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A Wonderful weekend…

in Boston.  A couple of weekends ago we loaded up the car, dropped Gracie off and the kennel and headed south to Beantown.  We were going to visit our daughter Elizabeth and spend the day wandering around Boston and seeing the Red Sox.

Our first stop was the Quincy Market – we went for a walk around the business district.  Had to get our steps in for the day.

Elizabeth and me in Quincy Market

Elizabeth and me in Quincy Market

Our next stop was the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to see the Pilgrim/Roy Collection of antique quilts.  The quilts were amazing!!!  I had a wonderful time looking at them and getting inspired once again to go home and make quilts.  Here are a few of my favorites from the collection.

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Four Poster quilt - this was made to fit a 4 poster bed.

Four Poster quilt – this was made to fit a 4 poster bed.

Baltimore Album

Baltimore Album

I love the half blocks on the sides - you almost never see this in quilts made today.

I love the half blocks on the sides – you almost never see this in quilts made today.

Star details

Star details

border - love it!

border – love it!

love the simplicity of the design and the amazing quilting.

love the simplicity of the design and the amazing quilting.

When you think about the fact that most of these quilts were made in the 1800’s – they were hand pieced, machine pieced and hand quilted.  There were no rotary cutters, none of the tools that we use today to make our quilts complete.  It was wonderful to be able to see these quilts in person.  They were displayed in a way that allowed you to really see the details and the workmanship of the quilts. We had a lovely light lunch at the museum and then continued our Boston fun.

We headed back to our hotel to relax for a bit before dinner and the game.  It was so nice to spend time with Elizabeth – we had a cocktail and a cheese and fruit platter and wonderful silly conversation.  I tried a Moscow Mule and I just might have to purchase some of these fun copper cups and have a Moscow Mule Party.

Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

Dinner was early and Garrett – (Elizabeth’s boyfriend) joined us at Stephanie’s on Newbury.  We had a very nice dinner and then walked to the park.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

The Red Sox won the game that evening- we had a wonderful time and then went back to our hotel for a nightcap and some more conversation.  Overall the day was relaxed, fun and exciting.  Boston is a wonderful city – it is easy to get around and it has always been one of my favorite places to spend a day.

We were up early the next morning so that we could pick Gracie up at the kennel.  Gracie was very happy to see us and to be home and Chuck and I were happy to be home as well.

I will post more pictures from the museum tomorrow – there are some more amazing quilt to see.

Have a nice day,

 

Be Kind…

Faith

 

 

The windows are open….

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and after the damp cold spring and long snowy winter that is a wonderful thing.  It will require practically daily dusting to remove the pollen that is coming in with the fresh air from all of the surfaces in the house but it is worth it.  Summer officially starts in 5 days but in my mind as soon as I can leave the windows open summer is here.  I love this time of year – well, lets be honest I love every time of year.  I love all of the seasons for different reasons but that is a topic for another day.  Today is about how everything looks bright and fresh and happy outside right now.  I love the poppies and the irises, I love that the peonies will be blooming shortly.  I love the blue skies and the big puffy clouds.

This past Sunday was fathers day. I had a nice phone conversation with my father.  Chuck got 5 very nice phone calls from the “kids”.  It was a sunny day and the weather was beautiful.  We had a nice quite day.

I have gotten a lot  done the past few days.  I am working on a new quilt – it will be a gift but I am pretty sure the recipient will not see is here.  I got the pattern from the Missouri Star Quilting website.  If you are looking for a new pattern you might want to check out this website – there are a lot of fun easy patterns.  This is a picture of the blocks on my design wall – this is not the final layout just a peak at the finished blocks.  I will move these around a lot before I decide on the finished quilt.  It is so much easier to use a design wall than it is to crawl around on the floor.

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I have also been spinning again.  I purchased some wonderful fiber from Weston Hill Farm – www.westonhillfarm.com – but I haven’t really started to spin that yet.  It is so beautiful that I want to practice some more before I spin it.  I have been spinning some fiber that I purchased at the Common Ground Fair last September.  It is such a relaxing craft.  I really enjoy it and I will have lots of wonderful yarn to knit when we hit the next season that I love.

