Monday, September 19, 2016

Potholder Quilt Class

I taught a “potholder quilt” class in Corinna (Maine) on Saturday. Thank goodness for my good natured students who allowed me to take some photos, otherwise I would have nothing to post today. We were a small group, but these “Clueless Quilters” know how to put the pedal to the metal and get things done!

I seem to have lots of quilty things going on, but little to show for it. I think I am involved in too many sew-a-longs, but I just can’t say no!

I still happily pick up my little 4” square and applique my Quilty 365 circle, every morning.

I have been working diligently on the final border of my “Gwennie Inspired” Round Robin quilt. I’m looking forward to the final reveal of all these wonderful quilts.

I have been keeping up nicely with the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album block, but I fear if I take on one more thing I will be behind on my October block.

I accepted Randy’s (Barrister’sBlock) invitation to a pin cushion swap and my mind is racing a mile a minute figuring out what to make. I have yet to narrow it down.

And, a bit of good news. Two friends e-mailed me last night to let me know that my “Time Warp Stars” quilt (“Clarified Stars” aka “Ghee Whiz”) was the last auction item of the evening at the AQSG auction on Saturday night at the seminar in Tempe, AZ and my friend “Potholder Pam” Weeks won it! You can read more about the quilt (here)So we both helped the AQSG coffers and I couldn’t be more thrilled that it went to a great home! 

Hope you all get lots of quilting time today!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt September block

Serratifolia – AKA Fushia! This was a fun block. I can’t believe it has been nearly a year since we started this journey. I’ve been having fun, but I do look forward to seeing this one finished. 

Check out all the wonderful blocks (here). I am so amazed at the variety of fabrics and methods. There certainly is a lot of talent out there. Good job everyone!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Quilty 365 Update

I have been diligent about my happy little circles. Honestly, I have not missed one day of applique on these cute little gems. However, I can't say the same for my photography and blog updating. I have the first 16 rows pieced and over the weekend I pieced each of them into two rows each and rolled them back up on the paper towel rolls. Only 4 more rows and we have a quilt! If all goes according to plan (and what does?) I will be finished with my circles on Nov. 7. I already have plans for the little circles I have cut out from behind these. Once again, Audrey, I thank you for inspiring me!

Check out all the progress on Audrey's (Quilty Folk) blog here. What fun!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Gwennie border #4 Stars revealed

Here is my next to the last border. One more to go. Sorry the photos are so bad, but in order to make my deadline I had to photograph in the dim light of the dawn. Talk about "wonky", I couldn't quite get a straight shot at 4:30 a.m.! This has been so much fun! I had a lot of fun with the stars even though it was a struggle at first to be so “free” with my cutting and sewing. I think this is the most “Gwennie” of the borders so far.

I had a little late night stitching which resulted in a few errors. I considered leaving this to make it really “Gwennie” but I fixed in a moment of weakness.

I also made a technical error with the binding. I meant to bind the short end first, but somehow (must have been the heat last week) I did the long ends first so I had a gap when they were added to the quilt. I contemplated (for about two seconds) taking it apart and redoing it, but decided it would be much more fun (and Gwennie like) to simply add yo-yo’s at the corners so you don’t notice the mistake (as much). It looks pretty good from a (great) distance. 

I love the way the back is looking with all the different fabrics. It may not have been smart to do this (in the heat of a busy summer) in the potholder method, but it has been fun! 

The first two "rounds" were hand quilted and these last two have been machine quilted. I plan to hand quilt the last round.

Lori is doing the link up this month (here) so don’t forget to stop by and see all the super creativity.

I can’t believe it is September already and my turn to choose the final border on our Gwennie Inspired Round Robin.

Being from Maine, my theme choice for the final border is
“Something Fishy”

As with those who have gone before me (Lori, Cynthia, Cathy and Katy), you can interpret this as loosely as you like. Here are a few examples:

Seafood fabric or appliques
Sea birds (they eat fish!)
Marine mammals (they eat fish too!)
Lighthouses (they see fish)
Boats (they catch fish)
Ovals and triangles (i.e. fish shaped)
Tartar Sauce – what???

It’s not too late to join in. You have a whole month to create something to share for our October link up. Go sew! Can’t wait to see what you all come up with.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt update

This month’s block is the Yellow Tulip. I am not making one because I made an extra pineapple instead. Since I am not making this month’s block I thought I would layout my progress thus far. This is not the way they will be positioned in the end, but it is fun to see them all together.

