Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fair Quilts

Our local fair is held the last weekend of July. It is called the Deltana Fair. The quilts entered into the fair are as close as we get to a quilt show here in Delta Junction, Alaska. I have a few more photos I will share in another post. I took these after we were finished hanging them. I got there a little late. I had meant to go back and get more details, but my husband was not feeling very well over the weekend and I did not want to leave him home alone. There were only thirty entries this year. Some of those were just tops. I did not know that you could enter a top. Though they said the judging is harder on those because they examine your seams on the back of it.
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 



This was my favorite. It was hand quilted.


 

Thanks for stopping by! Rebecca
 
 
 
 
 













Sunday, July 27, 2014

Building Blocks


Finally everything is cut. All the star points sewn together. It is time to start building my Shimmer blocks. The Shimmer quilt is for my DS3 and girlfriend. The pattern is from a 2004 American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. The blocks are 19" square and I will make 20 of them for a queen size quilt, there were 12 in the original pattern.   There are so many different sizes of pieces in this block -  2 1/2" x 9 1/2"   -   2 1/2" x 8 1/2"  -    2 1/2" x 6 1/2"  -  2 1/2" x 3 1/2"  rectangles;   3 1/2" x 3 1/2"  and   2 1/2" x 2 1/2"  squares. And that is not counting the squares and rectangles cut and sewn for the star points.  I am hoping it will go quickly from this point. Hopefully!

My building blocks.
 
The building plan!
 
 
The sample block I made before tackling all the cutting.
 
A photo of the quilt in the magazine.
 
I hope everyone has a blessed week and time for quilting!   Rebecca
 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Baskets Prepped

I worked on prepping some baskets Tuesday. I should have been working on my DS3's quilt now that I have my grandson's quilt finished. Well, except for a  label. My thinking was, take a day and prep the baskets for applique, and then they will be ready and when I have time I can pick one up and do some stitching.                                                                                                                                                 
 
We made a quick trip to North Pole on Monday evening, so I made a stop at the Ben Franklin there and picked up a few fabrics for more baskets. Again they look lighter in the photo, they are a much richer color.
 

DS3 and girlfriend went salmon fishing over the weekend. Does he look happy or what!!
We snapped a few photos of this cow moose on our trip to North Pole on Monday. I thought this one came out kind of cute. We saw a total of nine moose on that trip.

Happy Quilting!   Rebecca



Sunday, July 20, 2014

Baskets

Sometime ago I saw some basket quilts and some basket quilts in the making on several blogs. I fell in love with these baskets!! I not sure which blog post I first saw them on, I think it was Josie's blog, Dilly Dimple, but not positive. So I have listed a few of the blogs here alphabetically, Dilly Dimple (here),Supergoof quilts (here) and Quilty Folk (here).  I REALLY DON'T NEED another project right now! There is just something about these baskets! I learned the quilt is from a  book titled "When the Cold Wind blows" by Barb Adams and Alma Allen. The quilt itself was called "Trick or Treat" I had considered making all the baskets blue, but have since changed my mind. If I like a  fabric, if it makes me smile, it gets a basket. A good friend gave me a copy of her basket template to get me started! I have decided to try the freezer paper-starch method of applique. I have never done applique that way, we will see how it goes and how I like it.
I think I might name this quilt "Baskets of Joy" or "Joyful Baskets",  I have not decided. There are lots of things going on in my life, as I am sure there are lots of things going on in each of your lives. We just don't necessarily write about these things on our blogs. I do know this that whatever is going on I can put my faith and trust in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that He fills my heart with JOY!
 
 
Freezer paper ironed on and basket pieces cut out.

The seam allowances prepped with starch and ironed down. I am glad I only did one basket. I realized I need to add just a tad more to the seam allowance when cutting them out.
 
One basket ready to applique! I am going to try YLI silk thread for the applique. Josie at, Dilly Dimple blog, suggested it and I ordered a few spool from Ebay. 
 
Some more basket fabrics! And backgrounds.
 
 
I did get my grandson's quilt quilted. I did a simple spiral design freehand with my Tiara quilting machine. It is a sit down machine and you move the fabric. I am still learning to use it, but this time I had much better luck. No loops on the back and I think the thread only broke three times! I hope to sew the binding on today and start stitching it down.
 