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I also finished a penny rug this week.  I have it sitting on top of my Treadle Sewing machine.  I will probably not leave it there forever because the sun will fade it too much, but I like it there for now.

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I am hoping that the weather stays nice so that my veggie garden does well.  We are trying something new this year.  We have black poly with straw over it covering the garden this year.  Our hope is that this will cut down on weeds, hold the heat in the ground for the plants and help everything grow a little faster and bigger.  I will let you know how it works.

Garden and Pool

Garden and Pool

the garden

the garden

I hope you have a nice day and that you are able to enjoy the sunshine.

Be Kind…

Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few long weeks…

So the weather here in Maine has been good and bad this spring. My allergies have been horrible and to top it off I picked up some sort of virus that has had me feeling pretty lousy these past few weeks. It has been a chilly, damp rainy spring here along the coast of Maine.

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If you notice the date on the thermometer it is May 28th. 45 degrees on May 28th, that is crazy!

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This is a picture of some of the flower parts that have since been appliquéd onto the raffle quilt. I have done my part, now another member is doing the long arm quilting, she will then pass it to yet another member who will put the binding on. It is wonderful when we have a group of quilters working together.

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This is a picture of my favorite pincushion. I have had it for over 20 years, it is wool roving that has been rolled together. I love the colors and the size and shape.

Last weekend I used my new FreshTech canner. I made strawberry rhubarb jam and strawberry jam. It was very easy to make with my new canner and it didn’t heat up my kitchen and it was done very quickly.

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Our pool was opened today – they worked amidst the rain drops. It needs to clear up before we can vacuum it but the fact that it is open means summer must be on it’s way.

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It looks more like pond than a pool but once the water clears it will be crystal clear and Gracie (our chocolate lab) will be swimming long before any people do.

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This little fellow was watching the pool opening. The pool cover had been protecting one of his little holes and now that the cover is off the entrance to his home is no longer hidden. I don’t think he was very happy. Oh well he can move out anytime – that would be fine with me.

So now I will get back to some of my other projects – I have a long list of quilts to make.

Be Kind….
Faith

Why do we make quilts….

Georgette's Cookies

Georgette’s Cookies

Last night was our Annual Tea Party at Evergreen Quilters.  We have a wonderful potluck tea.  We bring lovely tea sandwiches and wonderful sweets for dessert, above is a picture of some delicious cookies with an amazing quilt theme.  They were so pretty I almost didn’t want to eat them.  We wear beautiful, funny and outrageous hats and we have a wonderful evening.

We ask 3 of our members to display their quilts and tell us about their quilting journey.  We have such talented quilters in our group it is wonderful.

As we were sipping our tea and eating our cucumber sandwiches, 3 of our Potholder quilts were being presented to 3 veterans in Arizona.

Veterans and their wives receiving their quilts

Veterans and their wives receiving their quilts

We have been making these quilts to present to Veterans to thank them for their service to our country.  The veterans were overwhelmed by the quilts, they never expected to be given such a tribute.  It is a wonderful feeling to know that we brightened someones day and that we were able to show how much we appreciate the service and sacrifice that they made for us and their country.

I will ask our membership to continue to make these quilts because it is so wonderful to be able to brighten someone’s day in a way that they don’t expect.  I really believe that paying it forward is a wonderful way to share our talents.  As quilters we love to create quilts and to be able to share that with such a deserving group of people makes me very happy.

 

We had a wonderful tea party and a great evening.  This is why I love being part of a quilt guild.  The ladies of Evergreen are always creating wonderful quilts, placemats and pillowcases to give to people who need them.  It is one of the best things about our group.  When there is a need we step forward to share our talents and fill the need.

Keep quilting….

Be Kind…

Faith

 

Great weekend….

