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!