How I cover eastern New England in one weekend!

August 16th, 2016

I put a fair amount of miles on Mabel The Moose Mobile this past weekend. First up was Comic-con in Boston. Moosette didn’t dress up this year because time got away from us and we couldn’t get her costume finished. She did invite 3 friends along who were Comic-con virgins and weren’t dressing up so she also didn’t want to be the only one. Guess we have a head start on next years costume! In past years I would look around a bit then park my hiney in the food court and people watch as everyone passes by. The food court was right in the middle of the main floor so it was a great time for me. This year the Capitalist Show Organizers decided to add several more vendors where the food court used to be and moved it to a remote location. There were about 20 chairs there…for the thousands of people attending. I discovered that I’m too old to sit for long periods on the floor and it’s not a pretty site when I finally try to get up. I did get to answer one of those age-old questions…where’s Waldo? He was in line at the food court!

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I really enjoyed the collection of cars they had.

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I even spotted a quilt hanging in one of the vendor booths!

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Next up was a trip to Bangor Maine for the annual gathering of my treadle friends. I missed the Friday evening festivities due to Comic-con and arrived late on Saturday due to a business meeting. Why do all the fun activities all happen on the same weekend? Anyhoo, it was great to see everyone (if only briefly) and catch up on everyone’s lives. We were at the Cotton Cupboard quilt shop in Bangor. If only this shop was much, much closer. I would be in there all the time. Super friendly staff, great selection and you get a warm welcome everytime you walk through the door from Gracie the shop dog. She hears the bell on the door and goes running to greet whoever just came in. She takes her job seriously and does it very well. Yes, a picture would be nice…

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At our annual gathering we have a block exchange. This years seemed to involve a very complex mathematical equation to spread the blocks around. Here’s some of the folks looking over their stacks. We were challenged to use the weird attachments on our machines (underbraiders, tuckers, rufflers, etc). Yes, pictures would have been nice…

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I did score some teal fabrics for my upcoming Two For Teal exchange. Cotton Cupboard had a great variety to choose some. I also had a great fat quarter of Singer fabric in my goodie bag! Next year I hope these two events aren’t on the same weekend so I can enjoy them more fully.  And I should take more/better pictures…

Ladies Of The Lake 2016

August 13th, 2016

Last weekend I was vending at the Ladies Of The Lake show in Wolfeboro NH. This was a whole 7 miles from home. Quite a treat considering how far and wide I usually travel! It was also a very tiny booth…what was I thinking? Remind me never to do that again. It was like putting 10 gallons of stuff in a 5 gallon bucket!

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Sunflower by Winifred O’Shaughnessy. A very bright and happy quilt!IMG_2870

Hunter’s Star by Marilyn Ray, quilted by Kim Pilote. This pattern is on my to-do list. Love the colors and LOVE the outer border!IMG_2872

Hidden Butterflies by Debbie Sheldon quilted by Linda Bevins. Beautiful workmanship by both ladies!IMG_2874

Night Sky by Maria Wentworth quilted by The Attic Cat. I love this color palette.

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Lapis and Jade by Barbara Nelson quilted by Footprints Quilt Shop. Two of my favorite gems together in one quilt!IMG_2880

Spring Flower Heart by Dawn Thurston quilted by Dick Castrucci. Dawn is a fellow guild member for me…she makes stuff like this all the time…we still love her… All kidding aside, she does fab-fab work.IMG_2883

One of the highlights of the show was when they announced the winner for Viewer’s Choice. The quilt happened to be hanging right in front of my booth so I had a front row seat. Intro To Retirement by Sandy Onsanger quilted by Michelle Plourde. Sandy was our vendor liason and a very pleasant person. She was so surprised that she won. By a stroke of luck the quilter Michelle happened to be right there at the same time shopping. They make a great team. And yes they are normal sized people…that is one very gi-normous quilt. I think it was king plus!IMG_2886

Maine Quilts 2016

August 12th, 2016

I thought I would share a little of what we saw at Maine Quilts this year. This is one of my two favorite shows (the other is MQX) and I hope to do it for many more years. I’m still waiting for the moose theme year though…

 

This was our booth. We started something new this year, a selfie spot! We were visited by the Tacky Tiara group. What a hoot they were.

