Monday, June 24, 2019

C1880 9-patch blocks

It has been the worst Spring ever for me! Dark, dreary weather and a few other not so nice surprises. So… it was very nice to find these wonderful little blocks (and label for the back of my quilt) from Pam Buda in my mailbox.

I am so thankful that Pam asked me to participate in the swap of these little gems.
I have had so much fun making these, but I am not very good about posting! Now on to piecing the rows.

Do check out Pam’s Blog (here) and Facebook page (here) join in the fun!

I am off to the Vermont QuiltFestival for a few days of Q & R (quilts and relaxation). Hope to see you there! And, I hope when things settle down, I will be a better Blogger!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Vintage Patchwork - June project

This month’s project from PamBuda’s Vintage Patchwork is called “Little Women”. It is a sweet one for sure. I did simple machine quilting in the ditch as I wanted to get it done in time to send it off as soon as I finished it.
I sent 8 of my monthly mini quilts (posted previously on my blog) to the Hopes and Dreams quilt challenge for ALS.

I have lost two friends to this dreaded disease in the past few years and I want to do all I can to help this project. I found out about it in a pamphlet in a package of Quilters Dream wool batting. You can make a quilt for an ALS patient or send a mini quilt to be sold to raise funds. The information is on their website (here). Count each day as a blessing. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Monthly mini/indigo challenge

This month’s mini is a “twofer”! It is my monthly mini, but also a challenge proposed by Sandy (My Material Creations). 

When Sandy posted that she had acquired some wonderful antique indigo fabrics (here) I admit I was green with envy. All I could think of was how I hoped I could stumble onto a treasure trove like that someday. And just like that, my dream came true.

Sandy asked me if I would like to be part of a 4 person [Sandy (My Material Creations), Janet (RogueQuilter), Barbara (Quilts Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors) and me] challenge to make a little quilt utilizing these fabulous fabrics. Would I? Oh yes!!

I was overwhelmed when my package of “scraps” arrived in the mail. A gallon sized bag of 17 different antique (c1890) indigo prints. Wow! I couldn’t wait to start. Sandy had already given us a taste of her little blue and white 9-patch (here) – gorgeous! Janet’s post of her little cheddar and blue gem (here) really got the juices flowing!

So, what if I could make one using my favorite colors. I went to my antique bin to see if I could find enough color to suit me. I’m happy with how the center came out. 
I was able to find a border print (c1880) that I rescued from a mouse eaten quilt top years ago. I hand quilted it using a split wool batting.

Normally I make oversized blocks and just lop off edges as I work along. I am much more careful with these antique pieces, giving them the respect they deserve. I wonder if 100 years from now, someone will find my stash of fabrics and be as thrilled with them as I am with these.

Just look at the gorgeous creations our team came up with!
Sandy (My Material Creations)

Thanks Sandy, for the fabrics and the challenge!

 And, here are a few non-indigo monthly minis:
Barb (Fun with Barb) made a marvelous modern mini (here)
Sandy (My Material Creations) made a second mini just for the monthly challenge (here) wow!
Pat (Taylor's Outback) made an adorable mini from Pam Buda's Vintage Patchwork this month. Check it out (here) is is so sweet!

Great job everyone!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hospital Sketches #4 Coxcomb and Currants

This 4th block in Barbara Brackman’s “Hospital Sketches” sew-a-long was right up my alley! I love appliqueing little circles. I could do this all day long! 

This one is wild and scrappy just like me! Check out all the renditions of this block on the Facebook page (here)

We finally had a day with sun and I was able to get a photo that better captures the green of my background.
I hope all of you are finally experiencing Spring. It’s been slow coming to Maine, but we finally hit above 60 degrees yesterday. Back to September weather today, but I’m sure Spring will be back soon. Enjoy the day!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Humble Quilts mini swap

Debby asked me to post the quilt I sent her since she doesn't have a blog. I thought the best way would be do it in a separate post, so here is the little quilt I made for Debby in Washington. This year's swap was the best one yet! Thanks again Lori!!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Noah and Matilda go to Lancaster

Welcome to the “overthinker’s club”! After choosing the perfect fabric for the border of my second Noah andMatilda quilt at Busy Thimble, I came home and dug out a few more – “just in case”. Of course, I went right back to my original choice. Do you do that too? 

I have already started to hand quilt it, so if you preferred one of the other choices for the border – please don’t let me know! Wink! 

I like to split my wool batts in half for a lower loft. I am using my preferred “Quilters Dream” for this one. It is easy to do in the potholder method as the pieces are so much smaller. This one was a bear. I ended up with a much thicker batt than I would normally use. I have found that battings do vary even from the same company. Some are very easy to split into even layers and others present a challenge. This one just wanted to be “fat”! The silver lining is that I now have lots of “shreds” for stuffing.

