Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Plodding along

 I've had a soft spot for turtles all my life. I love watching them, seeming to ponder each move before they actually make it. As I age, I feel a special kinship with these gentle creatures. I make my moves slowly and cautiously now. I am currently working on 11 different quilts. If "slow and steady" does indeed win the race, I feel confident that they will all (and maybe a few more) be done before the end of the year. 

First update: The Maine State Bicentennial Quilt (top). Maine was to celebrate our bicentennial in March of 2020, but I think we all remember what prevented that from happening. Pat Burns drafted the design and members of our quilt study group made blocks. I finally pieced them all together last month! This will be used as a teaching tool at the Maine State Museum when they reopen in 2025. The public will get a chance to learn hand quilting as they enjoy two special quilt exhibitions curated by Laurie LaBar. 

The center is our Maine State Seal. 

Eight of my quilts were on display at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta, Maine. My high school was in the next town so I spent a lot of time here in my youth. The area for display if beautiful and I loved sharing the glory with the paper humpback whale on permanent display. 

I'm managing to keep up with the weekly "Tiny Nine Patch Challenge, hosted by Taryn Falkner @reproquiltlover on Instagram. Each week we make 10 tiny (1 1/2" finished!) 9-patch blocks inspired by a gorgeous antique quilt. I'm doing mine in the potholder method and if I can keep up the pace, I will have a finished donation quilt by the end of the year. 

And, within the eleven projects, there is actually a "finish"! This is a "potluck" potholder quilt that I have been making for quite some time. I just rescued some light strips that were from another ancient project and started stitching in my tortoise like way. After I assembled the blocks it looked a bit forlorn so I added some strippy borders using some of my favorite reproduction conversational prints. It still looked a little bla, so I found some circles which were also leftovers and appliqued them on. The four corner blocks were rejects from my "Bird's Nest Soup" potholder quilt. And, voila! I have aptly named this one, "Bubble and Squeak". My leftover favorite! 
And, as always with a potholder quilt, the back is as much fun as the front! 

And, I am still enjoying stitching my little woolie animals for Corinne and Cecile's 2024 sew-a-long. 

Here I am - plodding along.


Hope I can keep up the pace!

Enjoy the day!


  1. Oh Wendy I am so impressed with your ongoing projects. You seem to get so much done. I hadn't even heard about the string potholder quilt - wow!
    I sure wish I could have seen the exhibit at the library as well as the paper Moby Dick (well, he is white, right?)

  2. Hi Wendy! It's been a long time since I've commented due to a Google blip. Now all of a sudden (this week, actually) something' has changed. Have no idea what happened but it really makes me happy :) Love your latest projects especially Bubble and Squeak. It is fantastic!

  3. Your plodding always produces more than my progress. How fun to have your quilts hanging at the library.

  4. Wow, all of this is amazing. Eleven quilts in the works and you accomplish so much. How beautiful, your library display! The quilt for the state museum - how cool is that?!

  5. Bubble and Squeak is gorgeous .... front and back!

  6. Lovely as always. Intrigued by the potholder method and relieved you don't consider yourself a precision piecer,

  7. Always love hearing how quilts evolve in the making.........

  8. Always love hearing how quilts evolve in the making.......

  9. I am so impressed with your quilts...I've been hand-quilting since 1976 and long-arm quilting since 2014 and I've never heard of the "potholder method" but I sure like what I see! Am I correct (from the photos) that you bind the blocks as little quilts then slip-stitch them together? Between reading your blog and Tazzie's Quilts I don't know how I get anything done...I'm having a hoot going through both archives!