Saturday, July 15, 2017

Finshes

So I thought I would poke my head up and let you know I am still here. I have some finishes to share.


First up is the baby quilt I made for DS3 and his soon to be bride. You can read more about this quilt and its planning on my post Here. It was done in time for their baby shower held at  Chena Lakes near Fairbanks, Alaska.











Our guild's annual silent auction is coming up soon. I was able to complete two items to donate.  My first  item is this little quilt is from Lisa Bongean's book, Summer Gatherings.The original was in wool. I made mine in cotton and needle turn applique. It finished at 12" X 23"





My second item is from a free pattern offered by Quilter's Newsletter called Starry Night. The original finished at 8" X 16". I enlarged the pattern so mine finished at 12" X 23". I also used a Northern Lights fabric for the background instead of appliquing stars. You can find this pattern on their Web Extras Page HERE.








I also made a wall hanging to enter into our local fair which will be held at the end of July. This was my first attempt at fusible applique.  It finished at  21 3/4" X 30 1/2"  and I named it "Who's That Moose on the Window"







Speaking of moose, we saw this one swimming in a pond.






I have been considering changing the name of my blog. When I originally named it I was hoping to use, Everyday Quilts, but that name was not available. Some of my ideas include:

1) Quilt Love

2)  A Stitch in Time

3)  A Stitch a Day

4) The Daily Stitch

Just some ideas, any suggestions would be welcome. Thank you! Rebecca












Thursday, March 16, 2017

A New Way To Baste!

The main obstacle for me to finish a quilt is the layering and basting. I have to move furniture to make space to lay it out. That is very hard on me physically. Then there is getting down on the floor to lay everything out and tape it down, equally hard.  I did switched to spray basting instead of pin basting which helped a lot. But still it was so HARD to do I would put it off and put it off. 

Recently I came across a "new to me" way to layer and baste quilt tops. Using my ironing board! I watched a video by Paula Storm. I included the video in this post or you can watch it HERE. There may be other sources, but I thought she explained it very well. So I gave it a try and I got two tops basted in about the time it would have taken me to get the furniture moved! It may not work for everyone, but you might want to give it a try. 



Video by Paula Storm.





I wrote out the basic steps, but it would be best to watch her video.

 1) Center your batting on the ironing board.                                                                                            




2) Lay your backing fabric on top of the batting and make sure it is centered. Spray the back of your backing fabric by folding it over half way, spray with basting spray, then press. Repeat with the second half.





(Great backing I got for my Gwennie quilt!)





3) Turn your backing and batting over so the batting is on top.






4) Center your top and spray the back of it, half at a time, as you did with the backing fabric. Press.





One tip she gave was using a square ruler to make sure you corners are square. If not, adjust.




Gwennie is ready to quilt!







This process went so smoothly I also got my Dancing Stars top basted. A little more trouble with a larger top, but with practice I think it will get much easier.








It is still cold here. It was -25* when I got up this morning, but it is getting above 0* during the day. Yay!  And just because, photos of another moose I took the other day. 


 First she dug into the snow.





Then she came up with a mouthful of grass! Yum!





Happy Quilting! And thanks for stopping by! Rebecca

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Little Bit of This and a Little bit of That

I won!! I won!! This fantastic bundle of fabric strips from Wendy of the Constant Quilter blog! You can visit her blog HERE, she always has something fabulous going on! There are so many great fabrics included in these strips. I had a plan for them, but now that I have seen them I thinking about something different.








I stopped by our local quilt shop which is also a drop off point for our guild and picked up a "kit" for another charity quilt. The ladies grouped together donated fabric and gave us a pattern for a Turning Twenty quilt. I not sure if I will use that pattern or not.





While I was there I was given this nice bundle of scraps which some of the ladies had put aside for me.





And then I did a little shopping online. Most of these will probably be used in my Yankee Diary quilt.






Then as soon as I saw this quilt in my latest copy of American Patchwork & Quilting it went right on my to make list. I ordered  some cheddar and  I  already have some red, but it is hiding right now and did not want to come out for a photo.  I have more than enough strings!


String Theory by Sharon Tucker in the April 2017 issue Of American Patchwork &Quilting






And I got a couple more of Cheri's patterns








I have been working on my HST's for the Goose in the Puddle SAL being hosted  by Randy of the Barrister's Block blog. I am finally getting the hang of using my Bloc Loc ruler and I am loving it. You can read more about the SAL  HERE.

I don't have a rotating cutting mat but I use a piece I cut off of an old mat and it works just fine.





Next up is my progress on the Dragonfly baby quilt. Three applique blocks done!







Now if you have stayed with me through all of that, here is a video of  a gentleman caller we had the other day.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Gwennie Revisited

 I do have some things I want to finish this year, but I am keeping the list short.  One of those projects is my Gwennie Inspired Medallion from the QAL. I don't think I have posted anything about it for a long time. I stalled. I consider myself a "traditional" quilter and my foray into Liberated quilting has been limited to some wonky stars and string piecing.


This is the last photo I shared of my progress. This was the Log Cabin round.





