This Maine Row Quilt is beautiful !!! I completed the hand quilting on it in July of this year. The top was done by my good quilting buddy (SB) of Caribou, ME. I believe she said the pattern was done by a local guild member up there.
SB had started quilting it, and decided to move onto another project so I got to complete the hand quilting. It was so much fun to quilt because each row was different so the quilting design changed with each row. I put in 182 yards of quilting to finish it for her.
Several people saw it at my home in the quilt frame while I was working on it and we all agreed that it was a truly beautiful quilt (even without my hand stitches in it).
The back is a beautiful print of brown bears:
The finished size was 88″ x 90″.
I returned it to her unbound so that is something SB will do over the winter when the snow is flying thick in northern Maine.
I already have so many ideas for quilts, but if I can convince her to loan me the pattern, I may make a Maine Row Quilt for myself.
After completing the two sections of English pieced flowers, I did the tumbler sections. Many of the tumbler pieces were leftovers from another tumbler project (https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2017/07/tumblers-galore.html) that I made in 2017. Once the leftovers were sewn together, I had to cut more anyway. Well, a little more dent in the scrap bins.
The photo below is of two completed tumbler sections and one almost complete flower section. The sashing is not between them yet. I am liking how the sections look together. The leftover green rick rack makes a great vine.
PDF pattern for flowers and tumblers. The flower will take 7 hexagons (1 center and 6 petals):
The top is together with light weight denim between and around the outside of the five sections. I like the look so far. I will complete it with Flying Geese blocks for the outside border. The top currently measures 72″ x 80″ and my goal is 92″ square.
There will be one more post on the final section of borders of Flying Geese in the next few days.
I encourage you to go through your scraps and just have fun combining them together. I really enjoyed doing this quilt in sections instead of blocks or the same repeating pattern. It has a totally different look than scrap quilts I have done in the past. I think this method may become addictive…
These are the posts on the previous blog about this quilt, please see:
Flowers & Tumblers quilt looks great, but it did not start as a cohesive quilt idea. It started out as an exercise in frustration because fabric scraps had gotten out of hand and were taking over my sewing area. This quilt will require more than one post, so here is Flowers & Tumblers part 1.
Something had to be done to stop the flood of scrap piles on the floor, on the shelves, and generally in my way. Do scraps reproduce in the dark?
On Jan. 1, 2019 I went thru every single piece of fabric on the shelves and put anything a quarter yard or less in a box (it turned out to be two). Then I started cutting 3″ blocks, 2.5″ strips, and hexagons in two sizes. Each type went in plastic storage totes.
The leftovers from this went in a “crumb” tub to make string or crumb blocks at some point in the future.
Hexagons can travel:
The hexagons went in bags that I drug around on my job travels. The smaller size “flowers” are being appliqued to plain muslin blocks. The larger ones shown here got used in the strips in the photos – and yes, there are several more waiting for me to get back to them.
Am I the only one who comes out with leftovers from most of my quilts? Honestly, I never thought I was that bad at math….
So these two strips of English paper pieced flowers were the starting point for this quilt. I made the flowers while at a family reunion in July. I don’t sit well with nothing in my hands, so these were easy to pick up and put down with all the visiting and conversations.