Thursday, August 9, 2012

Can't believe it's been over 2months!!!!




I don't where the time went but it has been a very long time since I sat down to write on my blog!  Between family, two July quilt shows, and a computer upgrade that left me without my main computer for 3 weeks,  I am ready to go back to my quiet life!!  It's been hot here in Maine (I know it is far worse in other parts of the country so I won't complain too loudly!) and since my sewing room is on the second floor, it's been too hot to work there. Really should invest in an air conditioner!!  So, I looked for things to do downstairs where it is quite a bit cooler!  I decided to pin-baste three quilts on my dining room table so I will always have projects in process to pick up in the evenings.  First up is a Basket quilt from an older Jo Morton club.  Her baskets were turned every which way but I just could not do that so mine are all headed in the same direction!  The blocks are 4".....think I will do my usual machine quilting in the ditch and then add hand-quilting.

Second project is my Applecore from Cindy Blackberg's stamp.  Loved every minute hand-piecing this table runner.  Used 147 different fabrics.....all Moda except for two.....one Judie Rothermel and one from "Josephine" by Petra Prins!  They are both visible in the photo.....can you spot them?  When I thought I was done, I read the pattern and discovered it called for two more rows......I like the looks of the seven rows so am leaving it at that!  I pin-basted and then machine-basted and will hand-quilt.  Probably overkill to both pin and machine baste but I feel I get a flatter quilt so it's worth the extra work to me!

Now here is a little quilt that I recently unearthed from a pile of tops from Carol Hopkins "Civil War Legacies" called "Sweet William".  This has been buried a long time! The pink border fabric is from Jo Morton's first line of fabric around 2005!!  (Maybe we could convince Jo to print this fabric again!?!)  The stars could be made as Sawtooth Stars or as LeMoyne stars with diamonds.  My friend Wendy made hers with sawtooth stars and that hung in my shop .......my stars are hand-pieced LeMoyne stars so it didn't get finished as quickly!  Thanks to Wendy I had a sample for the shop!
This is one of the flowers in bloom around here now.....Tansy!  Took a loverly photo of some Goldenrod too but the photo would not rotate so will save that for another time!  I love Goldenrod and let it grow wherever it shows up!  Same for New England Fall Asters!  And now I leave the Milkweed since I learned the Monarch butterflies feed from it.  One year we had a chrysalis on a milkweed plant that we watched until the Monarch emerged......my little granddaughter Khaila was enthralled with it!
This too-dark photo is a 9-patch quilt I made with "Comfort" fabric from Moda's "Collection for a Cause" fabric line.  The only thing that resembles the project sheet is the border (I'll try to get a better photo later!).  Used 180 different fabrics in the 90 blocks.....way scrappier than the original and I like it better!  The original setting fabric was light with tiny red figures (maybe dots) but I like my dark selection better......

One of my new fabrics just arrived in the shop......."Ohio Star" from Blue Hill Fabrics.....I Love this Swag design from around 1850's I think.  Wonderful for borders....comes in two other colorways but I believe this is the document colorway.

Here are a few shots of my booth at Maine Quilts 2012!  Each of those little crates holds about 30 half yard cuts and there were over 40 of them.....that's over 1200 half yards to choose from!  



Time to sign off for tonight......gotta make dumplings for my chicken soup for my husband when he gets in from a long day in the hayfield!!  Then I can relax with some handwork......my favorite part of my day!  A note to my customers.......in my upgrade the Address Book came through with single email addresses but the folders containing my Newsletter addresses did not make it so I need to start from scratch again!  If you want to be on my Email List, just let me know!!   Years ago I would have had such Withdrawal from the absence of my computer and would have had a slight fit over losing the email addresses, but that's life......hardly bothered me at all!  I will confess that I now have a laptop so I could read my email and blogs and go on the Net, but all my programs/files were on the other computer so I could not do bookwork!  Will fix that soon as I hate to get too far behind on bookwork.....too hard to catch up!  I'd rather SEW or QUILT!!!

11 comments:

  1. Wow, welcome back!! I have been waiting for this new post and some more pictures of your lovely small quilts. You inspire me. Was nice to see you at the show, and of course....you had just what I was looking for. Your booth was beautiful as always.

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  2. Oh my goodness! Your quilts are just lovely and I love all the fabrics you have used in each one. I have some of the same patterns in the wings waiting for me to pick them up and get started!

    I'm heading to Maine in the fall. Any places you might suggest?

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  3. I just love those baskets and apple cores, and that Sweet William is wonderful! I'm still in love with my 'Comfort' border fabric in the chocolate brown colorway.....that quilt is next on my list! Thanks so much for all you do, and for having the best selection of fabrics! Your booths were the best!

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  4. Oh you have been busy getting your self organized for sewing projects to see you through the coming months.

    Love all your fabrics it was a delight for me to visit your shop.

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  5. Great to hear from you!

    We didn't make it to Maine Quilts this year because of our new puppy but we're planning a trip to Maine in the fall, probably in October sometime. First on the list is a visit to your shop!

    Your booth at the show looks wonderful. I bet you were very busy.

    I love your idea of prepping several quilts to work on in the future. Oh and before I forget, please add me to you email list.

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  6. I love your nine patch quilt! I'm working on a similar one. All your projects are wonderful and your booth is beautiful!
    The little pink doll quilt is adorable!
    thanks for all the inspiration

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  7. me, me, me...you can put me on your newsletter list! and your booth was overflowing with luscious fabric. did met fair yardage come in yet? my email is gracemth@yahoo.com....love all your little quilts AND that early jo morton too...delish!

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  8. Cyndi, your booth looks fabulous! I missed you in Maine this year. There was a note on your door saying you'd return the day I was flying home. Darn! I really wanted to spend some vacation $ in your shop!

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  10. WOW, Cyndi your booth is wonderful...wished I would have been there too!!!!

    :) Carolyn

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