Monday, March 22, 2021

Quote Quilt


I decided to make a "quote quilt" after reading High Road Quilter and all about her quote quilt. I find the concept very interesting and thought this past year of coping with the pandemic and into the fresh air of 2021 would be a great source of inspiration. I do not want to focus on all the shenanigans that went on in 2020, but highlight some ideas. 

I started with square in a square blocks made with solid fabrics. I got tired of making those blocks so this is the size my quilt may or may not end up being. I have more fabric so I can make it larger. I intend to work on this quilt sporadically over the next months and work on it when inspiration strikes. 

I started with this "we are all in this together" block. That's been our motto here in Maine. I like the idea that we can weather this pandemic with a feeling of solidarity because we are all in the same boat. It seems to me that if we all look out each other, we will live better lives. 

I have disliked seeing that ball of red spikes that is the ubiquitous image used for Covid-19, the novel coronavirus. It seems to me it should be always depicted with that universal "NO" symbol. Let's put it out there in the universe that we don't want this virus! 

Dr. Fauci says!

Masks are critical not political. Love that! When did getting an illness become political? When you get a cold, do you blame it on your state senator? Nonsense.


My husband and I had plenty of opportunities to go camping last summer. It was wonderful! Thanks to Covid, no one could really "go" anywhere, but outdoors was okay. Thanks also to my husband being on strike for much of the summer, we had plenty of time to go to the Maine woods in our truck camper. My little porcupine toasting a marshmallow sums up that happy feeling. 

Monday, February 22, 2021


Cassandra's Circle quilt top
Barbara Brackman BOM 2020-2021

I've really enjoyed working on this quilt top this past year. The instructions called for a vine type border, which I stitched and had ready. However, once the appliqued borders were on my quilt, I realized that the quilt was enormous, more suitable for a king size bed than my queen size bed. Also, I decided a quilt of that size would be much too large form me to quilt on my domestic machine. I know my limits and I know I would find it too difficult to machine quilt so large a top. In the end, I removed my lovely borders and attached this simple pink and white border. I'm saving my applique border in hopes that I can use it for another project, shortened, of course. 

The blocks are 18 inches and the center is 36 inches. With the borders the quilt would have been 96 inches square. As it is now, it is about 75 inches. 

Do you have a favorite block? I have several but the one I would like to make another time is the block on the left below the corner block. It is the Wild Rose block.