Thursday, December 31, 2020

December Mini


Happy New Year one and all. December 31 is special for me. My son was born on the 31st and last year we welcomed a new grandson on this same day!

 Back in May, I posted a request for orphan blocks for the now completed “Community Supper” quilt. Some of you sent more than one block. My friend Dawn (Collector with a Needle) sent this block which went into the quilt, and this amazing little beauty that I knew had to wait for something special. 

It made the perfect center for this little Christmas season mini. I felt it deserved the best so I mitered the corners of this super wavy stripe. Not perfect, but pretty good considering it had been a while. It isn’t really laziness, I truly do love corner blocks. 

 Visit my fellow “Mad Mini Makers” to see what to see their December creations. A few may not have a mini for this month, but I linked them in because we all need a little extra sunshine today to carry us into the new and glorious year to come!

Quilting Babcia (Amity Quilter)

Randy (Barrister’s Block)

Cyndi (Busy Thimble) 

Cathy (Big Lake Quilter)

Barb (Fun with Barb)

Shasta (High Road Quilter)

Robin (I Like to Create) 

Joy (The Joyful Quilter) 

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Sandy (My Material Creations)

Angie (Quilting on the Crescent)

Barbara (Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors)

Janet (Rogue Quilts)

Kyle (Timeless Reflections)

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts)

 As for what is to come in the New Year… I believe I will continue my monthly minis for 2021. We have all endured hardships and interrupted schedules this past year. I feel the one constant in my quilting endeavors has been achieving my monthly mini goal. I would hate to lose that momentum so I will continue the merriment.

 I welcome any and all to join in at any time. None of us need added pressure, so just jump in when you can and let me know and I will link you all in to the monthly post. I post the minis on the last day of the month (or sometimes the first day of the following month – remember – no pressure!)

 Happy New Year!

Monday, December 28, 2020

Fig Leaf and Flower - ready to quilt


This delightful quilt project seemed to have the 2020 curse right from the beginning! As some of you may recall, I chose this wonderful buttery yellow (see photo number 3 for a more accurate color) for the background of my Fig Leaf and Flower (Collector With a Needle) sew-a-long quilt. 

 With a symmetrical pattern like this I usually back baste for accuracy. While drawing on the pattern, I discovered 2 tiny holes in the fabric.

It seemed a miracle that they would be covered up by the twisty turning vine. Problem solved! 

 But then, after appliqueing 187 of the 213 petals in the center medallion, I realized that I had oriented my center vine in the wrong direction. When working out a background, I always buy extra, but I bought the last of the bolt which would have been “just enough” if I hadn’t made this giant error! It took weeks of careful thought to find a solution I could live with. In the end, I did not to let the curse bother me and decided to make a smaller quilt to finish now and start over with a different background in the new year when my mind will be clearer!

 I eliminated some of the appliques in the center to simplify the design a bit and then added a plain border. I have loved this green border fabric forever, but never seemed to find the right project for it. The 4 corner blocks seemed to fit the bill. I’m calling it, “Petaluma”. I have so enjoyed appliqueing all these petals! 

I hope to start quilting before the end of the year.


Our little village has been in my husband’s family for 100 years. We are now enjoying it with the next generation.

May your village be filled with peace and contentment in the coming year.

Monday, December 21, 2020


 I finished my 3rd orphan block quilt over the weekend. I really had a ball putting all these crazy mishmash blocks together and it felt great to finally check something off the list! It is big so I decided to just photograph it on the bed. Perfect for today's temperatures in the teens!  

And, as usual with these potholder quilts, the back was fun to make too. 

I like to give all my potholder quilts names that have some sort of cooking or food reference in the title. I had originally named this one “Stash Hash”. After finishing the last block, I looked into the “orphan” box and realized that I had not even made a dent! 

In fact, it seemed as though I had even more blocks than I started with, so I am changing the name to “Sourdough”. 

I have utilized blocks and/or fabrics from so many of my friends in putting these together. I want to thank everyone who shared their “sourdough” with me. If there is anyone out there who would like to make one of your own, let me know and I will send you some “starter”. 

