Wednesday, September 5, 2018

"Quilty Pleasures"-- FRIVOL 4

In between thread changes of embroidery designs, I sometimes resort to stitching up someone else’s pattern for relaxation—I do feel guilty about NOT working on my own original art, but in this case, it’s even worse—I pieced a KIT, so even the fabric choices were made for me!

You may remember the "Frivol" tins from Moda were in the shops about a year and a half ago. I once had one in my hands at the checkout line—it was $45 which was a bit steep, but the tin was so cute. Before I checked out, I noticed this:

Extra fabric was needed—MUCH MORE, and so I felt really put off and put it down before I ever got to the cash register. I’m not sure how I thought they would fit a 50” x 50” quilt in that little tin, but my Frivol story almost ended there.


I am a fan of Elizabeth from blog. She has such a great sense of humor, and is always working on something fabulous. Apparently, she purchased all twelve Frivol kits as a subscription when they first were offered—a retirement gift for herself. She’s making this her “Year of Frivols,”-- finally stitching one a month. There's no lack of creativity there-- this is her original pattern in the latest Keepsake Quilting catalog.

So if Frivol-making is good enough for Elizabeth, it's good enough for me.  I really don’t have a lot of quilts around the house which may surprise you. So I thought I could use them for a little decoration here and there, and especially a little mental down time. 

These aren’t available in stores anymore, so the hunt was on! The first one I found at a quilt show, Frivol #5, for 50% off. From then on, I spent the next few weeks Googling , Ebaying and Etsying until I had them all. I did get most for 50% off but #1 and #12 were RARE and I ended up overpaying. Plus, by the time I paid shipping, well you know. It was all about the thrill of the hunt at that point. Mine, all mine!

Unlike Elizabeth, I don’t feel the need to make them in order, and certainly won’t be making one a month, so I started with #4 Windermere—it looked so crisp, WHITE, and spa like.

 I pictured it here on the far wall of my master bathroom.

Included in the tin was a layer cake of Brenda Riddle fabric, quilt instructions, a cute saying, and a couple of flosses. I had to make 156 flying geese. 

I LOVE piecing, but much prefer sampler quilts to repetitive block making. To prevent boredom, I sorted the fabrics into pink, blue, green, yellow and warm gray, then only stitched enough geese for each row—first two, then three and four, and finally eight and nine geese, drawing evenly from the colors to make sure I was left with a good mix. It was a great strategy--all four interior blocks were the same, and that actually was much easier than trying to randomly layout 156 geese at the end as the pattern suggested.

I goosed my way through July and August. Actually I was more like a snail. 

Finally, finished it Labor Day—here's the artists rendering again: 

This is what I ended up with. LOL 

Looks like a tape measure could have saved me some geese, but still, it fits, and I am pretty pleased! 

The pattern is called Lakeland.... part of the enjoyment of sewing is musing on names for my quilts while sewing them together. This one had me stumped—until Eureka!—or maybe more like “DUH!”...  the lake I live on is called "Triangle Pond"... I kid you not.

And so "Geese on Triangle Pond" was born...

There are more snapping turtles, frogs, and sunfish down there than geese, so it's a bit of a creative license. But I love it. For quilting, I am just going to do some straight lines in a rippled pattern, like water droplets on my little lake. 

So let's all liberate our Frivols kits from the closet, folks! Next, I’m thinking #8 would make 6 placemats and a nice table runner. I wish I could sew as fast as I can Photoshop!

Happy stitching!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Bayberry Show Part 3

Here's is Part Three of my home town show-- Bayberry Quilter's of Cape Cod. These are some of my particular favorites which kind of defy classification as pieced or appliqued.

"Leatherstocking Jane" Marie Oastler
All hand done. Need I say more.

"Floating Bubbles"  Cynthia Limberakis
This wonderful modern quilt was started in a guild class with Weeks Ringle-- beautiful matchstick quilting-- Finished AND Perfect!

 "Peeps--A Silkie Bantam Hen," Rebecca Lawrence
Thread painting eye candy. Just look at that eye.

"Maps" Uncommon Threads Group  Challenge--Kathleen Andreoli, June Calender, Robin Maguire, Meredith Pearson, Elaine Skoler
A map quilt is SO on my bucket list. Thumbs up, ladies.

"My Forever Quilt" Gail Butler
I'm crazy about Crazy quilts!

 "The Four Seasons," Nancy Brown
A nod to machine embroidery. Well done.

"Crazy About Recycled Seasons" Lu Obarowski
I used to spend my time, commuting 2 hours back and forth to NYC, cross stitching. What a wonderful way to frame this piece.
Shall I dig out some of my cross stitch UFOs?

Stencilled quilt-- In Memoriam--Frances Abell Brand
Frances was a famous quilter-- Google her-- started quilting at age 70 and completed 108 quilts! A life to celebrate. xox

"Let's Join the Circus" Maryanne Boberg
My vote for best in show!! LOL-- the Bayberry Guild has a FREE table to share unwanted fabric, etc-- I loving laid my Circus test stitch outs to rest last year, after figuring out my kids, now in their twenties, are no longer interested in a potential circus quilt. 
Maryanne took it from there-- yes, finished and perfect, again!
Thanks for the thrill, dear.

