The Maine Quilt Collection is finally complete! I actually started it in January 2017 and the only reason I know that date is due to photos having date stamps, yay! Lol. Sometimes it takes over two years to make 7 quilts. After I made the first two, I went on a long hiatus of quilt making. I was burnt out and decided to put Brand-Eye on hold, for like the 3rd time. However, in June of this year we had a photo shoot at our home with Better Homes and Gardens!!! I wanted to finish a quilt for the guest bedroom in time for the shoot and it rekindled my quilt making soul. I can’t tell you when or what they may be publishing in their magazine (I don’t even know), but quilts were involved in a few photos and it made me feel really proud of them. I decided to give this whole Brand*Eye thing another go.
This collection started with hand sewn quilt blocks that I bought during our first trip to Maine in 2016. A few were found at an antique shop during that trip and I found a few more at a local flea market. Now I have made each of them into a quilt! It was a really fun experiment with color, because it made me break out of my usual color palette and take some risks. For example, hot pink and lime!
As I mentioned, the first two were made in 2017. Below is the first one that I made and I am keeping it 🙂 I am a big fan of large expanses of solid fabric so you can really see and appreciate the texture that you get from quilting. The front of it is just one quilt block with an expanse of blue.
The back has more colors with additional fabrics and patterns.
The second one I made I sold at a Craftery Market two years ago. Monica from East Coast Creative bought it and used it in a room that she designed for Lowes. You can see it in the room she designed here at this link and below.
As you can see from the below, I was working on this before I redesigned this room. And of course Winnie is cuddled up beside me. She is so adorable.
The hand stitching on the vintage blocks is stunning. I always hind bind my quilts and that is my favorite part of the process.
I took a long hiatus after the above and then finished the last 5 quilt blocks. I had a lot of great feedback and opinions from my you all in my instagram stories, so thanks for that! Here are some in process shots.
And here are the finished quilts.
This one is my favorite and I need to point out the blue fabric. The light and dark blue is the same fabric, each is a different side of it. I love this fabric so much and have used it a couple of times in quilts.
Things got wild with this next quilt. I bought the green fabric in Denver at Fancy Tiger Crafts. If you are ever near there, you have to go. Great selection of everything craft related! Actually I bought a bunch of fabric there and I ended up using almost all of it in these quilts. I didn’t even have them with me, but they all matched great. I then found other coordinating fabric at Steve’s in King of Prussia. Please shop there so they stay around for a long time! It’s so hard to find brick and mortar shops these days.
I used this patterned fabric for the back.
What do you think of them? I’d love to get your feedback. I am trying to figure out what to do for my next collection. In some cases I like the backs of my quilts the best, so I may do a collection based on them.
The texture of the quilting is my favorite.
The quilts from the Maine Quilt Collection will all be available at a new shop opening called Makers in Dublin, PA. Jessica Jackson from The Craftery is opening this amazing shop and I will be a vendor. You will be able to peruse my handmade quilts, pillows, vintage homegoods and I’m even doing collaborations with other makers. It’s going to be fabulous and I’ll have a whole post on that soon. In the meantime, here are the details:
The Grand Opening of Makers is Friday, November 15 from 6-9pm. The address is 123 Main St, Dublin, PA 18917. The quilts will first be available at my shop at Makers, and then online starting in December. I am aiming to have my online shop up and running by December.
Special thanks to my friend Melissa Hassey for coming over to shoot the finished quilts and me. The photos above that are ‘excellent’ are all her. The mediocre ones are mine 🙂
Stay tuned for all of the new things happening in the Brand*Eye world. If you’re not following me on IG, be sure to follow so that you can see way more details of what’s going on. I use that way more than I blog. @brandeyehome