My Maine Mini UFO is finally done, and I’m excited to show it to you today.
Back in September, BigJ and I celebrated our 30th anniversary, taking a trip to Boston and Maine. Most of our time was spent at this gorgeous cabin in Maine.
As we prepared for the trip, BigJ said, “You need to design some quilt blocks and make a quilt about our trip.” I think he meant a bigger quilt than the one I made, but he’s decently impressed with the mini. So it’s all good.
During the time we were preparing to go, I had been following Kitty at Night Quilter and her outings with her kids which resulted in her Summer Adventures Quilt. It’s worth taking a minute to go visit Kitty, not only because her quilt is amazing, but the idea behind the design of the quilt is really cool. I wish I had thought of it when my kids were little! So Kitty’s quilt inspired me to give this little mini a go.
Initially, I was going to meticulously draw out each block and then obediently stitch it up according to plan. Heh. I didn’t want to waste that much brain power, so I decided to wing it. And what fun I had.
Seriously, it was just me, my fabric, thread and sewing machine. Toss in a little music, and I was good to go. No rulers allowed, except for trimming seams and blocks. I had a rough sketch or idea of what I wanted to do for each block. From there, I just cut fabric and stitched it together freestyle.
Each of the four blocks is a memory of something we did or saw on the trip. Each block is 4″ x 6″ and the full quilt measures 8.5″ x 21″.
I made the sailboat first because it was easy. I decided to make the water out of scraps of blue and kept the sky a solid. That carried through to each of my blocks. This block reminds us of our view from the cabin, the boats on the water that we watched each day — sailboats, lobster trawlers, speedboats and others.
The second block crosses state lines a bit. It is actually a memory of our drive to Mount Washington in New Hampshire, with mountains in the background and trees in the foreground. However, we saw much of that in Maine too, like when we visited Acadia National Park. The navy fabric around the base of the trees in the block is actually one of the very first pieces of quilt fabric I ever purchased. It has moose on it (which are a little difficult to see), and it’s a nod to the Moose Crossing signs we saw on our drive.
After making the first two blocks, I stalled out for a bit. I had the other two blocks in mind and roughly sketched (to remind me what I wanted to do). I didn’t get them done until this last week, and that’s where the UFO part comes in.
The third block was the most difficult of the blocks for me to make. It didn’t really turn out quite like I imagined it would, although I like it enough. The lobster is sitting on a plate (work with me here, some plates are square-ish) on the picnic table on our deck, which looked out over the water and to the green hills on the other side of the bay. This block is the whole reason why I’m explaining each block to you. Ha!
Last of all are the lobster buoys. These three mimic the ones hanging in our cabin, but we also saw buoys peppered all over the water in the bay. We were continually amazed at how the boats could buzz through them without tangling them all up. Clearly we know very little about lobster trapping, etc.
I decided to do wavy line quilting in the water and straight-ish lines for the rest of the parts of each block. I didn’t get too fussy and just let the lines fall organically. I did leave some parts of the blocks without quilting, like the boat and the buoys.
The sashing as well as the backing fabric were purchased while on the trip. The rest of the fabrics are from my stash. The lobster was fussy cut from the backing fabric, which you can see here.
Oops, that’s Max reminding me of what he thought of us being gone two weeks. Let’s try that again.
All that’s left is to make a label. This little mini will go on my mini quilt wall once I get that up and going. This is my fifth UFO finish for the year.
Have you made a quilt to remember a trip you’ve taken? I’d love to hear about it!
Happy Monday, everyone!