Saturday, August 13, 2022

Maine and Beyond!

 Hello!   I had a great trip to Maine and met so many nice people and spent time with Wendy and Randy which is always wonderful.

It is such a beautiful state.  I reminds me a lot of the Great Lakes area of Wisconsin and Michigan.
Our sweet friend Wendy has been going through some medical stuff, so Randy and I pooled our orphan blocks and she assembled them into a beautiful quilt for her.
My classes were great and I met such nice and talented laddies.
here are few pieces of students projects.
I've shared several photos of quilts on my IG account but they are worth seeing again!

One of my favorites and Beth introduced herself to me which was wonderful. I see your initials and year Beth - Bravo!!
Anyone to trade/swap some of these tiny house??  I love them!!
As a teacher I was invited to display one quilt so I brought my Sparrow Quilt.
Okay, I also made a very excited and somewhat impulsive purchase of a new Janome Sewing Machine.
It is a great machine, but unfortunately, it doesn't fit in my cabinet and I really love my cabinet and set up.  The shop has agreed to let me trade it in for  this model.  It is the perfect size and will every thing I ever want to do :)
Happy August and Summer and I'll be soon to share some fabulous quilts from the New England Quilt Show.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022


Color Wheel Fun is happening here. I'm developing a new workshop using Analogous Colors.

I think I'll call this red hot chili peppers.
Narrowing the color scheme is a fun way to explore values and colors.
I think this one will be really fun.
My boys bought a new boat!  It has taken many months but we have a new Andiamo.
I shared this old quilt in IG. It is a signature quilt I made for Rich 23 years ago.
I had forgotten that it had an early panel on the back.  
In other boating news; my guys headed to Chicago for the annual 333 mile race to Mackinac Island.  It is like taking a first day of school photo each year.
Sadly due to horribly stormy weather they withdrew within hours of starting the race.
Better to be safe, especially since they were down 2 crew members.  They drove up to island and are having a good time anyway.
Can you sense my husbands disappointment? 
Meanwhile, I have been getting ready for  three days of teaching a quilting fun at Maine Quilts.  
I'm teaching three all day workshops:
Pretty Pineapples
Liberated Houses:
Lollipop Garden 
I had a few friends come up for quilt camp while the boys were away.
I think we chatted and ate more than we sewed.  Sounds right, doesn't it?
coco has been enjoying swimming at the lake.  
Nutmeg is watching the hummingbirds.
I hope you are having a wonderful summer!

Friday, July 1, 2022

60 Birthday Round Up

Birthday Bow Ties - 18" June Monthly Mini

I've been thinking about a chrome or cheddar bow tie little quilt for  a while and this week I needed some nervous sewing time (no comment on the current situations in America).
Birthday Bow Ties - 18" square - blocks are 3 1/2" 

How cute is this backing?
I am continuing to work on my Three Mile Island Quilt.  
This is my favorite block.  So 70s
Randy Danto recommended this book to me, and I loved it.  It is set in the 60s and female centric.  
We've been enjoying wonderful weather here in CT.  Low humidity and nice temperatures.
I had my final  60th Birthday celebration last weekend which included this fabulous cake!
and these gorgeous flowers!
Coco made a great model.   Go to Wendy's blog for  a link to all the merry mini makers.

Happy July Everyone! xo

Monday, June 20, 2022

TMI Quilt

 Back to my Three Mile Island Quilt.  

The accident happened in 1979 so I'm using classic 70s colors; avocado green, harvest gold and chocolate.    I'll be adding sashing and borders of course. I found this great chart on line.
I'm using the Jen Kingwell steampunk pattern that I used in my Chernobyl quilt.  There will be three in the series of Nuclear Accidents.

I've been sifting and sorting and purging again.   It is sometimes a little painful, but it all feels better when it is gone.

One of the projects was auditing my sheets.  Ridiculous!  I had so many sets and random singles.
While watching the January 6th hearings I got them organized and folded.

King sets and pillowcases I want to keep
Twin sets - one set going back about 25 years.  The tulip sheets by Laura Ashley and they are still in perfect condition.
Queen sets:
Would I rather be sewing? sure.....but it felt great to get this job done.
Some are going to Goodwill and some are going to my kids.  yay!

Other stuff I'm letting go of to various thrift and charitable outlets:
Don't worry - that Chrome quilt was not included!  ha ha
As Mary Poppins so wisely said: "Well Begun is Half Done". 

I always over plant my containers because I want them to look lush and full.  It becomes survival of the fittest.
The weather has been sublime.  Coco likes to enjoy the fresh air outside without actually being outside, lol.
The labyrinth down at the Sound has expanded a lot since I last saw it.  I would have walked it, but coco wouldn't have understood.... at all.
Happy Juneteenth.  I'm grateful for  this cultural awareness holiday.
Stay well friends!