Saturday, July 7, 2018

Starstruck Quilt

Today was a one day respite from the high heat and humidity and it was very welcome relief! On Wednesday, the 4th of July, Ellen Peters helped me by  loading Starstruck, a Bonnie Hunter pattern.

It was relatively cool  in the studio but the physical exertion caused sweat to run down my brow into my eyes, ugh!

It is a big 90" by 90" and I quilted my big  loose spirals across the width in rows.

 In today's cooler drier air I felt inspired to trim the excess batting and backing off the edges of the quilt and machine sewed the binding to it.

Now it is ready for hand hemming the binding which will take me some time.

On Tuesday, the Sunshine Club met and we enjoyed a good time sharing our various projects. Here is Mary's quilt.

Sue finished up her pretty strippy quilt in light aquas and cocoa browns.

Great job, Sue!

Hope you can stay cool in this nation wide heat wave!

Happy quilting!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Baby Log Cabin Progress

Two or three cooler days really fired me up to do some quilting. I found a string of eight started log cabin blocks and decided to finish them up. The result was this little Sunshine and Shadows baby quilt that measures 36" by 62".

I prefer to make "baby" quilts without fabrics that are juvenile prints, using regular quilting fabrics and lots of Civil War reproductions. This makes a quilt that isn't dated or too baby-ish for when the child grows up.

After I spray basted the sandwiched layers on my bed, I let the quilt rest overnight and then began the quilting. I did free motion quilting using a darning or quilting foot with my machine set to zero stitch length to drop the feed dogs.

My simple loop-de-loops are a little herky-jerky but the overall effect is pleasing. You may click on any picture to enlarge it.

The cream colored borders will be bound with a chocolate brown floral which won't show the dirt if the edges get chewed or dragged around by a tot.

The binding is sewed on by machine already but I have only just begun to hand hem the edge.

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Staying Cool

Despite a day or two of very hot and humid weather, our AC units in the windows at either end of the house kept us comfortable and sleeping well. Now the blessed Canadian air has swept down and brought relief.

Today at The Sunshine Club, Mary was working on crafty foam pockets to hold and protect cell phones.

 Last week Mary was proud to show us her sashing on the accuquilt go cutter applique blocks. Looks great, Mary!

Each block is different and most of them she has embellished with stitching.

Meb stopped in and stayed for breakfast with us but she did not sew this week. Here is a peek at what she was working on previously.

Meb has great color sense and her blocks are beautiful!

The reverse of this cute table mat is a cheater fabric that looks fabulous!

Sarah has stayed busy with sewing machine mechanics.

We were all horrified to hear that Sarah's Dad had suffered a very serious brain trauma on a motorcycle accident when he hit a moose on the road. Our prayers are for his recovery.

Sue was hand quilting an outline around each of the cute little owls in her quilt.

The quilting makes each owl pop out but it is hard to see it in these photographs.

As for me, I was happy to finish sewing charm packs into giant 4-patches today. Next I'll be pressing them all nice and flat.

Happy quilting and stay cool!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Charming June

The weather here has been most enjoyable with temperatures in the cool 70's and very low humidity.

But the mower has been awaiting parts to be repaired so my former lawn is now a meadow, LOL! This morning the new parts came in so perhaps there is hope in sight for getting it mowed.

But my  lupines are gorgeous!

My Tuesday Sunshine Club was working hard on various projects. Here is Sue using spray baste to sandwich her cute owls quilt.

This is a smaller quilt but so nicely made.

Mary was busy cutting sashing strips for her appliqued blocks. This red is full of fun!

I brought in some extra fabrics from a Marden's purchase that was from over three years ago and everybody took some to use.

On Friday, at The Golden Gese Quilt Shop, Maureen had finished her patriotic flag top from Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Just in time for the 4th of July!

Sue had two quilts that she quilted herself with lovely loop-de-loops.

The extra blocks were sewn into the backing so it's extra special!

The brights quilt was done from the Three Dudes pattern on Missouri Stars many videos. Nice work Sue!

As for me, I've been sewing up mindless charm squares for a simple charms quilt top in a pretty floral.

Happy quilting everybody!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Pam Weeks' Presentation

Last night the Gilmanton Historical Society welcomed Author and Quilt Historian Pam Weeks for a quilt talk. The public was invited to bring in a quilt to show, too.

Here are two Civil War era quilts that are signature or friendship quilts that are owned by the society.

They are both in great condition.

Another view of one of the blocks.

The second society quilt was a basket quilt.

Pam brought several quilts out during her talk but none was prettier than this magnolia applique all hand quilted.

Meb, from the Sunshine Club that meets on Tuesdays at the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center, brought in her 1880's unfinished top.

Although I do not have a picture of it, I brought my 1880's Log Cabin summer quilt. I learned that the date can be established from the appearance of so-called Garibaldi fabrics in their red and black.

It was a fine presentation!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day was passed quietly here with a simple lowering of the flag this morning and then raising it up again at noon. We are truly grateful to all our veterans for their service to our country.

Friday quilters had fun projects at The Golden Gese on 22 Liberty Street in Concord, New Hampshire.

Laurie was hand quilting on her big and beautiful quilt.

Maureen was making brightly colored blocks.

Tammy was stitching embroidered quilt blocks in all the state birds.

Beverly was making a simple sailboat as a baby quilt.

Sue showed us her lovely three dimensional stars in the medium and the small sizes.

Here is a peek at the backs of the stars.

I worked on some giant 4-patches made from charm packs but forgot to take a picture of my progress.

Happy quilting!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Catching Up

A recent update on Microsoft left me unable to post on my blog so here are some Sunshine Club news.

Meb was showing us her pretty panel quilt.

 Here is the border.

Meb also did an applique piece that she is hand quilting.

The star border is lovely!

Meb did an applique quilt of hearts that is just beautiful!

Mary was working with the Accuquilt Go cutter.

Mary already has some blocks made.

Mary has lots of great ideas!

Sarah and Sue were tuning up Sue's machine.

Sue is almost finished with her applique owls. They are so cute!

As for me, I finally finished sewing my Kansas Troubles jelly roll top.

I got it trimmed and pressed, too!

Happy quilting!
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