This could actually be dangerous, since I am doing this in the potholder method and they are all quilted and bound, I could technically stop here and make it a smaller quilt. Nah! I am in for the duration. I do love this quilt! 

Check out the SVBAQ link (here) to see all the progress.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Maine Quilts 2016 Show

I am finally posting some photos of our “Small Quilts from Antique Inspiration” at Maine Quilts 2016. Cyndi Black and I organized an exhibition of little quilts and the antique quilt that inspired them. I hope you enjoy the photos.

First off, Cyndi Black (BusyThimble) with her magnificent potholder reproduction. What a sensational job! The original was on loan from the Maine State Museum in Augusta. 

Here is Laurie LaBar (official title: Chief Curator of Historical and Decorative Arts, Maine State Museum) unofficial title: One Who knows lots and Shares All! With her first quilt ever (she makes wonderful jewelry however). She had the wool hand dyed and then pressed it at the cleaners to try to recreate the calendering. (spell check does not like this word, but I promise it is not spelled like the other “calendar”). The original quilt is from the Maine State MuseumEmma Morin made this little wool quilt behind Laurie, to honor her grandmother’s original. The original ways a ton so we had to 
drape it over a rack.

Sue Rivers reproduced her magnificent Irish Chain with swag border. Oh how I want to make this little gem. She did a fabulous job!

Pat Burns reproduced an Amish quilt in the collection of our friend Judy Roche.

 Suzanne Bruno made this fantastic tea cozy to represent her crazy quilt. What a great idea!

Diane Dixon chose to make this adorable little pyramid quilt. The original had some of the most wonderful wool challis’ in it. Great job!

Bonnie Dwyer made this red and white Bear Paw. Just above that is a quilt made by Ann Reed (not pictured, she snuck in and out too quickly for a photo) from a quilt in the Henry Ford Museum. The two quilts were striking. It was our “red and white corner”!

For some reason I was not able to catch Mary Reynolds for a photo, but she made this beautiful rendition of a quilt in the collection of Judy Roche. I was in awe of the Compass Rose, but Mary said it was the feathered star that gave her fits.

Dawn Cook-Roninngen (Collector with a Needle) and Jeannanne Wright made two tiny little quilts from the incredibly inspiring original from Jeannanne’s collection. They even hand dyed the backing to be more authentic. I think if I had my pick of any of the antiques, it would have been this one. Hmm… maybe because of the cheddar?

Florence McConnell made this exquisite "Carolina Lily" quilt from one in her collection. What a fantastic representation. Florence has participated in the AQSG study quilt projects in the past and her work is stunning. 

Nena Cunningham made this little gem from a quilt I have owned for years. I am a sucker for medallion quilts. Nena did a fantastic job! 

This is Karen Keeler’s interpretation of this wonderful turn of the century Churn Dash quilt. Love the scrappy look! 

And finally, yours truly. This antique inspiration was so unique that I just had to reproduce it!

Forty Five minutes after the show closed, this is how it looked. See you next year! Thanks to everyone who participated.

One of the best parts of our show this year was meeting up with Blogging friends, Gladi Porche (Gladi Quilts) and Cynthia Nanto (Wabi-Sabi Quilts).

One more boat show this weekend and then I can relax and get back to a normal 40 hour work week and cooler temps for quilting!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Stars in a Time Warp Finale!

“Clarified Stars” aka “Ghee Whiz!”

I should be posting photos of our wonderful “Small Quilts from Antique Inspiration” exhibition this past weekend, but I am shipping this one off this week so I wanted to post it. 

As some of you may remember, these are the “Time Warp Stars” that many of us did as a sew (and learn) a-long through Barbara Brackman’s Civil War Quilts last year. You can read about the project on my “dedication” label on the back (click photo to enlarge):

This will be going to the American Quilt Study Group for the auction at the annual seminar in Tempe, AZ.

These were done in the potholder style which lent itself very well to the project. Since each week we were to learn about a specific fabric, I was able to use it for the stars on the front and represent it on the back of each one as well. Two chances to get it right!

I had so much fun with Barbara and others who joined in. I think we all learned a lot about our magnificent 19th century fabrics. I know that part of the lesson was to go out into the quilt shops of today and search for the correct fabrics. Because of my wonderful relationship with Cyndi at the Busy Thimble, I will admit, I did NOT have to go shopping. However, I might have had trouble with the quercitron arborescent chintz, had I not actually been at Cyndi’s the day Barbara announced it. I was convinced she made it up, but the yellow bolt arrived the very day I was there!