Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Heat Wave!


I know the entire country is experiencing unusual heat so I really can’t shouldn't complain, but… we are just not used to this kind of weather in Maine. I live in a 150 year old house which normally stays relatively cool when we close it up. NOT this summer! I rarely say it is too hot to quilt, but this stuff gives new meaning to “quilt ‘til you wilt”!

I have managed to finish a few more Noah and Matilda blocks (in the wee hours of the morning with a window air conditioner going full blast).

I love the antique neon I used for the basket on this one. And, the neon reproduction I used for the flower is one of all time favorites. It’s from a Kay England collection and I surely wish they would reprint it! 


I love this block as well. For some reason it is very relaxing to applique symmetrical designs. Funny, because I consider myself a very asymmetrical person! 


And, Cyndi (Busy Thimble) sent me this photo of our friend Ann and her wonderful bee quilt. Ann is just as sweet as her quilt! 


Hope you can all stay cool and get some quilting time!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Maine Quilts Part II


 The New England Quilt Museum had a wonderful display of quilts from the family. I had such a good time talking with Laura Lane and Pam Weeks, that I neglected to take photos! Luckily Cyndi (Busy Thimble) took some fantastic photos and has wonderful descriptions on her post (here).

My favorite part of this year’s show was the Quilter’s Alliance’s “Go Tell it at the Quilt Show”. I assisted Amy Milne while she filmed a few chosen quilters and their stories. I was moved to tears by more than one participant. My friend Ann Hussey was one of them. I have known Ann for nearly 30 years, but I learned more about her in 3 minutes than I had ever known before. Unfortunately, the photos I took of Ann did not come out and I didn't notice until I got home! I did however manage to get a photo of her entry into the "bee" challenge. Hers was my favorite. 

My friend Nena Cunningham brought a quilt she had made with a group to celebrate women’s right to vote. I was in tears as she explained the importance of the support we all get by quilting sharing in a group atmosphere. She discussed the efforts of the Suffragettes and how much we, as modern day women owe them. No one noticed when she went over her 3 minute time allotment! 

Virginia Morrell is one of our founding members. She brought a quilt she had made as a healing process after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in April of 2010. Virginia’s attention to detail and workmanship are always amazing. Her story was very moving.

Trudy Wollston brought a little quilt she had made while living in Portugal. This is a logo used in a beverage company in Portugal and Trudy made hers with yo yos instead of bottle caps. Fantastic! I loved it.


These are just a few of the quilter’s interviewed and they should all be up on the website in a few months. I will post a link when I find out when they are published. I gave an interview for “Save our Stories” on the Quilt Index years ago so I really wanted to help with this project. It was such a great experience for me. 

I was very fortunate to finally meet Christine Wickert. I have admired her work for years and my friend Gladi introduced me to this very talented quilter. She is just as lovely as her quilts. She won a blue ribbon, "Best Use of Color", Best Hand Quilting" and "Best Use of Embellishments" It is spectacular! It is all silk. 

And in closing, this was my friend Kathy's bee entry.  She calls it "Buzz Words". 
It is simply adorable!


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Monthly Mini Recap


Here’s a recap of 5 fantastic minis for July. Just click and see what we’ve been up to! And, if I have missed anyone this month, please let me know. I have finally fixed the Blogger e-mail problem – after 3 tries!

Kyle’s (Timeless Reflections) July quilt is right in season! Janet (Rogue Quilter) is mad for plaid with her adorable July mini.  Barbara's (Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors) little quilt has an interesting story attached! And Randy (Barrister's Block) couldn't remember if it was her June or July quilt, but is so cute that we just don't care!
Do check them all out!

 Our state show - Maine Quilts 2018 - was last weekend and although everyone who volunteered is exhausted, we had a ball! It was a great show and as I mentioned in my last post we had a very special exhibit of Marjorie Lydecker's stunning quilts. It was simply fantastic to see so many of Marge's quilts in one place. Aren't they amazing? I tried to chose a favorite, but I couldn't. I loved them all. 

