Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Harvest Quilt Show

Like everyone else, my summer has flown by. There have been adventures and absurdities but those stories will wait.

This past Saturday was the 3rd annual Harvest Quilt and Craft show, and if you couldn't attend you missed some great quilts. It isn't the same as being there, but here is a glimpse of the show.

The quilts are hung against the walls and we have craft vendors in the center.

This year we added some racks that gave us more hanging spaces. (Thanks Faye) We also used the stage area for the first time. This is the view of the hall from up on the stage. Do you like our caution rope? Right out of the strip bin! 

We had our own little homage to Bonnie K. Hunter with Laurie's Jamestown Landing in green and Pat's in blue with Jennifer's Orca Bay in the middle.

The contemporary section included Marty's French Braid with great shading

Faye's "Jambo Najile" shows how simple piecing can let the beauty of the fabrics do the work.

Brenda's "Out of Egypt" wasn't quilt finished for the show, but is still impressive as a work in progress.

 Dawn's Carpenters Star was her very first quilt. The pillow was made with the leftover fabric.

Tara made this cute 9-patch quilt for her Mother-in-Law and calls it Neapolitan because it reminds her of the 3-colored ice cream. Sorry about the glare from the window.

 Marty's Stack 'n Whack. It's amazing how different the blocks look, but they are all from the same fabric!

 One of our older quilts, this cross-stitched whole cloth was made around 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial.

It is hand cross-stitched and hand quilted

This is Dwina's "Chains of Love" quilt. It won a 3rd place ribbon at the Maine State quilt show this year.

 Mary's "Just Charming" quilt was made with two charm packs in country colors.

Sheri's Log Cabin quilt really shows the sunshine & shadow pattern- I got lucky with the sunlight from the window.

 Another of Mary's quilts. Everything came from her stash or scrap bin and she hand quilted it!

This is a Dresden Plate quilt that has come to Glenn through his family. Lucky Glenn!

 And a cute Ohio Star that Pat's grandmother made in the 1930s. Love the mint green sashing.

 And this Pansy quilt was so sweet.

 And some Butterflies for the garden.

 And the rest of the garden is complete with embroidered state flowers.

 This is a signature quilt from the Pleasant River Grange ca 1906. The signatures are all embroidered.

 Don't know who F.E DeWitt was, but that signature really has flourish.

 Lots of these families are still around

Ruth's quilt is "All about Maine"

 And Tera wants to know if anyone has "Got Crabs?"

Joyce thinks less is more... This little gem is only 11 X 13"

This wonderful folk art piece was one of the show highlights. It was made in 1859 by the owner's great-great Aunt. The framed certificate on the easel is the second place award from the Dauphin County (Pennsylvania) Agricultural Exhibition

And the winner of the viewers choice and the star of the show was this Mariner's Compass. It was purchased in upstate New York and is believed to be mid-to-late 19th century. The green fabric in this quilt is very similar to some fabrics in the 1859 Presentation quilt so personally I am leaning to more mid- than late- 

 There is tons of echo quilting- about every 1/4" and the stitches are tiny. The applique stitches are completely invisible.

 I love the swag border... And the compasses... and the quilting... there's just nothing not to love about this quilt. 

So there you have it, a short tour of the 2012 Harvest Quilt Show. If you got tho see them in person, thanks for coming and if you didn't, we hope to see you next year.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hello 21st century

This is posted from my brand new iPod. Hopefully I will be posting regularly now.

And here is a picture of the quilt I am currently working on

Friday, July 27, 2012



I'm trying to figure out how to post pictures from my phone to the blog. We are off to the quilt show today and I have bragging to do on my customers!

Getting ready for tomorrow

We are heading to the state quilt show tomorrow and I am testing the technology so I can post from the show. Here goes...