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Circle of Stars by Linda Garvin quilted by Patti Trygg. I loved the color combo.
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Cabin Nines by Audrey Briggs quilted by Carolyn Bernier. Oh the tiny little pieces! Below is Homage To The Amish by Sue Mason quilted by Patti Trygg. Just a plain old-fashioned block in modern colors with one fancy square in the center. Awesome!IMG_2833 IMG_2835

Influence by Pat LaPierre. What an interesting take on a modern quilt.

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One Fish, Two Fish…Tweaked by Denise Sullivan. What a fun colorful quilt.
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Day At The Lake by jean Savalchak quilted by Ramune Dailide. Fish of a different variety. Below is Coastal Sunset by Carol MacDougall. I think this was my favorite at the show. Stunning.

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Treadle by Kate Albert. A little something for my people power friends!

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A Bear Essential Bra – a Female Necessity! by Kate Albert. Who says quilting is boring?

Teal Mini Swap

August 11th, 2016

Want to help stamp out Ovarian Cancer? Of course you do! My friend Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs is running her annual swap to do just that. It only costs $15, $10 of which goes directly to Ovarian Cancer Research, the remaining money covers postage and mailing/office supplies. You are matched up with a partner and you make them either a mini quilt or a mug rug. You receive one in return. I have participated and/or sponsored prizes since the first year. You get to meet a great bunch of ladies online, hear some heart warming stories, see all manner of mini quilts and get a nifty mini quilt of your very own too. What’s not to love? Go here to get all the details and sign up. Who knows…maybe you’ll be my partner!

 

Here is the fabric we get to use in our project!

 

Here are a few of the mug rugs I received in past years. I’m gonna try my hand at the mini quilt this year!

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Moose Musings – Grace & Frankie

July 4th, 2016

Last week I spent most of my time sick on the couch. I don’t get sick very often but when I do it’s usually a doosy. I discovered that there is really nothing to watch on tv. Even zoned out on decongestants, nothing was very interesting. I ended up going to Netflix and watching old movies, one of which was 9 to 5 with Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Then Netflix recommended I watch their own series Grace & Frankie. I didn’t know Netflix made recommendations based on what I already watched. Very big brother-ish and I’m now terrified to fall asleep with the tv on for fear that I may accidentally “watch” something that will spawn some really weird recommendations. Anyhoo, I watched Grace & Frankie and was instantly won over. It stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two polar opposites who get thrown together in a life crisis. They discover themselves and also talk about the trials and tribulations of aging. What a hoot. There was also Sam Elliot and Ernie Hudson for some eye candy. Although I must admit that Ernie looked much better than Sam! If you need some entertainment I highly recommend it. I binge watched both seasons and now have to wait until 2017 for more…

Blast Off – the results

June 17th, 2016

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The blog hop is over and I cannot adequately thank all the bloggers for their time and effort. All of you hoppers are equally to thank. I always like asking odd questions – your answers are a fun way to run a blog hop! I know a couple of the bloggers are still waiting for responses from their winners but here are the remaining verified winners.

Susan Emory, Swirly Girls Design – Kathy Pfaltzgraff

Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis – still waiting

Elaine Perez, Summercrafter – Kathy Harris

Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs – Joyce Jackowski

Sandi Blackwell, Stitched Buy – Lois Bates (game) and Cheryl Parker (book)

Sue & Elizabeth, PG Fiber2Art – Mary G

Penni Domikis, Cabin In The Woods Quilter – still waiting

Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy – still waiting

Purple Moose Grand Prize – Ann but still waiting for confirmation

I also know that one of the “still waiting” is actually Lori Morton but I failed miserably and jotted the name down but forgot to also jot down who she went with…50 lashes with a wet selvege for me!

Thank you everyone for playing along. Purple hugs and moose kisses for you all!

We have a grand prize winner!

June 12th, 2016

Congratulations to Ann, you’re the winner of the grand prize! What do we know about Ann? We know she hates items in blister packaging, loves to live in the city and would shave her head if your hair dresser weren’t so much fun! If this is you, please contact me privately with your shipping address so I can get your goodies headed your way!

 

For anyone who didn’t win but would like a game for themselves…you can always purchase one…just click here

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Blast Off – Last Chance…

June 12th, 2016

Today is the last chance to get some free stuff. Check back on my previous posts and add a comment to any that you missed. Check out my fellow blog hoppers and leave comments on their posts too. Not all of them have chosen their winners yet! I’ll be choosing the grand prize winner sometime this evening. Why the vague timeframe? We have a new graduate in the house and it’s party time today!

