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.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Oh, the wonders of the internet.


As I was searching for something totally unrelated, I came across a quilt I had made in 1991 titled, “Hoffman Garden”. It was part of the Great American Quilt Festival II. I think the theme may have been something to do with flowers. Contests were pretty sparse back then. I had entered the first festival in 1986 and had my name published in the book, "All Flags Flying" as being runner up from Maine. 

I decided to try again in 1991 and won. It was a purchase award by the American Folk Art Museum (Then known as the Museum of American Folk Art). I traveled with my friend to New York City to attend the ceremony and met my idol, Jean Ray Laury. She could see I was nervous and was ever so sweet to me. There was no publication for the second contest, so I had lost track of this all together. 

 As far as the quilt is concerned, I hope "I've come a long way baby"!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

More Noah and Matilda #2


Here are a few more blocks in my second version of Noah and Matilda. I absolutely love this color palette. 

I think I was secretly born in Lancaster! 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Noah and Matilda Go To Lancaster


I had so much fun on the journey with my first Noah and Matilda quilt (here) that I decided to make another! My color palette was an easy choice. I love these bright Lancaster colors and have been collecting them for a while for another project that is still in the design stage.

Here are the first few blocks:
 

This one will be much smaller – only 9 blocks plus border. I chose 9 of the symmetrical blocks which I will set on point. I think I have decided on the border fabric and I will most likely make applied corner blocks. Stay tuned!

You can get your own Noah and Matilda patterns at Collector With a Needle (here). And you can follow along on Dawn's Facebook Page (here) to watch more Noah and Matilda's emerge! 

I'm linking up with Em's Scrapback this morning (here). Do hop over and take a look at what's going on. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Hospital Sketches - Virginia Coxcomb


Here is block #2 in Barbara Brackman’s “Hospital Sketches” sew-a-long. Once again, I am having difficulty capturing that wonderful yellow/green background fabric. I love this block! To keep the “scrappy” theme, I made a few minor changes. I split the leaf into 2 greens and added a tiny touch to the motif with the heart in it as I needed a bit more purple in the block. 

 this is a bit better color representation - still not perfect!

And to answer Barb’s (FunWith Barb) question, here is the back of my Bea and Cecile sew-a-ling quilt. It is a wonderful Di Ford fabric. I seem to be on a bird kick! Don't worry Kyle, I have the label made and will put it on this week! 


Have you had enough of winter? I will leave you with a true story (in her own words) that happened to my friend Karen M. just last week - enjoy!


Yesterday, I had to drive (Google said one hour) to the Subaru dealer in Auburn. Because there are no roads East to West in New England, just highways North to South, I took back roads because that was the most direct. Not a good idea this time of year with pot holes and bumps. 

So, I was picking my way, avoiding the holes and bumps which meant no straight line driving. After about half an hour, I noticed a police car behind me, so I pulled over so he could pass.  I was sure he was busier than I was and needed to get there faster.  He didn't pass me, so I continued picking my way.  Then I decided to pull over where there was a longer view of the road and place to pass me.....and he didn't.  Now there is a line of cars (three, which is a line here) behind me.

A little while later I noticed his flashers were on (no siren) so I pulled over for him to pass me figuring he now had some place to go in a hurry. Well, as you more savvy people know, he pulled over and got out of his car. I grabbed my license as he was approaching the car.

Rolling down my window and there he was: Maine State trooper, all decked out, hat too big, assessing me with his piercing eyes. No doubt in my mind that he was ten years old.

"License and registration."  Now, sleuth that I am, I'm thinking maybe I have a tail light out and he's going to let me know. Then he told me that my license was enough and he went back to his cruiser to check it out. Returning, he said he was concerned with my erratic driving, crossing the center line sometimes and then holding the right curb at others. When I explained I was just avoiding the potholes and bumps, I know he wanted to just shake his head....but he didn't. 

Very politely he returned my license and advised me to have a nice day.  He can't be from these parts, or he would have known what I was doing! 

The 70,273 Project


Help is still needed - see below.

Three years ago, Jeanne Hewell Chambers took on a monumental project.

Here is her brief overview:
Between January 1940 and August 1941, Nazis murdered 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people – men, women, teens, boys, and girls. Though they never even laid eyes on the disabled person they were evaluating, the Nazi doctors read the medical files and, if from the words on the page, the person was deemed “unfit” or an “economic burden on society”, the doctor placed a red X at the bottom of the form. Three doctors were to read each medical file, and when two of them made a red X on the page, the disabled person’s fate was sealed.

I will commemorate these 70,273 voiceless, powerless people who were so callously and casually murdered by gathering 70,273 blocks of white fabric (representing the paper the doctors read), each bearing two red X’s (representing one person), and I will stitch them together into quilts. 