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What a great weekend I had!!!  First of all Spring has arrived and by Spring I mean warm weather without humidity.  Happy Dance!

raffle quilt in progress

raffle quilt in progress

On Saturday a group of ladies from my quilt guild got together to assemble our Raffle quilt.  It is such a good way to get a lot done in a short amount of time.  It is also a great way for beginners to learn new the finer points of getting your quilt to lay flat. There is nothing worse than a wavy quilt.  It is impossible to get it to lay flat and it is equally impossible to have it quilted.

Georgette, Carol and Terry

Georgette, Carol and Terry

 

Denise, Jane, Iola and Judy

Denise, Jane, Iola and Judy

Here are a couple of shots of our group at work.  We had a wonderful time and when we were done the hardest part of the quilt top was complete.  I have a couple of borders to add but they are measured and ready to be sewn on.  I will then applique some flowers around the edge to make it even prettier than it already is.

Of course Sunday was Mother’s Day – there was also a Marathon that was going right past our road.  A dear friend from Albany who grew up with our son was in the area with some of his siblings to watch his wife run the Marathon.  So while they waited for Avery to complete the run (she did very well but says she will never do it again), they came to our house for a little Brunch.  We had homemade muffins and fruit salad.

George, Katherine, me, Tommy and George plus a little bit of Chucks finger.  ;)

George, Katherine, me, Tommy and George plus a little bit of Chucks finger. 😉

It was so beautiful that we decided to eat outside.  I have not seen these wonderful young people is a long time and it was so wonderful to catch up with them and hear about the exciting lives that they are living.

The crew with Chuck.

The crew with Chuck.

I am so appreciative of the friendships that our children have developed over the years.  They are friendships that will last for the rest of their lives.  It is very easy for them to communicate with all of the new technology – one of the positives of the times.

After the kids left we went up to Portland and Chuck purchased me a wonderful a unexpected surprise Mother’s Day gift.  It is a Ball Fresh Tech Canner.  I will be able to can goodies from the garden without all the steam in the kitchen.  I will post some pictures when I use it.

The day was completed with lunch sitting outside by the river at Run of the Mill restaurant.  It is a microbrew pub and it is in an old textile mill in Saco – great lunch.

It was a sunny, warm day and I really enjoyed myself.  I had great chats with my 2 darling kids and a nice conversation with my own mother.  So overall it was a great weekend.

I hope yours was as well.

Be Kind…

Faith

So while I wasn’t blogging I was…

Having fun!!!!

We spent time visiting family in Florida.

Chuck and Gail

Chuck and Gail on the Beach!

We went on a sunset cruise in Sarasota.

Sarasota Bay

Sarasota Bay

We walked on the beach.

Longboat Key Beach

Longboat Key Beach

We had company and we ate wonderful food.

littleneck clams

littleneck clams

We went to a concert in Portland, ME.

Lake Street Dive @ The State Theater in Portland, ME

Lake Street Dive @ The State Theater in Portland, ME

We had our master bathroom re-done.

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The months of March and April were very busy but it was all fun stuff.

Be kind….. Faith

Wow – I haven’t posted anything in a long time….

Easter flowers

 

Easter flowers always make it seem like Spring is almost here.  Easter Sunday was a wonderful day – the weather could have been warmer but this year if the sun is shining and it is not snowing it is a good day. Our daughter and her boyfriend came for the weekend so we had a wonderful time.  I spent the weekend cooking so I didn’t do much sewing that weekend.  But I have gotten a lot done this Spring.

I have been busy – I have gotten 3 old quilts done and by old I mean very old.  I finished binding the 2 that were quilted by the longarm quilter.  The Christmas Star quilt was finished in no time at all.  The Dresden Plate with the scalloped edge took a long time.

sewing biased binding on Dresden Plate

sewing biased binding on Dresden Plate

I made a biased binding which is time consuming but necessary when putting on a curved binding.