You can see lots of Noah andMatilda variations on the Facebook page (here). Such creativity!! 

You can get the pattern for this fabulous quilt from Dawn (Collector with a Needle). I had so much fun with the first one I had to do it again!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Vintage Patchwork - Huckleberry

Another sweet pin keep from Pam Buda’s “Vintage Patchwork” book. 

These little projects have been so much fun. I am so happy I took the time to pre-cut each project all at one time as Pam shows in the book. Now all I have to do is grab this month’s bag and stitch!

Randy (Barrister's Block) jumped ahead and made the little "War and Peace" log cabin quilt. Check it out - she made it in the potholder method!! Way to go Randy!

Hope you get lot's of stitching time today!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

April mini quilt - Spring Strings

Spring Strings. 

I love strippy quilts! Since I have been following along with Lori’s (Humble Quilts) string quilts sew-a-long I thought it would be fun to make a mini with some spring green and colorful strips. I know most people associate Spring with pastels, but I lean more toward the bright and bold colors! I adore the peachy orange tulips positioned next to those dark delicious purples. Yum! (sorry - no photo - nothing but the early tulips out yet).

Once again, I raided the orphan block box and started chopping strips. 
The backing is the last of a piece of fabric that my husband found for me in 1986. It was the first and last time he bought me fabric!
I have cherished it and the last little scrid will now go into the "pieces too small to use but too special to throw away" box. Yes, I am crazy, but I'm guessing some of you do the same thing!

Click on these blog sites to see the many marvelous minis of April. If I have overlooked anyone, please let me know. They are all sensational this month! I love them all!! Barbara's quilt is adorable, but her story makes it even more special! And Janet actually made two small quilts this month. 

Quilting Babcia (AmityQuilter)
It's never too late to jump in! We'd love to see your minis too!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap

This is the 5th time I have participated in Loris (Humble Quilts) mini quilt swap. This is the one I made for Debby in Washington. I hand pieced and hand quilted the center. Due to time constraints this month, I machine quilted the rest. I used some of my favorite early reproduction prints. Love those indigo prints and the border fabrics are designed by Petra Prins. Once again, all the fabrics in the quilt came from Busy Thimble. Thanks Cyndi!
Here's a picture from Debby after 
she received it.

And I am over the moon about the quilt Louise made for me. It will hang behind my “red” chair in the living room. I love it!
And, the extra goodies she packed inside are delightful. 

 I have already used the little thread cutter.

Thanks for another great swap Lori!
Lori (Humble Quilts) will be linking these up in a little while so you can see all of the little gems in one place.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Quilt Folk and Whizz Bang!

Issue #10 of the wonderful Quilt Folk magazine came to my house last weekend. I just adore this publication. It is well written; the photographs are sensational and it even smells good (I have a thing for paper and ink!).
Each issue features Vermont. You can’t go wrong with subjects like the Vermont Quilt Festival and the Shelburne Museum. They captured the true spirit (and I do mean “spirit”) of Richard Cleveland, one of VQF’s founders and showman extraordinaire!

But, the thing I like most about the magazine is that they keep coming up with wonderful new stories of quilters that are new to me. If you haven’t seen an issue, I highly recommend taking a look. You can find them (here).

Another treasure that arrived in the mail was Racheldaisy’s (Blue Mountain Daisy) new book, “Whizz Bang”.

I am such a fan of Rachel’s work. She takes color and texture to a new level. It is pure eye candy from page one to the end! And, she is just the sweetest person I have (n)ever met! 

I have limited my book purchases for the last few years. I am so happy that I did not resist the temptation to buy this one! You can order your copy from Quiltmania (here).

Friday, April 12, 2019

Signs of Spring!

Mud season is almost over  
and we are starting to see signs of spring.

My local group had scheduled a trunk show and class with miniature quilter extraordinaire, Leslie Muir Volpe for our guild’s April meeting. Unfortunately, she had to cancel so I filled in with a few of my mini quilts. I have posted most of my minis before, so I will share this little gem.

This lovely strippy was made for me by a dear sweet friend! She used one true antique fabric and challenged me to find it. Sue has a tremendous collection of reproduction prints. I had fun poring over each piece until I found it! Thanks a million Sue!!!
the antique piece is the one with the strawberry on the light background

I've been working on my April mini. Here's a sneak peak. Have a great day! 

Monday, April 8, 2019

Hospital Sketches - Love Apple

Block #3 in Barbara Brackman’s (Civil War Quilts)  “Hospital Sketches” sew-a-long is done.I adore the Love Apple block and I always enjoy making it. This was by far the largest I had ever done (18" finished), but it was a lot of fun. 

