Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Back Online!

Between trouble with our internet and a quick trip to Florida I am woefully behind on my blog reading and posting. Yes, they do have the internet in Florida, but I didn’t want to take one minute away from my visit with our grandson. He has become a “merman” and is swimming nearly every day. We had such fun! What a treasure! 

I am diligently working on my little quilt for Lori’s (Humble Quilts) swap. I have even been thinking of “cheating” and counting it as my April mini quilt. We’ll see how the rest of the month goes!

My only accomplishments are my latest Noah and Matilda blocks. Block4D – love these grapes! 

And, block 5D. I hesitated using the black neon in the flower, but I like the result. 

Spring is our busiest time here in the boatyard so I don’t expect to get a lot of quilting time this month. Yes, even though we still have snow on the ground, customers do want their boats ready when the warm weather hits.

Happy Spring!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

March Mini Quilts

I am keeping my fingers crossed that this will get posted before the technology gremlins swoop in and eliminate all I have done! 

I know it is April already, but I wanted to link the March mini finishes before they fade into obscurity. I am linking each separate March mini that I have found. If I have missed one, please let me know. These are all wonderful little treasures and it is fun to scroll through their blogs to see other inspiring creations. 

Randy - Barrister's Block 
Janet - Rogue Quilter  
I would like to claim this little gem as my April mini, but I cannot tell a lie! I bought this treasure from Ann Hermes on her new Facebook group, Handcrafted Fiber Arts, Buy, Sell, Trade. Take a moment to look at the wonderful creations!

I'll be away and off line for the rest of this week, but hopefully by the time we all finish our April quilts I will have the linky party all set up and we will find each quilt much easier!

Monday, April 2, 2018

A Fabulous visit and a Big Apology!

Apology first… I have had major internet problems for the past 4 days. I am just now getting back online at home and on the island where I work. So, I apologize to all of you who have diligently made and posted your monthly mini quilts. I plan to get a post up tomorrow and link up with all of you. If I miss yours, please let me know. I hope to have InLinkz working by next week. (one technological step at a time!)

Now for the fantastic visit… My friend Karen and I had the incredible pleasure of meeting Laura Lane (Collections Manager, NEQM) and Gladi Porche (GladiQuilts) at the NewEngland Quilt Museum on Saturday. To quote Karen “It was right up there as one of the best days ever!”.
We arrived as the doors opened and went directly to Gladi’s quilts. We had planned to meet Laura and Gladi for lunch but we had no idea that we would get a private gallery talk of the entire exhibition! Gladi went through every quilt, one by one. I cannot express how much I enjoyed this. I have admired her work for years and it was such a treat to see these gems in person and to hear about her thought processes and techniques.
Laura brought her “Foothills” (Mary Elizabeth Kinch) quilt-a-long blocks and we laid them out on the table. Wow! They are fantastic and you can see them on the Facebook page (here).

The exhibition of Japanese quilts from the 13th Nihon show in Tokyo was in the outer gallery. It is a very diverse group of quilts, from traditional hand work to unique art quilts. And, the little gallery hosts a revolving exhibition of quilts from the museum’s collection which is always fun.

After we were through looking at the quilts (although I could have stayed all day!) we had a delightful lunch together before heading home.

My second apology is that I had to steal images from the internet because I could not get any of the photos off my camera! At first, I thought it was operator error, but I now know I need a new phone! 
If you are anywhere near New England before these quilts come down (April 21 for the Japanese quilts and April 29 for Gladi’s) I would highly recommend a visit. You will NOT be disappointed! If you can’t make it in person, do take some time to visit Gladi’s blog (GladiQuilts). She is an excellent writer as well as a quilter and her blog is always a joy to read.

I hope you all have a great, non-technological day!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

March Mini

My March mini hops in under the wire! I hand quilted the center panel and machine quilted the rest (otherwise it would have been an April finish!). 

The little 1” finished squares are from my friend Cyndi (Busy Thimble). We swapped over 3,000 different 1 ½” squares a while back and I have been having a ball using them in different projects. There are 288 287 different prints in this little quilt. As I was quilting it I noticed I had used the one fabric twice, can you spot it? I don’t mind having a duplicate because it is one of my favorites.

