Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Quilt-a-long with Bea and Cecile

A few more hexagon flowers for my quilt-a-long with Bea and Cecile (Patchwork Inspirations).
I am beginning to play with the setting. I think this panel from Moda’s Collection for a Cause – “Preservation” will be my center.
We are to make at least 16 “flower” blocks in January and February. With the temperature a mere zero this morning, flowers are just what I need!

Bea and Cecile have a Facebook (here) page for the sew-a-long as well. Do visit all the wonderful floral blocks. They are all gorgeous!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Happy Days!

I feel like I have unearthed a four leaf clover from our white ground cover! So many happy things have come my way. 

First, I discovered my Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt was in issue #129 of Quiltmania. You may recall Doreen (Aunt Reen’s Place) curated a fabulous exhibition of these quilts at Houston last Fall. Quiltmania chose to publish two, mine and Karen Beigh’s (Log Cabin Quilts) wonderful chocolate background beauty. This is the third time I have had a quilt in this magazine. I think I need to go to France! 

On Sunday I had a rare day alone in my sewing room! I began preparations for the string-a-long with Lori (Humble Quilts) and was able to complete 4 little hexie flowers for my sew-a-long with Bea and Cecile. Super day! 

Then I found out last night that I was a winner (through Heather’s, Peachy Pages blog) in Diane Knott’s (Butterfly Threads) blog hop give away for her new book, “Strip Quilt Secrets”. I love Diane’s quilts and her blog. I’m sure I will gleen some helpful hints for Lori’s string quilt-a-long. Thanks Diane! 

And as if that wasn’t enough, we had a wonderful 1 year birthday dinner party with this little man. My daughter made a delicious cake (his first taste of sugar!) which he devoured with glee. I simply cannot believe an entire year has flown by. 
I am blessed!

Friday, January 11, 2019

AQSG Quilt Study 2018

Reading one of my favorite blogs this morning - Sandra Starling’s (Textile Time Travels) reminded me that I had not posted about my participation in the AQSG Quilt Study for 2018. We had to keep it secret until the seminar in Maryland last October and I just forgot about it. 
The theme was “200 Years of Solid Color Quilts”. My friend Laurie LaBar (Maine State Museum) had made a little reproduction of one of a beautiful 18th century Maine wool quilt back in 2016 for our state show. I thought it would the perfect entry and encouraged her to enter only to realize (or rather remember) that you needed to make your reproduction specifically for this quilt study and that it had to be unveiled at the seminar. Here’s Laurie standing between her the original quilt and her sweet little reproduction. I might add that this was Laurie's first attempt at quiltmaking! 

So, we decided to team up and make another reproduction of this same quilt. Laurie did all the paperwork and the quilting design work and I put it together and quilted it. I had to hand dye the salmon fabric as it was a bit bright. It was a learning experience for sure. I love using wool batting, but it’s not easy to hand quilt through all that wool woven fabric! How on earth did they do that in the 18th century by lamp (or candle) light? So here is Laurie at last year's seminar with our collaboration: "Wooly Mammoth". 
It is hard to see in the above photo, but I made this one in the same shape as the original and I must say those little inverted curves on the binding were not fun to do! 

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts) and Barb (Fun With Barb) made super little quilts and remembered to post theirs! Do check them out (Cynthia’s) (Barb’s) along with Sandra’s little gem (here). You can read about how the study plan works and get the touring schedule on the AQSG website (here).

Next year’s (2020) quilt study theme is “medallion quilts”. Oh boy am I in trouble. Medallions are my favorites (next to the potholder method and hexagons and applique quilts and feedsack blocks and…)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Healing House Blocks

I finally finished a few house blocks for victims of the California fires. I have had friends and family who have lost their homes to fire. It is something no one wants to imagine. Thank you Lori (Humble Quilts) for posting (here) the request for 10” finished house blocks to be sent to:

Debbie’s Quilt Shop
6287 Fremont Dr.
Magalia, CA 95954

You can make any house block you want as long as it finishes 10”. A BIG thank you to Diane Knott (ButterflyThreads) for allowing Lori to post her pattern for this one (here). These went together very quickly and I hope to make more when I get another 20 minutes!