Am I crazy? Maybe. But Bones say I can’t not do this. I can’t change history – can’t un-ring that bell – but I can commemorate the lives of these 70,273 disabled people in this small way . . . if you’ll help. (I’ve done the math, and I just can’t do it alone.) See where it says “70273” at the top of the page? If you’ll click on that, you’ll find all sorts of information about how and why to become involved. Take some time poking around the pages, and when you’re ready, join us.

When I first heard about the project, I thought she was (as she says) crazy. I couldn’t imagine that she could ever reach this goal. But, for obvious reasons, I couldn’t let this rest so I started making and sending blocks. Miraculously, blocks and quilts started piling up. She changed rules to include smaller (more doable for me) “middling” quilts which made these double x’s grow even more. Imagine my surprise to find this photo of Jeanne at the Houston Quilt Festival standing by one of my little quilts (the one on the top). 


So here we are 3 years and 70,273 people honored and remembered later! The goal was reached in February, but she still needs out help. There is still piecing and quilting needed for all the collected blocks. If you can help in any way please visit her blog (here) and let Jeanne know how you can help. 

Congratulations and thanks a million Jeanne!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Bea and Cecile - flower sew-a-long

I scrapped the first two border choices in favor of the red pheasants. This is always a fun sew-a-long. There is so much variety. Do take a look at the Facebook group (here) and see all the wonderful quilts. I finished mine a bit early as I needed the therapy of hand quilting this week.

I would like to thank all of you for your kind comments on my last post. It meant a lot to me. It's been a tough week. Life is so short. Make sure to take a little extra time for yourself today. You deserve it!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Hole in my Heart


There’s a hole in my heart.
It happened today
As my very best friend
simply faded away.

There’s a hole in my heart
That I’ll fill up and seal
With all of the memories
And love that I feel.
  
Rest in Peace my special friend
Francie Jean Philbrook
August 3, 1957 – March 1, 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019

Vintage Patchwork - Emma


Wow, it is March already! You may remember that Pam named each of her 12 little projects in the book after books that were popular in the Victorian era. This month’s sweet little quilt is called “Emma”. I used the triangle corner method that I learned from Cyndi (Busy Thimble) many years ago so I did not have to add a hanging sleeve. 

You can get a copy of Pam's book (here).

It is no wonder Randy (Barrister’s Block) hopped in to finish this one early as she has an adorable granddaughter with the same name.

Cathy (Big Lake Quilter) joined in this month too with a monthly mini and her version of little “Emma”. So sweet!

You can join in any time. Make one or all of Pam’s sweet little projects. The next two months are pin keeps so it will be pretty easy to keep up.

I’ll leave you with a few images of the snow we have had in northern Maine this past week. The 50 mile an hour winds buried dozens of vehicles. The Border Patrol helped to dig people out. We had the winds here on the coast, but thankfully not the snow!

Have a great day.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Monthly mini - February Snow

This month’s mini is in honor of the great Earle Scruggs. One of my favorite albums growing up was “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” (Lester Flat and Earle Scruggs) and my favorite song on the vinyl was “February Snow”. 

My friend Karen won two little Hmong appliques at our annual auction back in October and she gave me one. It reminded me of one of the wonderful snow art (made by walking in the snow with snowshoes!) of Simon Beck.
The border print is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I liked the name. It’s a Hoffman print titled “Call of the Wild Snowflake”. I machine quilted the border in jagged lines that looked somewhat icicle like. I felt the hand appliqued center deserved a little hand quilting. 

Here are links to all the fabulous monthly minis. Do take a look! Please let me know if I have missed anyone. As always, feel free to jump in any time. If you've made a mini just let me know and I'll link it up! I try to post them in the last few days of the month.

Randy (Barrister'sBlock) Randy has both her monthly mini and her Pam Buda in this post. Way to go!!
Cathy (Big Lake Quilter) Cathy has her Pam Buda project in her post as well.
Quilting Babcia (AmityQuilter)

Monday, February 25, 2019

Sizzling String-a-Long

Here are a few more string quilt blocks waiting for me to finish the bindings. 
As I mentioned before I am determined to make these potholder blocks completely by machine. After 20 plus potholder quilts, I am finding it to be quite a challenge to rely solely on the machine. I put the first few bindings on the back and brought them around to the front like this.
Then I made a mistake and put it on the conventional way and found I liked it better even though there is an extra stitch line on the front.
I didn't like that little flappy edge on the front, and I figured I would be making the same mistake 48 more times, so I am just doing the rest the conventional way!

You can see all the wonderful “string” quilt wonders at Lori’s (Humble Quilts) link up today. Thanks for the challenge Lori!