blocks per month, started in January 2016, and hope to be done by the end of December. I look forward to seeing these completed quilts.

Raining today–this will help the drought conditions we had over the summer.   A great day to work in the sewing room!

Farmer’s Wife–3/4 of blocks done!

Our group is doing 8 blocks per month and in three months, we will be done!   Can’t wait to see the finished quilts.   The blocks are the same but the quilts will all be different.

Some of the blocks have been a challenge, but something to be learned from each.

 

I do enjoy handwork and have just finished a EPP runner for a couple of bureaus in the bedroom.  I like the way the neutrals play well together.   The backing for this is an off white wool.  I hand quilted the runner to the wool, appliqued the edges and then cut the wool close to the edges of the hexagons.

Going on a 3 day quilt retreat in mid October with other members of my PTQG quilt chapter.   We are going to the Franciscan House in Kennebunkport, Maine for the second time.   Last May we had a weekend retreat and I cannot say enough good about this facility.  Each of us had an 8 foot table to ourselves, great lighting, comfortable  rooms, and just had to go through a door to the dining area where all three meals were served.   Rooms are simple but have everything needed for the weekend.   It was a short walk to the downtown in one direction and to the beach in the other.   Hopefully I’ll have pictures of  the work accomplished!