Friday, August 29, 2014

20 Shimmer Blocks

Again I am behind on my blog reading and posting! There have been other things like yard work that had to be done. I do have some quilting progress to share. I completed the 20 blocks for the Shimmer quilt! I just need to sew the rows together and find something for a the border. The pattern has a 1" inner border and then a 3" outer border.

I am sure you will see the two mistakes one star is missing its points and the other the points are going the wrong way. They have both  been fixed!
There are two more projects I have been working on, they are not sewing projects but are sewing related. The first on is downsizing my quilt magazine collection. I have four banker's boxes full of magazines and then others stashed here and there. In other words I have a LOT of magazines! I took an idea that Bonnie Hunter suggested on one of her blog posts. I am going through each magazine, cutting out patterns I really like or photos of quilts that inspire me. They are place in clear sheet protectors and put into a three ring binder. I have gone through one banker's box so far and reduced it to one binder.

Patterns from one box of magazines reduced to one binder.
I have come across some great patterns! Isn't that moose cute!

The other sewing related project was making a larger pressing surface. I have lots of fabric to press for DD2's quilt and I finally decided to try and make a pressing board myself. I found a piece of plywood DH said he did not need. I used some leftover cotton batting pieces to cover one side and then covered that with a piece of flannel. I used the old Alaska stand by to hold the flannel in place on the back of the plywood, duct tape. I was not sure if it would work but it seems to holding just fine. The pressing board measures 48 1/2" X 21 1/2".  It is SO much easier pressing large pieces of fabric on!! I wish I had done this a long time ago.
Plywood I used for pressing board.
Flannel covered pressing board. It measures 48 1/2"  X 28 1/2".

It is so much easier pressing large fabric pieces!

I got all of DD2's background squares cut out. I just need to get them sewn together and then I can prep the applique. You can see the quilt I am making for her here.
I also ordered a pattern I have wanted for years. I don't know when I will start it, but at least I have the pattern.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Rebecca

Friday, August 22, 2014

Grandma Johnson's Quilt

I thought I would share with you a quilt my paternal Grandmother made. It measures 70" X 84". It is a signature quilt, with signatures from family members as far as I as I can tell. The only date on it, is on one of the blocks, 1966. My grandmother's maiden name was Reynolds and I know she had relatives with the name Book. My Grandmother Johnson married again, I believe in in the early sixties. Her name then was Hoskins, but we always thought of her as Grandma Johnson.  This quilt was given to DD2 by my Mom, about five years ago. My Mom did not have any information about the quilt.  Since DD2  is in a transition time I have the quilt at my home, so I thought I would take this time to document it.
I know my grandmother made numerous quilts, as far as I know all from actual scraps from her earlier years of sewing clothes for herself and her family. I have another unfinished quilt, that she started, my Mom added a row and borders to it.That one was given to me and I plan to hand quilt it. I will share that one another time.
Notice the block in the bottom left corner, it is turned the wrong way. Was this in the tradition of 'keeping the quilter humble'?
A. Hoskins was my Grandmother.

The little flower sewn on here is the only one on the quilt.  ??


The pieced back.
I hope everyone has a great weekend! Not too much sewing going on here, lots of yard work lately! Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lots of Goodies!

I NEVER win anything!  But I did!    On JulieKQuilts blog (here) I won a drawing for a terrific scrap quilt book. There are lots of great patterns in this book. And she also sent me a very pretty pillow case kit with it! Thank you Julie!!
On Terry's Treasures blog (here) I won second place and she sent me some wonderful goodies too! Two very pretty fat quarters that will go in with my Basket fabrics! Thank you Terry!!
Both Julie and Terry have great blogs!   If you have not checked them out before you should.
Then on my weekly trip to our local thrift shop I found  a bag full of fabrics, mostly bits and pieces, just right for scrap quilts!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! I have been working on Shimmer blocks, you can read more about them here.    Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Short Road Trip

