Thursday, February 4, 2016

What have I been doing all month?

Can't believe it has been 3 weeks since my last post! Have been working on projects but not finishing anything much!!  The mini-charm quilt from my last post is ready to bind.  Love the Old Cambridge Pike fabrics so much that I used them again for a small quilt/wallhanging.......Square-in-a-Square using a ruler I wanted to try from OpenGate.....worked very nice but when I went to re-order the Fit to be Square Ruler, the new ones seem to be able only square-up quilt blocks.  Guess I will need to check into that further!

New fabric arrived......"Georgetown" by Judie Rothermel.  From now on I will feature new fabric and shop news on my Busy Thimble Facebook page.....focus mainly on projects here and keep the posts shorter!! Here is the link.  Had to change the name to "Busy Thimble Maine" as there are two more Busy Thimbles out in Ohio and one in Australia!

Narrow Stripes are always nice for sashing for our little quilts!

Georgetown's focal fabrics are terrific!  Love these Jacobean-type designs!

This is "Chamberlain" from Windham.  Don't know why they named it Chamberlain because he is not on the panel of Generals!  Panel is called "Generals of the Potamac" and Chamberlain was from Maine.....a hero with the 20th Maine at Gettysburg in 1863.  Am right in love the the two serpentines....large, airy one at the top and the subtle ones at the bottom would be interesting sashing for a small quilt.  Did that once and it is one of my most favorite little quilts!

I have finally begun receiving the "Frivols" from Moda, beginning with #5 which is by French General.  The quilt is a chain-type and finishes 30" x 32"....these quilts are larger than I had thought when I ordered them.  Nice gift for a fellow quilter. The collectible tins are 4" x 7"......Quilters can always can find a use for these containers!

Frivol #6 is from Fig Tree quilts....a nice little Churn Dash quilt.....actually not that is 47" x 57"!!! I am selling the Frivols at the EverydayPrice of  $35, which is 20% off!!

Ready to start block 11 of Elegant Garden by Edyta Sitar.  I think I will use Broderie Perse in this one to replace the four flowers.  I liked this one from "Lately Arrived from London" but it is a bit

I found this Old Fabric that I think I will is Generations by Marcia McCloskey..........long time ago but I have always loved it.

 Tried a little Broderie Perse for this 6" block for the Make It Up as I Go Along 9-patch's going to have a little bit of everything in it by the time I finish!  This is a print from Maison de Garance by French General which she redid in LeMarais.  The background does not look as different in real life as it does in the photo........tho it would not bother me if it did! 

I've been working on the 6" Potholder blocks for the replica of the 1843 quilt I am making for the antique exhibit at MaineQuilts this summer.  I should have 20 blocks made by now and all I have is 3 completely done.  The Lemoyne star is ready to bind and the 4 Lemoyne stars below are ready to quilt!

This block has been the hardest to make so far.  And it is a tad too big, but I am Not doing it over!   Hopefully, I can quilt it enough to shrink it in (hate to cut off the points but maybe I will have to!)  Also found the background fabric to be too light so I coffee-dyed it.  The stars are 2-1/2".

Next up is the orange-peel applique block....four little 3" ones.....back-basting really makes it easier!  It is the second of the only two applique blocks in the quilt.  And I will be making the templates for another block of  four 3" Lemoyne stars.....not hard but time-consuming because I am so slow at hand-piecing.....I enjoy it but don't work very fast.   Have to convince myself to stay focused on this and stop getting sidetracked with other things! Like Blogs, Pinterest and Facebook!!  So much to look at nowadays!!

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Ordinary Days

Back to what I like to think of as normal, ordinary days!   The Best part of Christmas was the gathering of family for a lovely dinner........actually 3 dinners
now that I think of it!!   Out in AZ,  my great-grandson is now 2 months old!!   His dark brown eyes are quite a change for me as all my babies had eyes of bright blue!  His Mommy is so good about sending me photos and videos so I can hear his little baby noises!!  Looks like he is beginning to find his smile!  

I've been spending my days getting back to sewing, reading, planning, sorting, organizing, bookkeeping (ugh!) know....all those things we do at the start of a new year!  I finished this Jo Morton Club 14 top today......called "Goslings", blocks are 3".  Wish I had kept track of how many hours I spent on it!  It was a lot!  I made a paper-piecing pattern for the little flying geese units. But now it is ready to layer for quilting.  Will likely only machine-quilt "in the ditch" along the sashings/borders.  Maybe handquilt a wavy line or two in the border.

Also finished a couple blocks of Ongoing Projects.............

