Monday, July 17, 2017

Maine Quilts 2017

Our annual Maine Quilt show is coming up – July 26 – 29 at the Augusta Civic Center. Click (here) for more details.

I’ll have a few quilts there, but can’t reveal the challenge ones until after the show. I can show you a few little quilts I made for our auction. This year’s recipient will be the Maine Cancer Fund. 

This year’s show will be extra special for me as Randy from Barrister’s Block will be visiting. It is always nice to see “our show” through someone else’s eyes. I don’t think she will be disappointed!   

Hope to catch up with a few of you there!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt finale

I feel it is very fitting for the final block in this fun sew-a-long is the Rainbow block. The rainbow has become a symbol for embracing diversity. People have really shown their individuality in this SAL. There has been a tremendous amount of creativity in the various blocks each month.

I had a bit of trouble visualizing an upside down rainbow, so I made a double right side up rainbow instead (showing my individuality). Since I have changed the orientation of some of the blocks anyway, I thought Esther wouldn’t mind.

The fabric choices people have made have been so much fun to watch. There are 1930’s fabrics, wools, batiks, and fussy cut florals. The techniques have been varied as well; machine applique, buttonhole stitched (hand and machine), needle turned, and more. There are quite a few utilizing the quilt as you go method and a few (like me) are using the potholder method. 

I am so excited that they are planning an exhibition beginning in May, 2018. If you have been sewing along, I hope you are considering submitting your finished quilt for this wonderful exhibition. More details to follow on the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album blog (here).

I have enjoyed this project immensely and I would like to thank Dawn (Collector with a Needle) and Doreen (Aunt Reen’s Place) for hosting this 25 block sew-a-long and for keeping us all motivated. A big thank you to the Virginia Quilt Museum for publishing this pattern and allowing us to share our progress with others. And lastly, I would like to thank Esther Blair Matthews for her artistic vision and impeccable skill in the making of this quilt in 1858.

Please check in with the link (here) and enjoy all the unique quilts. 

Now what? I have already started another long term applique sew-a-long. With the wonderful patterns from “Collector with a Needle" (here) I am venturing down the Noah and Matilda road. Nothing to report yet, I’ll keep you posted. Wink!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Blockhead Catch Up

It seems I am always a week behind, but row 3 of my Blockhead quilt is now complete. I’m glad I decided to do this in the potholder method, as I think it is keeping me motivated to finish each block each week. And, with this method, the back is often as fun as the front!


 I’m also happy that I decided to set them in order of publication. I like the fact that since there are 6 designers, each one is represented in vertical rows. But, more importantly, it keeps me from having to think about how to set them together – no math and no creative angst!

I have used mostly BetsyChutchian and Jo Morton fabrics with a few others thrown in. I want to keep the scrappy feel so I am pulling from my scrap baskets too!

Check out all the progress (here) or on their Blockhead Facebook page. They have a gazillion (yes, I counted) followers!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sapphire Stars

I’m not sure how it happened, but I took on yet another sew-a-long project for the summer. I joined in on my very first mystery quilt adventure. For years I have watched my friends participating in these mystery quilt projects. I just didn’t see the allure until Kevin of Kevin The Quilter in his whimsical way, just made it sounds so enticing.

So, here is my first part. Forty eight units done and waiting for the next clue. Woohoo! 

Kevin’s instructions said to draw a line down the center and stitch on the line. But, being the lazy time efficient person that I am, I just used my little vintage ruler as a guide as I stitched along. The metal ruler has a little camber in it so it makes it easy to keep in place. 

Do check out Kevin’s blog (here) to see all the progress. Fun, fun, fun!

Thursday, June 29, 2017


I find myself frequently blurting out, “I’d love to but, I’m so busy!”. The first 3 blogs I read this morning started with the same feeling, “why is time flying by so fast?”.

Since I have nothing new to show today, I will share the center of one of my favorite quilts (made in 2000). I hope you get the chance to dip your toes in the water and drink in the summer sunshine until we meet again. I think we could all benefit from a little “slow” time!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Liebster Award

Katy of Katy’s Quilts nominated me for the 2017 Liebster Award. As a relatively new Blogger, I am honored by the nomination. Please visit the Global Aussie website (here) for more details. But in short;

The Liebster Award 2017 is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

So here are the 10 questions Katy asked of me:

1)Who inspired you to quilt?

This one was easy as I learned to make and more importantly to appreciate quilts from my very dear neighbor, Arzetta Poole when I was 9 years old. I made my first quilt in 1965. Here is a picture of her, she is the last one on the right.
This was taken at our neighbor's house. It belonged to the Dodge sisters (seated next to her). They ran the post office of East Edgecomb, ME in their former chicken coop. Their claim to fame was that it was the smallest Post Office in the U.S.

2)  If you could meet on person you have never met, who would it be?

It goes without saying that there are a number of wonderful Bloggers I would like to meet in person! But one person that I would love to have met would be my husband’s maternal grandfather. My husband has such fond memories and wonderful stories about him, I have always felt sad that I never got to meet him. He was born in 1890 in the house our family still owns in Georgetown, Maine. So luckily, we do still feel the presence of “Ganga”.

3) What was the last movie you saw in a theater?

The last one I remember was “Winged Migration” in 2001. Like Katy, I prefer to watch old movies at home while sewing.

4)What kind of music do you like?

My favorites are classical (particularly Baroque), folk, bluegrass, rock, rockabilly, jazz, o.k., anything but elevator music!

5)What is your favorite quilt?

This changes every day. Right now, it is this one (Pot Luck) that I finished in February.
It is made up of orphan blocks and scraps leftover from other quilts I have made. And, it is made in the potholder method whereby each block is quilted and bound and then stitched together. It was fun from start to finish! The great thing about potholder quilts is the the back can be as fun and interesting as the front.

I want to make another one with some of my orphan antique blocks.

6)What is your favorite candy bar?
This too changes every day (wink) but I guess I would have to say Mounds.

7)Do you hand quilt or machine?

If you read my Blog regularly you know I am a hand quilter. I dabble in machine quilting but nothing larger than 24” or it becomes a train wreck. I LOVE to hand quilt.

8)What is your favorite color?


9)What is your favorite quilting tool?

Tulip #10 applique needles. After 50 plus years of applique work I have found that these are the best (for me).

 10) Do you work on one project at a time or many?
I think this is a trick question. Do you honestly know anyone who works on one quilt at a time? I don’t think I do. I have at least 10 actively in the works and probably a dozen more in the “started” stage with 100 or more on the brain.

My next duty as a nominee is to nominate 3 other bloggers. I would like to nominate every Blog I read regularly, but since summer is such a busy time of year, I don't want to burden you by giving you "one more thing to do"! 

So, I will simply ask these same questions to anyone who wants to participate, with the exception of #6. I'd like to change that one to "What was your first quilt and do you still have it?" (I don't have mine, but I do have the 6th quilt I made in 1978).

Thanks Katy for thinking of me and I do hope you will have take a trip around Blogland to visit all the nominees. Have a quilty day!

Blockheads #15 & #16

We spent most of the weekend on the water, but I did manage to get caught up on my Blockheads. #15 is designed by Jo Morton and I used one of my favorite fabrics from Betsy  Chutchian’s Bramblewood line.

I love block #16 designed by Jan Patek
Just in time for the 4th!