Graduation was yesterday followed by an all night Grad Night. They all went to Massachusetts to a water park, then a roller rink/bowling alley and finally Dunkin Donuts for breakfast and returned in a zombie state to school at 6:30 this morning. Just enough time for a power nap before the afternoon parties start! So, sometime this evening when I get home I’ll be picking a winner.

 

Here is a list with links to the blog hoppers…

Friday 6/3 Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs – Overview
Saturday 6/4 Susan Emory Swirly Girls Design
Sunday 6/5 Tammy Silver, Tamarinis
Monday 6/6 Elaine Perez, Summercrafter
Tuesday 6/7 Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs
Wednesday 6/8 Sandi Blackwell, Stitched Buy
Thursday 6/9 Sue & Elizabeth, PG Fiber2Art
Friday 6/10 Penni Domikis, Cabin In The Woods
Saturday 6/11 Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy
Sunday 6/12 Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs – Wrap-up, grand prize winner selected

Blast Off – Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy

June 11th, 2016

Today’s guest blog hopper is Joanne Hillestad of the Fat Quarter Gypsy. Joanne is the creator of the ever popular Pop-Up. If you don’t know what that is, you really need to get out more often. It has been one of the hottest patterns for the last year and a half. The original pop-ups can be made in several sizes and refill wire forms are available in all sizes. This year Joanne added Basket Pop-Ups and Pet Pop-Ups. All of them are super easy to create and make super gifts. I can personally attest to the huge fun factor in smooshing them while bored during the quiet times at a quilt show…

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Joanne has also teamed up with several quilt designers for some custom Pop-Ups and the patterns are available for free. You still need the original pattern, these just tell you how to do the custom part. You can see them all here.

Joanne’s life does not revolve solely around Pop-Ups (although she may disagree on some days…) She also has numerous quilt patterns and makes the greatest door knob signs. Joanne is also an avid gardener, chicken rancher and glamper queen.

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You can visit Joanne’s blog to see what she’s got going on. Be sure and leave a comment for a chance at her giveaway. You can also find her at these social media locations:

www.thefatquartergypsy.com

www.facebook.com/thefatquartergypsydesigns

www.pinterest.com/FQGypsy

www.instagram.com/FatQuarterGypsy

Grand Prize Comment:  Before you head over to Joanne’s leave a comment here to be entered for a chance at the grand prize by answering this question…

Joanne has chickens for pets and loves them dearly. She did confess that she doesn’t even really like eggs all that much – she just likes chickens! Tell us about your pet. Do you have the “normal” version or something exotic?

Blast Off – Cabin In The Woods Quilters

June 10th, 2016

Today’s guest blog hopper is Penni Domikis of Cabin In The Woods Quilters. Penni is a pattern designer, author, longarmer and Terial Magic Queen. Terial Magic is a liquid fabric stabilizer. I have some on order and can’t wait to put it through the paces to learn all about it…and then pass that onto you!

At some point in the past Penni had trouble making the available plastic templates work for her patterns. She then did what any good entrepreneur does…made her own!

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Penni has also written several books and does guild presentations around her scappy concept. She promises no pre-cutting and no pre-pressing. Yup, you read that right! Just grab your scraps and get to making something wonderful. That sounds like something I REALLY need to hear more about! Check out her website to learn more about her products. Schedule her to come to your guild to teach you her scrappy methods. Then invite me to come too. I’m a lazy quilter and her method sounds wonderful…

 

You can visit Penni’s blog to see what shes got going on. Be sure and leave a comment for a chance at her giveaway. You can also find her at these social media locations:

  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cabininthewoodsquilters/?fref=ts
  • Instagram:  search cabinquilters
  • Website: http://cabininthewoodsquilters.com/

Grand Prize Comment:  Before you head over to Penni’s leave a comment here to be entered for a chance at the grand prize by answering this question…

Yes, Penni lives in a cabin in the woods. Yes, I live in the woods. Two rural quilters who live many states apart and yet we manage to find each other. The internet is a beautiful thing sometimes. What’s your favorite social media site? Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter…some other one I haven’t figured out yet?