Two friends and I went to the Maine Quilt show this past weekend which is put on by the Pine Tree Quilters Guild. Wow, fun! I’ve never been to a quilt show before, so I don’t know how this one compares with others, but I thought it was great. We got there at 9am, left at 2pm, and probably could have stayed longer but we were starving. Tons of great shops, both local and from away. My favorite shop at the show was Alewives Fabric in Nobleboro, Maine. They had a ton of great fabric, patterns, etc. They were also demonstrating making fabric floorcloths, which look very cool. A few days earlier they had gotten in the Heather Ross Far, Far Away collection in the double gauze. I have never seen the double gauze, which was intriguing. I was also able to test out a long arm quilting machine briefly. I can see how that would be a lot of fun if I had $10k just laying around, LOL!
I was actually good, and all I bought were a few patterns. It was hard to pass up all that gorgeous fabric! I think this wool applique pattern from Lakeview Primitives will be a nice wall hanging for Christmas. It was fun to see the fabric in person, versus all the internet window shopping that I normally do. For example, my friend bought some home dec weight fabric from Denyse Schmidt’s County Fair collection, and it was so much prettier in person than it seemed online. She’s going to make an Amy Butler Birdie Sling with the fabric, which Alewives had displayed in their stall, and is way cute. I didn’t realize just from looking at the pattern that the shoulder handle is really just one strap and not two. Really comfortable.
Another shop, the Calico Basket Quilt Shop, in Windham, Maine was doing a small demonstration on making exploding pineapple blocks. Way cool. The next day, I made some up with a Moda Flutterby charm pack that I had laying around, and they were really quick and easy. You take two charm squares, and sew them all the way around, facing each other. Then, you draw two lines diagonally between each corner. You pull up just the top fabric, and clip a tiny bit in the middle where the lines cross, and then you cut all the way along both diagonal lines up to the seam. You fold back the resulting triangles and press. Sew a bunch together, and voila! These are the simple ones. You can keep combining the squares to make more intricate ones.
I have been in a flurry of cleaning for guests and the fact that we are going to be doing a tiny home renovation project that requires me to empty out my office. Scary. Very scary. So, I have several projects in the works that are not done yet. Sigh.
I did finish another US map quickie quilt for a friend of mine. This time I used some great state fabric that I found at Joanns in their 4th of July/holiday section for the backing.
I also finally created a label for the baby quilt that I finished for my friend awhile back. So, I need to wash it and it will be done! I’m making her older girls some tote bags, which is why I haven’t sent it off yet. I’m using the tutorial that Skip to My Lou just posted a little while ago.
The label is just a piece of natural colored organic cotton and I embroidered the baby’s name on it. Then, I used a fabric pen to stamp the word FOR and hand-write my name and the year. I then just pressed under a seam allowance, and used a blind stitch to tack it onto the back, making sure to only catch the backing fabric and not the front!
Underneath the tote bags are about five pairs of shorts that are cut and ready to sew together. But I’m trying to get my gifts done first! We’ve also been having a little Maine beach fun since it finally feels like summer!