Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gwennie Inspired Medallion - "something fishy" border

We are wrapping up our Gwen Marston Inspired Medallion, with the "something fishy"border - the theme chosen by Wendy (The Constant Quilter).  Read about "something fishy" here.

Boy did I go round and round with this one.   In the end, a simple patchy (slightly boro-inspired) border of watery batiks, shot cotton, indigos,  a little fishnet tenugui. 

Barely visible is a nod to one of my husband David's favorite hobbies - fly fishing:

At first I had an appliqued brook trout going for the fly.... but, um, no.  Decided to leave the line and fly though.

I don't think this quilt has a prayer of hanging straight, but... it's OK.  This has all been improv and great fun - if by fun you mean lots of problem solving - and I do think the ongoing problem solving in quilting is part of the fun!  Decisions, tryouts, re-dos... it is all part of the process.

I may do one more round for fun and to carry some dark indigo through, not sure.  I may call it a quilt and finish it now with a strong (very dark or bright) binding.  Decisions for another day.

I am posting early because I will be out of town through the beginning of October... wait, it is almost October?  Be sure to check out the links at Lori's blog Humble Quilts starting Oct. 1st.  The linky is posted here.

So many quilters have followed along with us, and it has been wonderful to see all the interpretations of the themes!!  (Basket, childhood, star, log cabin, "something fishy").  Thank you to all who have quilted along, and to Lori for being the glue!


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!