Thursday evening we drove down to Paxson Lake, about 96 miles from our house, following DS3 and GF. They were going to put their raft in there and float down the Gulkana River for about 3-4 days. They needed someone to drive their vehicle to the Sourdough Campground where they would put in after their trip down the river. They had to paddle 2 1/2 miles across Paxson Lake to the mouth of the Gulkana River. It was about 27 miles further down the Richardson Highway to that campground. The actual distance they were going to travel down the river was about 47 miles. I did not post this sooner because we all wanted to make sure they made it back okay! There are class 4 rapids on this river and this was their first real rafting trip. They had quite an adventure! They were charged by a grizzly bear, lost an oar lock and an oar, almost lost their tent down the river when the wind picked up and blew it away. They can't wait to go back and do it again! Here are a few photos from our drive. (We saw a total of 5 moose and 2 eagles, but did not get photos of them all, we were getting tired and wanted to get home so didn't stop.)
The North end of Paxson Lake.
DS3 and GF ready to shove off. They had a 2 1/2 mile paddle across the lake to the mouth of Gulkana River.
At this point we are hoping all goes well and we will see them soon!
After we took their vehicle down to the next campground, we stopped by the lake where they put in at. If you look really hard you can see a little dot on the lake. That is them. We could see better with DH's binoculars. This is a view of the South end of Paxson Lake.
This is a view of Summit Lake, a lake we passed on the way down to Paxson Lake.
A view of some of the mountains.
Occasionally you see the Alaska Pipeline.
There is a pull out here by the pipeline with some information signs.
A map of the Alaska Pipeline they had at the pull out.


This is the moose we saw and slowed down for. Sorry about the windshield.
This moose was with the first moose we saw in the road. If we had not slowed down for the first one we probably would have run right into this one. When we slowed down she ran into the trees instead of the road.
I hope everyone has a terrific week!  Rebecca

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Product Review

I saw this product in my recent copy of Quilter's Newsletter. It is Creative Notions Flexible Seam Guide with 1/4" Foot. It sounded so promising, so I ordered it. I am sorry to say that it did not work with my machine. I have a Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 875. I still had to move my needle over, though the idea was, because there is a recessed area that is supposed to fit over the feed dogs, you should not have to adjust the needle position. Also the seam guide itself would not stay in place, it shifted making my seams uneven. Also, you  can not sew with pins because the seam guide is too thick. So I have gone back to my old  'seam guide', a Scotch Brand Restickable Strip. The Creative Notions seam guide may work for others, it just did not work for me. What do use for a seam guide to get that perfect 1/4" seam?

The Creative Notions seam guide shifted as I sewed giving me an uneven seams.
Make to my original seam guide, a Scotch brand restickable strip.
We took a road trip on Thursday evening, I will post some photos later. I hope everyone has a blessed Sunday! Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Find and an Update

Before I get to my Find, I will give you a little update. My husband has have a bad cough for several months. He did NOT want to go to the doctor! He was coughing so hard sometimes I was afraid to leave him home alone. Finally he had his yearly check up with the cardiologist and I got him in to see our primary care doctor. The consensus of the two is that the cough is from acid reflux. Acid reflux is the second leading cause of a cough!   He is on a combination of Nexium and Pepcid. and we are seeing some improvement  already!                  Now on to my Find. (No, it is not an antique quilt, but still a find for me.)  We do not have a lot of shopping options in our town. One of the local churches has a thrift shop that is open on Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm. They have one large room where everything is a quarter a piece or $4 per bag (13 gallon size trash bag). It the front room they have their higher priced items. I have found lots of men's cotton shirts for quilting Bonnie Hunter style! I found this denim quilt top, pictured below, the last time I went. It almost filled up the bag so I paid about $3 for it, I could have paid a quarter, but would have felt bad about that. I will probably quilt it and use it for a truck quilt this winter. I think I will use a wool batting and probably flannel for the backing. It is always good to have something warm to wrap up in when you are traveling in -40* temperatures!

Denim quilt top. it is 62" X 104".

Another firewood delivery. Five more cord, we should have enough for the winter now!
We just need to stack it now.

