Sunday, November 27, 2022

My Eight Year Quilt

 I started this quilt back in 2014!! At the time, I hadn't intended to us it as my "filler project", but that is just what it became. I finished all the 9-patches and hand appliqued and quilted all the circle blocks fairly quickly. 

 



Then, other hand work came along and I took my time hand binding each little 3" block (all 219 of them) whenever the mood struck. I even kept a tin of them in the car for "road trips" or waiting at extra long traffic lights (just kidding!). 

It took a few years to get all the bindings done and then they sat dormant in a box, waiting and waiting for assembly. 

So, after surgery in September, I needed something super simple to start my quilting journey again and the box came to light. I arranged the blocks as best I could and placed each row in baggies and started to assemble them. 
 


And, 3 months later... 
 
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True to naming my potholder quilts with some sort of cooking or food reference, this one has become "Donut Holes"!

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving!


 Happy Thanksgiving to all! 

I hope you get a little quiet quilting time amongst all the cooking!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Community Supper - the story lives on...

 I have good news for all of you who participated in the "Community Supper" potholder quilt. I decided the best way to share this truly "community" quilt, was to donate it to an institution where the public would have a chance to view it from time to time. My first choice was the New England Quilt Museum and I was pleased to have them accept it! You should all be very proud! I will do my very best to contact each participant whenever the museum puts it on exhibition so you may be able to see it in person. Thanks once again to all who had a hand in it!

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So much has happened since my last post. I fully intended to be a better blogger, but, I still have very limited energy and since I have been able to quilt again after the infusions, I have a choice of quilting or writing posts. Hmmm.... I will be better soon!!

One thing that happened (while I was sleeping) is that my "Petaluma" quilt (made with a pattern by Collector with  Needle) was displayed at the Houston Quilt Festival.

Dawn took some wonderful videos of the exhibition. I hope to someday go down the rabbit hole and attend the festival!!

I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!! Hope your holiday weekend will be filled with quilty fun!


Monday, October 31, 2022

October Monthly Mini

 I am so thankful to be feeling better that I had to make something "cheerful". I love this fabulous cheddar color all year long, but it is particularly fun to use in the fall. Just a few simple appliqued circles and some broken dishes around the outside and voila, another mini is born. I'm calling this one "Unbroken" as I am feeling better each day. So happy to be quilting again!! 


I used one of my favorite cheater prints on the back. Don't worry Kyle, the label will go on soon!! 


Hope all of the mini makers had as much fun as I did 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)

Nancy (Joy For Grace)

Joy (Joyful Quilter)

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Katy (Katy Quilts)

Sandy (My Material Creations)

Meredithe (Pomegranate and Chintz)

Angie (Quilting on the Crescent)

Barbara (Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors)

Janet (Rogue Quilts)

Tazzie (Tazzie Quilts)


Wednesday, October 19, 2022

She's Back! - But where do I start?

 So much has happened since my diagnosis in May. I'd like to say the summer flew by, but in fact, it was indeed a struggle. My surgery (mid-September) was a success and although it will be months before I am back to "normal", I am making progress every day. I'd like to say that I will be all caught up in my blog reading and commenting soon, but I have to be realistic and say that I just hope to move forward as quickly as I can and backtrack when time allows. 

After 6 months of low to no energy for quilting, I am finally back in the sewing room! I am trying to finish all the things I was working on last spring. 😂 Well, I am making an effort anyway. I can see some of the UFO's will be passed on to an unsuspecting friend!

I was able to finish this top consisting of 255 four inch blocks. All the hand appliqued circles were done so I just had to assemble them. Each fabric is a different Betsy Chutchian print. It is a true charm quilt with over 500 different fabrics!! I am calling it "Charming Betsy". I promise to get a better photo after it is quilted and bound! 



I also finished two quilts which I will be donating to the Infusion Center. I have a whole new respect for people who have to go through this process having spent over 40 hours there! 

The center of this quilt was donated by my friend Kathy Boudreau to our UFO auction last year. I don't even remember buying it, but... I simply added the Barb Vedder lolipop flowers and borders and voila! 


This second one was from a kit I bought by Pam Buda called Needle and Thread. Almost all the blocks were done last spring so I just needed to put them together. I will admit, I made it smaller than the original layout. It needed to be this size to fit on laps during infusion treatments. I will use the other blocks in another quilt I'm sure! 

