Thursday, February 13, 2020

Art in Bloom

Barbara Morgan's Martha Graham Every Soul is a Circus
Marcia Davis Flowers
Neil Welliver's Two Boys in a Canoe
Dodge the Florist
Chris Martin's Red Yellow Green #2
Pretty Flowers
Katherine Bradford's Flying Woman
Electric Flora
Jean Hans Arp's Is
Plant Office
Marguerite Thompson Zorach's Diana of the Sea
Yellow Twist Design
James Abbott McNeill Whistler's Miss Florence Leyland
Flora's Muse
William Morris Hunt's A Constantinople Woodchopper
Rockwell Kent's Wreck of the D.T.Sheridan
Farmhouse Floral
Justin Richel's Endless Column
Harmon's Floral Company
Plate, early 19th century
Mimi + Mum Floral Designs


I went to the Portland Museum of Art yesterday with my friend Carolyn to see the annual Art in Bloom show. Floral designers chose a work of art as their inspiration. I've shown a few of the offerings. Last year we were part of a small tour group and were given some information about what we were seeing and that led to some interesting discussions. This time we went on our own. Plenty of inspiration for quilters, too! This last photo doesn't convey the delicious scents of spring flowers, unfortunately, but use your imagination. I can't remember which plate was the starting point for this piece but the container is a work of art in itself. Wow! 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Finished UFOs 2019

In no particular order, here are some projects I finished in 2019. 

"Jingle" a free online project from Erin Russert. Her quilt had a large central applique with these blocks around the center. There were more pieced blocks. I decided to make a long narrow quilt. The center block was no longer available and I wanted a quilt to hang on my door so I made mine like this. I used the classic Pennsylvania Dutch palette. I discovered Karen Kaye Buckley's leaf templates when I was half way through making this quilt and that sped up the project a lot. 


"Baxter" is my memory quilt from the days when my son and daughter were young. My husband and I would take the kids to Baxter State Park every summer vacation. So many happy memories.


"Beacon of Hope" is a pattern in Women of Grace, a tribute to the women in WWII.


I made a Dresden Plate quilt earlier in 2019. I finally made this sample block into a pillow. 


"A Year with Edyta" is my version of the quilt Edyta Sitar designed for The Quilt Show BOM in 2018. I changed the layout and the center block (which is a Lori Holt house block). Each month the BOM pattern was three different quilt blocks that were made three times. So nine blocks each month. Shown at the Back Roads Quilt Show in West Gardiner October 2019


"A Year with Jan" was my version of a BOM by Jan Patek offered by Attic Heirlooms in Damariscotta. I made some changes to the pattern. I put kittens in the baskets instead of birds! I omitted a border at the top and bottom of the applique blocks; this is a LARGE quilt and the extra borders would have been too much for me. The applique borders were a real challenge for me. I had to get the quilt top done so I could machine quilt it before the show. I wish I had added more elements to the vines but its done and I am mostly happy with it. 





Little quilt made of little scraps. Now used as a mat for one of my cats to sleep on. Peppermint added for size perspective. :-)



"Unit Quilt" Block offered by klein meisje quilts blog. She makes all kinds of simple and intriguing quilts. I really enjoyed using solids and prints. I made a lot of the blocks at a quilt retreat-easy to do while talking!


Little zippered pouch from a workshop we did at Back Roads, offered by Kathy B. This has been languishing forevvvvvvvvvvvver! All it needed was binding! 

Summer travels 2019





Vinalhaven day trip on a glorious August day. My friend Gaye, my daughter and I took the ferry out of Rockland to spend the day on the island. Gaye had lined up a taxi to take us around the island. We had a wonderful day. So much fun to be taken around to places we never would have seen. The quilts are from the local museum. 
 I should call this post "Travels with Gaye" because we drove to Eastport on July 3 and spent July 4 with a friend in Canada. 4th of July in sweltering 90 degree heat in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. We ate on the front porch at this restaurant and watched the crowd stroll by.

Let's look at last year


Updating my blog after a lengthy stretch of silence. It's not that I haven't been busy, I've just neglected writing my blog. So let's take a look at what I've made. 

I don't really like to make bags and pouches but decided I needed a few new totebags. Recently I cleaned up my sewing room and discovered a few very nice bags I had made over the years but, guess what? Filled with unfinished projects! 

First up is the Clydebank tote offered from Sew Sweetness. She has a very detailed video tutorial to make this bag. I admit I got the handles wrong on the first try. I attached the handles (top seam) so that the bag looked more like a tank top. Hard to thread that over your shoulder! After a seam ripper session, all was well. 


Lots of roomy zippers.


Totebag with zipper. Easy to make but a lot of pieces. Nice pockets on the inside, too. 


Scrappy totebag