Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Boys!

When I started this blog, I mentioned that I would rarely post any non-quilty photos or blurbs. But, I feel I have to share this today. If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that we have a wonderful grandson who, for the past four years has spent Wednesday nights at our house.  

Late last summer, my son and his wife announced that they would be moving to Florida in the Fall. Because he has significant autism, I immediately worried about everything. How would he like his new school? How would he like his new house? How would he live without us? How would he…

We made our first visit over the weekend and I am thankful to say, all is well. They have settled in beautifully. He loves his new school, he loves his new house and he loves being able to swim whenever he wants! My children are wonderful parents and I am blessed! 


Now for something quilty!
 
Block 2C in our Noah andMatilda sew-a-long is now complete. I really am enjoying this project. I am going at my own pace which is essential during the busy holiday season. 

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Enjoy your quilting time and hold your dear ones close 
(take the needle out of your hand first – wink!).

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Little Red Hen

While looking through my photo file, I realized I had not yet posted about this little quilt. 


It all began when one of our “Seven Sisters” (Karen B.) decided to downsize her fabric stash. At first, we were all in a panic wondering if she was going to leave us! But, she assured us she was not giving up quilting, just a few hundred yards of guilty pleasure.

So, we gleefully accepted the invitation for “Cake and Take” at her house in early September. We all went home with full bellies and armloads of much needed fabric.

We decided on the way home that we must do something to thank Susie Karen (as we affectionately call her). I spied a pillow in her living room with a log cabin like design and drafted this simple yet bold block. I cut out 5 kits for each of the six of us and distributed them to the group. Then…

Fotini collected the blocks…
Charlotte put the top together…
Tina provided the batting…
Wendy provided the backing…
Kathy quilted it…
Karen M. did the binding…

It really reminded me of the story of the Little Red Hen in reverse since we ALL had a hand in it.

Susie Karen had knee surgery in early October so we had the perfect opportunity to visit her and present the quilt. Needless to say, she was very pleased!

the back 


I am very lucky to have this group of wonderful women in my life!!!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Time Flies!

I can’t believe Thanksgiving was a week ago! Where does the time go?? I did manage to get a few things done over the holiday weekend in between the cooking and clean up.

I finished my Moda Blockheads #’s 37 & 38. Just 10 more to go in this sew-a-long. It has been fun and not too taxing. 

I made a slight error on my Noahand Matilda block #1C. Somehow, I reversed the design. Of course, I didn’t notice it until I was halfway through the applique process, so you will just have to view it in a mirror!

I started a new "secret" project that I am very excited about, but can't divulge yet.

And, I worked on my little filler project when I didn’t have the brain power for anything else. 



Hope all of you had a wonderful and productive holiday as well!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s that time of year again. We will be heading to my sister’s in the western Maine mountains for our 40th Thanksgiving together!

I believe there will bet 32 at the table this year. Of course, this is subject to change with a family of this size. But, there is no doubt that however many make it up the driveway, we will all enjoy our holiday traditions together.

The younger generation now helps out in the kitchen as the wee ones watch 
the parade on TV. 


Then, after we all feel like this guy… 

we don our safety orange vests and hike up the hill for sweeping views of Mount Washington and all the world has to offer.


I wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Filler Projects

Do you have filler projects? I know most of us work on more than one quilt at a time, but I mean projects that just fill in the space (or time) in between “real” projects.

For instance, I have a bag of “hexies” in my car in case I get stuck somewhere (no, not at a traffic light – although I have thought of it from time to time) with no escape.

My mother was a wonderful seamstress and made most of our clothes. Because she had a large industrial machine for making canvas bags for a local company, I didn’t learn to use a domestic machine until I joined 4-H. Although it was my neighbor (Arzetta Poole) who taught me how to hand piece and applique, it was my 4-H leader (Lois Dodge) who taught me how to use a machine.

Mrs. Dodge was a true Yankee and a very “tidy” person. I learned right from the start to always run a scrap piece through my machine to save thread and to keep the floor clean! It didn’t take me long to figure out that what I was wasting was time and fabric scraps. So, I started cutting out quilt pieces to leave by my machine and I would run one or two of them through instead of just a scrap piece. Now I call them my “feeder” blocks. Bonnie Hunter calls these “leaders and enders” and  has written some wonderful pattern books on the subject.

During the 9 months I was piecing my Dear Jane blocks I made 120 - 3” nine patch blocks as a feeder project. These are now being bound for another potholder quilt and I have a bag of these that I use as filler work. 
Since I am using the same background for all the little circle blocks, I load up the hoop with 4 at a time and just cut them apart and bind them after they are quilted.
These are easier than my Dear Jane blocks as the backings are all the same too. 
I have a nice tidy box full of things to do when I am too tired to think of anything else!

Currently at my machine, I have 1 ½” squares from my friend Cyndi (Busy Thimble) that I will use as 4 patches in an upcoming quilt.


I really get in a panic if I don’t have one or two feeder projects cut and ready to go. 

Do you?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Moda Blockheads Update

I always seem to be one week behind on my Moda Blockheads blocks. Here is row number 6, quilted, bound and stitched together. 


I really like the appliqued blocks best. My piecing leaves a lot to be desired. That’s why they make chocolate and vanilla (thank goodness!).

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Noah and Matilda Progress Report

Here are my latest three Noah and Matilda blocks. 

I am having a ball with these. I absolutely love these neons. 

I have admired them for years, but I seem to be somewhat obsessed with finding new prints. 


Thanks to so many of my Blogging friends I have acquired many new ones this year. They really “pop” with the shirtings as backgrounds.


To keep myself organized, I have all my patterns, background and backing layouts in a notebook. I am working row by row so I won’t cheat and make my “favorites” first and leave the difficult ones for last.


I also keep track of my start and finish date on each block. I like to record what I am working on each day. I hope some future historian will thank me (if my kids don't through them all away!). 


Do check out the wonderful Facebook page that Dawn (Collector with a Needle) has set up. There are lots of wonderful version. I love sew-a-longs for learning new methods and seeing alternative colorways and settings.