Thursday, December 31, 2015

Old Voices New Impressions

 A Very Happy New Year to All! I hope this year will be blessed and full of new quilting adventures for each of you! Or maybe a year to finish up some of those pesky UFOs. I have several around here I hope to complete in the new year.

Speaking of quilting adventures, participating in the Old Voices New Impressions sew along has been a wonderful experience. This is the first time I have joined in a sew along with other bloggers. I am sure that without the sew along I would never have completed all the blocks for this quilt. Having the goal of four blocks each month and then a link up with the other paticipants kept me on track. I am so happy I joined in! I will be linking up with Karen at her blog, Log Cabin Quilter, HERE when the link up is available.

December's Blocks

Berry Branches

Basket of Strawberries

Tree Top Feast

Antique Rose. I may redo this one. I am not completely happy with flower part and may replace it.

All 25 blocks together.

I tried out a few blocks with the fabric I had chosen for sashing and borders. I am still pretty happy with this choice.

 But I did come across this very pretty raspberry fabric the other day and I am cosidering this o

I finally got some blocks sewn for our guild's raffle quilt for this year. They plan to put the top together at the January meeting.

These are blocks made for the guild's auction quilt for next year. The block is called Pinwheel Flower.

I am not keeping up as well with Bonnie Hunter's Allietare Mystery quilt as I had hoped. I am still working on Part 4, I plan to complete that part today. You can read more about the mystery quilt HERE. Sewing along with Bonnie's mystery quilt is another first for me. 

I have 19 sets sewn and need to make 11 more, press them and sew them into units.

One distraction was this huge tub of scraps. It was so full it was hard to dig through it to find anything. I took a day and sorted it into strings, crumbs and pieces to cut into strips.

This large tub was under my sewing table and over flowing!

For other news our American Bulldog gave birth to a litter of 12 puppies on December 28! 

                                                 Happy Quilting!   Rebecca

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

To all of my blogging friends, thank you for your friendship, your kind and encouraging support through out the year! I hope and pray each of you has a very happy Christmas and a blessed New Year.  Rebecca

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

And The Winner Is .......

Time for a winner to be announced!  I printed off the comments from my Giveaway post  HERE  and cut them out. My DH came by and asked what I was doing. After explaining the Giveaway to him, he asked if he could draw the name. So after our highly scientific method of selection, the winner is.... Karen of Quilts..etc. blog.  Karen always has fabulous quilts she is working on and is an amazing hand quilter! You can visit her blog HERE. Congratulations Karen! Please send me your address and I will get the book and hexie papers sent off to you.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Allietare Mystery Part 3

This is the first time I have sewn along with one of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilts. I think I have been missing out on a lot of fun! I finished this clue on Sunday and can't wait for the next clue on Friday. ( I am late writing my blog post because we made our monthly shopping trip to Fairbanks, Ak yesterday. It is a 200 mile round trip and always leaves me very tired the next day.)  You can see others progress by going to Bonnie's blog HERE.

Allietare Mystery Part 3

All of my parts and pieces for Allietare. I think I will need a larger basket soon.

I picked up another gold fabric and a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine while in Fairbanks. I also ordered more of my gray fabric. I got worried I might run out, even though I originally ordered the 1 1/2 yards in the directions. I got a couple of more blacks and one more red too.

We only saw one moose on our drive to Fairbanks and he was off the road way thankfully. They do like to run out in front of you!  We did see two moose across the road from our house though a couple of days ago.

You can't see the second on very well, they were hiding in the brush.

If you have not signed up for my giveaway yet, please visit this POST and leave a comment. I will be drawing a name tomorrow, December 16 at about 4PM Alaska time (8PM Eastern time)

Happy quilting! Rebecca

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mystery Quilt

Since I put Bonnie Hunter's Allietare Mystery button on my page I thought I better show you that I was actually working on it! I have step one done, except for cutting off the dog ears and step two done except, for cutting out the black and gray squares. I hope to do that this evening. You can see the other participants progress on Bonnie Hunter's page HERE.

Allietare Mystery  Part 1 and Part 2

I also got all my 16 patch blocks sewn for my Four-Patch Star quilt. You can see more about that project HERE.

One of the reasons I have been a little behind on the Mystery Quilt are these. It is that time of year again! Cinnamon Roll Season!

I have 10 dozen baked and a few more to go!

If you haven't enter the giveaway, please go to this POST and leave a comment. The drawing is open until December 16 and I will draw a name that day.

Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Forever Projects and a Giveaway

Do you have Forever Projects? Quilts that may take years to complete, but you just love them so much you don't care how long it takes. You will keep plodding along on them until you finish them? I have three that I have started and I am adding a fourth to the list. That is what got me thinking about Forever Projects and so this post.

First up, is my Basket Quilt. still no official name, but I think I will have lots of time to contemplate  that! It is from the book, "When the Cold Wind Blows" by Barb Adams and Alma Allen.

Trick or Treat quilt from the book  "When the Cold Wind Blows". There are 291 baskets in this quilt.

These are the 22 blocks I have completed.

I have another 55 blocks prepped and ready to applique.

My next project is Sweet William. This is a Susan Smith Pattern. She adapted it from an antique quilt. I am hand piecing this top.