I did not get any great close ups, but Gladi (Gladi's Quilts) did and I highly recommend you pay her a visit to see the details. Thanks Gladi! 

I also enjoyed assisting Amy Milne (Quilter's Alliance) with her interviews, "Go Tell it at the Quilt Show". Each person was given up to 3 minutes to talk about the quilt they chose to bring. It was a wonderful experience for me to watch and I will post more on the participants later. Marge did her 3 minute talk in front of her quilts. 

I cried as she described this blue and white quilt that she made for her 50th Anniversary. She is such a treasure!

I didn't put anything into our judged section this year, but Pat Harrison gave me a NACQJ award anyway. What an honor! It was for my "Gooseberry Pie" potholder quilt that I made in the (Foothills) quilt sew-a-long with Mary Elizabeth Kinch. 
It was a quilt to make. Mary Elizabeth's book, Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts is one of my favorites!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Toile a la la la...


I finished my July mini last night. I wanted something really quick and easy for such a busy month. Can’t get much easier than 3” finished toiles with sashing. I like the way it turned out though. And, best of all, it’s finished before the end of the month! 
I love that Betsy Chutchian blue border fabric! It is from her Rachel Remembered line.


If you are in New England over the weekend I’d love to see at our state show (Maine Quilts 2018) at the Augusta, Maine Civic Center. It is always a good show.

There are a number of special exhibits this year including some wonderful antiques from the New England Quilt Museum, “Specimens” by Susan Carlson and “Not Patience, Perseverance” by a very special friend, Marjorie Lydecker.  I cannot wait to see many of Marge’s spectacular quilts all in one place. She is one of my idols!

I have three quilts in the show this year. I finally finished my “Quilty 365” quilt so it will be there along with 2 potholder quilts. One of the things I love about our show is that our “judged” section is separate from the rest of the show. I think many people (especially new quilters) would be intimidated to have their quilt judged and I like that we encourage all quilters to enter their quilts. I love seeing first time quilters join in the fun!

So, I hope you get a chance to stop by!


Friday, July 20, 2018

Back online!


Between 10 glorious days with family and then a week without internet, I am way behind on my Blogging time. And, I am still not getting e-mails from Blogger. I have tried all the suggestions so I may have to go back to square one. If I don’t respond to your comment, it is because I haven’t received it. I’m hanging by a technological thread as it is. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!

I have been working on three secret sewing projects so I don’t have a lot to share in my great come back post. I have done a bit of sorting of my feedsack collection and found a number of them with logos printed on them. 


Some of the manufacturers numbered their designs. The number stayed the same with each different colorway.  It’s always fun when I find a new one. 

 

This fabric is part of one of my secret sewing projects. Isn't it wild? Stay tuned! 

Have a great fun filled weekend!

Friday, July 13, 2018

June minis better late than never!

I can’t believe how June flew by! I pieced this little top at our retreat using some of my favorite Dutch fabrics. 

We've all been busy this summer and I have no single excuse for being so late in posting. I apologize to Janet, Kyle and Barbara for taking so long to post their June minis.

Janet's (Rogue Quilter) little gem has a distinct patriotic flavor. Love it! I love how Barbara (Quilts, Gravestones, and Elusive Ancestors)  incorporated selvedges in her June mini. Kyle (Timeless Reflections) used some very sweet vintage flower garden blocks to create her mini. Adorable!

I neglected to post a photo of this little gem that Christina (Tina) made for me. She often comes up with little surprises!
A while ago, she had asked "the sistahs" for our favorite colors. When we arrived at retreat, she gave each of us one of these special hand embroidered pieces in our selected colors. A few of us had experienced some tough times in the past weeks so the saying was particularly appropriate!

We spent 10 fabulous days in this magical place where my husband's grandfather was born. It was hard to say goodbye to our son and his family and it has difficult getting back to reality! 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sweet Retreat


Another wonderful Seven Sisters retreat has come and gone. We all wonder how our 3 day stay together can end so quickly. We also wonder why no matter how hard we try to pare down the food and projects we bring, we always end up with too much of both!