The center panel is the same Kay and Lori Lee Triplett panel I used in my basket quilt sew-a-long with Cecile (here). This one is the smallest size at 6” and the one in the center of the basket quilt was the 24” size. You can order them on their website (here). 

I know Kyle (Timeless Reflections) and Barbara (Quilts, Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors) have finished their March minis and I will link back to any other blogs I can find who have made a mini this month.

I also had an e-mail update that the American Quilt Museum has started their auction of small quilts and other “stuff” to benefit the museum. One of mine is up for auction right now. They spelled my name wrong again, but I’m so used to it I don’t even bother to correct it anymore. My maiden (now middle) name is “Caton” not “Canton”. But I get the extra “n” a lot! Drop by the site to see all the goodies they have to offer. There are some wonderful quilts and baskets of quilty things! 

And in closing, I had a fabulous day yesterday at our quilt study group. We meet at our friend Judy's house and she generously shares her antique treasures and her incredible knowledge with us as we discuss and learn. My wish for the world would be that every person could find their personal "passion" and have friends to share in their joy. I am blessed to have so many fabulous people in my life; my "seven sewing sistahs", my quilt study friends and my blogging community friends. Life is good!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Foothills Finish - Gooseberry Pie

I finished my Foothills sew-a-longwith Mary Elizabeth Kinch over the weekend. I love everything about this quilt. I love the pattern, the colors, the potholder method, the name I gave it, the camaraderie of doing this with other quilters and most of all I love the fact that my husband really loves it!

Don’t get me wrong, he is always giving me kind and encouraging comments about my work, but when I finished this one I laid it out on the couch overnight. The next morning he said, boy I really love that quilt you finished last night. So, I was going to donate this to next year’s AQSG auction, but I might have to keep it and find another one to give away!

The Kansas Troubles "Gooseberry Lane" layer cake worked out perfectly for the backing squares. I was a bit nervous as I always pre-wash my fabrics, but when it was finished washed it with great care and 8 color catchers and nothing ran!
Do take a minute to visit the Facebook page (here) to see all the variety. You won’t be disappointed. There are so many fabulous fabrics in different colorways. Fun!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A little of this and that

I hope you all had a fun and productive National Quilting Day on Saturday. My local quilt group hosted an all day quilt-a-thon. Of course I forgot my camera so I have no photos to show you other than my “Gooseberry Pie” blocks. 
I should be stitching them together soon!

While cleaning my sewing machine, I discovered a great way to keep bobbins and spools together. Yup, the simple Q-tip! 

And, saving the best for last… I know I have said it before, but quilters are the best! Karen (Log Cabin Quilter) asked me if I would want a few of her orphan blocks for my next "pot luck" quilt. Look at these!!! I have enough for an entire quilt right here. 
And, some of these applique blocks are just too nice to be lumped into a pot luck quilt so they will have a special home. Karen's generosity started me thinking of how much fun it would be to do a Blog swap of orphan blocks.  I think it would be fun to see what we all do with other quilter's "orphans. I'll have to ruminate for a while, but I would appreciate hearing how you feel about it.

Randy's (Barrister's Block) basket quilt for Cecile's (Patchwork Inspirations) basket sew-a-long was so inspirational! 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Quilty 365 Update

That’s right, Quilty 365, the quilt I started with Audrey (Quilty Folk) back in November 2016. If you remember we were to applique one block a day for 365 days. I can’t tell you how much I missed that when the last one was done!

I started hand quilting it in December of 2016. I had a great deal of the center finished before I left it sitting in a corner of the quilt annex for over a year! I decided I wanted to put it in our state show (Maine Quilts 2018) this summer, so I dug it out a few weeks ago. It looked like it wouldn’t take long to finish it, but it is funny how that perimeter is so much larger than the center!!

 I really love this quilt. I’ve decided to call it “Crop Circles” because it has over 700 different vintage feedsack fabrics in it.

Anyway, I finished the quilting but neglected so many other things. I really missed my Noah andMatilda applique. It had been almost a month since I made my last block. I finished block 3D this morning and it felt good to be back! 
The backing came from a friend who gave me 3 wonderful neon fabrics that I had never seen before.
Thanks Sue!