Friday, September 17, 2021

Two and Four QAL

 

As usual I am only marginally on time with Katy’s (KatyQuilts) Two and Four quilt-a-long. I finished my 4-patches just in time to start the next phase. 

(Yikes, I think it is time for a new ironing board cover!!)

Rail Fence blocks – here we come!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Cocheco Quilt Show

 

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for an “in person” quilt show. In fact, I am willing to wear gas mask and full goggles just to see quilts in person!

 My friend Gladi (GladiQuilts) has a few of her marvelous quilts at her guild (Cocheco) show in October. 


The show is at the James W. Foley Memorial Community Center, 150 Wakefield St., Rochester, NH. October 16 & 17 from 10:00 to 4:00.

 A few of us from my Seven Sistah’s group are going to mask up and take the 2 hour drive to see them on the 16th. Hope you get the chance to attend too.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Community Supper at NEQM

 

Woohoo to all my fellow quilters who had a part in the “Community Supper” quilt. (See the story here) It will be part of the New England Quilt Museum’s “Quarantined Quilts – Creativity in the Midst of Chaos” from September 14 – December 31. 


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 The museum is located on 18 Shattuck St. in Lowell, MA. It is a wonderful place to visit and the city of Lowell has quite a bit to offer as well. Do visit their website (here) for hours as these may change daily due to Covid.

 Working on this quilt was my salvation during the early months of this crazy pandemic and I am so excited to be able to share “our” quilt with the quilting community. Thanks to everyone who participated. I sincerely hope you get a chance to visit it. And, if you do, please let me know so I can share it with the others. 

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Two and Four Quilt-a-long

 

I have been so busy this summer that I thought it would be a good idea to start another project!

 I am joining Katy (KatyQuilts) and her friend in a very simple and slow paced sew-a-long!

 Katy has made one (or more) of this simple yet effective pattern in red, white and blue. I am opting to make mine really scrappy. In fact, each of the dark prints will be a different fabric. I had several hundred 5” squares already, so I simply cut them to size. In order to make things easier, the lights are all the same fabric. 


 We had 2 weeks to cut all the pieces and naturally I just finished last night. Sorry about the bad photos. Time to start stitching today. We have 2 more weeks until the next step.

 If all goes well, I should have a lovely quilt for the infusion center of our local hospital by October!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

August monthly mini - Teeny Tiny Star by Pam Buda

 

When I received this little pattern from Pam Buda (Heartspun Quilts), I knew instantly it would soon become my monthly mini. My friend Cyndi (Busy Thimble) made one for last month’s mini (here) and it is gorgeous.

Pam has launched “The TeenyTiny Quilt Club” for those of us who love tiny quilts. Please visit her blog (Heartspun Quilts) to find out how to join in the fun. Also visit her Facebook page (here) to see all the merriment. Pam’s patterns are so very precise and easy to follow. This came together so quickly despite the tiny pieces. 


 Of course, one thing Pam always says is to make sure to read the directions thoroughly before starting. 


In my case, it helps to refer to them often so this doesn’t happen! 

I had to add my signature yellow to Pam’s delightful plum fabrics. I just love how it came out. I used a toile that my friend Barb (Fun with Barb) gave me for the backing. It just seemed fitting. Thanks Pam and Barb for helping me with this month’s mini.

 Let’s see what you all have been doing in this busy summer month!

Quilting Babcia (Amity Quilter)

Randy (Barrister’s Block)

Cyndi (Busy Thimble)

Grace (City Mouse Quilter)

Barb (Fun with Barb)

Gladi (Gladi’s Quilts)

Shasta (High Road Quilter)

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Katy (Katy 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)

 

Monday, August 30, 2021

A wonderful visit!

 

I had a most delightful visit with fellow blogger Janet (Rogue Quilter) last week. She came to Maine for some R & R and to research her family on one of our fabulous islands.

I was so happy to be able to share my sewing room(s) with her and listen to her comments about my quilts and my excessive fabric stash. We spent a lovely few hours at Cyndi’s (BusyThimble) shop on Thursday before she headed east. 