I was working on some secret sewing, so I don’t have many photos to share. I did manage to piece my June mini top and will try to get it quilted this week. 
And, a little late night mishap stitching!


Fotini enjoyed her stay despite her inability to work on anything due to a minor mishap – a broken wrist! The rest of us played Little Red Hen and all took a part in stitching her top together. Kathy will do her quilting magic and it will be ready in time for the wedding at the end of July. 




Charlotte stitches us all under the table. She is like the Energizer Bunny! 


Christina can turn the tiniest “discards” into something amazing. I am itching to start one like this! 


Karen M. was working on her fabulous kit from Missouri Star Company. I forgot to get a photo of the center, it is stunning! 

Kathy (on the left) is a creative flea and always works on a dozen or more projects at once. And Karen B. (on the left - aka Susie Karen) was working on some adorable orphan triangle blocks. 
We try to have a challenge of some sort and last year Fotini had given us a bag with instructions to fill it with "unwanted" fabrics over the course of the year. We dumped them all on the table and we all politely grabbed our favorites! And since there is never enough fabric we all made a short trip down the road to visit Cyndi at The Busy Thimble. If you ever get to Maine you MUST visit. It is the best quilt shop ever!!

And, of course we all managed to have fun doing what we do best!

As we said our goodbyes, we decided that our next year's spring retreat would be at the Vermont Quilt Festival. I hope we see some of you there! 



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sapphire Stars - Home at Last!


I had such fun following along on Kevin’s (Kevin the Quilter) “Sapphire Stars” mystery quilt! Since I am in charge of veteran’s quilts in my local quilt group, I make quite a few. But, this one was special to extra me and I wanted it to go to someone I love. I missed his birthday and Memorial Day, but I finally got it to him this week. It was beautifully quilted by my friend Kathy Boudreau (no blog). She did a fantastic job!

My little brother Sam. Isn’t he cute? Thank you for your service sweetie!


And, thanks Kevin for hosting this fun mystery quilt. Hope you do another one soon!


Friday, June 8, 2018

Feeling fortunate

Imagine my surprise when I opened this package from Australia and out came this little gem! Tara (Tazzie Quilts) made this as a thank you for sending her some 1880's conversational prints she had been searching for. I will be sending her every new conversational piece I find for the rest of my life!! I adore this quilt. I thought I had every reproduction print ever made, but apparently not as there are some in this quilt that I have never even seen. It is so "me"! Thanks a million Tazzie!! (I stole plucked the photo from her blog as the one I took this morning did not do it justice! 


If you follow my blog regularly, you know of my constant quest for the elusive “neon” (20th century term) fabrics of the 1890’s. They were in fashion for such a short period of time and although there were a great many of them produced, they are very hard to come by. There have been a few reproductions over the years – but NEVER enough! I have amassed quite a collection, so it is always fun to find one that I don’t own. I opened my mail last night to see this lovely pile pour out of the package. Wow! Kevin (Kevin the Quilter) knows how much I love them and actually found one that I do not have. This was from a line done by Pilgrim and Roy and this particular print was my favorite in the line. I have it in green and black, but not the brown (until now). Thanks a million Kevin!!!!

I feel so very fortunate to have met so many wonderful people through quilts and quilting. I was sitting at my machine this morning and I noticed that I could see 10 special gifts from friends in this small area! 
The long pin cushion just under the machine is from Barb (Fun with Barb)
The cute little stiletto is from Rose (Something Rose Made)
The gingerbread soap is from Janet (Rogue Quilter) I keep it there for the aroma!
The little lady bug needle threader is from Karen (no blog)
The little mouse pin cushion is from Charlotte (no blog)
The wool pin cushion on my Ott light is from Susie (no blog, not even a quilter)
The mug rug under my cup is from Randy (Barrister’s Block)
The mug is from my guild (PTQG) for services rendered
The mat under my machine is from Kathy (no blog)
And, the little 1 ½” squares (my current feeder project) are from Cyndi (Busy Thimble) who gave me 742 at my last visit!

