Monday, June 30, 2014

On the Design Wall

The quilt on my 'handy dandy' design wall is for my grandson Michael. It will be his birthday present for his sixth birthday next month. I cut the fabrics for this quilt some time ago, I need to get it sewn. I had originally planned on six blocks across and eight blocks down that would be a 48" X 64"quilt..  After I laid out the blocks for that size, I am wondering if I should make it bigger. Maybe seven blocks by nine blocks instead, which would be a 56" X 72" quilt.  Each square will finish at five inches, with the sashing they will be eight inches. I will alternate the red and black sashing through out the quilt. I just put up a few to see how they will look. The sashing looks a little wide in the photo, they will finish at 1 1/2 ". I will concentrate on this quilt for the next few days, I am hoping this top will come together quickly. I  am going to link up with Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday. I hope everyone has a great Monday!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hoping for Slow Stitching

Happy Sunday everyone! I have the "Garden Path" quilt basted and hope to start quilting it today. I will probably hand quilt around the applique pieces and in the borders, but machine quilt in the ditch on the hourglass blocks.
Garden Path
Little Baskets
I finished hand quilting my "Little Baskets" quilt and have the binding cut out. I hope to have that sewn on today and start hand stitching it down on the back. More slow stitching.
I have all the star points made for the Shimmer quilt. You can see my sample block  here. I just need to sew the long star points to the short star points. Then I can start putting some blocks together.
Long star points and short star points sewn together.

These fabrics are for another project. I know, what is the matter with me! I don't need another project! This will be another long term applique project just for me so no hurry just fun picking out fabrics I like. Looks like I am heavy on the blues, but will be adding others.

I am going to link up with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday here. I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday and you have time for some Slow Stitching!!Rebecca

Friday, June 27, 2014

Early Morning Visitors

I thought you might like to see who stopped by this morning while I was having coffee!! I hope to have something quilty  on my next post. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Rebecca

Monday, June 23, 2014

Improvise, Adapt and Overcome

My DH was in the Marine Corps for four years before we met and married. If you have ever heard the saying, "Once a Marine, always a Marine"  I am here to tell you that is accurate. Another unoffcial saying associated with the USMC is that they,"Improvise, Adapt and Overcome". This saying came about because the Marine Corps used to get hand-me-down equipment from the Army, and had to make it 'work'. I have decided after my quilting mishap last week that quilters and Marines have a lot in common!       Improvise:  I was sewing the large star points for the Shimmer quilt (here) and realized I had cut a large number of the cream star points the wrong way. I was able to use quite a few of them by turning them over so the wrong side of the fabric showed.  The right side had a faint design that really did not show up very much, especiailly in the star points.                        Adapt and Overcome:   On my 'Garden Path' quilt I used Appli Glue to hold the applique pieces in place. This is the first time I have used this product. I used a little too much. So when I was finished I decided to rinse my applique block  in some cold water to hopefully remove some of the glue. So what happened!! The dark fabric bled on to the background!! I tried everything idea I found on the internet for removing the stain. Nothing worked. So I took off the applique pieces that bled and cut new pieces that were larger than the original patterns and re-appliqued them. (The new pieces were cut from the same fabric, but this piece of fabric was washed in hot water first!)
The only place you could see where the dye bled was at the tips of the bud.
The same on this bud.

After I took off the applique pieces you can see a lot more of where the dye bled.
My applique with the new pieces added. The fabric for these new pieces was wash in HOT soapy water! I cut the pieces a little larger than the originals to make sure they covered where the dye had bled.

My finished Garden Path quilt top. It will finish at 16" X 20". It looks a little light in this photo.
I think from now on, if I am making something for a special purpose, like the Garden Path quilt, for our quild's auction, I will stick to tried and true methods!  I hope you have not had any quilting 'mishaps' lately! If you have remember, "Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome!!"  I hope everyone has a wonderful week and has some time for sewing!!          Happy Quilting!Rebecca

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June Things

Wild Roses
DD2 and her three youngest 11,7, and 4, were over Wednesday and Thursday, so those days were full of grandkid fun!  I finally got some sewing time in on Friday. I have been working on the star points for the Shimmer quilt, you can read more about it  here. Once I have all the star parts sewn, large and small, I will start putting blocks together. In any quiet moment, which lately have been hard to find, I have been hand quilting on my Little Baskets quilt. I took this project on our road trip, you can read about that here , but between the road itself being rough and our truck being a one ton, it was a rough ride. I did get it out a couple of times and tried to quilt, but it was just not going to happen. We had our first load of firewood delivered a couple of days ago! We bought five cord. Big excitement for us because our only source of heat is our woodstove and our wood cook stove.We just need to stack it now. We are hoping for a day with no rain, we have been having a lot of rain this June! I also made a batch of cinnamon rolls to send to my sisiter as part of her birthday present. Grandma Rebecca's cinnamon rolls, as all the grandkids call them are very popular! I bake pan after pan of them before Christmas. They have become a traditional and expected Christmas gift. I have added a few photos of some of the wild flowers growing around our house. I am writing this post on my iPad as I can not get any photos to load to my blog on the computer. Have any of you had that problem? I checked the Blogger Help ideas and did what they suggested, but they still would not load to my post. I saved the draft on my iPad and then went to the computer to try and edit it. I hope to sew this weekend and I hope you have sewing time too!! Happy quilting, Rebecca
I do not know the name of these flowers. I have two books on Alaska wild flowers and can not match these flowers.

