Sunday, September 25, 2016

Front Porch month 5

A couple of quick pics to show my progress.  We are linking up at Lori's blog here.

We worked on the flower pots this month.  They were fun to do.  Not sure how I feel about the sunflower fabric (the "tone" of it doesn't quite fit the quilt, and usually my solution to that would be to either eliminate the fabric completely, or add more in!  In this case, I'm adding.  It will sort of be an experimental quilt.  I also know I will need lots of various coping strips to even piece it all together properly!

Others have chosen to piece some of the floral blocks - such a good idea.

Thank you for your nice comments on Ethel's Baskets.  I don't think I've returned a single email or replied to any comments this week.  Some dear family friends have suffered a terrible tragedy - their 17 year old son took his own life - losing his battle with depression - and that has been the focus of the week.  Hits close to home and sometimes life is just unbearably sad.  I don't think I've ever felt so brokenhearted for a friend.

Life is sunshine and shadow.  That just keeps coming up as a theme...

Thanks for another great sew along Lori.  The deadlines help keep me moving in the sewing room...


Monday, September 19, 2016

Basket Study Quilt - Ethel's Treasure Baskets

Ta-da!  I can finally share my basket study quilt.   I participated in the AQSG (American Quilt Study Group) Study Quilt project this year.  The theme was Basket Quilts, and fifty quilters each chose an antique quilt (from a museum, or collection, or wherever) to study and reproduce/represent as a small wall hanging.   The quilts were displayed at the annual seminar in Tempe this past weekend.  I am new to AQSG and have never been to a seminar, but next year it is local!

Anyway, for the study, I went straight for the collections at the NEQM (New England Quilt Museum) and chose to study this 19th century scrappy "Baskets and 1000's of Triangle" (maker unknown).  I just loved the scrappiness of it! Pink and brown overall but not matchy matchy - plenty of interest.

I sat with the quilt for a long time, taking notes and photos.

This one roque blue block intrigued me and I knew right away I would use one of David's old shirts to represent the blue:

The only clue to provenance was this label:

Somehow or another, this quilt must have been treasured by Ethel.  So I called my study quilt "Ethel's Treasure Baskets."

I gathered fabric and searched high and low for a good sashing fabric to represent (if not replicate) the original.  Finally had to call good enough good enough, just dig in and start.  I drafted a pattern, and decided to applique the bases, to retain the soft angle of the original.

I'm sure there are better ways to piece it but this worked for me:

Trying this and that...

We were each required to write a short essay to accompany our study quilt.  That in and of itself was a fun challenge.  All fifty will be published in a book and what a thrill that will be!   To my surprise, "Ethel's Treasure Baskets" was among the twenty five quilts chosen to go "on tour" - so I won't see it back home for a long while!  I really feel honored.

Next year's "Seminar" is in New Hampshire.  If you are local and have an interest in quilt history, consider joining AQSG and let me know if you do!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Gwennie Inspired Medallion - STAR round reveal

This month we worked on round 4, a star themed border as chosen by Katy.  Check out her blog - lots to see!  If you are wondering what this medallion project is all about, here is how it all started with these five quilters choosing each theme in turn:

Lori at Humble Quilts  (center - May) - BASKETS
Yours truly (second - June) - CHILDHOOD
Cathy at Big Lake Quilter (third - July) - LOG CABIN
Katy at KatyQuilts (fourth - August) - STARS 
Wendy at The Constant Quilter (fifth - September)

For this star round, I knew I'd make casual stars (confession: I hate that other word, wonky)

but I also wanted to introduce some asymmetry, so how about some swirls:

And how about some little minimal row houses...

Will add some sashiko swirls/smoke sometime I think...

This might be shaping into a "starry night" quilt...

So far so good.... except that I have run out of this deep dark indigo.  This quilt has been harder than I'd expected (oh!  improvising isn't all easy breezy!) - I've been swimming in "problem solving" mode, which is both agonizing and exhilarating I suppose!

Speaking of swimming, he he, our next and final round - "something fishy" - was chosen by Wendy (the constant quilter).  She writes:

Being from Maine, my theme choice for the final border is
“Something Fishy”
As with those who have gone before me (Lori, Cynthia, Cathy and Katy), you can interpret this asloosely as you like. Here are a few examples:
Fish fabric or appliques
Sea birds (they eat fish!)
Marine mammals (they eat fish too!)
Lighthouses (they see fish)
Boats (they catch fish)
Ovals and triangles (i.e. fish shaped)

Tartar Sauce – what???

I'm so excited to see what everyone comes up with. 

I will edit this post with a link to Wendy's post here.

Wendy, challenge accepted!  Fun theme... and I need to decide whether to wait for David to pick up more indigo in Japan... or whether a plan B is in order.

Link up on Lori's blog to show your progress with the Medallion.  So much creativity out there - freedom!  All kinds of quilters!  All kinds of quilts!  Thank you Lori for pulling us all together!