At the beginning of June, this project was declared my One Monthly Goal (OMG), as well as one of my goals for the quarter. I am pleased to say it is done. Now, before we get to the particulars on this, let me show you a few things.
Today, Portland Head (Cape Elizabeth, ME) probably looks a lot like this. Our weather is rainy and foggy as I write this. The funny thing is that these pictures were taken in 2004, 6 years before we bought our cottage on Peaks Island and 16 years before today!
Earlier this year, for a challenge in my Electric Quilt 8* group, I drew this version. I will make this one day, and I like how similar it is to the one I just finished. Before I do, I may take a few more photos at an angle similar to where the drawing is from.
There were a lot of little pieces. I know this is why I put it off for a long time. The fabrics were already in the kit, so why it took me as long as it did to get to it, I have no idea. I think the kit was from 2014 or 2015. I used HeatnBond Light to secure the pieces to the background. I assembled some before placing on the background, using my Goddess teflon* sheet. Then, Superior Monopoly* was used to go around the pieces with a straight stitch.
I decided to use the machine to stitch the lines for the upper part of the light house. In order to get close to a hand stitch, I used a triple stitch, #8 on my Janome 3160QCD. Since it’s not a fancy machine I was wary, but it did a great job. As I looked at the piece, I decided it did not need a bind so I faced the quilt rather than bind it; my tutorial for facing is here.
Then, I took it to the long arm and adjusted the wave design. I wanted something wavy but not so regular. Two cool things that were new for me: 1) I edited a design and 2) I made the design go right to left and left to right! Again, these were things I learned at my retreat in March!
I hope you enjoy this piece of Maine. Fortunate I am, because we see it on our walks around the island, and I love knowing this grand lighthouse is well preserved and close by.
Don’t forget to link up your tips and tutorials from this month or others you love on my Tips and Tutorials on the 22 (#TTot22)!
19″ by 16″
Pattern by Sewing by the Sea, Trenton ME
Appliqué Thread: Superior Monopoly, clear
Quilting: Superior So Fine #408 Silver
Batting: Hobbs Tuscanny Wool*
Coming Up on the Blog:
Monthly Color Block (7/1)
Partners in Design Announcement (7/7)
Pattern Release (TBD)
Tips and Tutorials (7/22)