Saturday, October 15, 2011

Eat, Sleep, Quilt, Repeat...

That is the routine here at Quilt Camp in Rangely. Faye & I got here about 2:00pm on Thursday, just as Bonnie Hunter of was beginning her first workshop. We got right in and started working...

It has been great. The Inn is beautiful, the food is great and Bonnie Hunter is amazing. She did her trunk show and the pictures on the web and in her books do not do these quilts justice.

Faye and I are doing the Star Struck workshop and both of us will probably have a top finished before we leave. Yeah, it's not our usual size, but done (ready to quilt) is really good. This is Faye's top waiting for the first border.

This is some of my blocks on the design wall around lunchtime on Friday. As of bedtime (we won't say what time that was) on Friday I have 40-some blocks so Saturday I will put the rows together and do the borders.

The girls sitting across the table from us are doing the Texas Braid quilt. Those are their braid pieces hanging over the curtain rod. They even brought a mascot. That's Roscoe in the center.

Note: As of 1/21 this quilt is one step closer to finished...the backing is pieced and it is actually in line to be quilted!!!

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Quilt Camp

Just another entry in the "Insane October" list. Faye & I are off to quilt camp this morning. That's right...4 days of quilt till you wilt, with the Scrap queen of herself...Bonnie K. Hunter.

We have a Bonnie Hunter here in Downeast Maine. I don't mean that metaphorically, we have a person (at least) named Bonnie Hunter. And she is a quilter...and she designs patterns...and she teaches classes... Kinda weird huh? So, when I told some folks about the retreat I was going on, they said they had heard that the Downeast Bonnie Hunter will be in Rangely to meet the North Carolina Bonnie Hunter. How cool is that?

My fabrics are pre-cut and my sewing machine is clean. Yes, it is starting another project, but I'm only doing the lap size (I think) or I'm making squares until I get to a certain point and then it will get put together as a top of whatever size. This WILL NOT become another UFO!

I'll post pictures as I can. Everybody have a great weekend.

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Whew...What a week

Good grief is it Tuesday already? and a Tuesday in October to boot!

If you have been following the Scrap Basket Mystery, you got the big reveal last week, but the diagrams were a bit confusing. This is a link to a pdf file of Step 12 on the website that I think explains it differently (and hopefully better).

There were also some folks who decided that baskets were not quite "manly" enough for a boys quilt, so... if you haven't put your basket blocks together yet here are some options...

Using sixteen large half-square triangles from step 6
You can make four large pinwheel blocks

Then, there are sixteen pairs of mirrored units

Take four of them that match (all left sides or all right sides) and put them together as a pinwheel to get this spinning star
Finally you have the HST 4-patch pieces

Once again, think pinwheel, or just flip two of four around, there are several options

Put the new blocks in place of the basket blocks and the same pieces make an entirely different quilt.

Such is the power of the re-arrangement!

I've also got pictures of our quilt show from Saturday and will post them as soon as possible.

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Harvest Quilt Show

This was our 2nd Quilt Show. I think we're getting the hang of it...
The girls at the door taking admission- Thanks Pam, Ashley & Dawn.

And here's Mary at our table with the rafle quilt as a backdrop...

Lots of big quilts this year. And diversity... a double wedding ring, two very different drunkard's path quilts and a traditional pattern in bright Kaffe Fasset fabrics share part of one wall.

Down by the stage, Dawn of Baahurrah Farm sells her soap and lovely yarn. Hey, we love all kinds of fibers.

More vendors- pottery, knitted items and photography...

Nancy of Communicado had the greatest buttons

This was the right side wall. The orange quilt in the center- Plaids Make Me Crazy made by Grace Anderson- won the viewer's choice ribbon.

Kathy Gearhart of 5 Fireflies makes the most adorable hats & knitted goodies. She is always so busy, wouldn't even slow down for my picture!

Ashley looks so cute in one of Kathy's creations...

So there you have a short tour of the 2011 Hrvest Quilt Show. Hope to see everyone next year for a bigger and even better show.

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Big Reveal!

OK, This is the moment you have been waiting for. Today it all comes together. Some of you have some ideas, but I hope some will be surprised. Get all your blocks and those pesky triangles and lets see what we can do with them...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Getting close

There are some folks headed out of town this week who want to take their mystery quilt with them to work on, so the clue is out early this week. (You're welcome Brenda in Maine) We are really close to the end of the mystery quilt and I hope to give you one more surprise...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Eye of the beholder

Lately I seem to be getting quilts that the owners refer to as the "ugly quilt". Maybe things didn't come out exactly the way they saw it in their mind, but I often think quilters are just too hard on themselves.

