Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Little Baskets

This is one of the little projects I am working on for our guild's silent auction at our local fair. The fair is not until the end of July, but I wanted to get one thing done so that my obligation there was taken care of. I did not want to rush and try to throw something together at the last minute. I have seven baskets sewn and need five more.  I am going to order  a little more fabric so I will have more variety. These baskets are from a pattern called "Civil War Baskets" by Kathleen Tracy. Her baskets finished at 4" x  4" and quilt finished at   22 1/2"  x  26 3/4". I downsized the blocks, my baskets will finish at 3" x  3", and the quilt will finish at about 16" x  18 1/2". You might notice the rectangles with the handles  look a little big. I always cut my applique blocks larger than needed and then trim them down after I have finished the applique.


More Handles to applique.


I have also been working on my leader/ender lozenge blocks, from Bonnie Hunter's Leader/Ender Challenge, you can read more about that Here. I am not sure what I will end up doing with these little blocks. I just keep making them and they seem to be adding up!


 
 
 
We had a visitor yesterday afternoon. I always try to get a photo when a moose comes in the yard. Sorry this one is not very good. Think she heard the dogs barking in the house so she did not come any closer.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

My First Bed Size Quilt



In the photo above is the first bed sized quilt I ever made. I approached the project with trepidation, it seemed like such a large undertaking!  The quilt was for my oldest daughter. I made it almost 12 years ago. The little girl on the left in the photo is my oldest granddaughter and first grandchild, she is almost 21 now and the baby my daughter is holding, is my  eighth grandchild he is almost  12 now. We have 14 grandchildren now.  The squares in this quilt  were given to me by my Mom. When I was growing up I never saw my Mom quilt, she had quilted when she was younger, but I did not know that until later on. She was a wonderful seamstress! She made her clothes and clothes for my sister and I. Later when my younger brother (by 12 years) enter figure skating she made all of his skating costumes. She taught me to sew, knit, and crochet.  Some time after I married she began quilting again. On a visit years later, after I had started making baby quilts for my grandchildren, she gifted me a huge stack of squares she had cut out. She never used anything like a rotary cutter or cutting mat. All the squares were cut from a cardboard template. Many are what they call 'poverty pieced'. ( She was born in 1923 and had vivid memories of  The Depression.)   I did not have a pattern for this quilt, I just started sewing my Mom's block together into nine patch blocks, my daughter chose the sashing fabric, and I hand quilted it. I have made  two other quilts using some her squares, I will share them in future posts. ( I am still trying to find photos.)  I still have a lot of the squares left!  As I lost my Mom two years ago, I love the gift she gave me of these quilt squares. Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Further Adventures of R and the Infamous Hunter's Star


So, I was faithfully following the lay out in the magazine, row by row. I had seven rows on the design wall.  Next I was sewing blocks together, then on to sewing rows together. Then ARRGH!!!!!   I realized the lay out in the magazine is WRONG!!!  I was so mad at myself that I did not see this earlier!!
 
 
 
 

You probably can't tell the difference from this photo compared to the earlier ones I posted HERE, but when I sewed the third row together I realized I was sewing red on red star points, when the star points alternate red, black, red, black. My DH, who is very supportive could see my frustration and added his advice, "Just leave it like that, no one will notice." Or he said, "Just buy them a quilt, that would be a lot easier."  I really appreciated his input!   So here is where my Superpower (see at Kathy Quilts HERE), perseverance comes in. I had to do some ripping out, not as much as I first thought. I was able to use some the rows that were sewn together and just take off one block at the end and then they were in pattern. So back to the design wall and re-arranging.  I had hoped to be further along than this by now, it was discouraging. I may take a break today and sew some string blocks!  Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Quilter's Dyslexia??

I showed my Hunter's Star blocks laid out in a post HERE.  I did not tell the story behind getting them laid out. I had quite a time! I kept getting the blocks turned the wrong way and was getting a little frustrated. Below is the photo in the magazine of the lay out.





So, I thought about it and realized it was a lot like reading a knitting chart. When I knit from a chart I mark  the row I am knitting with large post-it-note or something just below the row, so I can focus just on that row.




This is what I came up with. It helped me focus on just two rows at a time. I just moved my markers down as I laid them out. I am continuing this process as I sew the blocks together into rows. Not fancy, but it is working!  Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Playing in the Scrapbox

If you have noticed I added the Rainbow Challenge button to my blog page. I had not planned on participating in it. I really was feeling I had more than enough on my plate with trying to make each of my 4 grown children a queen size quilt for Christmas this year, along with some other smaller projects . But Kat at Scrapbox Quilts encouraged me to join in, that you could join in at any time. Thank you Kat!       I started thinking.... I could do a small quilt, maybe the doll quilt I had planned for my granddaughter Georgia or something along those lines. It had to be a string quilt because I felt I could not take the time to cut out something else. So I started looking for a string quilt pattern. I looked in my books, some magazines and then online. As I was looking I realized I had not made a final decision on the pattern for my youngest daughter's quilt. So why not make the Rainbow Challenge quilt for her! I do think kind of slow sometimes. lol  So I found this pattern at HERE at Mary's Quilts. Then I got to play in my strings and scraps!

I really need to invest in more storage  containers so I can be more organized!!




