22 June 2018

Baby quilt wrangling

I thought it would be smart to sandwich up the quilt and add the borders flip and stitch style. I pinned the main body every few inches but there was 2+ inches more border on on side then the other. Time to rip 8 border strips off and regroup.

I Started with the main body, pinned it to death then quilted it. Still one corner went haywire and I had to tear out 9 square inches of heavy quilting. I FINALLY got the top sandwiched into a rectangle with even length sides. THEN I applied the straight of grain borders all around twice. The borders being on the grain were much easier to quilt although not as easy as other fabrics. Darn you Kaffe!! I quilted the borders on three sides waiting for the baby to be born then I could add the name, date, length, and time of birth.

Done except for inscription

Now I am actually going to PLAN the spacing instead of my usual flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants method.

I measured a strip of paper the size of my opening. Now on to the quilting.

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19 June 2018

One month, no posts

So a month has gone by with no posts. I was curious to see if anyone would notice and then I got an email from a former member of the FIRE blog, Judy. who along with my friend Rita and another reader, Carmina from Romania seemed to be the only people who have commented lately. The posts are time intensive with photos and photo editing. I was discouraged.

Judy said she selfishly wished I would keep up the posts so I decided to give it another go. This is for you Judy and any other folks who are reading (are you out there??)

If you have been reading you will remember I found my birth mother's side of the family. One of my great nieces was having a baby and it was a great excuse to make another quilt. I bought this great fabric years ago to make a baby quilt for someone else which never got made.

I showed it to a pregnant friend and she liked it so I am making it for her November baby. Meanwhile my great niece, Shaye, picked out these fabrics for her baby. 

They were baby soft, Kaffe Fassett and the biggest pain in the neck to work with. Of course half square triangles are on the bias and these blocks squirmed and stretched and made me sorry to have chosen them. They were beautiful but frustrating to work with. Looking back I should have starched them within an inch of their life - like cardboard. That might have leveled the playing field.

I managed to get all the rows sewn and stitched into a rectangle.

Next post, the BIGGEST problem.

18 May 2018

MidSummer Maine Workshop

You have just a bit over a month to sign up for the MidSummer Maine Workshop. This is going to be one of the most exciting workshops we have ever given. We are starting by making your choice of three types of sketchbooks to hold samples and notes from the workshop. Design will be part of creating two and three dimensional work as well as using various mark making elements on paper to use as our "palette" for collage. Here are samples of design elements.

We will be creating papers to weave

Finished piece 12 X 12

Making stamps

Batik on paper

Monoprinting on paper as well as fabric

Tyvec elements

Designing abstract pieces


Gelli prints for backgrounds

and collage elements

Fabric beads

Gelli prints for collage

Mark as stitch

White on black

Calligraphy as graphic

Painted negative space



Front of a finished book

and many more techniques.

I believe this workshop will be eye opening and "artistic" life changing.

June 22-24

July 20-22

$150. plus $35 materials 

Use the "Contact Form" below to sign up or for more information.

15 May 2018

At it again with inktense blocks

I decided to order a set of 24 Inktense blocks and a new paint tin and pans.

A few of these are similar to the 12 set but on the whole are much more subdued in hue. 

I have them all snapped and in their half pans.

and I've done a color grid

The top left most is white. I'll tell you one thing; once these dry there is NO re-wetting of the colors. They are permanent. Choose your application wisely.

11 May 2018

A Master Craftsman

A few years ago on DMTV, I watched a video about Ernest Wright and son. He hand makes scissors in Sheffield , England. He is a blurb about Mr. Wright and his son:

Ernest Wright and Son Limited is a family company hand-making finest scissors and shears in Sheffield, England since 1902. Our highest quality, life-time guarantee scissors and shears are still Hand Made in Sheffield using traditional skills passed down from generation to generation.
We often make items to order; but we assure you your hand-made scissors will be "well worth the wait". Thank you.
Click here to watch "Disappearing Art" by Susannah Reid; a BBC interview about our work. (August 2014)
You can browse or Buy Our Products on-line internationally.
Ernest Wright and Son Limited proudly making the finest Quality Hand-made Scissors in Sheffield since 1902.

After watching the video "Disappearing Art", I ordered a pair of the huge tailor scissors. I had to wait about four months because of the business generated by the video. That was a few years ago. Just recently I ordered a pair of the 8" sewing scissors in lime green. They came comparatively quickly, about a month. They are amazing and no more expensive than any fine pair of scissors and Sheffield steel is the finest in the world. I love them.

Thanks for visiting,

08 May 2018

An Invitation

My friend Rita who gave me all those great prezzies on yesterday's blog post has invited everyone to come and visit her on her blog, Sketchbook Wanderings.

I have known Rita many years and she is as sunny as the people she sketches. I always get a smile and a few OOOOOs and AAAAHs when I read her posts. She lives near me and her work reflects the lifestyle and beauty of coastal Maine! Please enjoy her work and writings.

Turquoise Mine

I started out making this quilt in a log cabin pattern because it is so fast and easy using the QAYG method (see tutorial above under header). I wanted this to be a "South Western" themed quilt. When I think of the southwest, I think of turquoise so I wanted to incorporate flashes of turquoise into the  piece. I decided centers (chimneys) would do nicely. When I looked at the finished piece I viewed each block and a mine shaft with that flash of turquoise at the end of the shaft. Another challenge came when I thought of the border. I loved the stripes in the inspirational photo but I was NOT looking forward to sewing all those strips together. I found two fabrics that might work. Problem: Do I have enough to make a border for the entire piece.

First I sewed the four "rows" of blocks together using pieces of left over strips sewed end to end then I quilted each join. I quilted from the back so I had to put the last bit of rust thread on a bobbin because that would show. The top thread now showing on the underside of the quilt was a different color but you can see how seamlessly (see what I did there?) the quilting pattern blends in the the previously quilted "strips"? This is another reason I love this filler pattern.

Four strips all joined and ready for the border fabric. Which to choose?

I had less of the thin stripe and would be left with a tiny border which would look skimpy in proportion to the main body of the quilt. On the other hand I just LOVED the batik amoebas on the black spotted background AND I had an entire yard. YEAH!

I took a photo of the mitering of the corners but after downloading it, it was blurry. Sorry. Instead of sewing seams, I pinned both border fabric and backing fabric and top stitched AFTER inserting the batting into the border "sandwich". You can really see it in the photo below.

Here is the quilt all sewn without a binding. 

Only black would do.

Look how lovely the black binding looks and the mitered corners came out perfectly.

Border quilted


I really think this is the best of the three. It is being delivered to puppyloveme.org today!!

These are the previous two.

Psychedelic Magpie Sunrise

Rail Fence

 None have gone up for sale yet. If you are in the area, please come:


June 30, 2018 @ 8:00-2:00 | Orr’s Island Schoolhouse, Route 24, Orr’s Island. Maine
Yard Sale. Raffle, Silent Auction, Crafts, Puppy Love “Bow-Tique” and more. Lunch items available for sale
All proceeds go directly to saving lives

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