Hand quilting on Little Baskets

Firewood to stack!
Cinnamon rolls for my sister.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Road Trip

Sunday I was suppose to sew all day. Sunday I did not sew at all. We had to make an unplanned trip to Valdez, Alaska to pick up DD2's fiancĂ©e. Valdez is 270 miles from our home in Delta Junction, so a 540 mile round trip. We left  about 3pm and arrived home at about 2:30 am. I did get to make a few photo stops along the way. (Not as many as I would have like to though.) I thought I would share a
few of my photos with you.
The Alaska Range in the distance.
A view of the Delta River
Trumpeter Swans
I believe we were entering the Chugach Mountains
Thompson Pass area, 2,805' elevation. This is the snowiest place in Alaska, an average of 551.5" of snow per year.
Valdez marina.
Horsetail Falls in the Keystone Canyon just North of Valdez.
Bridal Veil Falls, are just a bit up the road from Horsetail Falls, still in the Keystone Canyon.
Old railroad tunnel
The leftovers of an avalanche.
Worthington Glacier

Another view of Worthington Glacier.

I hope there will be some sewing time this week, after I recover from our trip.  Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Did You Know Baby Moose Could Swim?

We made our regular shopping trip to Fairbanks yesterday. We got some great photos of a Mama Moose and her little one. The calf was actually swimming in the pond to catch up with her!

The calf turned back to get a look at us.

There is usually lots of road maintenance/construction during the summer months. Only two waits yesterday.

I have been doing a little sewing this week. Still quilting the Little Baskets quilt and sewing the star points for the Shimmer quilt. I don't have anything really to show yet. Maybe next week I will make more progress. I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend and a Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Which Flower Would You Pick??

I hope everyone's week has been going well. I have not gotten as much sewing done as I would have liked to, but I am making a little progress. I am asking for your opinions on this little quilt. I read lots of other blogs and admire everyone's beautiful projects. So many seem to effortlessly chose their colors and fabrics (of course I don't know what is happening behind the scenes). I spend too much time, I know, agonizing over fabric choices.  I have the applique done for my Garden Path quilt, all the hourglass triangles sewn and borders cut, ready to be sewn together. Just this last flower to sew. Which one would you choose? I know the one I am favoring, after seeing the quilt in a photo. I would still appreciate your opinion! Number 1,2 or 3. This little quilt, 16" X 20", will be in our guild's silent auction this summer. Thank You!! Happy Quilting, Rebecca



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Slow Stitching

Today I am going to concentrate on hand stitching and link up with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday, here. I have made a lttle progress on my applique piece and have started hand quilting my Little Baskets quilt. I am just going to relax and stitch! I hope everyone has a blessed and restful Sunday!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Life is Grand

Some may remember me writing about my plans to make each of my grown children and their wife-girlfriend-boyfriend a queen size quilt for their Christmas gift this year. That plan is still on except for a bit of a change in plans. My youngest daughter knew she would be getting a new quilt because her teenage son sort of claimed the first quilt I made for her. You can see a photo of it here. On a recent shopping trip I purchased a magazine titled "Quilts for Every Bed". As I flipped through it I saw one named "Life is Grand". As soon as I saw it I knew DD2 would absolutely love it. I was able to show her the quilt when she stopped by recently for a visit. I was right, she absolutely loved it!! So she knows the quilt I am making for her aand she also knows that this will be a 'long term' project since I will hand applique it. She is okay with that. So I only have three quilts to finished by Christmas and I am feeling much less pressure now. I just need to decide on a pattern for DD1. I will be considering that as I work on the 'Shimmer" quilt for DS3.  ( As a side note, if you have wondered, I had five children. I have not mentioned DS1, in my quilt making plans, because we lost him in 2008. His wife has since remarried.)    

I did a little fabric shopping for DD2's quilt at my local quilt shop. May have a little trouble finding the 'red' that she liked.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! I hope to be sewing, I hope you will too!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Garden Path

 I know, I know I still haven't quilted my 'Little Baskets" quilt or the 'Hunter's Star' quilt and I need to work on the 'Shimmer' quilt. I just couldn't help it! I started another small quilt. This pattern is also from the book "101 Fabulous Small Quilts". This one is by Lori Smith of From My Heart to Your Hands. I have all the applique pieces ready to sew and all the little triangles are cut and ready to sew together for the Hourglass border. This my first time using Appli Glue from Jillily Studios to position the applique pieces. I usually baste them down by hand. If I finish this little quilt in time I will include it in our guild's silent auction this summer.
The fabrics are a little darker than in this photo.


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I hope everyone is having a fabulous week with lots of sewing included!! Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Shimmer Block

I finished one block of the "Shimmer" quilt. The quilt is from a 2004 copy of BH&G American Patchwork and Quilting. I am making it for DS3 and girlfriend for Christmas. I wanted to do one block to see how it would go togther and if I was happy with my fabric choices. It was actually a pretty easy block. I did end up pulling a few fabrics from my stash to add to what I had, it needed a little bit more variety. Now I can start the process of sewing all the star points together, large and small. Then I can start putting the blocks together. They finish at 19"  and I need 20 for a queen size quilt.

Photo of the finished quilt in the magazine.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and is able to get lots of sewing time in! Happy Quilting!