Monday, August 1, 2016

Gwennie Inspired Medallion - Part Three



For the third border of  our Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL, Cathy, of Big Lake Quilter blog, choose Log Cabins as our theme.  You can visit her blog HERE. As I thought about how to incorporate Log Cabin blocks in the next round I was reminded that I have actually lived in real log cabins. At least four through out our marriage. In Idaho, Montana, and here in Alaska. When I say "real" log cabins, that includes all the amenities, no electricity, no running water, an outhouse for a bathroom, and logs. We heated with a wood stove and in several I cooked on a wood cookstove. So for my Log Cabin theme, I bordered my center in brown strips for logs and cream strips for the cabin chinking and sewed them around the medallion in log cabin style. My border is not very wonky, but I thought the top needed a "break" from the busyness of the last two rounds.










I did think of several other ideas, including string squares to represent log cabins or wonky houses. I also drew some ideas out on a photo copy of the medallion, but the brown and cream borders just looked the best.





I so look forward to seeing everyone's Log Cabin rounds! I am sure I will see amazing creations and as always, wonder why I didn't think of that! Our next theme is Stars chosen by Katy of Katy Quilts, you can visit her blog HERE. After my  more control Log Cabin border I think my Stars will be more liberated.

I will be linking up with Lori and other ladies doing this QAL at Lori's blog Humble Quilts. You can see photos of some of the wonderful Gwennie Medallions on her blog HERE.



Thanks for stopping by! Rebecca







Thursday, July 21, 2016

Front Porch SAL Month 3

I am doing a SAL with Lori of Humble Quilts and several other ladies. We are doing Jan Patek's Front Porch pattern. We did the basket block this month. You can see more blocks on Lori's blog HERE. I'm a little late because I was busy with my Guild projects, which you can see HERE. And because it took me forever to decide on fabrics, as usual.










This is the Pattern we are doing. Up next are the watermelons!








I did get my June Dresden flower prepped.



June's RSC block



My Dresden Garden contines to grow!





And my 365 Leaves for June. As of the end of June I was on day 239. 







Thanks for stopping by! Rebecca



Sunday, July 17, 2016

It's a Top! It's A Flimsy! No! It's a Quilt!

So I have been absent from blogland and the world of the internet for a while. It was not intentional, just busy with life and busy with quilting. I have been concentating on my little quilts for our guild's silent auction this year. It will be held at our local fair on July 29 - 30.

My first quilt for the auction is a Lori Smith pattern titled "Bluebirds in the Flower Garden".  It measures 16" x 20". I did needle turn applique and hand quilted it.



Bluebirds in the Flower Garden.



My next item for the auction is a Tiny Tumbler quilt. It measures 15" x  20". I used my tiny Civil War repro fabric scraps for this one. I machine pieced and quilted this one. I love this one so much I may make a second one for myself. I think it would be a great little table topper.







And I finally finished my Lozenge quilt from Bonnie Hunter's 2014 Leader/Ender Challenge! You can read more about it HERE.  It has been sitting around quite a while waiting to be quilted. I just did a loopy meander for the quilting. I also use my leftover pieces of binding to finish it off. I have lots more leftover binding pieces. I always seem to make way too much, but it works out okay because I have ready made binding for my scrappy quilts.







So many fabrics and so many memories!

 I made my son welding hats with the fish and flame fabrics.

Lots of fabric pieces from quilts made for grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Tools and bugs for boys.








Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Friday, July 1, 2016

Gwennie Inspired Medallion Part 2 & Front Porch Flags

First, I have to say that this sew along has become quite a different journey than what I expected! The second theme was "Childhood" and came as quite a surprise. I was expectiong a shape or a block or color. I thought back to a lot of childhood memories, but went my first impression. Summers in Ohio. My Dad was an Air Force pilot so  growing up I moved a lot. But we did spend four years in Ohio where I attended K through third grade. My fondest memories of that time were the summers. I spent them outside! Playing with neighbor children, swimming, picnics, camping, and just having a wonderful, carefree time!

So my next round on my Gwennie Medallion has green strings for the wonderful yard I had to play in, my Dad even let me drive his riding lawnmower. The yellow string corner block is for days full of sunshine, the red  block is for picnics and sweet, ripe watermelon slices, the blue  block is for days at the pool and learning to swim, and the orange block is for 4th of July fireworks. The white circles represent dandelion puff balls and how much I loved blowing their seeds away to the wind and the yellow/orange circles are for the fireflies I tried to catch on a warm summer evening.







To help decide on my border I copied off photos fo my basket block and then tried out some ideas.


 I am so looking forward to seeing eveyone's interpretations on this theme and hearing what the next part of this journey will be! I will be linking up with my fellow travelers HERE at Cynthia's blog Wabi-Sabi Quilts and she has a link up where you see everyone's Gwennie Inspired Medallions.





And not to be forgotten the Front Porch SAL! I did get my flags made and even got the flagpole and flag sewn to the house block.









Just for fun, some interesting facts about dandelions:
  • The dandelion is the only flower that represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars. The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars.
  • The dandelion flower opens to greet the morning and closes in the evening to go to sleep.
  • Every part of the dandelion is useful: root, leaves, flower. It can be used for food, medicine and dye for coloring.
  • Up until the 1800s people would pull grass out of their lawns to make room for dandelions and other useful “weeds” like chickweedmalva, and chamomile.
  • The average American recognizes thousands of logos for commercial products, yet recognizes fewer than five plants that grow in his/her area. Dandelions are most likely one of those familiar plants.
  • The name dandelion is taken from the French word “dent de lion” meaning lion’s tooth, referring to the coarsely-toothed leaves.
  • Dandelions have one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant.
  • Seeds are often carried as many as 5 miles from their origin.

Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Thursday, June 16, 2016

This and That for Thursday

My Tumbler Leader/Ender Challenge is a top! It finished at 68 1/2" by 80". I am looking forward to Bonnie Hunter's next Leader/Ender Challenge. I think she will post it in July.






And I still have a ton of tumbler pieces!






I finished the fifth Westering Women block, Platte River. You can read more about this BOM on Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilts blog  HERE and HERE.  I have enjoyed reading about the women and their journey West. It's not too late to join in the fun!




All five of the Westering Women blocks so far.






My small quilt for the guild's auction is a top too! I have it basted and am ready to start the hand quilting. 











I have also started a new knitting project. I really love this pattern! 




This is the yarn I am using. It is Swish DK from Knit Picks in the color Garnet Heather. I used the photo from their web site because I could never get a good photo. It is a little darker than this.




Now for some fun catching up on my blog reading! Happy Quilting, Rebecca