This week's case in point- Bert sent me a quilt and she called it The Ugly Quilt. It has some wonderful batiks and rich prints set off in a black sashing.

All it needed was a bit of curvy quilting
and some blue-green variegated thread
and you have a Spice Market quilt.

Isn't that a better name?

OK, now for this week's clue. It is not hard, but there are some things to watch for, so you might want to be sure you are fully caffeinated before you start.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Goodbye Summer

It seems to be official... Summer is over here in Maine. It's past Labor Day (just barely) and I actually turned the heater on in the store last night. It is just really hard to sew when you can't feel your fingers. Mostly it was just damp and chilly and the propane heater does a great job of chasing the chill, but it's the principle of the matter. Oh well, nothing I can do about it. Besides, the weather report is for really nice days after this dreariness clears out.

The quilt I just finished does a good job of keeping the feeling of summer in Maine. When this quilt came in, the person who dropped it off called it "the Ugly quilt" I will admit, the light lime green outer border it had at the time was not quite right. But... a change of border can do wonders...

It's hard to see in the picture, but the pink border picks up the pink in the flowers.
The medallions and the swirly stuff are all done in variegated thread.
I think it needs a new name now... 

What, with Labor day and back-to-school you want a nice easy clue for the mystery quilt this week...

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Better late than never

Yep, I'm running a bit late today. I could blame Hurricane Irene, or any of a number of other things, but the truth is, I just forgot today was Thursday. 

In my defense, I got involved last night in a cute customer quilt and a good audio book. I love audio books. It just amazes me that something this small can hold a full book and still have room for my somewhat eclectic collection of music. And it isn't even a big MP3 player- only a measly 2 GB. Tiny in today's terms. And best if all- it's red.

And this is the quilt that distracted me...
Dianne's Bits & Pieces- adorable, yes? And the quilting (that is hard to photograph) is interlocking circles in a pattern called 7-Treasures. It worked great.

So that's my story...and I'm stickin' to it...

Just a quick note about this week's clue.. it isn't difficult, but it does take some paying attention, so be sure your caffeine level is topped off first.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

What a week!

I tell you, it's getting crazy out there. Earthquakes in Virginia and a possible hurricane in Maine. I think I'm just gonna batten down the hatches and sew!

But first a reminder of spring. We remember Spring right? This is Barbara's quilt, I think the pattern name is Lovebird Lane.
She does great machine applique and the kit comes with some really cute pre-printed details like windows, street signs and little quilts within a quilt..

And now since we are all going to stay snug inside and sew here is clue number 7...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Pets on Quilts

This is my entry for the Pets on Quilts Show and the story of a quilt that was meant to be. Once upon a time the lovely and wonderful SewCal Gal teamed up with her friend EQ the Mouse (mascot of The Electric Quilt Company) and had a contest. The challenge was to design a quilt using Electric Quilt that EQ the Mouse would like. Well, not one to pass-up a chance to play with explore the things EQ can do, I designed this quilt.
Lo, and behold, I WON. And what was the prize? A lovely stack of 5" squares from SewCal Gal's private stash. Even better, when I told her what I would be doing with my winnings, she generously sent charm squares in various cat & dog prints.

You see, every year I make a quilt for the local animal shelter, The Ark, for their list of raffle items. This year, I made a disappearing 9-patch with the pet prints I had won.

And now it's time for the quilt to be entered in the Pets on Quilts Show. Seems like a full circle. I didn't get a picture of Leggs & Emmie giving the Ark Quilt it's official "cat scan" but they do test most quilts at some point... sometimes while still on the longarm.
Or when the binding is being made...
They help organize strips and scraps
 And supervise the cutting table
So there you have my entry for Pets on Quilts. Hope you enjoy the show and remember to check out all the entries and vote for your favorites this Saturday and Sunday . 

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Happy Thursday

Are we all ready for Step 6? I know back to school is starting for some folks and as we can all sing with the  Staples commercial ... It's the most wonderful time of the year... for parents at least! So there is another pretty easy week this week

But first I'd like to give out a bit of eye candy. This quilt had lots of visitors before and while it was on the frame. It is made from the book Japanese Taupe Quilts: 125 Blocks in Calm Neutral Colors by Susan Briscoe .

To give you an idea of how amazing this quilt is... those are all 9" blocks! It was hard to pick my favorites.

The light part of the Greek key is only 1/4" wide. I think there was more seam allowance than what actually showed.

There is lots of quilting in the center blocks, but it is all stitch-in-the-ditch so it doesn't show unless the light is just right.
The whole style of the quilt is so elegant and understated the only place that the quilting shows is in the borders.

And in the pillow tuck

Now, wipe the drool off your keyboard and click through to get this weeks clue. And after seeing this piecing, the clue is a walk in the park...