Monday, November 30, 2020

November Mini

 My November mini, “Madders of My Heart” utilizes some of my favorite reproduction “madder” fabrics. I don’t wear brown, but I surely love it in nature and in antique quilts. 

I used this beautiful stripe as my sashing.

Visit my fellow “Mad Mini Makers” to see what to see their November creations.

 Quilting Babcia (Amity Quilter)

Randy (Barrister’s Block)

Cathy (Big Lake Quilter)

Barb (Fun with Barb)

Shasta (High Road Quilter)

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Sandy (My Material Creations)

Barbara (Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors)

Janet (Rogue Quilts)

Kyle (Timeless Reflections)

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts)

 And, I discovered something silly, but interesting over the weekend. I got a new phone recently and there are so many more emoji’s than my old phone I was sure I would be able to find a quilting one. I could not believe the obscure images I found and not one even close to being quilt related. Being from Maine, I love curling as much as the next person, but I cannot believe I found a curling stone and not one image of even a needle and thread! Are there really more curlers in the world than quilters?

Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving


This is the sentiment I want to send along to everyone… 

 But, although we are thankful for so many things, I know we all wish that the world will be in a better place by next Thanksgiving. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Snap out of it!

 That is what I keep telling myself. I was doing so well for a while, hanging on to the positive and ignoring the negative. But the last few weeks have taken their toll. Although I continue to quilt each day, I have lost my Blogging mojo. In fact, I have had very little screen time in the past few months. I really need to regroup and get the “zip” back into my daily routine. I miss my blogging friends!!

 I have been working on my 3rd pot luck quilt, “Stash Hash” every day. 

I have used up all the little batting scraps.

The scrap baskets themselves don’t seem to be going down, although I have used up a few really oldies. 

I usually cull them down just before our monthly Kaleidoscope meeting for the freebee table, but I have been unable to attend the 2 outdoor meetings we have had.

 And, I have finished my Cassandra Circle (Barbara Brackman) blocks 9 & 10.

I have had fun with this red polka dot background. Do visit the FB page (here) to see all the creative versions of these wonderful blocks.

 Another big “bummer” is that, this was to be my first visit to Houston ever! My friend Kathy and I were going to fly down and stay with her sister. Thanks to the hard work of Dawn Cook Ronningen (Collector with a Needle), I was to have 2 of my quilts in the display of the Noah and Matilda sew-a-long quilts. All is not lost however, as we will all be able to visit the show online. You can go (here) to purchase tickets. I truly feel sorry for Dawn who put so much effort into organizing this exhibition. Hope you all get a chance to visit the online show. 

 Perhaps the biggest reason for my “slump” is missing my family this Thanksgiving. We usually meet at my sister’s house in the mountains of western Maine for a huge celebration. Last year there were 42 of us and the family is still growing! So… I am going to shrug off the “grumps” and start being grateful for the friends and family I have and revel in the fact that we will be together again soon!

 Happy Quilting to all 

and may you have something in your life this week to alleviate the “grumps”!

Monday, November 2, 2020

Stash Hash


What do you do when you have more projects going than you could possibly finish in a year… you simply start something new!

 I had so much fun putting “Community Supper” together that I decided to gather up all (well, at least half) of my orphan blocks and make another “pot luck” quilt for my bed.

 I’m going to call this one “Stash Hash” since everything came from my stash. In fact, the only fabrics I have cut into are the yellow for the sashing and the red for the bindings, the rest have all come from the scrap bins. Even the 4-patch backings are made from scraps. 


Many of you sent more than one block to me for the “Community Supper” quilt, which I have incorporated into this one. 

I will post a list of contributors when all blocks are complete. There will be 90 in all. And, yes I have enough blocks for yet another “potluck” quilt. I liken this type of quilt to a sourdough starter. No matter how many orphan blocks and scraps I use, I always seem to have more!! Maybe it is more like an old Sci Fi movie – “The Blob That Ate My Sewing Room”! Stay tuned - if you dare!