 
I decided to go with the smaller size quilt, so he could drag it around with him if he wanted and could use it to cuddle with on the couch. It is 48" X 64".

I tried to get a photo of the quilting I did.


The backing for my grandson's quilt.

These two little quilts (16" X 20")  had their hanging sleeves attached and a label added, and they were delivered to the guild for the silent auction at our local fair. The fair is this coming weekend, July 25- 27. I hope to go and get some photos of the quilts that are entered.
 
Of course I have to add a moose photo! These two young cows stopped by the other day. I think my dog Roscoe, has figured out that when I go out the door with my camera that there are moose in the yard. Both dogs were sound asleep until I did that and once I was out the door he was at the window barking and the moose took off! I only got the one photo, just as I went out the door.
 

 I am going to link up with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday, here, because I will stitching my basket applique today. Happy quilting and slow stitching today! Rebecca


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Busy Days

Well it has been busy at my house lately! Friday DD2 and her fiancée, her three youngest and his son arrived, and their dog! So four adults, four kids and three large dogs made a houseful for us! I did get a few minutes to sew and got the binding sewn down on the Garden Path quilt.
Garden Path is a Lori Smith design, it is 16" X 20".
They stayed until Sunday evening. Monday we were exhausted. I did try to catch up on some blog reading, but I think I have missed some posts. Tuesday was spent in Fairbanks. My DH needed some lab work done before his appointment with the cardiologist later this month,  and we did our monthly shopping. Wednesday we were exhausted again. I read some blogs but was too tired to think of a comment! I hope to have something more quilty in my next post.

DD2 and fiancée and kids.
Ace our 'granddog'.
Fishing at Birch Lake on Saturday.
 I hope everyone's week is going well! Thanks for stopping by! Happy quilting, Rebecca
                        
 







Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Binding Is On!

I stitched the binding onto my Garden Path quilt today. I don't know if you can tell from the photo, it is a dark brown floral.  Now just to hand stitch it down!   I hope you have enjoyed some quilting time today!
 
 
I machine quilted the hourglass blocks. I hand quilted around the applique pieces and the vine and leaf pattern on the border.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Miscellaneous Monday

I spent Friday and Saturday working on the deck. We replaced the beams and boards last summer and had applied Thompson's Water Seal to the boards. They needed something more this summer. We have been waiting and waiting for some nice weather. We had to clean the boards the best we could and then  I applied two coats of Behr Deck Over.   Boy, was I tired and sore after that! Too tired to even pick up my hand  quilting!  Hopefully we will not have rain again until this cures. They say it takes 72 hours, that will be Tuesday about noon.  Now if we can just get the railing put up I will be happy!
Me at work on the second coat. (The cardboard and etc. is there to try and keep the dogs off.)
 
 
We had a mama grouse and her brood  in front of the house the other day. I tried to get a photo, but I scared them and all the little ones flew up in the trees. The mama flew  atop my son's mud bogging truck that is parked here. She lit on top of one of the lights on the top of the cab.  She stayed there quite awhile and then flew up into a tree herself. I never did get a picture of the little ones, except for one in a tree.

Little grouse on a tree branch.



Mama grouse in a tree.
Friday I also got two quilts basted. I spray basted them. I just can not get down on the floor and pin baste any more.
 

Grandson Michael's quilt. Ready for quilting!
DS2 and DIL"s Hunter's Star quilt. (Queen size)
 I spent Sunday resting and quilting my Garden Path quilt. I hope every one has a great week and that you have some time for quilting! Thank you for stopping by! Rebecca
 









Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Finish and Progress

The photo of my design wall in my last post was so  unattractive I had to get another post up so I wouldn't have to keep seeing it!!  I have completed my Little Baskets quilt, but I may need to add a hanging sleeve. I will need to check with someone in the guild about that.

 
 
 
  And this is my progress on my GS's quilt. I really think I would have had all the rows done, but my DH needed some help outside yesterday. Three more rows to add.   I hope to spend today sewing! I hope you have time to sew today too!!