Leslie McSorley

The Crafty Unicorn Quilting

PO Box 333

Harrington, ME 04643

(207) 483-2131




Testing for quilt show posts tomorrow

FW :

Going to the quilt show tomorrow and need to test picture posting

Going to the quilt show tomorrow and need to test picture posting

Monday, April 16, 2012

Design Wall Monday

And Surprise! It's on Monday!
Yesterday was one of those great days, I got so much done!
By 6 pm I had:
  • Made pancakes for breakfast
  • Made 3 loaves of sandwich bread for the week
  • Baked 2 "Artisan" loaves to go with soup for dinner. (one was already gone when the picture was taken)
  • Made a pie (canned filling and store bought crust, but hey, the oven was already hot)

  • Done the taxes (yes, I'm  last-minute Leslie)
  • And done the dishes...twice.
That may not seem like much for some people, but for me it's really good. So, after all that, I went to the store to do something for ME... And here they are... Just a little bit of the latest Just Takes 2 blocks. No it's not much but it's baby steps.

Another good thing... It's Daffodil Day. These were bright and cheerful yesterday morning when I came out.

For the last several years I have been helping out with a project a school in Atlanta does each year. They track the sighting of the first daffodil up the east coast from Florida to Maine. The letters arrive in November and I usually get to send my card back in late April or early May.

This card goes out today and I think this is the earliest I've ever sent it. In a month or so I'll get the results with the first and last sightings, rate of travel in days and miles per hour. It's fun to participate and a sneaky way for the teachers to teach geography, math and other stuff.

I also finally got some quilts finished for customers this week:
Rhonda made this cute sampler- the colors make me think of chocolate raspberry truffles

And I did a little custom stuff on it

And she also made this sweet one with a panel and some borders.

So Happy Monday to everyone and don't forget to go to Judy's blog check out the other  design walls.

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


Friday, April 13, 2012

Presents in the mail

This may be Friday the 13th, but it is going REALLY well for me.
  • Got all my errands run before work.
  • Had prez-ies in the mailbox- Note Digital Essentials book- technology here I come...
  • AND figured out how to post to the blog from my cellphone! (That's why the picture isn't great, but I will learn more in the Digital Essentials book...right?)

So... How's your Friday the 13th going?

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Want some cheese with that Whine?

You know it's been a long week when it takes 3 days to get 1 hour of quilting done on a baby quilt! That's the way the week went. Nothing tragic, just appointments and bizarre interruptions. I finally got the baby quilt quilted  Friday night (still need to do the binding(Edit: the binding is now done) and was planning to start bright and early Saturday on the sampler from the same customer. (Pictures of the sampler will be posted soon)

Well, the dogs had other ideas, and after cleaning up THOSE messes, I'm at the shop ready to go... Machine cleaned, threads chosen, there will be a new color on the back, so I'll wind some bobbins and get quilting... But the bobbin winder has other ideas...

OK, how hard can it be to find a little rubber widget? Harder than you think, and to order one from the company will be a hideous amount of money, plus a $5.00 handling fee, $6.00 shipping and at least a week in the mail... What's a girl to do? Improvise...

This is automotive fuel line... A 1" piece seems to be working and at $1.50 per foot I can replace it as often as I need to. So, I only wasted half a day with pesky stuff and of course soothing my frustration with chocolate was also allowed...

Chocolate Raspberry cake from our local bakery Bohemian Mama's will certainly do the trick. So, by 12:30 I was FINALLY settling in to quilt. Geez... some days! (Edit: I got most of the sampler quilted on Saturday and finshed it on Sunday. Just the binding left now)

On a brighter note, the girls in the Wednesday night Quilting 101 class have half their blocks done so it's time for a little show and tell. Two of them got out before I got pictures, I'll get them next week.

Paula's squares are laid out on the fabric she plans to use for the sashing. The dark pink and green look great together.

Bethany is fussy cutting from some cute Labrador puppy fabric. This is her very first quilt.  We may have brainwashed interested another quilter.

Hope there were lots of chocolate eggs in everybody's Easter basket and lots of thread in your bobbin!

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