 

And, the most amazing the most amazing thing that happened (while I was sleeping 😂) was this: Thanks to the fabulous Cecile Denis who wrote an article about me and my crazy potholder method for Quiltmania magazine. 
 

I was in very good company with my friend Cyndi Black (Busy Thimble) and her fabulous potholder quilt. 

Cecile not only wrote the article, but put together sample blocks for an article on the construction method. 

And, my friend Laurie LaBar wrote a fantastic article on historic Maine potholder quilts. If you don't already subscribe, I recommend doing so. In my humble opinion it is the best quilt magazine! They always have something for everyone. A great mix of traditional and modern. I am so very honored to be in this fabulous publication. Thank you Cecile and Carol et al! 

That's enough for now, I need a nap! Hope to post more soon!! Hope you all had a super summer. Happy Fall!



Friday, September 30, 2022

September Monthly Mini

 

I love everything about this little quilt! 


It doesn't look much like September, but it suits the way I am feeling right now. Full of hope for a full recovery!  It is made from Roberta Horton homespuns. I bought the entire line back in the early 1990’s. They are a joy to work with. So soft and sweet. I hand quilted the center and it was like quilting through butter. 


The little machine embroidered rickrack made a nice addition to the basket. I can’t for the life of me remember where I got that but I have used it a few times before. 


Once again, I want to thank all of you for sticking with this “mini series”. I am feeling better every day and really looking forward to getting back in full swing in the sewing room! For that reason, I am calling this one “In the Pink”.

Let’s see what you have all come up with as we say goodbye to summer.

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)

Nancy (Joy For Grace)

Joy (Joyful Quilter)

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Katy (Katy Quilts)

Sandy (My Material Creations)

Meredithe (Pomegranate and Chintz)

Angie (Quilting on the Crescent)

Barbara (Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors)

Janet (Rogue Quilts)

Tazzie (Tazzie Quilts)

Kyle (Timeless Reflections)

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts)

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

August Monthly Mini


 My plasma infusion sessions (4 hours a day for 4 straight days) started the Monday after our state show. It worked well enough for me to muster enough energy to put this little guy together. I just took what I made in Barb's (Fun with Barb) class and made a few lollipop flowers and voila! I was going to call it “Pineapples in the Sky”, but then thought of a much better name: “Vedder Home and Garden”! 


I used this fun toile with grapes and wine bottles and quilted in diagonal organic lines in honor of Barb!


Thanks Barb, for such fun classes! I highly recommend her classes. She is a fantastic teacher! 


Once again, I have set this to automatically post on August 31. Screen time bothers my eyes right now, so I apologize in advance for not commenting again this month. I will have a lot of catching up to do after surgery!! Thanks for hanging in there.

 Let’s see what summer has brought to our fellow minimakers.

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)

Nancy (Joy For Grace)

Joy (Joyful Quilter)

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Katy (Katy Quilts)

Sandy (My Material Creations)

Meredithe (Pomegranate and Chintz)

Angie (Quilting on the Crescent)

Barbara (Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors)

Janet (Rogue Quilts)

Tazzie (Tazzie Quilts)

Kyle (Timeless Reflections)

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts)

 

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

What I did on my summer vacation.

 

My summer has been like a 1950’s sci-fi movie – “The Energizer Bunny Meets Slothra”.

 So much has happened while I have been moving at a snail’s pace. My eyes (and energy level) won’t allow me to go into detail now, but exciting news from Dawn Cook-Ronningen (Collector with a Needle). She is having a special exhibition of quilts made from her patterns at Houston.


The amazing news is that her quilt, “Catherine’s Garden” is the featured quilt for the entire show.

It is on the cover of all the show material. Congratulations Dawn!! I'm honored that my Petaluma quilt, made with Dawn’s Fig Leaf and Flowers pattern will be there. 

I’ve been featured in a few magazine articles (I will have to post more on that later) and am included in Pamela Week’s fabulous book on potholder quilting, “Portable Patchwork” (more on that later as well). 


I was so looking forward to our state show this year. I had 2 years of catching up to do. And, my friend Randy (Barrister’s Block) was coming to visit. I had signed up for all 3 of my friend Barb’s (Fun with Barb) classes (before my diagnosis) and there was no way I was going to cancel!

