Sunday, December 20, 2020

2020-my quilting year

 During this year of Covid isolation, I have been happily busy with my quilting projects. 

Barbara Brackman BOM "Cassandra" All the pink and green blocks below are part of this BOM. 

Pincushion I made for a pincushion swap with Back Roads quilt chapter. 

Monday's with Moda free pattern. 

Christmas sofa quilt ready for quilting. This was a free pattern. I have the finished quilt on the sofa, but this is the only picture!

Online acrylic painting on fabric with Helen Godden. 

String quilting this summer, not finished. 

Not sure when I finished this! Baxter State Park summer camping memories.

Another quilt top that I am not sure when I finished. It all started years ago with the red star center and grew from there. I machine quilted this top earlier this year, I believe. 

Meg of Little Women. I wanted to make this pattern from Women's Day magazine many years ago and I finally did!

Using up scraps. Still just a quilt top. 

Online class with Helen Godden using Inktense pencils and machine quilting. So fun!

A little quilt for my sewing room door. 

Another quilt top using my stash. 

This quilt was made for a charity for a child to nap on. I used nine patch blocks someone donated at a quilt auction. I bought the quilt blocks and after a few years made this quilt. The blocks all had tags telling who made them and where they lived. Apparently these were made for a online quilt swap. So many years and many miles in the history of this one!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Joy joy joy! Joy in the Morning! 

I have been working on another BOM from Attic Heirlooms. This wall hanging is called Joy in the Morning by Norma Whaley, Timeless Traditions. 

Two of my friends convinced me to try this applique and embroidery challenge. Most of the applique is wool with a few cotton fabric pieces that make it more varied and interesting. The alternate blocks are all cotton.

I am really enjoying each of these little 6-inch blocks. It has been fun searching through my embroidery threads and silk ribbons to make each block special. I'm using the pattern photo to guide my color choices for the most part, a few changes here and there. 

It is good to have something absorbing to work on in the time of quarantine and isolation. My husband and I were finally able to take our new camper to the North Maine Woods recently. We went swimming and relaxed for a couple of days. It is a long ride to where we like to camp but we enjoy the ride, too. I worked on a simple backstitch embroidery piece while we were there. I'll post about that soon. 

Take care! Stay safe and stay home. Wash your hands. Wear a mask, it's the least we can do, don't you think? Thinking of  you, my quilting friends, as I stitch and dream!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

I've been participating in Australian Helen Goddin's online free motion tutorials. It's called Flower Power and is free for everyone. This tulip is the first of nine flowers. Colored with Inktense pencils. I bought a new free motion foot last week and I'm getting used to it. I don't think my stitching is as good as it was. It may be a tension problem with my machine. 

A new little quilt for my sewing room door. I've wanted to make this simple pattern for quite a while. I added the little curtain from an old piece of lace. Happy cat isolating. 

My dear daughter baked me a delicious cake for my birthday in April. Lemon cake from scratch with raspberry jam filling. Homemade buttercream frosting. She also made a scrumptious stir fry for dinner. My dear husband gave me a gorgeous bouquet. Dear son called from Virginia. A wonderful day. 

I made a blue kaleidoscope quilt with some beautiful fat quarters I bought some time ago. The top is about 50 x 60. I don't have quilt batting or a good backing to complete the quilt just now. 

And I've been making masks, just as many of you have done. I spent a lot of time working on a good fitting mask. I tried another style but this style was mostly what I made. 

Stay safe and stay home! I made a foray to a local greenhouse yesterday, but other than that, I really have just been home. Not getting too squirrely yet, but there is a full moon tomorrow and it is making me somewhat tense. We all have to cope with the isolation in our own ways, but let me say that I believe we are doing the right thing by staying home and flattening the curve, a phrase we are all now familiar with. Take care everyone! 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

In the time of isolation

Month 3 of Barbara Brackman's BOM Cassandra's Circle. I've completed the large center block, the first 18inch block and this, the second 18 inch block. Not sure if this one will stay as is, I'll have to see how the next few blocks compare.

I've been isolating myself as much as I can. My husband and daughter are continuing to go to work. We are grateful that they have work and a paycheck, but the risk of exposure to Covid 19 is great. I was having stress headaches, but those are gone now.

I miss my friends and wish I could invite them into my home for tea and fun, but that will have to wait for another day. Yesterday I received the very sad news that Maine Quilts 2020 has been cancelled. The Pine Tree Quilt Guild has put on a quilt show for over 40 years. This will be the first time we've had to cancel the show. I know my friends are as disappointed as I am but it was the correct decision, I'm sure. Hundreds of volunteers work to put on the show every year. Teachers come from all over the U.S., Canada, and England. Not sure if we have had anyone come from further afield, but it is certainly an international event.

I did not have any quilts entered in the show this year, but I can imagine how sad those who were exhibiting this year feel right now. This pandemic is one that we will only win if everyone makes the effort to isolate. We are not being asked to fight in the trenches, we are being asked to stay home-home with our loved ones, home with our computers and tvs, home with electricity and heat. Not very difficult is it? Well, of course it is, but by staying in touch with friends and family, by being friendly and courteous to others, we make it easier for all of us to hunker down.

I opened the cupboard door one afternoon and found this funny fellow in among the pots and pans. Weasley is always making us laugh!