Diane is also hosting a Blog Hop for several chances to win her new book, “Strip Quilt Secrets”. Diane’s books are full of colorful quilts and easy to follow directions. Hop on over to get the full details (here).

Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Congratulations Mrs. Sew and Sew - It's a Quilt!

After 17 months of fun and frivolity, my Noah and Matilda quilt is finally finished! I have enjoyed every stitch of this quilt! And, I have had so much fun watching others post their versions on Dawn’s Facebook page. There are so many fabulous renditions, it would be wonderful to have a “Noah and Matilda” exhibition someday – wouldn’t it Dawn – hint, hint!

Normally it would only take a few weeks to go from this 
to this
but with the holidays in between… let’s just say I feel justified in missing my goal of finishing in 2018 by just a few short days. Actually, it feels good to have this be my first finish of the new year.

The only thing I have struggled with on this quilt (except for a few minor do overs!) is what to name it. It has been my practice to give my potholder quilts a title with some reference to cooking. After much bantering about, I have gone back to my original thought. Since 2018 was our 40th anniversary year, I am calling it “Our Ruby Anniversary Cake”. Silly, but I could think of now other iterations that would work. Let me know if you have a better name for it.

Once again, I would like to thank Dawn (Collector with a Needle) and her daughter who drafted the patterns. They were a joy to work with and I highly recommend them!

My next long term applique project is one that has been running around my head for a while. I hope to start it soon before I am tempted by any more sew-a-longs. Thanks for sticking with me!!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Pam Buda - Vintage Patchwork - UPDATE

As mentioned in my New Year's post, one of my 2019 goals is to make one project from Pam Buda’s Vintage Patchworkbook each month. You can get the book directly from Pam (here).
I’d love to have some more guinea pigs followers to join in the fun. You can make one or all twelve – No Pressure! In fact, the only pressure I allow in my quilt room is under the iron! 

I decided to follow Pam’s instructions completely, which is a real stretch for me as I don’t follow directions well! (I can hear some of you laughing!!). I have to say Pam makes it so easy. You can make everything (yes, all 12) from the book with forty 10” squares. You can use precuts or cut your favorite fabrics. I chose my own because I like to prewash my fabrics. I love the system of tracking each fabric by sticking them on the chart.
Included in the book is a large sheet of cutting directions. You simply label 12 little plastic bags and place each project’s pieces in them.
Cutting is not one of my favorite parts of quilting, and this process made things so simple.
Now all I have to do is grab the baggie and whip up a quilt!

Randy (Barrister's Block) and Cathy (Big Lake Quilter) have finished their first little quilt as well and they are absolutely spectacular! Do check them out!!

The only problem is that this first one was so much fun, I want to make all of them right now!!

Since I will be posting my monthly mini quilts at the end of the month, I will be posting these projects on the first week. Chime in any time!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Little Wool Goes a Long Way - All the way to California!

A while ago, I told Randy (Barrister’s Block) that I love to collect wool fabric, but I rarely use it. Randy’s wool creations are wonderful and we decided it was high time I made something too!

She found a wonderful Kim Diehl pattern which was offered as a free pattern by Martingale Press and said “hey, let’s make this together!”. The only rule was to have it finished by the end of the year. So, this is the one I made 

and this is Randy’s fabulous quilt. 

We both learned a lot in this little challenge. We both admitted it was a lot more wool work than we had anticipated. We both tweaked the pattern, but Randy's tweaking came out way better than mine. I LOVE the sunflower! 

I definitely got better as I went along, but I quickly realized that I really prefer needle turn cotton applique and I think I need to stop collecting wool! Thanks Randy for the nudge! I had a ball!

We like to begin and end the year with a hike. The end of year hike was relatively short. We lost all our Thanksgiving snow due to rain and temps well above normal. However on Saturday the temps dropped to below 20 degrees and we were really feeling the cold. We hiked up to a ridge over the Kennebec River and listened to the ice coming down and crashing against the rocks. It sounded like a twenty car pile up! We thought about going down the hill to get a closer look, but were afraid we might not get back up the icy trail! 

 Our New Year’s Day hike was warmer but super windy. We walked to the end of our road with my daughter and her family and watched the surf. The swells were magnificent, but since the tide was out, it was hard to get a picture of just how high the waves were. 
Happy New Year!!