Scalloped Edge of Dresden Plate

Scalloped Edge of Dresden Plate

 

I don’t use clips when I stitch down the binding so my hands tired easily.  There was also a lot of very careful trimming while stitching this binding down.  But the quilt is done!

I machine quilted by Mystery Quilt from my quilt guild.  I still consider myself to be a novice at Free motion quilting but I am getting more confident with each quilt.  I brought my machine upstairs into my sunroom so I had lots of wonderful light.  I also put up 3 different tables – one with my sewing machine, one behind my sewing machine table and one to the left of my sewing table.  This made things so much easier because the weight of the quilt was always on a table, not dragging.

 

Stitch in a Ditch

Stitch in a Ditch

 

 

I also made a baby quilt for a dear friends first Grandchild.  This is called a disappearing nine patch. It was fun and easy to stitch together with Charms Squares (5″ blocks).  I have a GO cutter that I used to cut the squares with so this quilt top went together very easily.  We don’t know whether the baby is a boy or a girl so I used pastels to make this quilt.  It was fun to make a quilt for a new baby.

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So since April 1st I have completed 4 quilts.  I am very happy about this.  Several of these quilts have been sitting for years.  I will post full size pictures of all of the quilts as soon as it is a bit nicer outside.  At this point they would blow away.

Off to a Guild meeting tonight – I am looking forward to seeing my friends.  It has been over a month since I have seen some of them so this meeting will be fun.

Happy Quilting…

Be Kind…

Faith

I love this quilt……

Christmas Stars

Christmas Stars

This quilt has been in my life for 20 years, but until yesterday I couldn’t say that is was complete. I started it as a class at Log Cabin Fabrics. It was a block of the month class that met the first Thursday of the month for either 6 months or a year – I can’t remember. Seems to me we got 2 blocks each month. I opted to hand piece the blocks. I made the decision to hand piece the blocks for a few different reasons.

First, I love to hand piece, second, there are a lot of points in these blocks and I wanted to be sure to have pointy points, third, I love hand piecing!  I loved the fact that I could take the work with me where ever I was, in the car, at a field hockey game or the orthodontics office.  Those places were all part of my life when I started this quilt.  How life has changed.

So you wonder, why if I loved the blocks so much and took them with me just about everywhere, did it take 20 years to complete.  It became a UFO (unfinished object) for a few reasons.  After piecing all of the blocks they were all different sizes, not because I pieced them wrong – the idea was to trim the blocks to all match.  The problem with that was that I would need to cut off my precious points in order to have them all the same size.  They were stuck in a box to wait til later.  I would pull them out a few times a year and try to come up with a solution.

Well after 20 years I have progressed as a quilter and an idea finally came to me.  Add background borders to all of the blocks and them trim them so that all of the points would show and the blocks would all measure 17 1/2″ square.  Next step – put the quilt together – add sashing and borders.

Then it needed to be quilted.  I could not hand quilt it or it would take another 20 years to complete.  I don’t feel skilled enough to quilt it on my sewing machine.  A good friend suggested a long arm quilter that she has worked with.  I packed it up and sent it to Shirley York of Blue Moose Quilting.

Well, Shirley is truly an artist!  The quilting that she did on this quilt is wonderful, whimsical, it “completes” my quilt in a wonderful way.  Here are some pictures to show you how special it is.

 

Water Wheel Star

Water Wheel Star

Octagon Star

Octagon Star

Radiant Feathered Star

Radiant Feathered Star

St. Louis Star

St. Louis Star

Mariner's Compass

Mariner’s Compass

Castle Wall

Castle Wall

Blazing Star

Blazing Star

California Sunset

California Sunset

Interlocking Block

Interlocking Star

Hearts Design

Hearts Design

Flying Swallows

Flying Swallows

Snow Crystals

Snow Crystals

If you click the pictures you can see the quilting details a little better.

