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