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.