And this is but the tip of the iceberg. My entire sewing room house is full of special gifts. For these friends and those not mentioned above (you know who you are) I am extremely grateful!!



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

May Mini quilt recap


I have been so far behind in my blog posting and reading that I missed posting all the great May minis! Here are the links to all the fantastic gems from:

Randy - Barrister's Block (Love those bow ties!!)
Janet - Rogue Quilter (Looks like it is from Maine with those great trees!)
Barbara - Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors (Perfect for Memorial Day!)
Kyle - Timeless Reflections (May baskets are among my favorites!!)
and mine - Constant Quilter (a coastal reflection!) 

I think I promised this last month, but I will promise once again to be better at posting these little minis in a timely fashion by the end of June - Wink!

Here's a quilty picture to go with the post since I have nothing else to offer! 



Monday, June 4, 2018

Sound familiar?


It had been weeks since I stepped foot in my sewing room. I’m able to manage a few moments of hand stitching each morning, but I have been itching to sit down at my machine. So early Saturday morning I turned it on...

As I feed the pieces through the machine, I wonder why I’m not accomplishing as much as I’d like to these days. I notice my coffee mug is empty so I run downstairs to get a fresh cup. Wait, is that the dryer buzzer? O.k. just a quick fold before I head back up. Hmm, better throw in another load as I may be upstairs for a while. Oops, dropped a towel off the top of the pile. Argh, how is it I missed the dust under this table? Better do the whole floor over. Vacuum cleaner bag is full again. How can we be out of them? A quick run to the hardware store. Oh, what pretty flowers they have today. I really must look through every box to pick just the right one! I’d better put these in the ground right away, it won’t take long. Wow, that Lily of the Valley has really spread, I think I’ll just move a few out front. The phone rings as I enter the house. “Lunch? Oh, I’d love to but I am planning on spending the day in my sewing room. She did what? You don’t say………… o.k., catch you later!” Too late to make a salad, just grab some crackers and get back upstairs! Good grief, how could all those crumbs come from one box? Fine, I’ll vacuum now, it won’t take that long. You’re kidding me, I’m sure I bought this brand last time – they don’t fit? Fine, back to the hardware store to exchange the bags. Done! Now back to my sewing! Although, now that I have a new bag in I might as well finish the rest of the downstairs. Who is that at the door? Can’t quite make it out through this window. Oh good, just the mailman. Better clean that window. O.k., that’s it, back to the sewing room. Who turned on my machine? I hear a voice from downstairs, “want me to start dinner?” So…. Does this sound familiar? 

And, on another “does this happen to you?” note – Do you ever find yourself stitching with the same colors as your outfit of the day? I’m usually lucky if my socks match let alone matching my sewing project! 
Happy Quilting Today!!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Quilt-a-thon!


Our local group holds a quilt-a-thon 4 times a year. We meet at the West Bath Fire Station and have the hall for the entire day. Everyone brings a dish to share and works on whatever they fancy. Although I get much more done when sewing alone at home, stitching and laughing (not to mention eating) with friends is so much more fun. It always reminds me of the song in the Music Man (with the words changed to suit the task!), “Stitch a little, talk a little, stitch a little, talk a little, eat, eat, eat, stitch a lot talk a little more”! Saturday’s group was very productive.


Megan was working on her Flying Geese blocks. Megan always amazes me! She is the Farm Manager and Educator at the Chewonki Foundation. So, after a long day of tending livestock, gardens and children she plays with fabrics! She hand dyed all of these vintage feedsacks with natural dyes from the farm. I am sorry to say that my photos do not do them justice.
The colors are absolutely gorgeous and so soft to the touch. Dying is such a trial and error process, especially with natural dyes and mordants. I didn't see any "errors" in this batch! 


This corner (Jackie, Jerry, Sandy and others) was busy making "kennel pads" for local animal shelters. I forgot to ask how many they have made already, but I know it is "a lot"! 

More worker bees!

I finished a veteran’s top and gave it to Kathy the quilting angel. Of course I forgot to get a photo but I will post it when it comes back and I have put the binding on.

I hope you all get a chance to stitch with a friend this week!