 Edyta Sitar's "Elegant Garden" block 10 (of 24), a BOM from a Long Time Ago!!  But, I am now doing Back-basting Applique and I think I am working Faster!!  
 And also this block from the Jane Stickle Civil War quilt......A7 I think....yes, still only one the First Row!  Next block up is Very Easy!  

Jo Morton's latest line is "Charlotte".............

Hyde Park is also new...from 3 Sisters by the early look of this print!

Since making the little 6" sawtooth stars all the past year through Barbara Brackman's blog, I just can't stop!  

Barbara's "Old Cambridge Pike" is here too!!  Love this focal print in all 7 colorways!

 Ferns, leaves and such speak to me every time!

 These smaller leaves and the stripes round out my selection.

While waiting for the bolts to get here, I made this little tablemat/wallhanging from the 2-1/2" mini charms.  I made it from an old photo (probably from Moda Bakeshop) and when I was finished, I found a pattern using a single block in one of Moda's booklets for using the mini charms................... has a border of the floral focus fabric in plum on it now!

Forgot to take photos of my little 2-1/2"Lemoyne Stars for Potholder quilt!  Next time!  Need 4 and only 2 are done..........takes me a whole evening to hand-piece maybe the whole block will be done when I post again!!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Winner of the Fabric Samples, Stars and Fabric

The winner of the box of fabric samples is Nancy D. who lives here in Maine just as does the last winner!  No hanky-panky here I swear!  I ask my husband to choose a number and then go down the list to #36!  Simple as that!  Send me your mailing address, Nancy, and I will mail the box of 100 packets of sample fabrics.  I think there is enough for one more box and then I will go back to giving away boxes of scraps from the shop and my own sewing.

Sorry to see the Stars in a Time Warp has been most enjoyable and I pretty much kept up with it.  Ended up with 97 stars.  Here are my shawl and stick prints together in one star and the cracked ice as background in the second.  Now the job will be to find that special fabric for the plain squares...........if that doesn't happen soon, I will probably go with plan B which is to use all different squares that will result in a very busy quilt but that's okay.....I like busy!  

We are having a special exhibit for the antique quilt display at Maine Quilts this year (last weekend in July).  We put out a call for people to make small replicas of a large antique quilt of their choice.  Some of the antique quilts will be included in the display when available.  I have chosen to replicate (term used loosely!) an 1843 potholder Sampler quilt from Bristol, Maine in the Maine State Museum collection.  Forty blocks..........many very different , original blocks......some a bit complicated.....especially in my block size of 6" (originals are 13").  I marvel at the complexity of some of the blocks designed in 1843!  The sawtooth star is not difficult as it is the Same as Above!!  The little Orange Peel or Robbing Peter to Pay Paul was not as hard to design as I had anticipated since I had done a similar one in a Jo Morton club.  These are smaller, however, at 2".  Back-basting applique made fairly quick work.  These two blocks are quilted and bound.  


This block (quilted but not yet bound) was more fiddly and time-consuming and there is another like it that I will tackle will have the rows of diamonds but the 2-1/2" squares in the corners will be tiny 8-pt or Lemoyne stars. Handwork for sure!!  Plan to make the most difficult blocks first and save the easy ones for last!

Recent fabric arrival of "Color Daze" by Edyta Sitar for Moda.  Now this wonderful Indienne design appears to be a re-coloration of "Kashmir5" by Sentimental Studios.  I loved it then and I still love it!!

These motifs would be great for broderie perse!  

Nice backgrounds the top print for an applique block background.  

 This is a cheater fabric from "Color Daze"......isn't is wonderful?!?!?  I just wish prints used in the little Sunbursts could have been made in YARDAGE!!  

Aren't they great designs?!?!  Reminds me that I want to draft a little 6" sunburst for one of the surprise blocks in a 9-patch I've been working on.......for quite a long time!  Unless someone knows of a 6" pattern somewhere out there in cyberland!!?!

Lastly, I finished block #9 of Elegant Garden by Edyta Sitar (Laundry Basket Quilts) of her early pattern designs.  While I like the background I chose (a cream solid....creamier than the photo shows), I wish now that I had used varied tan subtle backgrounds as the top fabric in the photo of the stacked bolts above, but they weren't making so many of them back when I started these blocks (Long Time Ago)!  Too late now.......not going back and re-do nine blocks!  I do plan to change the original pattern from just blocks to a Medallion I will just be satisfied with that!!  

That's it from a Winter Evening in Maine......unusually warm temperatures and no snow yet!  Think some kind of record has been set for the latest first snow date!  Hope we have snow before Christmas but it does not look too promising!