Monday, July 30, 2018

Maine Quilt Show PART 2

Thanks to Pam Weeks, I now have a fullsize photo of my Favorite piece in the New England Quilt Museum Exhibit at Maine Quilts.  See how huge it is?!  And I have photos of the information cards!

These broderie perse toiles surround the center bouquet.  Did I mention it is All teeny, tiny Buttonhole stitch?  I will have closeups of the Buttonhole stitch on my next post.
And a few block closeups:

I remember a rose fabric like this from "back in the day" early 1990's.  And I know definitely I had that blue fabric peeking out on the side when I opened my shop in 1990.

Now for the Baltimore Album.....there is stippling in two corners of the quilt (wish I had taken a closeup of that!).  Bea thought the quilt border needed more quilting so she would sit in a chair next to the bed and add quilting.  Unfortunately, she was unable to finish.

 Notice how the feather border is done!  Saw this within a few days of observing that same method on a Wreath, instead of a vine border) on an Amish quilt (Facebook I think) .....don't recall ever noting this design so it was odd to have seen it twice in a few days!

Was asked to show the backs of my Half-Square Triangle blocks........

Used regular nested seams for the rows and then pressed the assembly rows open.

Spun the center of the 4-Patch which makes the seam allowances all go in one direction.  When assembling the 4-Patches into a top, it should be all opposing seams if I have figured correctly.  As one commenter noted, blocks could be larger 16-Patch and it would also work!

More quilts from the show next time, as well as a lovely customer with a lovely quilt for Show & Tell!!!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Maine Quilt Show and Scrap Box Winner

Spent 2 hours at the Preview Evening for the Maine Quilt Show in Augusta last evening.......this exquisitely-appliqued quilt was made by a friend, Marlee Carter.  This is her rendition of the online quilt BOM "Love Entwined" by Esther Aliu from Australia.  Click to enlarge photos to see the fabulous details in the small pieces!


This is Marlee's other entry, "Ann's Legacy",  pattern by Di Ford, another Australian designer. Wish I had taken more closeups!  Her workmanship is beyond exquisite!

  Spent an hour at the New England Quilt Museum exhibit, "All in the Family", talking with Pam Weeks and Laura Lane about the magnificent reproductions that were displayed.  The exquisite applique quilts were made by sisters Beatrice Smith Utley and Barbara Smith Gray.  beginning in the 1980's......before the age of appropriate reproduction fabrics we have now....BUT you will be amazed at what they did with what they could find,  which were often decorator fabrics.  Anitz Loscalzo wrote an excellent, detailed article about these quilts and their makers in the current issue of "Blanket Statements", the quarterly newsletter from the American Quilt Study Group.
This Baltimore Album-Style Quilt was made in 199l

This was my Personal Favorite, a Broderie Perse Quilt Top, made in 1996.  The workmanship is beyond exquisite!  Center medallion of Broderie Perse bouquet surrounded with cutouts from colorful Toile that I just love!  Now for the most amazing thing......this Broderie Perse is done with teeny, tiny Buttonhole stitch with meticulous attention to matching thread colors to fabric colors! 

One of the most interesting blocks is this one with the darling little dragonfly!  Note his smile!  The blue fabric on the right was from one of the first lines I bought for my quilt shop in 1990.....called ColorWorks by Cranston Printworks.  

There are more photos to come next time!   The Scrap Box winner is Nancy E.....please contact me soon with your address and it will be on its way! 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Long Time Gone Again

I have made one block for the "Long Time Gone" quilt by Jen Kingwell.......have since found out that several friends are making it also!  Since I love HST's, and already have a basketful of hundreds of them (did I mention previously that these are also a Leader/Ender project?)

I already know a couple changes I will make in addition to using Reproduction Fabrics (I have seen quite a few Antique Quilts made in this random manner......will see if I can find photos of them).....will make old-fashioned center-chimney log cabin logs instead of the off-center ones (under the Bowtie blocks) and smaller Bowtie blocks.   Need to also check to see if I have any Orphan blocks that I could use.

While I was sewing the LTG block, I decided to experiment with assembly plan of the original project idea I planned......a fullsize quilt of the 2" HST's.  Decided to make 4-patches that will enable me to assemble with all seams opposing to reduce bulk.  Should have taken a photo of the back of my units to show how I spun the center and pressed the seams.......will do that for next time!
Due to my flying fingers, I accidentally deleted my post about the Scrap box Giveaway, my Leaders/Enders projects and my darling great-grandchildren!  Tried to find a way to retrieve it but could not.  I never heard from the selected winner and now the comments, which were still on the blogger webpage for a while, have gone the way of my lost post! Therefore, I will Start Over with the your advantage as I keep adding to it!

According to my notes, I began this quilt in was supposed to be 9-patches surrounded by sashing but I prefer alternate blocks.  Did not get very far with plain fabric alternate blocks from the fabric line I was using (History Repeated by Julie Hendrickson) before I decided I wanted it to have a more flamboyant personality....therefore, added random pieced or appliqued blocks here and there!  I have decided that I just like making blocks! 

This is row 10 ready to be attached.  Plan to do 13 rows which will give me a quilt about 78" x 78".

Love when Customers bring Show & Tell!   A LOVELY broderie perse medallion center from Australian vistor, Heather!  I really should have taken closeups as her applique is all teeny, tiny buttonhole stitch! 

Another customer, Ellen L, brought her quilt top back in May.....this quilt top is Just Beautiful and she, like me, must like to make quilts with many different blocks!  Wish I could remember her inspiration pattern!  Anyone recognize the blocks?  Or, she may have made it up as she went!

During free time (if I can keep my nose out of a book and stay off Facebook), I have been making more "scraps"in the squares and strips that I most often use.....could not believe how quickly my boxes are emptying!  I like lots of variety and I am quite sure I have not yet cut 6-1/2" strips of all my older fabrics so I'd best get to it soon!

Til next time.....................................