 Be sure to check Janet’s monthly mini post tomorrow as she will be showing two fabulous quilts. One was for Cyndi and one for me. We were both flabbergasted! I feel blessed to have such wonderful quilting friends.

I know my posts have been far to infrequent this summer, but I do hope to remedy that soon. I have been enjoying photos of the AQSG Study quilts online. The theme for 2020 (yes, these were meant to be displayed at the 2020 seminar which never happened) was “medallion quilts”.

 Normally, they host these study quilts every other year at the annual seminar. This is the third time I have entered. Entrants must choose an antique quilt and make a smaller quilt using it as inspiration. When I heard the theme would be medallions, I knew I had to enter.

 This is my inspiration quilt. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it in a quilt shop in the late 1980’s. I couldn’t afford it so I offered to teach classes at the shop in trade for it. 


 This is my interpretation. I actually tried to match fabrics and quilting as much as I could to the original. It is about one quarter of the original size. 


 Barbara Brackman has posted a few on her Material Culture blog. I have seen some fabulous quilts on the AQSG Facebook page as well. There will be a book out soon so I will keep you posted. There were 50 entries this time and 25 of those will tour the country over the next few years at different venues. I am so honored to be one of those 25.

 Enjoy the day and don’t forget to check out the monthly minis tomorrow.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

July Monthly Mini

 

My mini this month, is reminiscent of one of the many summer jobs I had in my youth. Our neighbor, Howie Davison was a well seasoned square dance “caller” who owned and operated the historic, “Merry Barn” in Edgecomb, Maine. He held square dances every Saturday night from June through September.

 He also took his microphone on the road to teach at many of the summer camps that are so prevalent in our beautiful state of Maine. It was my job to demonstrate the dances and help keep everyone “in step”. We lived a pretty sheltered life in our rural setting so it was a great experience to meet children from various walks of life. It was definitely my favorite summer job. Of course, given that babysitting and filling bait bags for lobster traps were some of my other obligations, it seems an obvious choice. 

 The center of this mini is from one of my vintage feedsacks. It is a border print and I have it in 3 colorways. The 4 corner blocks are from another vintage feedsack and the yellow print is a c1940 fabric. After I had stitched the border on, I noticed that the poor guy in the center had a boot on top of his head!


I didn’t have enough fabric to cut another piece so I simply appliqued a semicircle over the boot. Hardly noticeable after quilting! 

The backing is also a vintage feedsack.


Obviously square dancing was a popular theme for early 20
th century fabric manufacturers.  I’ve named it, “Swing Your Partner” as that was my favorite “call” in square dancing.

 Get your toes and fingers tapping and click to see what our friends have been up to.


Quilting Babcia (Amity Quilter)

Randy (Barrister’s Block)

Cathy (Big Lake Quilter)

Cyndi (Busy Thimble) 

Grace (City Mouse Quilter)

Barb (Fun with Barb)

Gladi (Gladi’s Quilts)

Shasta (High Road Quilter)

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Katy (Katy Quilts)

Sandy (My Material Creations)

Angie (Quilting on the Crescent)

Barbara (Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors)

Kyle (Timeless Reflections)

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Bird's Nest Soup

 My summer applique project is now in full swing. Most people call this style of applique “tile”, but here in New England (or at least in Maine) we call it “stonewall”. I prefer that name anyway since they are among my favorite things. You will never get lost in the woods if you simply follow a stonewall. 


 There will be a bird in the center of each 9” block surrounded by random bits of delicious fabrics. I have tried to stay with reproductions from before 1850 to give it an early feel. I am also trying not to use the same fabric twice so I may have to break my pre1850 rule. I am having a ball grabbing fabrics and simply chopping them into weird shapes and stitching them down. So satisfying!

 This one just begged for me to use the potholder method. When I went to layer my first block for quilting, I discovered that I had mismeasured. Yup – the very first block measures 9” x 9 ½”!


I could have remedied that by simply taking off the corner circles on that one side. However, I am cutting the backs out and placing a tiny bit of batting behind each one (just the corner circles, not the other applique shapes) to make them “pop” a bit more. 

Of course I had already cut out the back out of these so... into the “orphan block” box it goes!