Hope you get some time in your sewing place today!

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Casandra's Circle blocks 9 & 10

 I seem to be falling behind on poor Cassandra’s Circle sew-a-long. I last posted block #8, Molly’s Cotton Boll.

Here is block #9 

back (I had already removed the selvedge from this fabric, but I believe it is from Barbara' "Lately Arrived From London". Love it!

I have taken a lot of liberties with these blocks to make them fit my smaller (9’ finished) size. I had this one all quilted and bound and then realized I had to add a heart. After all, it is called, “Buck Preston’s Lost Love”!

 And, #10. “Carolina Rose”. I adore this yellow fabric. Wish I had 10 yards of it!

back (this is one of my all time favorite fabrics - I know, I have a lot of favorites!

Please visit Barbara’s Civil War blog (here) to read the wonderful accounts of Mary Chestnut’s life and her “circle of friends”. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

New England Quilt Museum - It's Official!

 In September my friend Pam (Pamela Weeks – Curator at NEQM) asked if I would be able to share some of my quilts in an exhibition this winter. NEQM holds a special place in my heart and I am honored to have my quilts gracing its walls from February through April.

 We delivered the quilts over the weekend and I was so excited to be able to see 3 of the most wonderful exhibitions ever. First, the collection of Baltimore Album quilts was beyond sensational. I had never seen so many Baltimore type quilts in one place. Truly remarkable! 

It was hard to pick a favorite, but this one really spoke to me. 
I have loved this one for a long time. It is owned by Deb Clooney and the detail is simply amazing. You know how I love to applique circles. Look at these babies. 
and this is one of my all time favorite blocks on any quilt, quirky, like me!

The exhibition in the main gallery is one I have wanted to see for quite a while:

 The Quilted Canvas III, Still Here! is the final exhibition in a series that began in 2017 at the New England Quilt Museum to celebrate America’s pioneering art quilters. This third installment features the works of four such pioneers-- Judi Blaydon, Rhoda Cohen, Nancy Halpern, and Jan Myers-Newbury. These artists received “classical” training in art school in the 1950s and 1960s, but chose to explore fabric as their primary creative medium at a time when this was unusual.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the “hippy movement” and the American Bicentennial spurred a craft revival and general re-awakening of interest in fiber arts. Artists explored the textile medium through the lens of a fine arts perspective and shattered conventional notions of what the American patchwork quilt should be. 

Exhibited internationally, coveted by collectors, and featured in numerous publications, the innovative works of these four women continue to demand our attention and influence new generations of textile artists.

 I have followed the work of all 4 of these artists for years and it was wonderful to see some old familiar pieces and new works that I had never seen. Fabulous! I'm sorry that I lost (somewhere in cyberspace I am sure) the image of Rhoda Cohen's definition of an art quilt, because it was spot on. I have admired her work for decades. 

This was an amazingly clever work and I loved Nancy's description. I too feel trapped in a world of technological advances that I will never master. 

This Jan Myers-Newbury quilt was my husband's favorite.

The mini gallery of NEQM quilts featured quilts with “numerous” pieces. This gallery is often my favorite part of my visit and this one did not disappoint! I’m sorry I neglected to photograph the card on this one, but I believe there are over 10,000 pieces in this quilt. 

 So, that is just a tiny taste of what is up right now. It was sensory overload and I highly recommend a visit. NEQM is following strict CDC guidelines and I felt very safe at all times. The museum also offers virtual tours for supporting guilds. Check their website (here) to see if your guild is one of those supporters – and, if they are not, perhaps you can convince them that they should be.

 Nothing would please me more than to “meet up” with all my New England blogging friends for a trip down, but times being what they are, I will stick to my “wait and see” attitude and hope that things will improve before the exhibition ends in the Spring. If you live in New England, I hope you get a chance to visit. For the time being, we can get a lot closer to the quilts than we can to each other!

                                                          Happy Quilting!