We've finished up our first week in Maine, We are both having internet withdrawal so we went to the library yesterday to get our fix and I took the opportunity to schedule out this short post.
The Moosehead Lake region of Maine is absolutely beautiful. Much more rustic than the Acadia area but that also means fewer stores and organized things to do. That's perfectly fine with us. There's great hiking, boating and fishing opportunities. We found a lake for Chris to fish for some small mouth bass and the pond that we are on is perfect for floating and for kayaking.
This is also the best place for a chance to meet a moose! It's the only animal sighting that I had on my animal list. We took a moose safari and got to watch this cow eat for a long time. We were very close so we could hear her blowing bubbles in the water and slurping her feed. What a treat!
We've done some hiking too. There are lots of really good trails around here.
I've set up a little sewing space on one end of the table and I have a great view while I'm sewing.
I started my week by working on some of the blocks I cut for the 8 Flora's Star quilts. I had cut out 14 sets of blocks so far and while sewing these I discovered that I cut half of the blocks 9" and half at 12". Uh oh.
I will not go back and recut anything. I will figure out a layout that can use both and I guess I'll continue cutting blocks half and half as if I planned it that way.
On the crochet front I've been working on this shawl (Carrie Penny shawl on YouTube) using one ball of Mandala yarn. I just wanted to try the pattern and see if it would make a good donation shawl. So far I'm really pleased.
I finished a couple of loom knit items but got to the library and realized that I forgot to photograph them. I expect that you can imagine what a loom knit hat and scarf look like.
I'll be back in a couple of days with another update.
Thanks to everyone who played along during giveaway week! It was the most entries ever for one of my blog giveaways.
I use the Rafflecopter app to draw the winners and I only verify that winners who identify as a customer or newsletter subscriber are what they say they are. In the past 10 years I've only ever had to disqualify one winner. This time I will even have packages going to Canada and Sweden!
I'm happy to announce the winners of last week's drawing:
Monday - 2 winners of scrap packages - Beth H in KY and Karen Lopez
Tuesday - garden greens - Lily H
Wednesday - cool colors - Susan Cuss
Thursday - parfait dyed - JT Haitsman
Friday - Shibori - Quilting Tangent
Saturday - 2 winners of waste fabrics - Carol H and Michelle Weatherson
Congratulations to all the winners. If you didn't win, don't worry, I have another vacation planned this summer!
It's the last day of the Summer Vacation Giveaway. I hope you have liked the prizes enough to want to enter all of the giveaways. If you missed the previous giveaway, don't worry, you can go back and enter all of them. You have until midnight EST May 30 to enter all 6 giveaways.
Don't forget to check out my new beach inspired Waves Gradient in the shop.
Long time readers will know that I end all of my giveaway weeks with a pack of my most treasured fabrics of all, my "waste" fabrics! These are fabric strips that I use in the Gradient dyeing process. When I first started using these little strips of muslin I fell in love with the deep texture that the dye creates in these. I've used them in several quilts, including Black Swan, the quilt that's on my bed right now. This prize will be a collection of waste fabrics that are about 7" wide WOF strips.
News Flash! Just as I was writing this post I decided that I will draw TWO winners for Waste Fabric bundles.
The second bundle will be similar to this one but will have a different, but still beautiful, collection of fabrics.
This means that instead of the usual 6 winners in one of my weekly giveaways, there will be 8! There will also be 2 winners for the Monday drawing. So be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below for this prize and every day this past week for the other prizes. There's no giveaway tomorrow as the blog always takes Sunday off.
Entries close at midnight EST, May 30, 2021. Winners will be announced May 31.
You can't have a summer beach inspired giveaway without some fabric representative of water.
Today's giveaway is from my second most prized stash of fabrics, my Shibori stash! Every time I dye Shibori for the shop I dye little pieces for myself. These pieces are from my personal stash. I don't know the yardage equivalent but the winner will get all of these pieces and a few more in the prize package. The sizes range from about 8" square to fat eighth.
Enter in the Rafflecopter box below. Entries will close at midnight EST May 30, 2021 and winners for all of the drawings will be announced May 31.
I hope you are having a great week and that you are entering all of the giveaway drawings. We have 3 down and 3 to go so let's check out the day 4 prize.
The main theme for this giveaway was to move out some of the stacks of "maybe someday" fabrics. "These are cool, maybe someday I'll do something special with them". These fabrics were at top of that list! These are parfait dyed fat quarters. Parfait dyeing involves dyeing multiple fabrics different colors in one container. Take the 2 fabrics on the left. I started with the fabric at the top, put it in the container and poured on gold dye. Then I scrunched up another fabric and added it on top of the gold and poured red on it. Then I added a third fabric and poured on the blue. The colors mix beautifully between the layers. This is 3 sets of parfait dyed fat quarters and it looks like 2.25 yards but I can tell you that I added 4 more fat quarters to this prize package after I took this photo!
Enter the drawing in the Rafflecopter box below. The drawing ends May 30, 2021 at midnight EST and the winners will be announced May 31.
Today we are hanging out on the cool side of the color wheel for our giveaway. On offer today are TWO Stash Packs of fabric. That's a total of 20 fat eights of fabric for 2.5 yards! Enter in the Rafflecopter form below. The deadline for entry is May 30, 2021 at midnight. Winners will be announced May 31.
Are you a gardener? If so, you might love the fabrics that I selected for today's giveaway. The piece in the back is a 1 yard cut of one of the Reflections fabrics. The fabrics in front are fat eighths and are leftovers from 2 Stash Packs that I used for one of my own projects. It's a mix of Spring and Autumn greens.
Today's prize is over 2.5 yards of beautiful green hand dyed fabrics!
Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. The contest ends May 30 at midnight EST and the winners will be announced on the blog May 31.
Here we are. It's beach week for me and giveaway week for you! I think I've got some good giveaway prizes lined up for you this week. I'm kicking things off this week in the scrap bin.
I'm going to fill a flat rate envelope with as much fabric as I can from my hand dyed scrap bin.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.