Our  guild challenge this year was SEASONS! Quilters were free to interpret the seasons through fabric and color. All quilts were required to hang vertically and measure 18 inches on the top and bottom and 36 inches on the sides. All awards were viewer's choice, and so the artist's names were not revealed-- comment below and I will gladly post them if you know whose they are.

Oddly, a group with homes on Cape Cod overwhelmingly selected WINTER for the theme. Go figure.

by Elsa Hahn-- won the blue ribbon. <3

In New England, we are also fortunate to host Mancuso's World Quilt New England show in Manchester, NH in August-- it is one of my favorites and brings in quilts from all over the world. Of course, I didn't miss it-- so come back soon for more quilty eye candy!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Bayberry Quilt Show Part 2 Applique

This is Part 2 of posts on our local quilt guild, Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod, show. Today we're looking at applique quilts. Artists always pick nice places to live-- and Cape Cod is at the top of the list, so there's incredible bench strength in this club.

"Jewel in the Lotus" Paula TuaƱo
This amazing and very unusual piece was front and center as you walked into the show. LARGE! It was all done with meticulous, buttonhole machine applique-- just look at those shapes-- and took a number of years. The colors are just really out of the box as well. Stunning.

"Garden of Dreams" Cousin's Club
Apparently a group quilt-- 
I'd love to collaborate-- but who gets to keep it?! LOL

"Angels in Transition" Kathy Hutcheson
Quilters: Nubian Jenkins and Lois Podolny
This is by my friend Kathy, who has done many amazing things in a lifetime including retiring to be a ski instructor. She added bits 'n bobs of her grandmother's jewelry and other family mementos in this piece that just says L-O-V-E.

"A Baltimore Album Quilt Adventure" Sandra Davidson
Quilter: Kathy Sperino

This quilt is not only amazing for being Baltimore, but also has many 3D flowers which I always love. Perfect and beautifully quilted as well.

"Baskets and Bows" Anne Messier
Quilter: Jean Konopacz
I have never met Anne, but I HAVE seen her quilts! She is productive, and has won Best in Show before. I just love this folksy quilt-- not sure if it is a pattern, but the blocks are so cute and the orange peel pattern is so fabulous, too. Look at the little scene in the close up below.

"Enduring Treasure" Marilyn Swensen
Quilter: Margaret Solomon Gunn
Broderie perse beauty, fully embroidered as well. This is quilted by the famous Margaret Solomon Gunn of many, many show ribbons, and did not disappoint.

"Reveille" Mary Wheatley
The show always commemorates members we've lost in the past year-. Each had a quilt or two In Memoriam, and they will be treasured by family members forever.

"My Spring Baskets" Barbara LeBlanc
In Memoriam

"Antique Wild Flowers" Messier, Anne
Quilter: Jean Konopacz

I always love a pretty mix of piecing and applique-- another Anne Messier for the year!

"Twelve Days of Christmas" Gail Butler
A favorite theme for me-- on my bucket list.

"Not by the Hair on my Chinny, Chin, Chin" Pat Murphy

The next three are less traditional applique, but no less fantastic.

                                      "Old Blue" Pat Murphy

"Lulu and Louie" Elsa Hahn

"My Tennessee Album" Vi Olsen
One the show's featured quilters. This was made with love in honor of her Dad-- I notice that the bottom two blocks on the left look like ones from my own Baltimore Album kit I am making-- except hers are a lot more colorful! LOL

"Nantucket Sailing" Vi Olsen

"Twin Lobster Special"  Cathy Papazian
I guess you'd call me a fan because I am always drawn to Cathy's quilts-- always so original and mostly Cape themed. What's not to love?

"Birdsong by the Bog-Part 2 of 3" 
Laurie LaConte
The center panel of a lovely triptych, which also won a blue ribbon for Laurie. Look at the face on that little frog!

I also LOVE when quilting becomes more that a pattern and tells more of the story-- see the butterfly and flowers in the "distance"?

"Martha’s Vineyard" Vi Olsen

"Baby Quilt for Grandson" Nancy Drew
All a quilt should be-- you can tell just by looking, this was made for someone special, who will grow up to love trucks, cars, and football. Sweet dreams, little one, under this quilt. You are loved.

And here's our Best in Show!

"Ladies of the Sea" Tere D'Amato
I'm sure you've all ogled this gorgeous pattern by Sue Garman-- and here it is, living up to its full potential. Tere not only hand-turned appliqued but quilted this by herself, too! It's her second best of show in three years-- she is incredible.

For my last post, I am going to show you some very special quilts which defy classification as pieced or applique, and also the "Seasons of Quilting" Challenge quilts, so be sure to look for that next week. 

Hope this inspires you to pull out at UFO this weekend.
Happy stitching!