Today I made some string blocks.  Seven inch blocks for my Rainbow Quilt. One in each month's color.  Angela at Soscrappy is hosting the Rainbow Scrap Challenge HERE.  (I could not resist making some 2 1/2" blocks, which will finish at 2".  I am not sure what I will do with those, but I just love them! )

 
Happy Quilting!! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Making Progress & Ice Fishing

I  am happy with the progress I am making on the Hunter's Star quilt. I have 7 rows laid out, about all I have room to put up at a time. If I go any lower the dogs will come by wagging their tails and knock down blocks.  I hope to have these rows sewn together in the next few days. Things are  starting to warm up, almost all of our snow around the house has melted. I am hoping for a nice warm summer like we had last year. It is hard to say, some summers it seems to stay cold and rainy. It can snow in July! I added a picture of my youngest son and girlfriend who went ice fishing last weekend, up in the mountains south of us. They went to Tangles Lake and the ice was still 5 feet thick on the lake. They hope to make at least one more trip there before the ice melts.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter

I want to wish you all a very Happy Easter! The thought struck me today, that this is another time that Christ is the 'reason for the season'.  More quilty news to come. Have a Blessed Easter!! Rebecca

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Babies, Bears and Elephants


I have a few more baby quilts to share. When I learned that my DDs or DILs were expecting I would go through my quilt patterns and pick out at least 4 to 5 quilts for them to choose from. ( Usually we knew if it was a boy or girl.) I am sorry I do not remember now where each of these patterns came from.

Baby Wesley at about  3 months. He is now 11 years old!
Wesley's quilt.
K.J.'s quilt. Some where I have a picture of him with his quilt, but I couldn't find it. K.J. is 8 years old now!
Wyatt at about 2 or 3 months old. He is 7 years old now!
Wyatt's quilt.
Bumper pads too!
I did not take pictures of my earliest baby quilts. It never occur to me at the time to do so for some reason. I am sorry now that I did not. Making quilts for my grandbabies is where my quilting journey began!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Have A Blogging Question ??

I have a question? When someone leaves a comment on my blog,  and I write a reply on my blog, do they get that reply in an email? Or can they only see it if they come over to my blog? Is it better to reply in an email??  Sorry, I am still learning.  
We still have quite a bit of snow and ice on the ground. It is slowly melting. We can actually see some bare ground now! Spring will get here!



My dogs are waiting for Spring to arrive too!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hunter's Stars

I have set the circle quilt aside. I am just not happy with my fabric selections. I will get back to it later.  My goal for 2014 is to make each of my adult children a bed size quilt for Christmas.  I have my doubts if I can accomplish this, one of them may get the string quilt I posted about HERE . Though that was not my intention when I made it. I will think of it as a 'back up' quilt if I get in 'trouble'.


My first one is for son and daughter-in-law, K&L. Both of them have the same favorite colors, red and black, so I knew right away which pattern I would use. Liz Porter" "Scrappy Hunter's Star" from the March/April 2013 "Love of Quilting" magazine. You can see her version HERE.  Hers is 54"x 68", 6 blocks by 8 blocks. The blocks are 7" . I will be making mine 10 blocks by 12 blocks, which should end up with the borders 86" x 100". I place a few finished blocks on my very high tech design wall. This was also my very first paper-pieced project.


 
I am really glad that I recorded the Love of Quilting episode where Liz Porter showed how she did these blocks!










Not a very good photo, but the only one where the reds did not look orange or pink.
Off to the side are a few blocks from Bonnie Hunter's latest Leader/Ender Challenge, the Lozenge Quilt.  This is the first time I have participated. You can see her new Leader/Ender project HERE.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Circles

I thought today I would share a current project. Our quilt guild has a silent auction each year at our local fair to raise funds. We make small quilts or wall hangings. Last year I made four potholders. This year I hope to make a couple of small quilts.  My 'small quilts' in the past have actually been doll quilts for my granddaughters. I am trying something different. This is a quilt from the book "101 Fabulous Small Quilts". I purchased it on Amazon, it was published by Martingale  Press. I love this book, it is just filled with great quilts! You can see all my little sticky notes marking my favorites!
This is  the one I have chosen to do first. It is really different from my normal projects.

So I cut out about 50 circles of different fabrics to audition. I have chosen 20 and laid them out. Now I think they have to 'sit' for a little until I decide if they are 'right'. I just cut them out roughly, they still need to be prepared for appliqueing.
Have a great weekend !!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

String Quilt

This is my latest quilt top. It is from Evelyn Sloppy's book "Strips and Strings". I first saw this quilt pictured on http://juliekquilts.blogspot.com/. I just love her quilt! So I finally purchased Evelyn's book and made my first string quilt. I had lots of plaids because I have followed Bonnie Hunter's blog http://quiltville.blogspot.com/ for years now and have stocked up on cotton shirts from the local thrift store. I will probably make another quilt from this pattern, I have lots of strings left! I will not be quilting it right away since I have some other  goals for this year and this top can wait for now.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Snow

Well, we had a little snow yesterday, about 4 inches. This is pretty normal for interior Alaska. I just hope winter does not last through May like it did last year! I thought I would share a few more photos of quilts I have made.

This one was from a pattern from Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts.


Butterfly Garden for my granddaughter Becca.

I made this quilt for the Fons and Porter scrap quilt contest. I did not win, needless to say, but I really enjoyed the process of designing it and entering the contest.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Few Photos

I thought I would share a few pictures of some of the quilts I have made. If you have come across my blog, I hope you will leave a comment so I can tell if my blog is showing up correctly. Thanks!
 Baby quilt made for my youngest granddaughter, Georgia.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Beginner Blogger

Hi! My name is Rebecca. I am a Christian. I love to quilt and  I do some knitting, but not as much as I used to. I enjoy reading other quilters blogs and have thought of starting one myself for a long time. We will see how this goes. I have a lot to learn about blogging!!