 The next round's theme was Stars. My first idea was a border of yellow strings. The thought being, the Sun is a star, stars are yellow, so rays from the Sun. I didn't like it.







This was my second attempt of the Star border. This has been hanging on my design wall for months. The longer it hung there the more I hated  disliked it! For one thing, the overall the top was just getting TO BIG! I never meant to make a large quilt out of this project. I didn't like the colors.






So I did some un-sewing and took it back to this point. I also poured over Gwen Marston's books and photos of liberated quilts online. Looking for things that stood out to me, things I liked about them. I realized that there needed to be connectivity to the rounds, either design elements or color.





One idea, continuing the neutral string element. (And too many others to show photos of.)






I finally went with this, colorful Liberated Log Cabin blocks and then kept the idea of yellow strings for rays of the Sun for the star round. The brown to connect the basket.





Next round's theme was Something Fishy. I had a ton of ideas, pinwheels to represent a fish wheel, wonky Bear Paw blocks for bears catching fish in the river, string pieced diamond shapes for fish and etc. But that meant making the top even larger and I really didn't want to do that. So I made blue circles. Blue for water, circles for bubbles in the water. I don't know, it worked for me. LOL


The finish top is 36" x 37". Now to decide how to quilt it!


 This project has been really a different experience for me. I normally follow a pattern fairly close,  making a few changes, but this is the first time I have "started from scratch" so to speak. I plan on making another one and try to improve my liberated quilting skills. Many thanks to Lori, Wendy, Cynthia, Katy and Cathy for hosting this QAL!!



Thanks so much for sticking with me through my ramblings! Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Yankee Diary and the Planning of a Baby Quilt

I finished the first two blocks for Barbara Brackman's Yankee Diary BOM. You can read about it HERE.  It looks like my colors are going to be red, cheddar and navy. I hope to keep up and not fall behind like I did on the last BOM, but sometimes life happens and other distractions come along.









And speaking of distractions, I said I was not going to do any other SAL or BOM besides the Yankee Diary and I have already fallen off the wagon! Randy of  Barrister's Block blog is having a QAL I could not resist. Especially since I still have a large stash of plaids to use up. You can read about it HERE and HERE and.  It is suppose to begin on March 1. Below is a photo of the pattern we will be making.


Randy called the block Gentleman's Fancy, I found it online called Bachelor's Puzzle so not positive on the name



So the big news is that my DS3 and his Sweetheart, who will be known as DS3S are having a little girl!! So I  am planning a baby quilt. They decided on dragonflies for the theme. I wasn't sure if I would find a pattern for a dragonfly baby quilt or not, but did find this one on Etsy. (Below are photos of the quilt from online.)  I will be changing it up a little.








First, it is going to be a little smaller. The original quilt was 42" x 51", I thought that was a little long for a newborn. I printed off the photo of the quilt and cut it down, then re-copied it. I will probably make the outer border a little wider.




Second, no frogs or snails.  I will be substituting flowers and butterflies in the blank squares of this photo.
I covered up the images with a square of paper and copied that. I will draw in the design I plan to use.



Fabrics I purchased. DS3S loves purple, and like me not a big fan of pink, but there will be a little.




Added some fabrics from my stash.


Now to get busy!



Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Quilting, Rebecca

Friday, February 10, 2017

Catching Up

This is a "Catching Up" post, sorry, it is a little long and there are a lot of photos. We had a cold spell in January, almost a week of -30*F to -40*F during the day and nights at -55*F.  I was just going to add this photo for a laugh, but then my husband took the truck in to have the oil changed at a shop that is close to this business and they said they had -68* one day, so maybe it wasn't wrong. ??







I have to show off what I won! Janet of the Rogue Quilter blog had a giveaway and I won this wonderful Primitive Gatherings Snowman pattern and she included these lovely soaps. If you have never read her blog you are really missing out. She makes the most marvelous mini quilts, and when I say mini, I mean mini. They are AMAZING! (You can visit her blog HERE.)







Next up is my finished Front Porch top. I did all the applique using the needleturn method. I am really happy with how it turned out. It was so fun sewing along with the other ladies. A big thank you to Lori of Humble Quilts for hosting this SAL. Lori is another amazing and talented quilter! (You can visit her blog HERE.)


Lori shared a photo of my top on her blog!



I added some summer berries to this basket.

I added another bird and flower to these baskets.

The baby birds got some berries too.




I have also been doing some string piecing. I would like to finish up the Spiderweb top I started in Bonnie Hunter's class a couple of years ago. I got out my Featherweight and set it up for paper piecing. This will leave my other machine free for other projects.


Poirot keeping Betsy and me company.


These were the blocks I finished in class. I have decided to do the blocks a little differently. I will use all the same color of  kite parts in  each block instead of mixing them up.





So, we used up almost all the firewood we had stored in the basement. That means bringing in loads from our stockpile in the yard.







Besides the cold weather it seems, like the rest of the country, we have been getting more snow this winter. Somebody had to do a little shoveling on the roof!








After a  little shoveling I got warmed up! Off came the parka.



Not done yet!


Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Quilting, Rebecca