 So… Randy arrived and off we went! It was great to see friends I hadn’t seen since our last in person show in 2019! Barb’s first class was “Pretty Pineapples”. I made a feeble attempt to concentrate and only made it through lunch before spending the rest of the day in bed. The next day’s class was “Liberated Houses”. What fun!! I really wanted to last all day, but alas, Randy whisked me back to the hotel for a long nap to rest up for dinner. The last class was the “Lollipop Garden” quilt. Oh, how I love Barb’s Lollipop Flowers!! I had unfortunately reached my limit so Randy graciously took the class instead. I didn't accomplish a lot, but I think I have a good start on a future monthly mini! 

We had a fun weekend and I was overwhelmed when they presented me with this fabulous quilt to keep me warm and comforted after surgery next month.


They pooled their orphan blocks and Randy assembled it and had it quilted. I adore it and it really helped last week during my plasma infusion sessions (4 hours a day, 4 days in a row). Friends are the best!! 

 

Have a wonderful winding down of summer!!

 

Sunday, July 31, 2022

July Monthly Mini

 This was the last of the 3 monthly minis I made back in early June to get me through my challenging summer.  I had minimal energy at this point and had to scramble to get something made in time. Once again, the “orphan block” box came to the rescue. 


 I literally grabbed a little block and started adding others willy nilly. It was very freeing and lifted my spirits as I chugged along. I used one of my favorite Betsy Chutchian yellows on the back. 


 There are so many great names for pot luck quilts of this type, but I settled on “Scramble” as it seemed the most fitting!

Let’s see what our fellow makers have mixed together 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)

Nancy (Joy For Grace)

Joy (Joyful Quilter)

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Katy (Katy Quilts)

Sandy (My Material Creations)

Meredithe (Pomegranate and Chintz)

Angie (Quilting on the Crescent)

Barbara (Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors)

Janet (Rogue Quilts)

Tazzie (Tazzie Quilts)

Kyle (Timeless Reflections)

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts)

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Community Supper is on display again!

 

I wanted to let you all know that our “Community Supper” quilt will be on display at “Maine Quilts 2022” in Augusta, Maine from July 27th through the 30th.

 My friend Meliss told me that they made sure to display it so that both the front and back show, which means that they will see your block on the front and the “sentiment” that you wrote above our beloved pandemic on the back.

It is a wonderful show and Maine is a great place to visit at any time of the year so I hope some of you will be able to get to see it. 


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   Label with all 80 names  

 Since so many of you have asked… I am on my sixth dosage change for my current medication, and if I can’t function better than I have for the past few months, the next step will be steroids (bla!!). So, fingers crossed, this will start working and get me through until I have the surgery to remove my thymus (along with the pesky tumor). I love the surgeon already. He is very approachable and explained everything in plain understandable terms. The good news is that there is only a slight chance that the tumor is cancerous, so I move to the back of the line and can’t get in until mid September. I am thankful and pray for those who do have so much more to worry about than me.

 As for the monthly minis – July and August are set on automatic post mode, and when this current regime starts working, I should be able to get September’s out too.

 Thanks for sticking with me. I wish you all the joys of summer!

Thursday, June 30, 2022

June Monthly Mini

This month’s mini is thanks to Pam Buda (Homespun Quilts). I used her easy to follow pattern called “Garden Basket”. 


 I started this in May so I wanted the “garden squares” to have some Spring colors. I used Pam’s delicious browns (each triangle is a different fabric) for the basket and her lovely soft pinks as a background.

You can find the pattern and her fabulous fabrics on her website (here).

I'm calling this one "Chin Up"! As much as I loathe talking about medical issues (especially mine!), I feel I must tell all of you why I have not been present in blogland for a while. I have been diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. Basically, it is a chronic condition that affects how the nerves tell your muscles what to do. Needless to say, it has been a challenge to keep up with daily duties and thus my blog reading and commenting have suffered. I have great hopes that my upcoming surgery will bring me back to my crazy self by the end of the summer.

 It progressed quite quickly and when I realized I would not be able to quilt for quite a while (I can hear your gasps and I truly appreciate your kind thoughts!), I made 3 monthly minis. They are all on automatic posts at the end of each month so you won’t have to miss seeing all the delightful minimaker’s creations.