Once again, I am having trouble capturing that sweet pea green background fabric. 
My friend Meliss Swanson brought hers to our last meeting and we had fun showing them off. These two photos are a better representation of the color of my background. Meliss is machine appliqueing hers and they are spectacular! I love how she pieced 4 blocks together for her background.

You can see more of Meliss' work on the Hospital Sketches Facebook page (here)

It's not to late to join in the fun!

Friday, April 5, 2019

A quick trip

Last weekend we went to Florida to visit this little guy (and his parents).
We took him to the MoteAquarium in Sarasota because he loves watching the sharks.

Imagine my surprise when I spotted this fabulous quilt in the foyer. It was a fabulous example of texture and color.
If you are ever in the area it is worth stopping by just to look at this interesting quilt!

As for our boy, I miss him already!!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

String Fling & Pam Buda pin cushion update

I’m making progress on my potholder style string quilt sew-a-long with Humble Quilts. Check out Lori’s blog (here) for links to all the fun string quilts.

back - so far

I put all the bindings on at a recent quilt-a-thon and now all I have to do is machine stitch them down and put them together. 

The jury is still out on how I am going to like the machine zig-zag stitch, but this will likely go to our local Hospice and the recipient will love the colors and probably won’t notice the stitching!

And here is my monthly project from Pam Buda’s Vintage Patchwork book. April’s project is called “Walden” (you may remember Pam has titled all the projects in the book after 19th century books) and was a real cinch to whip up.
You just can’t have to many pin cushions! I think that is just what Randy (Barrister's Block) said when she posted her little pin cushion (here).

Cathy (Big Lake Quilter) finished her adorable little pin keep as well. Check it out (here). What fun!

Happy Spring!

Friday, March 29, 2019

March Monthly Mini - Goodbye Mud Season

"Goodbye Mud Season" 

I have to post my monthly mini a little early this month as I will be off line until April 2. I apologize to anyone who hasn't posted yet. I will link yours up next week.

I love living in Maine. Nature is all around us. We have vast forests, glorious mountains, abundant farmland, beautiful rivers and the spectacular ocean. Mother Nature has also graced us with an extra season. In between the wonders of Winter and the promise of Spring, we have “Mud Season”!

What could be more welcoming during mud season than to have some beautiful bright feedsacks up on the wall? I’ve admired Racheldaisy’s (Blue Mountain Daisy) fabulous colorful quilts forever, so when she came out with patterns, I snatched them up. I just love the name of this one “Charming Smiles”.  You can find her patterns on her Etsy site (here).

I reduced the size from the pattern to accommodate the mini theme. I thought that curve might be a challenge in such a small size but it went pretty smoothly. I think if I were to make it with feedsack fabric again, I would starch the fabric first. It's not perfect, but certainly what I call "close enough". 
I wanted to use a turquoise rickrack, but I didn't have enough so I went with the yellow. I'm thinking I bought this package in high school. Seventeen cents?!!! 
I used a vintage floral for the back. 

Here are links to all the fabulous monthly minis. As always, feel free to jump in any time. I try to post them in the last few days of the month.

Janet (RogueQuilter) 
Quilting Babcia (AmityQuilter)
And Karen (Log Cabin Quilter) has made a little bunny quilt this month that you will want to see!

Happy Mud Season!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

New England Quilt Museum visit

On Saturday I went on a most fabulous adventure to the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. I have been to the museum numerous times and each new visit is better than the last! This time I went on via a bus trip organized by Meliss (no blog, but her FB page is here) for our local Kaleidoscope Quilters group.
Laura, Barb and me having fun!

And, the best part of this visit was meeting up with friends, Pam Weeks and Laura Lane from the museum and our own Barb (Fun with Barb). I forgot my iPad and I am horrible at getting good photos with my phone, but if you want to see some fantastic pictures visit Barb’s post (here). We had a ball!

There were 4 exhibits, each with its own appeal. The main gallery featured, "Guns: Loaded Conversations" by the Studio Art Quilt Associates. Pam made it quite clear that this was an exhibition of quilts protesting “gun violence”, not guns in general. I must admit they were disturbing and it was difficult to look at them as quilts and not simply what they represent.

There were two rooms filled with the little quilts of Nancy Messier. What a remarkable artist. Her quilts are absolutely amazing! This one was one of my favorites. 

The “Just for the Fun of It” exhibition of quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy collection was sensational. None of my photos came out so to see some great photos check out Barb's post (here).

My quilt pick of the day was this little gem in the permanent collection of the museum. I love the fact that it not only has the 4 poster cutouts, but it has little buttons which at one time were used to fasten the loop around the tiny bed post. Sweet as can be! 

After lunch we got back on the road and headed to the Quilted Crow in Bolton, for a little retail therapy. A fun day was had by ALL. Thanks Meliss for organizing such a great trip.