 The next block was perfectly square! I’m using toiles for the back of each block. This is one of my favorites from my friend Judy Roche (and Corinne Kramer). I just adore it. 


 I’m going to call it “Bird’s Nest Soup”, which fits my method of using some reference to cooking when naming my potholder quilts.

 Hope you are getting lots of fun sewing in too.

Friday, July 23, 2021

What a Noodle!!

 

So sorry!

 I had some bad spam comments and when I went to delete them, I must have hit the wrong button so no one could comment!

 I simply cannot be trusted to fix my own internet problems. It always gets me in hot water, and in this outfit that could be dangerous! 


 Hope it is fixed now. Will be posting more about the summer applique projects soon. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Summer Stitching - Circles and more

 

I’ve been sewing a bit every day, but can’t seem to muster the time (or energy) to post. 

 I have finished 220 of the 238 appliqued circle blocks needed for my Betsy quilt. I am now waiting for “Maria’s Sky” to arrive to finish the final 18. They finish 4” and no fabric was duplicated. Yes, that amounts to 476 Betsy Chutchian fabrics! Haven’t decided on a border yet. I’ve had fun with the circles. Mindless applique each morning helps get me ready for the day! 



I am not a ruler collector. I have used the same 12 ½” Optima ruler for years. When the numbers faded away, I was able to find one online but it came in a set of 4 different sizes. I took the smallest (4 ½”) one and taped a circle in the center to make the trimming of these little guys a breeze. 


I cut the backs out of all my circles and sent them to a friend who loves to applique circles as much as I do! 

 And, since there was a lull in the circle applique, I decided to start something new. I have wanted to make another “stonewall” (aka “tile”) quilt for quite a while. The center of each block will be some sort of bird surrounded by simple, random shapes of early reproduction prints. And yes, I am once again utilizing the potholder method. There will eventually be thirty two 9” finished blocks and one 18” block in the center. This should keep me busy for the rest of the summer!  

 Hope you are all getting some summer stitching in.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community

 

I have been remiss in posting about the publication of a most marvelous book. My friend Laurie LaBar’s “MaineQuilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community”  is finally here!


It was to be published in conjunction with the Maine bicentennial, but we all know what happened in 2020 to delay and delay and delay the process. But good things come to those who wait and this one is really a gem. You can get a copy (here).

 Lots of wonderful photos and history of Maine quilts. 

 My local group’s charity endeavors are featured. 

 And, a few shady Maine characters are mentioned as well… 



 One of my favorite parts is the story of my friend Judy Roche’s quilt. Judy followed along with Audrey’s (QuiltyFolk) Quilty 365, making one circle block a day. What is unique about Judy’s quilt is that she recorded the day’s events along the seam allowance of each circle. What a marvelous thing to do. It is a real treasure. 


Judy's quilt reminds me of Shasta’s (High Road Quilter)  “quote” quilt that I have been enjoying immensely and am now inspired to do something like this myself. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

June Monthly Mini

I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, but I fear I am dangerously close to the edge! Where did June go?



A few weeks ago I opened my mail to find a delightful surprise. Knowing how much I love tiny quilts with tiny pieces, Pam Buda (Heartspun Quilts) sent me her “Tiny Baskets” pattern.

Pam’s patterns are so well written and precise, it was a cinch to follow. You can find the pattern (here) and it includes all 3 of the quilts pictured.

 I made this little one first. I have the dime on there to show you the scale (and admittedly to cover up the fact that that point didn’t quite line up!). I used one of my favorite Pam Buda fabrics for the border and binding and one of her fun stripes on the back.


I decided to call it “Hummingbird” as it would be hard to fit any other type of egg in that basket!

 The other 2 are on my “to do” list and will show up as a monthly mini in the future.

 I’m linking up all the usual mini makers. I know you will want to see what is in their basket this month!

Quilting Babcia (Amity Quilter)

Randy (Barrister’s Block)

Cathy (Big Lake Quilter)

Cyndi (Busy Thimble)

Grace (City Mouse Quilter)

Barb (Fun with Barb)

Gladi (Gladi’s Quilts)

Shasta (High Road Quilter)

Robin (I Like to Create)

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Katy (Katy 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)

Monday, May 31, 2021

May Monthly Mini

 

Do you remember May Baskets?



