Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

 

This is the sentiment I want to send along to everyone… 


 But, although we are thankful for so many things, I know we all wish that the world will be in a better place by next Thanksgiving. 


Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Snap out of it!

 That is what I keep telling myself. I was doing so well for a while, hanging on to the positive and ignoring the negative. But the last few weeks have taken their toll. Although I continue to quilt each day, I have lost my Blogging mojo. In fact, I have had very little screen time in the past few months. I really need to regroup and get the “zip” back into my daily routine. I miss my blogging friends!!

 I have been working on my 3rd pot luck quilt, “Stash Hash” every day. 


I have used up all the little batting scraps.
 

The scrap baskets themselves don’t seem to be going down, although I have used up a few really oldies. 

I usually cull them down just before our monthly Kaleidoscope meeting for the freebee table, but I have been unable to attend the 2 outdoor meetings we have had.

 And, I have finished my Cassandra Circle (Barbara Brackman) blocks 9 & 10.




I have had fun with this red polka dot background. Do visit the FB page (here) to see all the creative versions of these wonderful blocks.

 Another big “bummer” is that, this was to be my first visit to Houston ever! My friend Kathy and I were going to fly down and stay with her sister. Thanks to the hard work of Dawn Cook Ronningen (Collector with a Needle), I was to have 2 of my quilts in the display of the Noah and Matilda sew-a-long quilts. All is not lost however, as we will all be able to visit the show online. You can go (here) to purchase tickets. I truly feel sorry for Dawn who put so much effort into organizing this exhibition. Hope you all get a chance to visit the online show. 


 Perhaps the biggest reason for my “slump” is missing my family this Thanksgiving. We usually meet at my sister’s house in the mountains of western Maine for a huge celebration. Last year there were 42 of us and the family is still growing! So… I am going to shrug off the “grumps” and start being grateful for the friends and family I have and revel in the fact that we will be together again soon!

 Happy Quilting to all 

and may you have something in your life this week to alleviate the “grumps”!

Monday, November 2, 2020

Stash Hash

 

What do you do when you have more projects going than you could possibly finish in a year… you simply start something new!

 I had so much fun putting “Community Supper” together that I decided to gather up all (well, at least half) of my orphan blocks and make another “pot luck” quilt for my bed.

 I’m going to call this one “Stash Hash” since everything came from my stash. In fact, the only fabrics I have cut into are the yellow for the sashing and the red for the bindings, the rest have all come from the scrap bins. Even the 4-patch backings are made from scraps. 

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Many of you sent more than one block to me for the “Community Supper” quilt, which I have incorporated into this one. 



I will post a list of contributors when all blocks are complete. There will be 90 in all. And, yes I have enough blocks for yet another “potluck” quilt. I liken this type of quilt to a sourdough starter. No matter how many orphan blocks and scraps I use, I always seem to have more!! Maybe it is more like an old Sci Fi movie – “The Blob That Ate My Sewing Room”! Stay tuned - if you dare!

Saturday, October 31, 2020

October Monthly Mini

 

Aptly named, “Pumpkin Patch”, this month’s mini was a joy to make. I added a bit of extra batting to the pumpkins and hand stitched the curves to simulate the real thing.


I used this whimsical Halloween print on the back. 

Who doesn’t love pumpkins? They are cute, colorful and they taste delicious. 

Cruise through my fellow mini maker’s pumpkin patches to see what they have created this month.

 

Quilting Babcia (Amity Quilter)

Randy (Barrister’s Block)

Cathy (Big Lake Quilter)

Barb (Fun with Barb)

Shasta (High Road Quilter)

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Katy (Katy Quilts)

Sandy (My Material Creations)

Barbara (Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors)

Janet (Rogue Quilts)

Kyle (Timeless Reflections)

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts)

 Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Sew-along updates: Cassandra's Circle and Fig Leaf and Flower

 

I am very thankful for the sew-a-longs I have been involved with this year. They have (for the most part) truly saved me from overthinking (I’ve actually done very little thinking at all in 2020) my quilting endeavors.

 I finished our 3-way (Barrister’s Block, Fun With Barb and me) medallion challenge fairly quickly because we kept it simple. We were all experiencing Covid brain! Now I just need to quilt it.

 Barbara Brackman’s (Civil WarQuilts) Cassandra’s Circle has kept me entertained with the wonderful stories that go along with each block. Here is my most recent block, Molly’s Cotton Boll. 


 My Sew-a-long with Dawn (Collector with a Needle) this year is with her new pattern, “Fig Leaf and Flower”. Dawn and her daughter create wonderful patterns of antique quilts in Dawn’s collection.

 One of the first things Dawn states is to “read the instructions thoroughly before cutting”. Makes perfect sense to me. Of course, if I had done that, I would not be in the predicament I am now. I backbasted and appliqued the stems, leaves, flowers and 183 of the 213 petals before I discovered that I had oriented my swirly vine in the wrong direction!  

I borrowed Dawn's image so I could show you what I mean. The pattern is supposed to orient like this on the center square: 


Funny, normally I would have wadded it up and put it in a drawer until my tears dried. But in all that has happened lately, this seemed so petty. I literally laughed out loud. It felt good to laugh, in fact I couldn’t stop! 

 So… I have to “start thinking” and come up with a clever way to salvage this center. At this point I think I will make this into a smaller quilt and go shopping for background fabric for round #2! See, there is a silver lining after all.

 Stay tuned for the next episode of “sewing in the fog”!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Winner - Lucky #7

I laughed when I pulled the lucky number “7” out the mask and was delighted to find out that the commenter was Janet (RogueQuilts). Janet has made nearly 500 masks!! She is a super participant in our monthly mini’s. I’m sure she will make something fantastic with these little charm squares.

 


And after all the mask making, I hope she takes a few moments to enjoy the latest issues of “Primitive Quilts and Projects” and Quiltmania’s “Simply Vintage”.

 I would like to say that each and every commenter is a winner. You have all done your part in helping others survive the struggles we are facing right now. Kudos to all of you! Quilters are the best!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Mask Production 101 with a little giveaway

 

After the 50th mask came off my machine, I thought – “enough”! But the requests kept coming and so another 50 marched through and then out the door. I ran out of elastic weeks ago and resorted to cutting up old t-shirts. They are actually more comfortable than the elastic! I’m sure we are all sick of making masks and gowns and caps, but as quilters we cannot say no to those in need and so… here is 101!

 


My mind has turned to mush during these crazy times and I feel like my quilting has suffered. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject. If you have been in production, what was “your” breaking point?

 Simply leave me a comment on or before October 10 for a chance to win a little surprise package. This includes my overseas friends as well, just realize that if you win, it may take a bit longer to reach you.

 I will number each response and choose a winner by drawing a number out of a mask!