Susan Smith adapted her pattern from this antique quilt.

Nine baskets completed, I plan to piece all the baskets before I begin appliqueing the flowers.

Third up is a hexagon quilt. Flower Garden is an Edyta Sitar pattern from her book "Handfuls of Scraps".

Flower Garden 

I have been working on basting the hexagons for the six center diamond shapes.

My fourth and newest Forever Project is a Dear Jane quilt. I will probably name this quilt "Insanely Jane" or "Crazy Jane" since it is probably a little insane to start another project!  I purchased the book years ago and I know if I do not start it soon I never will.  One of the things that has kept me from starting this quilt was deciding on which color way to go with. There are SO many amazing DJ quilts to view on line. And  SO many different variations! Civil War, batiks, rainbow, two color red and white and blue and white, the list seems endless. I have decied on Civil War fabric and staying pretty much with the original colors but probably a little darker. I am going to use one background fabric (unless I run out of it!). I hope to at least get a couple of blocks each a month, if more get done that will be a bonus.

Dear Jane blocks A1, A2, & A3.

Do you have Forever Projects? I would love to hear about them and follow your progress!

Now if you have stuck with me to this point I want to offer a Christmas gift to my followers! A copy of  Edyta Sitar's book "Handfuls of Scraps" and two packs of 7/8" hexagon papers, so you can start your own Flower Garden quilt.  (There are more wonderful patterns on the book!)  Please leave a comment and let me know how you follow my blog and if you have a Forever Project, or two. I have never done this before so bear with me. I will pull a name out of the hat Wednesday, December 16.

This drawing is now closed

      Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Quilty 365 - Day 26

I have really been enjoying Audrey's Quilty 365 sew along. This was such a creative idea, she has started a Quilty 365 Movement!

I started on November 5.  I really like taking the time each day to look through my scraps and choose a fabric the 'feels' like the day has. It is interesting, because as I look through the scraps one piece will just jump out at me and that is the one. Whether, happy, sad, busy, down, peaceful, hectic, fabric can express it.   I am a little behind on getting them appliqued down, but I am catching up. I am also way behind on blog reading! I hope to catch up on that as well.

 You can see everyone that is sewing along on Audrey's blog, quilty Folk, HERE

Quilty 360 leaves from November 5 to November 30.   Day 26!

                                                     Happy Quilting!  Rebecca

Monday, November 30, 2015

Old Voices New Impressions - November Blocks

It has been a busy month so I am so happy I was able to finish all four blocks this month. Just think, four more blocks and I will have them all done and ready to put the quilt top together. I have my doubts though of getting the December blocks finished in time, with Christmas baking and other activities this time of year. I will be linking up with Karen of Log Cabin Quilter, HERE. I look forward to seeing everyone progress this month!

November's blocks

Twins.  Do you notice the 'eye' on the gold bird. I did not fussy cut that, it was just a happy accident. I think I will need to add an eye to the red bird now.

  Morning Glory block. After I finished this one I wished I had chosen a lighter blue.

Open Wreath block

Strawberries block

Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my American blogging friends, a very happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a blessed day.

We  are supposed to join family tomorrow in Fairbanks for a Thanksgiving meal. I spent the day baking pies. But we have a winter storm warning and have heard the roads a very bad, so we may not make the 100 mile trek north after all.

On a quilting note, I have been keeping up with the Quilty 365 project. I am choosing a fabric for my leaves each day. I try to take my time and choose something that represents each day. I have not done a very good job of getting them appliqued each day though!

I joined in on November 5.

I also finished the charity quilt top and dropped it off with the guild.

I had trouble finding a place to take a photo, this was the best I could do. it is actually sidewise here.

I turned the photo so you could see what it should look like!

                                                        Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tumblers, Big and Small and This and That

So, I have set my other projects aside for a bit to make another Fire Quilt for the guild. ( Fire Quilts are our guilds charity project, quilts are given to families who have lost their homes to a fire).
 I was having so much fun sewing little tumblers for Bonnie Hunter's Leader/Ender Challenge, I decided on a Tumbler design. I ordered a 10" template and got all the pieces cut on Sunday. I started sewing some together yesterday.

10" tumblers cut out. I am not using the exact pattern in the photo, just using it to get the lay out right.

Arranging the tumblers, all this fabric was donated to the guild.

Sewing 2 1/2" tumblers as leader/enders.

 I have also been thinking about joining Bonnie Hunter's Allietare Mystery, you can read more about it HERE. I dug through my fabrics and scraps an have quite a few I can use, but had no gray. I ordered a few pieces of fabric on line. Of course the fabric colors looked right in the website photo, but were not an exact match. That's oaky I will use them anyways, it should be scrappy right?

Fabrics from my stash for Allietare Mystery.
Fabrics I ordered, the gray and reds are a little dark.

I also ordered some patterns from Lori Smith of "From My heart to Your Hands".  I am thinking ahead to our guild's silent auction of small quilts. I may do one of these.

I finally got my Lozenge top spray basted and ready to quilt. It is such a major job to get a quilt basted for me. It involes moving furniture to make enough room, so I tend to put it off.

Lozenge top basted.

We have been having some cooler temperatures. Monday night we had  -16*,  not as cold as they predicted though. Winter is here!

 My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Paris.   Rebecca