The road I grew up on was sparsely populated but it just so happened that ours was one of the four houses that made up the village of East Edgecomb. In the mid 19th century this was a happening place with commerce coming up the river to Poole’s Landing and then up to the store that was once across the road. However, by the time I came along, we were just 4 little houses.

 Every May 1st, my mother would help us make May Baskets and sneak up to our neighbor’s doors and hang them on the knobs. After a few years, we were down to 3 families and I finally realized that no one was going to wonder who they came from. Somehow without that element of surprise I lost the desire to participate.

 We rekindled the tradition for a few years when the kids were small. They too found delight in surprising our neighbors. The last time I made one was 2018 for an elderly friend. She told me how someone had made her day by hanging a May Day basket on her door. She truly enjoyed the mystery of it all. I never let on and I now cherish that fond memory.

 I had fun making this little “May Basket” mini. I gave it to a friend last week who has a May birthday and has been going through a rough patch. She was thrilled! 

 Let’s see what you all have been doing this month.

 Quilting Babcia (Amity Quilter)

Randy (Barrister’s Block)

Cathy (Big Lake Quilter)

Cyndi (Busy Thimble)

Grace (City Mouse Quilter)

Barb (Fun with Barb)

Gladi (Gladi’s Quilts)

Shasta (High Road Quilter)

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Katy (Katy 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)

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Mini Memory Quilts

 

My friends Randy (Barrister’sBlock) and Barb (Fun with Barb) and I rented a tiny cottage on Plum Island for a few days last week. We had a marvelous time stitching and chatting and walking the beach each day. I can honestly say I get much more stitching done at home, but it is never this much fun!! 

What we lacked in production, we made up for in mess! 

 We had decided to have a block swap of 4” baskets. We were to make 4 each and swap them. When I got home, I looked at my little lovelies and realized I needed to make 2 little memory quilts to remind me of our special time together.

 When Randy asked me what colors I wanted, I said “surprise me” you know I like brights. I think she nailed it! She also brought Hawaiian fabrics to share so I used this little sandal fabric on the back. 



Barb knows my penchant for reproductions and did a great job of slipping in that chrome yellow! She also brought fabrics to share and so I used a small bit of this fantastic toile on the back of hers. 



 I quilted both of them in wavy lines to represent our walks along the ocean and the waves of communication among friends. We had a fabulous time!


Monday, May 24, 2021

New England Quilt Museum Visit

 

“Why do you quilt?” I’ve often been asked that question and I always pause to reflect. 1) I adore quilts. 2) I need an outlet for my creativity. 3) I love to stitch. 4) I love making quilts for friends, family and those in need. But perhaps most of all, I love to share what I have made with others.

 Seeing my quilts hanging at the New England Quilt Museum last week was a wonderful experience. The gallery space at NEQM is open and inviting. It most often consists of 3 separate invitational exhibitions along with a room for quilts from their collection. 

Photo above by Pam Weeks


 Pamela Weeks did a great job fitting my quilts in with the remarkable antiques from the Pilgrim Roy collection. Laura Lane pulled together a superb sample of NEQM quilts in yellows and cheddars. I love this room because it is often such a cross section of work. 

This was on the slant board in the collections room. Delicious!
This contemporary quilt in the collections was so unique.
I hope you can read the card. 
One of my favorite parts of the collection room is a dresser with plexiglass covers on the drawers that contain tops or other quilts that might be too fragile to hang. 


My only regret is that I was not able to make it down sooner as they all came off the walls on Saturday.

 I’m not a good photographer and I won’t overload you with photos of my quilts since most of them have been posted here before. I'll start with my favorite in the Pilgrim Roy collection. I just love this quilt!

And, this was my second favorite. 
But really, I loved them ALL! 



I'd love to make this one, but I'm afraid it wouldn't hang as straight as this one! 
It is hard to see, but this one is Purple and cheddar. Yum!! 
Here is a close up.


 To make the day complete, I enjoyed a delicious lunch with a few of my New England friends who made the trek to the museum. Life is good!