 Don’t worry about me, I am like a boomerang that always comes back! I know I will be in the pink (and yellow and cheddar and madder and …) again soon.

 A special thank you to all you crazy mini quilters! If you are new and want to jump in, please e-mail me and I will make every effort to get you up on the list.


 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)

Nancy (Joy For Grace)

Joy (Joyful Quilter)

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Katy (Katy Quilts)

Sandy (My Material Creations)

Meredithe (Pomegranate and Chintz)

Angie (Quilting on the Crescent)

Barbara (Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors)

Janet (Rogue Quilts)

Tazzie (Tazzie Quilts)

Kyle (Timeless Reflections)

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts)

Happy Summer to all!

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

May Monthly Mini - A Tribute to My Mother

 This was my first Mother’s Day without my wonderful mother. It was hard on all of us but especially for my younger sister who was with her almost daily for the past 6 years.

 So, this month’s mini is a gift for my sister. I made it with the (very well worn) fabric from our mother’s favorite skirt. Kathleen would often lay Mum’s clothes out for her the night before and nine times out of ten, she would come out of her room in her favorite skirt. It always made my sister laugh. 


 The mother and child scrap was in a bag of goodies from Carol Younce. I’ve been slowly picking away at these scraps (thank you again Carol!!) and this one seemed perfect for the center. I hand quilted a little heart in the flowers. 


 I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Let’s see what others have stitched in this merry, merry month of May. 

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)

Nancy (Joy For Grace)

Joy (Joyful Quilter)

Julie (Julie K Quilts)

Kathy (Kathy’s Quilts)

Katy (Katy Quilts)

Sandy (My Material Creations)

Meredithe (Pomegranate and Chintz)

Angie (Quilting on the Crescent)

Barbara (Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors)

Janet (Rogue Quilts)

Tazzie (Tazzie Quilts)

Kyle (Timeless Reflections)

Cynthia (Wabi-Sabi Quilts)








Monday, May 30, 2022

Humble Quilts Antique block challenge

 I opted to do Lori’s (HumbleQuilts) antique block challenge before I realized it was due in May which is always a busy time for me. In my usual form, I waited until the last minute to begin and finished just in time! 


 I love anything with madder prints. I had a few of these antique (c1880) blocks, but chose this one as it was the most “square”. And, look at the different width of these seam allowances. 


It’s funny how we get so hung up on perfection. There are so many 19th century blocks that are extremely wonky. I often wonder if that is why they were abandoned. 

So… Wendy to the rescue with this sweet piece. I just trimmed it, added a coping strip and bordered it with simple half square triangles. Obviously, I have no shortage of madder reproductions. I only pulled from my scrap bag. No yardage was harmed during the making of this mini!

 Check out Lori’s blog (HumbleQuilts) to see all the little gems.

And, may we all take some time today to remember those who went before us. 

Happy Memorial Day. 






 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Swap

 

Time to share Lori’s (HumbleQuilts) doll quilt swap. How lucky am I? I received this adorable little gem made by Carolyn Hansen.


Look at this cute label too. 

 And, if that wasn’t enough, she included a super project bag and gorgeous sewing rollup with notions inside. Thanks a million Carolyn!! 


 Be sure to check out Lori’s “linky party” (Humble Quilts) to see all the adorable little quilts.

Monday, May 16, 2022

10th Annual Sweet Retreat

 This weekend the “Seven Sistahs” celebrated our 10th year of quilting together. We had a lovely place on Wells Beach that suited our needs perfectly. Maine reached record high temperatures on Saturday, but we stayed nice and cool in our cottage by the sea. 


 We chugged along with our projects, both by hand and machine. 



 I dumped a huge bag of scraps on the floor and watched the sharks circle and then swoop in for the kill. Kathy and Fotini just dove in.

Karen B. covered her body with her colorful choices.

What fun! 

I finished a lot of bindings and was able to baste this little piece and get a start on some of the applique. 


The one thing we all noticed this year is that as we get older, we accomplish more eating, drinking, and chatting than sewing. But, with all the world’s problems now solved, we can get a jump on next year’s projects! 


 Hope you all had a super weekend with friends!