Posts Tagged ‘In My Garden’

In My Garden

October 9, 2016

In May 1996 or 1997 I went with Linda to pick up her BOM kit from The Quilt Block (no longer exists) in Dayton, MD. I liked it and signed up. Around 1999 or so, after Linda bought Seminole Sampler (closed in 2013) in Catonsville, MD, she suggested we should get together at the store on a regular basis and sew together. I said we should work on our BOM quilts. That’s how we started getting together every Thursday evening after I got off work.

After a while we stopped working on this quilt. Linda couldn’t find half her kits. I was at a point where I needed to do some hand applique work at home. Other newer, shinier projects beckoned.

I finally finished the top toward the end of 2014. It came back from the quilter in the summer of 2015. Although I picked the quilting design for the sashing and flying geese, I gave Maria carte blanche for the quilting in the blocks. I chose wool batting so the quilting has a nice texture. I couldn’t work up any enthusiasm for doing binding in the middle of the summer. I took this with me to work on over Christmas but didn’t get the binding finished until early January.

Update 10/10: Somehow the picture of the entire quilt disappeared between blog writing and publishing. Here it is hanging in my guild’s show in the spring of 2016:

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The applique is stitched by hand. I think it was all done using techniques I learned from Rose Hahn with freezer paper on the bottom of the applique pieces. Motifs were assembled off the block where possible then stitched onto the background as a single piece.

I was annoyed when I didn’t have enough fabric in the border kit to do the 8 square-in-a-square blocks. I was also puzzled about why I didn’t have the foundations for them because I was sure I had prepared everything I needed. The problem was that my stash, big as it is, doesn’t run to fabrics that were totally compatible with the style used in the kits for this project. I did the best I could but a practiced eye can pick out the interlopers.

While working on the binding, I excavated a pile and found these blocks:


I couldn’t figure out why I made them. I recognized the fabrics but what the heck were they for? I finally realized they were for In My Garden. After I made them I took them upstairs to remove the paper (they were paper pieced) while watching TV. When I went downstairs to the kitchen I put them down to take downstairs to the basement sewing room. Unfortunately, they got buried and forgotten. No wonder I didn’t have enough fabric in the kit and no foundations! I’d already made the blocks. Sigh.

Detail shots of the blocks:



This quilt has been on my bed for the past month or so and I love it. It’s a little skimpy for a queen size bed but it’s OK with me.

I think this post has been languishing in the drafts folder because I neglected to take a picture of the back. I did find this picture of the backing fabric. The fabric is a directional print. The 5-yard piece wasn’t quite long enough but the two widths were a lot wider than I needed so I was able to cut a strip off one side and cut it into pieces to make a cross-piece at the bottom.



This was displayed in my guild show in April 2016.





























































Faithful Circle Quilters 2016 Show: Quilting with Friends

April 23, 2016

The Faithful Circle Quilters of Columbia, MD guild puts on one of the best guild shows in the DMV (DC-MD-VA). Our show is during the even numbered years. Milltown Quilters has their show in the odd years in the same location. A lot of people think it’s the same guild every year because it is in the same location.

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A couple of weeks ago one of our members had the idea to hang little quilts the size of a block around the railings at the entry to the church where we have our show. Members jumped in and we quickly had a multitude of little quilts to hang. They were so popular with visitors that there were traffic jams on the ramp caused by people taking time to look at all the little bits. There were enough to hang some out by the highway to attract passers-by. Fortunately, we had no inclement weather during the show.

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Our raffle quilt doesn’t photograph well. The light blue background always washes out for some reason. The flower blocks are machine embroidery made by deceased member, Joyce Schneider. Her husband donated the blocks and remaining background fabric to the guild. Margo Cramer designed the quilt and border and wrangled it to completion. Maria O’Haver did the quilting. I neglected to take a picture of the quilting. It was won by a guild member.

These are some of my favorite quilts from the show and, of course, my quilts. I hope the artist statements are readable.

This quilt won Viewer’s Choice for large quilts.

In My Garden is one of my quilts.

This was Viewer’s Choice for small quilts.

I love this hexagon heart quilt by Margaret Minton. Dawn’s quilting is gorgeous.

Farmer’s Market 20/20 is another of my quilts. It has another 20 fabrics on the back.

I love this Sunbonnet Sue doing all manner of quilting activities. In the row below, she buys the fabric in the first block, sews it in the second block, then wears the finished apron in the third block.

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Another one of my quilts. This one won Viewer’s Choice for medium size quilts! Detailed post for 2001: A Calendar Odyssey.

This one was made by my friend, Genie, for the Cuddly Critters Linus challenge. I just love it. It’s much prettier in person than in the photo. Every year or two, Stephanie bags up fabrics in brown bags and issues a challenge for Linus quilts. One year a member had to downsize and donated tons of flamingo fabrics for the Linus quilts. Our members rise to the challenge and make wonderful quilts. We had an entire room plus the hallway lined with the Cuddly Critter quilts.

Mother Goose and Friends is another of my quilts. It was a joy to make despite the half-inch sashing and cornerstones, the small sawtooth stars and the prairie points.

Joyce Ritter’s butterfly mobile won Viewer’s Choice in the Other category.

Some of the silent auction area. It’s hard to get photos because of the cramped space.

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Peddler’s table where guild members sell their excess items. This is an extremely popular area. On Thursday morning when the show opened, the first thing attendees wanted to know was “where are you selling the members’ stuff?” I heard there was a line of people waiting to get into the room. This picture was taken on Saturday afternoon after 2.5 days of selling.

One of the things our show is known for is the decorative vignettes scattered around the show. Member bring items in and Sandy McDonald and her team work their magic. Some, like this one, are themed to the quilts. These decorations add a special touch to the show.

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A popular section we added in our 2014 show is the $10 and under boutique. Members make items to be sold here. I scored 3 bibs for my mother so now I don’t have to make them. I was able to get one before the show and took it home to Illinois with me last week. It was a big hit in the dining room of the facility. I’ll have to draw off a pattern before sending the other two off. Now Dad wants one so Mom will have to share.

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Drawing winners for the raffle baskets and quilt. I neglected to take photos of the 7 baskets. There were 2 that each contained 200 fat quarters – that’s 50 yards each, folks. One woman bought some tickets and gave them to her granddaughter to disperse with the instruction, “Don’t put any in the ones with all the fabric!” Many of us felt that way. I didn’t win any of the raffles. In the upper right hand corner, the woman in the pink jacket is looking at a 2 week old kitten being cared for by a member. He wasn’t happy to be so popular.

It’s all over now until 2018 which will get here sooner than any of us are ready for.