Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Belated Blogaversary and a Giveaway!

The Giveawy is now over. Thank you to everyone who participated!

We have been having very nice weather lately and I even saw a little green on the birch trees yesterday, so I had to get a photo.  Now on to the blogaversary.

Actually my two year blogaversary was April 6, but as usual I am behind on things. Better late than never as they say! I have enjoyed blogging, though I have had some dramatic changes in my life during the last two years.  I have met some of the most wonderful, kind, and caring blogging friends over these  two years too. I am thankful for their encouragment and support, and the kind comments left by each and everyone. As a way to thank everyone I am going to have a giveaway!!

Before we get to the giveaway part I want to share a recent purchase. It is the "Teeny Tiny Travel Tote" from Hoopla Patterns. I haven't had a chance to use it yet but hope it will work well for taking my handstitching along with me. I asked the owner of Hoopla Patterns, Froncie Quinn, if  I could share her photo and decription and she graciously allowed me to:

"After years of baggies floating around in my purse, thread rolling under the bleachers, and forgotten straight pins pinned to my lap, I've developed a tote that can fit in a purse. It is approximately 7" square and includes pockets for thread, a ruler, and a pencil, etc. a pincushion, felt pages to hold partial or completed blocks, a ribbon to hold a spool of thread and scissors, a heavy-duty zippered bag for templates and supplies AND a 6" non-slip lapboard! Have one for each carry-along project!" 

 Click Here to go to Hoopla Patterns Shop. (She did mention that she is currently low on stock for these right now.)

This is the photo from Hoopla Patterns online store

 Here are some photos of the one I purchased.

Now to the Giveaway! Since I have been blogging two years I thought I would have two gifts. You have the choice of Option One or Option Two.

Option One: includes a Teeny Tiny Travel Tote, a Temecula Quilt Co. tote bag and a Need'l Love pattern, called Basket Time.

Option Two: includes a handmade armchair pincushion, a Temecula Quilt Co. ruler box and tote bag, and a Country Threads pattern called, This and That Stars.

Just leave a comment telling me which option you would prefer, One or Two, and I would love to hear what project you are working on right now.  I plan on drawing for winners on May 7th. 

Good Luck and Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Old Voices New Impressions is a Top!!

I can't believe it!! I finally got this top together. This was a sew along I joined back in July 2015.  It was hosted by Karen at Log Cabin Quilter, you can read her blog HERE. I think there were only a few of us who sewed along. I know Cathy of Big Lake Quilter did, you can read her blog HERE.   I LOVED making these blocks! I think the hardest part for me was chooing the fabrics We did four blocks each month. I finished all the applique in December, 2015.

The finished border will not be this wide. I plan on a scalloped border and since I have never done one of those I want to leave myself plenty of  'wiggle'  room. I will hand quilt this top.

When I began this project my intent was to use a red, similar to the photo,

This was the red I chose and ordered it at the same time as I got my background fabric. After laying the squares out on the red it just wasn't "right".

My next step was to pull out my tub of Civil War reproduction fabrics. I think I laid out every piece I had with a few of the applique blocks. From those I chose about twenty fabrics, I had one in mind, which was a surprising choice I thought. Then called in my DH. He is always willing to help. He patiently sat through all my fabric "showings".  And he chose the same fabric I had! I only had  FQ of this fabric but was lucky to more online.

This is the main fabric, it is from Nancy Gere's First Ladies collection.

This fabric is from the same collection, I used this for the cornerstones.

A few of my favorite blocks.

I really enjoyed this sew along so I have decided to join another. I know, I know, wasn't there someone on this blog whining about too many projects. Well, I don't know what happened to her, but I am joinging in. Lori of Humble quilts is hosting it and we are using a Jan Patek pattern called Porch Time. It looks like such a fun, happy quilt. You can read more about the sew along  HERE. She has a link to Jan Patek's online store where the pattern is on sale right now. Or here is a link to the pattern HERE.

Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Saturday, April 16, 2016

4-Patch Stars is a Top!

I finished my 4-Patch Stars king sized top! Once I had time to sit down and sew it really went together quickly. I used a tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Co. which you can view HERE. The top finished at 108" x108". The fabrics are  DARKER  than they look in the photos! I am pleased with how it turned out.  

All of the fabric is from the Paisley Park line by Kansas Troubles, except the neutral which is from a Lynette Jensen line called Autumn Garden. I don't usually use one line of fabric and probably would not have for this quilt either, except  that quite some time ago I purchased 4 charm packs of it on a Fat Quarter Shop flash sale. So I just needed 2 layer cakes from this line to make the quilt. I found both of those for a very good priced on Ebay. And I already had the neutral.