I hope everyone's week is going well!    Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Monday, August 11, 2014

Christmas Quilts X 4

Many of you may be aware that my goal this year is to make each of my grown children a queen sized quilt for their Christmas gift. I had wanted this to be a surprise gift, but it won't be in every case. I had no trouble deciding on patterns and fabrics for DS2 and DS3. DD2 has seen her quilt pattern (I knew right away when I saw it she would love it) and since it is applique she knows it will be a late Christmas gift.       I could not decide on DD1's quilt! I looked and looked at patterns but nothing said this is the one! I asked her about favorite colors, she said green. I asked what other colors do you like? Gray. So I am thinking a green and gray quilt? Not sure about that. She asked what are you making? So, I told her and then sent a few photos of some quilt patterns I had been thinking about making for her. One photo I included was of a  string quilt pattern by Evelyn Sloppy. I made a quilt top from the pattern last winter. I made it just because I loved the pattern and wanted to make it. The top was put aside while I started working on the Christmas quilts.   Guess who else loved the pattern! DD1! So her quilt top is made already, it just needs to be quilted!    Below is a recap of the quilts.
DS2 and DIL's Hunter Star quilt. Layered and basted, ready for me to quilt.

Pattern for DS3 and girlfriend's quilt, Shimmer. I have half of the blocks done for this one.

DD2 and fiance's quilt pattern. All the large flowers and leaves are appliqued. I am waiting on some background fabric to come in and will get started on this one. It is called "Life Is Grand" in the magazine. I think I am going to name it, "Life Can Still Be Beautiful"! She has gone through a tough couple of years.
This will be DD1's quilt. The top is finished, I just need to get some backing fabric, maybe green (lol) and quilt it!
I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Monday, August 4, 2014

Shimmer Blocks

I am way behind on my blog reading and I am trying to get caught up today. I stayed off the computer and my iPad yesterday and sewed up a storm. I completed three Shimmer blocks and a stack of the small star blocks that go in them. So 6 blocks down and 14 blocks to go. Each block is 19 1/2" square. I also decided to count up my Lozenge blocks from Bonnie Hunter's Leader and Ender challenge, you can read about it here. I have 90 dark blocks and 90 light blocks  (I am going by the corner triangles). I should to sit down and plan out what I want to do with these. How large of a quilt do I want to make. I still have lots of 2 1/2" x 5" rectangles, maybe I will just keep sewing until they are gone!

Six Shimmer blocks done, 14 more to go!


Lozenge blocks for Bonnie Hunter's Leader/Ender Challenge for 2014.
If you noticed I have a  new header photo. I took this photo a couple of days ago when DH and I took a drive South of town about 20 miles. Isn't he beautiful!! I hope you have a wonderful and blessed week!  Thanks for stopping by!  Rebecca

Friday, August 1, 2014

Last Installment

  It has been really nice to share with you some of our local quilters creations. Unlike other big quilt shows where people are only able to share their favorite quilts or quilts that stood out for some reason, you got to see the whole show!      Our quilt guild here in Delta Junction is called  "The Forget-Me-Knot Quilters Guild".  Another thing we do each year at the fair, besides the Silent Auction, is have a quilt raffle. The members get together earlier in the year and decide on a pattern and etc.  A group gets together and does the cutting out. Then we all make some blocks. Then they have a day to put the quilt top together.  Below is a photo of this year's raffle quilt.

Now for the Silent Auction items.

Isn't this chicken cute!
I thought the jars with the vegetable fabric were very clever. I loved the pinwheel  quilt! My "Little Baskets" quilt sold for $100!

I really like the dragonfly quilt and the patriotic red, white and blue quilts! The reddish square was a small whole cloth type quilt with pretty quilting. And a very cute set of zippered bags. My "Garden Path" quilt sold for $90!   

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Happy quilting, Rebecca

A Few More Fair Quilts

I thought I would share a few more photos of the quilts in our local fair. The first three photos are of tops that were entered.  On my next post I will give an update on the silent auction items! 
On another note, do any of you shop online at the Fat Quarter Shop? I have to give a rave review for their customer service! I ordered some fabrics for DD2's quilt and one of the pieces they sent was the wrong one. I was hoping I could send it back and exchange it. They said keep it for your stash, we will send the correct fabric and give you a $20 store credit!! I was very surprised and pleased!
Three tops that were entered.

A few more quilts and wall hangings.


This was a very pretty Christmas tree skirt.
Sorry about this photo.
Sorry about the photos I could not seem to bet them arranged correctly. Thank you for stopping by! Happy quilting, Rebecca