Saturday, September 5, 2015

Maine and buried in quilting

It's been a while since I blogged.  First, I was putting together my blocks from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I have decided to try to avoid blocks of the month because I just get sick of getting the project out, working on it, then putting it away.  And I get antsy for finishing at some point in the process.  So that is my resolution for the future.  Let's hope I can stick to it.

At any rate, this rainbow quilt is going to be quite large - queen-sized, perhaps.  So I put three sections together and am quilting it that way.  I really do like to quilt samplers since every block can be a new experience.  I can try out different techniques with both the walking foot and the free motion one.  I finished the center which was made of 36 blocks (wow!) and now I am quilting the two sides - another 36 blocks and borders.  When I finish the quilting, I will put all the sections together, make the last two borders, put them on, and then quilt.  It will probably be another month before I finish!

In between all this, we took a little trip to Wells, Maine, which was really fun.  Our friend Christine owns a cottage a stone's throw from the ocean (on Ocean Avenue!) and usually goes all summer.  We visited her last year.  This year, due to health issues, she hasn't been able to go much so has encouraged her friends to use the cottage.  We feel so lucky!  It's on a quiet street and the back deck overlooks a salt marsh.  One morning, I drank my coffee and watched the birds zipping around.

We took a long walk at the Wells Reserve with its several miles of hiking trails, visited the Seacoast Trolley Museum, and spent a nice morning at the beach.  I read Louise Penny's and Sue Grafton's latest books, and we had some nice seafood and other meals out.  It was very relaxing, and the weather couldn't have been better.

Happy Labor Day!

1 comment:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

that was so nice of your friend to make her cottage available to her friends seeing as she couldn't use it the whole summer. I would love to have a cottage available like that :) How do you like the quilt as you go method - or as you say in 3 sections? I haven't tried it. I have rarely ever done a BOM usually if I have gotten into one it is already started and I start several months at one time.