Happy Quilting and hopefully Happy Spring soon too…

Be Kind…

Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

My next project – Bonnie Hunters Celtic Solstice…

love the look of this quilt - the illusion of curves with only straight lines

love the look of this quilt – the illusion of curves with only straight lines

Since the day after Thanksgiving I have been working on this quilt.  http://www.quiltville.blogspot.com/p/celtic-solstice-mystery.html  I have used only fabric that I had in my stash.  That is about 25 years worth of fabric.  I have been talking about having Christmas quilts on the beds in my house for that long as well.  So I have been buying Christmas fabric for that long.  Yikes that amounted to about 1/4 of my stash.  So when Bonnie Hunter gave the initial instructions for this quilt I looked over the colors and decided that I needed to make some changes.  Bonnie had orange in her quilt – and it looks beautiful, as do all of the quilts that the many quilters that have followed the same color scheme have made.  I didn’t have a lot of orange fabric and orange just didn’t work in the color scheme of my home.  So I decided to sort of go my own way.  I switched things up a bit.  Where Bonnie uses blue – I use Red, and where she uses Orange I used Blue.  So my quilt will look a bit different but the overall effect is the same.  Beautiful!!!  Thank you Bonnie Hunter for another wonderful quilt design.

full tote of quilt parts

full tote of quilt parts

This is a look at the first 40 blocks that I have completed.

one potential corner

one potential corner

I still have lots of blocks to complete – I started making this King size but since I don’t have a King size bed I am going to cut it down to a queen and make a lap quilt as a gift for someone for Christmas next year.

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You may be noticing this totally awesome portable design wall that I have.  I don’t have a free wall to dedicate to a design wall so I ordered this online.  It is made by Cheryl Ann.  You can check it out on this website.  www.cherylannsdesignwall.com .  It is easy to assemble and easy to take apart and store.  I love being able to preview how a quilt will look with out having to crawl around on the floor.  Good for the knees and back.

This is a picture of the same tote with fewer quilt parts in it.

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I will keep you posted on my progress with this quilt.  It will never be a UFO because I really want it done for Christmas next year.  I love the way it is coming out and I also love the amount of OLD fabric I am using up.  No stash guilt here.

Happy Quilting…

Be Kind…

Faith

Saying goodbye…

Dresden Plate

Dresden Plate

 

Christmas Stars - one border too small

Christmas Stars – one border too small

I left two of my oldest quilt tops with a friend last night to be delivered to the long arm quilter.  I have seen the work of the lady who will be quilting my beloved tops and I am very excited to see how she quilts these tops.  I am also very excited to have these quilts moved out of and off of the UFO pile.

I am very proud of the workmanship on both of these quilt tops.  They are very different quilts.  The Dresden Plate quilt was machine pieced and both machine and hand appliqued.  As I have mentioned in previous posts I started this back in the 90’s.  The top has been completed for a long time – I just wanted to have the right person quilt it for me.

The Christmas Stars quilt was a block of the month class taken many years ago at Log Cabin Fabrics in Selkirk, NY http://logcabinfabrics.com/.  If you are ever in the Albany, NY area and can stop in it is worth the visit.  The ladies ( Londa, Lisa and Bonnie) will take very good care of you.  The fabrics for both of these quilts were purchased many years ago at this shop.  I hand pieced most of these blocks, I added the sashing and borders using my machine.  The quilt shown in the picture is not the completed top, I added one more border using the same fabric as the sashing.

the backyard

the backyard

We had a snow day on Wednesday.  I made a wonderful Chicken Pot Pie for dinner and settled in to work on quilts that night.  The best thing about snowstorms is that it is a perfect time to work on quilts.  When the world looks white it is fun to pull out a pile of fun fabrics to brighten your day.

I also have been working on blocks for a block swap but I can’t post any pictures of those yet.   All I can say about them is that the background is white and the main fabric was supposed to make us think of summer.  When the weather is cold and snowy it is nice to think about summer, sunshine and warm air.

Now back to my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt – Celtic Solstice.  I have 40 blocks done and a gazillion more to sew.  I will post pictures of that soon.

Keep creating…

Be Kind…

Faith