Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Where did the time go? And how about that Wendy Reed??!!!

Well, I can't believe it's August already!  I lost the last two weeks of July!  After the Sisters quilt show, I babysat my grandkids for a week, recovered for a few days and then flew to Maine to visit with Wendy Reed (constantquilter), which was a great treat.  Then I was home a couple of days and we drove up to our cabin in Oregon for an extended visit.  That's where I'll be for the next 3 weeks... I think I'll stay here for the eclipse since this area is supposed to get almost the totality of the experience!  Plus August 21 is my 40th wedding anniversary.  NO idea how THAT happened!!  Anyway, quilts anyone???

WHEW!  Finally time to put something on my blog.

Here are Wendy and I, after nearly a week of laughing, talking, eating and shopping!  In short, we are happy campers! (except  that I was leaving)

Wendy and her husband Gordon are really the sweetest people and I feel so lucky to have been invited to visit them.  We had a great time.  They showed me a true slice of life as a "Mainer" or "Maine-iac!!".   I can see why they love it there!  I'd love it, too!  

I want to give you a taste of Wendy's stash... This is her feed sack collection.  OMG.  Gorgeous!  I think she said she's been collecting them for over 50 years!

And some of her fabrics!!  Some... not all... ;-)

Want to see some of Wendy's work?? Mind you, Wendy does not follow patterns.  Oh, how I wish I could do that.

Isn't this a great way to use up extra fabrics?  Of course it wouldn't make much of a dent!  She and Cyndi (Busy Thimble, now my favorite LQS!) exchange 1-1/2" squares of all their fabrics.

Just a small hexagon project!  Isn't it great!  Can you see her fussy-cut little white hexies??!!

Wendy has an uncanny ability to recreate antique quilts, using truly antique fabrics;  then she replicates it with reproduction fabrics.  I showed you a quilt she'd done and shared when I went to the Shelbourne Museum with her last fall.  Can you tell which of these is using the antique original fabrics and which is the reproduction??

here's another pair! Can you tell which is which?

Since I'm extolling the virtues of Wendy Reed, here are a couple of quilts she entered in the Maine Quilt show, which was ostensibly why I went.  The first one is made of orphan blocks she had accumulated!  I just love it.  She called it "Pot Luck" and she used only cheater-cloths on the back, which made it even more interesting.  Of course, she used her pot-holder method of quilting each individual block separately before connecting them together.

Fabulous or what?  Do you see the ribbon hanging on the side? One more to add to her extensive collection!  Wendy also entered her Shenandoah Valley pot-holder quilt that she's been sharing on her blog.  The quilt won First Place, as well as several other accolades and ribbons.  I'm not able to show you the picture since the organizer of that sew-along wants to display them all together.  It's spectacular!

These next two were a challenge organized by her guild.  Each invited participant was to copy a block from the book "One Hundred and One Patchwork Patterns" and then make a modern version of the original block.  Here are Wendy's, amazing as always!

Can you see the rick-rack between the yo-yos??  Isn't her background fabric fabulous??

I've got many more pictures from the show to share with you but I'll do that hopefully tomorrow.  I've got someone coming over in the morning to hopefully purchase my Bernina 1080, which is the first of my attempts at downsizing.  If you have any interest in a Bernina 1130, let me know.  That's next on my list;  a Singer 301 will follow.  I've also got a Rocketeer to sell. (Singer 401, I think).

Have I been doing any sewing?  Hardly any.  I did this when I was watching my grandkids a few weeks ago.  I'm now completely behind on this project.

I'm going to sew a bit this afternoon, since it's about 100* outside and I definitely wilt and/or melt in that heat!  

I'm BAAAAACK!  And I think I figured out an easier way to transfer the pictures from my phone to my blog... anyone every use Airdrop?? Totally new to me...


  1. NOW that is a super STASH !! Lovely quilts, thanks for sharing...
    hugs, Julierose

  2. WOW! What a Stash! She has a love for the 2 types of Fabrics that I LOVE. 30's and Repro/CW. Great Repro Quilts, I think I can tell, then I look again! too close. Glad you got to go and see a show while there. It's all in the Planning.
    Congrats on your Anniversary being on Ecipse Day. How'd you plan that??? LOL

  3. yep wendy is an awesome quilter for sure...all ribbons well deserved...such a hoot to meet you at cyndi's and yes, busy thimble is MY favorite LQS as well...maine truly is vacationland!

  4. Good to have you back! I had been wondering where you were.

  5. All is wonderful, thanks for sharing XXX

  6. That must have been a wonderful time with your friend in Maine. How fun to see all she had to show you and the quilt show too! Thank you for sharing the pics of those beautiful quilts. Can't wait to see more from the show :-)

  7. Always fun to see another quilters stash. Her quilts are fantastic!!

  8. PS If you stay in Sunriver for the eclipse you may not see much.

  9. I adore and admire Wendy, I also,love her work. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Hooray! You're back! I've missed you but I'm glad it's because you've been having fun.
    Thanks for sharing your visits with Wendy with us. Maine is a magical place. We lived in Brunswick for five years, many years ago. It's still has a piece of my heart.

    Wendy stash is lovely and her quilts are wonderful! Ribbons well deserved.

    I've fallen behind on my Marvelous Mini Monday and also Triangle Gatering. I've been trying to finish a top for a friend. That's almost done so soon to back to things I want to do!

  11. That is some serious stash!!
    Wendy's work always leaves me in awe. And she is an amazingly sweet woman. What a good time you two appeared to have!

  12. Wow! That stash!! Her work is incredibly inspiring too. Thanks so much for sharing! Glad you were able to have this time.:)

  13. I cannot tell which quilts are the antiques and which are new! Hope you let us know in your next post! What an inspirational trip you had!

  14. How wonderful that you and Wendy had a week of shopping, playing and quilt inspiration. Wendy's quilts are amazing and she is so creative with her fabric choices. Glad you both had fun!

  15. Hello!! I'am glad to read the whole content of this blog and am very excited.Thank you.

  16. Loved seeing Wendy's fabric collections and quilts! Are you coming to Seminar?
    I wish I had planned an eclipse trip somewhere!

  17. Wendy has a fabulous collection of fabrics and great storage for them. I could spend a few weeks with her sewing up a storm.