For other news, I had a lucky day at our local thrift shop! I was able to purchase 2 twin size battings  and 2 ziploc bags of fabric for $2 each.

There were a couple of pieces of orange in one of the bags, They will come in handy for this month's RSC.

My next project is not very exciting but necessary. My scraps! I have them all mixed together in tubs and bags and it is just not working. I do not have a lot of storage space, so really do not have room for separate tubs for each color. My solution for now is 2 gallon size ziploc bags, Once the fabrics are sorted by color and in the ziploc bags, those can be stored in a couple of tubs. I hope this system will make it easier to use them. I have some scrappy, stringy ideas floating around in my head.

And to let you know, I am working on a giveaway to belatedly celebrate my two year blog anniverary! So stay tuned!

Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Friday, April 8, 2016

Armchair Pincushion & Promise Basket Help

I finished a small project the other day. An armchair pincushion. The pattern is called Dainty Blossoms Couch Pincushion, by Bree McElroy. This is a project I have been wanting to make for awhile. I found the pattern HERE, at Riley Blake's Cutting Corners College. This is going to be really handy while doing my hand piecing and applique.

Armchair Pincushion

 I can use it for my sewing machine too. I am constantly misplacing things, like my scissors and seam ripper.

I think I will make a second one just for my sewing machine so I will not have to move it back and forth. I found a second simple pattern  HERE  at,  It's Sew Lorine, that I might use. I would only need one pocket since the one end would be under the machine.

Armchair Pincushion from Lorine Mason site It's Sew Lorine.

I am still going through my quilt patterns trying to narrow them down and find at least two I would like to make this year. The touble is I am so attracted to quilts that have an element of applique! I need to avoid those right now if I am to finish my other applique and hand piecing projects.

I would also like to invite each of you to participate in my Promise Basket quilt. (You can read more about it HERE.) Please share with me a scripture or two (or more) that has been an encouragement or inspiration to you. I would like to add them to my baskets. All of you, dear blogging friends, have been such a source of comfort and inspiration to me! Thank You!

Happy Quilting! Rebecca

Monday, April 4, 2016

Quilty Soul Searching

An apology to all my blogging friends! It seems that my comments on your blogs have been showing up as a No Reply Blogger. I am not sure why this happened, but a huge thank yout to Vivian of Quilts and a Mug blog (HERE) for informing me. I think I have the issue solved now.

I have been spending some time doing some "quilty soul searching".  I really needed to take a hard look at the projects I have started and the projects that I want to make. I have decided so far, that as far as my Forever Projects go  (which you can read about HERE)  I will concentrate on Sweet William and the appliqu├ęd basket quilt.  To that end I finished 6 hand pieced SW baskets and 10 appliqued baskets.

Six Sweet William baskets I hand pieced in March.

I have a total of 19 baskets pieced. There are 36 in the quilt.

My applique baskets now have a name. They will be called  "Promise Baskets". On the back of each basket I will write a scripture reference for one of God's promises from the Bible. I think this process will be an encouragement for me, help renew my faith and give me hope. I have to admit to having had a very difficult time in this area of my life since we lost our daughter.

The 10 applique baskets I did in March.

I picked up these two charm packs for a good price at an Etsy shop. They will make some pretty baskets!

Next, I needed to decide on a project for our guild's silent auction this July. Knowing I wanted to do
an applique pattern I thought I had better get a start on it so I would not feel rushed. I have chosen a Lori Holt design call "Blue Birds in the Flower Garden" it will finish at 16" x20".

Lori Holts's  "Blue Birds in the Flower Garden.

Possible fabrics for "Blue Birds in the Garden".

The next and hardest part of my "quilty soul searching" is, I need to think about, is what  quilts do I really want to make.  I have quilts marked in my books, I have quilts marked in magazines, I have a stacks of purchased patterns, and stacks patterns I have printed off the internet. I need to go through these and chose which ones I want to make first. Maybe just choose two for this year, since I have some UFOs to finish up. That is going to take some time, but since I have made the decision about my Forever Projects I feel more free to tackle that. There are just  SO  many quilts I would like to make. And some day, I would like to try my hand at designing an applique quilt.

Okay enough deep thoughts for one post!  Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Friday, April 1, 2016

Quilty 365 Leaves and Caribou

Just a quick post for Quilty 365. I did get my March and February leaves prepped. I began this journey on November 5, 2015 and now I am on day 149. You can read moe about Quilty 365 and see other quilters 365 progress on Audrey's blog, "Quilty Folk"  HERE.

February Leaves

March Leaves

I have included a vdeo we took of caribou a couple of weeks ago, I thought you might enjoy it. The video does not do justice to seeing them in real life.  (DISCLAIMER: I am not a videographer and I am still learning to use the video camer on my new phone.)

Happy Quilting!  Rebecca